Monday, March 23, 2009

How to Make a Spotlight on

A lot of you have seen those awesome spotlights that people are making on, but maybe you aren't sure how to make one of your own. If you'd like to learn, just have your login information ready and follow these steps:

* I'm going to use my studio, but you can feel free to use yours or any one you'd like! *

1. Login to your account.

2. In the upper left hand corner you will see a tab that says "My Stuff". If you hover your cursor over this tab, you will see this:

3. Click the link that says "New Spotlight". You will be taken to a screen that looks like this:

4. Open a new window and go to your studio. Click on any item you'd like to put in your spotlight. Look in the address bar, and you will see some numbers at the end of your address, like this:

Copy those numbers and click back to the window.

5. Hit "Edit" on one of the blocks on your spotlight. Paste the number into the box you see, and change the drop down box to the right studio type. It will look like this:

6. Hit ok, and your box will change, like this:

7. Repeat these steps until you have all the boxes full. (You can use items from all the studios at once, meaning you can mix and match your markets. To find the correct numbers to use in each studio, there is a list on the right of the page (beside the spotlight) that tells you where to look.) At this point, you can also drag and drop the boxes to change the layout if you'd like.

8. Once you have all the boxes full, you've titled your spotlight (above the boxes), and you've filled out the information below the spotlight, just hit "Save". (You do not have to fill out anything below the spotlight unless you wish to, but I recommend that you do change the "Post to Twitter" option so it says "yes")

9. Once you've saved your spotlight, you will be taken to a page that has a link to "Go to your spotlights list". Click this. You should see this now:

10. Hover your cursor over the little globe on the right and a gray box will pop up, like this:

If you hover over each of the links, you will notice that the code below them will change.

11. If you are using blogger, the best choice for a full spotlight is "Mini". Click that link, and then copy the code in the top box. Now, all you have to do is paste that code into your blog post and hit publish!

(You can experiment with the other sizes anywhere you'd like. If you try the code from the top box and nothing happens, just replace it with the code from the bottom box and you should be fine!)

Happy spotlighting!!!


djStoreRoom March 23, 2009 at 1:13 PM  

Sweet!! This is a terrific tutorial!! Thanks for posting it!


Karrie March 23, 2009 at 4:55 PM  

awesome Jenn! SO much to do but I am taking notes :)

Jenn March 23, 2009 at 5:52 PM  

don't worry, karrie... you don't have to do it all at once.. just take baby steps, and you will get there before you know it!


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