How to Build a Bookmark Manager in Notion

Build a better bookmark manager in Notion with this step-by-step walkthrough by Carter.
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Tutorial overview

0:00 - Introduction- Brief overview of the video and what the viewer can expect to learn.

0:39 - My Second Brain Template- Introduction to the concept of a "second brain" and how it can be used to organize information.- Overview of the template that will be used to create a bookmark manager.

2:31 - Building the Bookmark Manager- Step-by-step instructions on how to set up and use the template to create a bookmark manager.- Tips and tricks for making the most out of the bookmark manager.

9:10 - Please like and subscribe :)- A reminder to the viewer to like and subscribe to the channel for more content like this.- A call-to-action to leave a comment with any questions or feedback on the video.


In today's video, I'm going to show you how to build an effective bookmark manager in Notion. I can't tell you how many times I've been scrolling through Twitter and I favorited a tweet because it had a tool in it that I liked or how many times I've been talking to a friend and they mentioned a website that I should check out. Or maybe I'm browsing the internet in Google Chrome and I add a bookmark for a page that I want to remember to come back to.

The one Central source that I find to be the best way to keep all of your bookmarks in one place and organized how you want to see them is to put them all into notion. So, in today's video, I'm going to be showing you how to build a bookmark manager in Notion.

Before we jump into this, this bookmark manager is part of my paid template called the Productive Brain. And if you want to go ahead and get this template, I'm actually doing a Black Friday sale and we're gonna have 30 off the Productive Brain. I only have done a 30 off sale one other time and that was when we first released the template. This time around we're doing one more thirty percent off sale and then we're pretty much not going to do any sales until next Black Friday. In fact, I don't think we're going to be doing any sales full stop until next Black Friday. So, if you want to pick this up for a discounted rate and get the full template which includes the bookmark manager that I'm going to show you how to build in this video but it also includes a quick capture box here that allows you to take notes, tasks and bookmarks very quickly. It has a task manager that allows you to keep track of what your main focus is, what's past due, what's due soon, and then it also has this nice spaces area where I can click into and I can see all of the different tasks or bookmarks or notes that I have associated with a specific space.

So, I have tons of spaces in here, all sorts of different areas of my life, and it's nice to be able to keep track of all of this. The other nice thing is we have these routine Pages like the focus mode page, which allows you to quickly just see what the main focus is for today and then start checking those tasks off. I'm working on updating this template right now and releasing the 1.1 version, so keep an eye out for that as well. Once you do purchase this template, you will get all future updates, and I'm going to be changing this template as Notion changes so that it can help you guys stay more productive and have a central second brain.

Alright, now I'm going to step off of my soapbox and I'm going to be teaching you guys how to build this bookmark manager 100 for free in this video. So, we're just starting out with a fresh page here, and I'm just going to call this home page. So, this is where we're going to embed our bookmark manager. And then, within this, I'm going to hit slash and type page, then hit enter. Here, I'm just going to call this bookmarks manager.

Okay, and for the icon, actually, we don't want to add an icon yet. We want to turn this into a table, and then we can hit new database, and now we can add an icon. So, just go to icons, and there's actually this nice little bookmark icon which I think is ideal for this specific use case. So, I'm going to use that. Let's just go with the pink bookmark here.

That notion has introduced is this little button right here that allows you to choose an icon for your database as well. We're going to name this column "bookmark" and this is the name column it should have this little uppercase and lowercase A, but what we're going to do here is we're also going to change the icon to a bookmark just to keep everything uniform and looking nice.

And then I'm going to delete this tags property, we don't need that in here. And then we're just going to add two more simple properties here. We're going to add a check box and we're going to call it "favorite." I'm just going to size that down and then click into this check box and we're going to select the icon of the heart.

So these are going to be like our pinned bookmarks. If we check these off let's delete these old Pages for now. And then most importantly, let's add a URL property. So this URL property is going to be just that, it's going to be the URL of the bookmark. Let's just use the link and actually, you're going to want to add one more property here as well, and that is going to be a formula property. I'm going to hit the plus button here, type in "formula" and click on this formula type.

