SurfAid #MakeAWave 14 Day Update

I am proud to be an Ambassador for the SurfAid's #MakeAWave challenge. I had set out to be either surfing, kayaking, canoeing or swimming for 30 days in September however I'm based in Melbourne and current COVID restrictions have impacted this. For the first 7 days of the 30 day challenge I was either kayaking, training with waterfilled training equipment, getting creative or doing surf inspired workouts. Over the past week (days 8 - 14) I've been kayaking, taking out an old wave rider, training at home, and I even had a lay day. So far I've raised $186 towards my goal of raising over $1000 to help SurfAid deliver their programs. When you  support my fundraising  you give people in remote communities connected to us through surfing a hand up, rather than a handout.  SurfAid's geographical focus is on the heartlands of surfing where few visitors but surfers go, make their work unique. They specialise in working in very isolated villages where the maternal and chil

Why You Should Stop Using Linktree

I once joined the masses of people using Linktree so that I could link to multiple pages through Instagram. While it provides a convenient way to share various URL links when you can only submit one URL link and is somewhat an industry standard, I have noticed that the convenience comes at a cost.

The 101 on Linktree:

  • Some platforms like Instagram only lets you add one URL link in your bio
  • People have so many things going one that one URL link just isn't enough
  • Linktree makes that possible to share more than one URL link
  • You can add numerous different URL links into Linktree, then add just the one Linktree URL to where you want
  • When someone clicks on the Linktree URL link, they will see a list of all of the different links you added
  • You can customise your Linktree links and view very basic analytics
  • There is a free and paid version of Linktree


When I started using Linktree, I was delighted as it solved the problem of only being able to provide one link on some social media platforms. I also noticed a few issues with using Linktree:

  • The free version doesn't allow for much branding 
  • I had no control in regards to the stability of Linktree, what if it went down? 
  • The number of users visiting my website was dropping 
  • I had created another step for people wanting to access my content or read further information
  • I couldn't give much content for the URL links I was wanting to direct people to
  • My website ranking (SEO) was being negatively affected as I was driving traffic away from my website


At the end of the day, Linktree is just a landing page with a bunch of links on it, so I created my own single URL link page on my website. It comes at no extra cost, and I can do what I like to it. As a result, I have noticed:

  • An increase in website users 
  • When I promote a link that there is greater engagement on that link
  • That I have complete creative control over the page 
  • I have the ability to share more information about the links I'm directing people to
  • My website SEO is improving
  • I've greater insight in regards to analytics (I use Google Analytics)
  • I have great curation control over how I share my links


What I like about this tactic is that can go as elaborate or as simple as you want when creating your own URL link landing page for your website. It's just like creating an additional page on your website. You can add images and buttons if you want, however make sure you keep in mind that you also want the page to be mobile friendly as well. 

If you do create one yourself, please share a link to in the comments below as I would like to check it out.

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