Ok, not everyone is, but they should. And it’s easy. Easier than making an apple pie. Promise.
This quote box? Is a perfectly good waste of space in my store, if you ask me. So let me show you how I hacked mine.
1. Design an image of your choosing. Make it around 452 x 157 pixels. Yes, you can taller than that but in some of the instances where I’ve seen it be closer to 200 pixels high, this pushes everything else in your store down further which makes everything below not viewable enough for my taste when the page loads. This is further exacerbated when the “I’m Having a Sale!” image is thrown into your quote box. I’ve also seen a few stores who have tried to make theirs too wide (576 pixels wide to be precise) and what happens is it runs over the edge of the quote box and gets overlapped by the “Free Download” box to its right. Not pretty, folks. Don’t be greedy. Stick with a reasonable size. If you want to test the bounds a bit, make a blank image and upload that as a test to see what happens before you go putting a ton of work into it.
What the actual image is about is up to you. Some of the best ones I’ve seen highlight a store’s best product line but state it in the form of a question: “Have you tried our interactive science notebooks?” or “CLICK HERE to learn my best teaching tip!”
Side note: If you want your image to look like it has a transparent background, make its background color #f0f0f0 (or RGB: 240; 240; 240). This will match the color of the quote box. I tried to play around and see if TPT would allow me to upload a transparent png, but no such luck.
2. Host the image. There are lots of sites that will host your image. I tend to use a private board on Pinterest for these things (mostly out of sheer laziness to not have to open yet another online account!) Jump over the Pinterest and create a secret board. Call it whatever you want. No one will see it!
3. Pin your product cover to that board. For the description, it doesn’t matter what you type because it’ll never be seen. Seriously, I never waste the time. I write in a single alphabet letter. That’s it. CLICK “PIN IT.”
4) Find the link. Now we want to get a direct link to where the image is stored on Pinterest. So click on your newly created pin just once and you’ll see it’ll pop up and look like this (as though you’re going to re-pin it):
5) Copy the link. Hover your cursor over the image and right-click and you’ll see a dialog box appear. On a Mac, you’ll want to select “COPY IMAGE ADDRESS.” This will save the location of the image where it’s stored on Pinterest to your computer’s clipboard (you know, the one you can’t see but helps you copy/paste things). On a PC, it should read, “Copy Image Location”:
6) Get a short URL for the link. Now open a separate window for either bitly.com or tinyurl.com. This will give you a super short URL for the link to that image file on Pinterest. All you need to do is paste the link into the text box on either of those sites and the link is automatically generate for you. Leave this window up in its own tab while you work on the next step.
7) Link to something in your TPT store. You want people to be able to click on the image in your quote box and it link to something in your store, just like they would for your leaderboard or column banner. This link should correspond with whatever you designed for the image. So if it’s for some interactive science notebooks, that link should lead to either a specific product or a whole category of products in your store.
I’ve made a new image for my art history games. I’m going to link to the entire product category. To get that link, I’d go to my store, click on “Art Teaching Materials, and then copy the URL in the window above:
8) Make your image link a short URL. Open another new window for either bitly.com or tinyurl.com and paste in the link from your Teachers Pay Teachers store. Leave this window up in its own tab while you work on the next step.
9) Edit your store profile. Go to your TPT dashboard, hover over “MY TPT,” click “My Account,” then “Store Profile,” then “Edit” at the bottom. If you have something already written in your quote section, go ahead and erase it:
The following shows you what to type into your quote box.
All you need to do is replace the part in the formula that says ImageLink with the link you made in step 6. And then replace the part that says WebPageYourLinkingTo with the link to the TPT page (or category page in my case) with the link you made in step 8. Each link will have quotes on either side of it. Here’s what this formula would look like after you’ve done this:
You can type in a keyword where it says “alt.” When it’s clipart I’m posting, that’s what I tend to put. In this case since it’s my Art History Games, I put “arthistorygames.” Put whatever you want here.
Click SAVE at the bottom of the page and you should see what your new banner looks like right on this page. If you’ve goofed somewhere along the way with copying and pasting links, don’t panic. It’s not the end of the world. Just retrace your steps and try again. When I was first learning code many, many years ago, there were so many times where I thought I’d had the link correct but I was off by a single character. And that’s all it takes for the link to not work correctly. Always go to your page and check to make sure it displays properly and the link to your TPT page is correct.