Then we're just going to call this "is favorited?" And we can, for the formula, we can just put something like "question" here. And now let's hit the new button here to get a new row in here so we can enter the formula. We're just going to click into this empty space and you're going to paste this formula here.

Okay, I have this LinkedIn the description below and basically what this is saying is if the property of favorite, so they're looking at this favorite property right here, equals true, meaning it's checked, then it's going to populate a heart in here okay like I have here and if it's not true then it's just going to populate nothing. So that's how we're going to see that heart appearing on our favorited uh bookmarks. If you want to change the symbol in here you can do that as well. Some people might prefer to do like a push pin like this here and that will do pretty much the same thing.

Now I'm just going to add a few bookmarks. [Music]

So now I've entered quite a few bookmarks in here and I can choose to favorite a few of these okay. So now if you remember right we have the home page up here in our breadcrumbs still. So let's go back to that home page and you'll notice that we have the bookmarks manager page. So we can always go in here and manage things if we need to but let's stay on the home page for now and just type slash and then type linked and click on this linked view of the database.

We're going to select the bookmark manager that we just created and then I'm going to go ahead and hide this title. And we're going to click on these three dots up here and I'm going to switch the layout to a gallery. And now we have these nice little cards that pop up. Let's change the card size to small and let's change the card preview to page cover. Now back out of it.

Layout and go to properties and then where it says is favorited you can hit the I and that's going to show the pinned options here. We're also going to turn on the URL option so that we can click on this quickly and easily. Let's move that URL up here so as you can see this has all bookmarks so this is going to have everything but if we want to create a separate database where it's just our pinned bookmarks we can go ahead and right click here and duplicate and that's going to add this second view here. We can just click into these three dots, rename it to pinned bookmarks and then I'm going to go ahead and click on this little pin, add the pinned bookmarks and then we're going to add a filter and we're going to go favorite is checked okay and it's only going to show us the bookmarks that have been pinned.

Now we can toggle between all bookmarks and pinned bookmarks and this is a really nice way to kind of navigate around. If we want to we can also turn on the check box on all bookmarks and we can check this if we want to pin even more and then we can go back to our pinned bookmarks if we just want to see those pinned ones. All bookmarks we can manage what is actually pinned.

Now if you'd like to view this in a wide screen view you can click up on these three dots here, change it to full width and then you're going to get these databases side by side. I like to drag the pinned one up front so that that's what it's going to default to if I'm coming to my home page. And then if you want to hide this bookmarks manager page you can actually really just drag it over into private somewhere else and it will still function properly and your home page is just nice and clean.

Another good idea is to add some covers for these so for this website here I'm just going to hit change cover, unsplash and we're going to type in chart for this one and I'm going to back out now and go to all my other bookmarks and add some covers for these.

To top off our bookmark manager we can go ahead and add a call out here, call it bookmarks and we can make the icon our bookmark and then you can drag this linked database into here and make that bold and I think that looks pretty nice. Now this is an amazing tool and it allows you to quickly capture your bookmarks but if you want to capture them even quicker check out my quick capture video right here. This quick capture video goes along nicely with this bookmarks video because it's going to show you how to create a quick capture module that lets you quickly add new bookmarks and all of these free tutorials are part of my productive brain template that I've sold and I've sold it to over 70 people so this isn't just something that you know we're putting out there and saying that it's paid but it's actually free. This is something that we're literally giving away for free so definitely check out that video if you want to see how to build out a premium database in notion and bring your bookmark manager to the next level. And if you're watching this video right now within the first few days of it being released remember to take advantage of the Black Friday sale on our website.

Alright with that being said I look forward to seeing you in the next video. Subscribe to stay updated with the content, make sure to hit post no notifications like this video and comment below giving me any feedback you might have. Alright we'll see you in the next one.