Thursday, February 11, 2010

ON BLOGGING ~ Hitting the Links...

Photo courtesy kelanew @ Flickr
One of the most common questions I see in Comments out in the blogosphere is how to create a link within text to a website or blog. I remember when I first participated in the Teaser Tuesdays meme, I marveled at how all of these other people knew how to link to their post within a word in their comment. I was lucky I knew how to copy and paste the link to my post within my comment - which got the information where it needed to be, but didn't look all that attractive.

I was afraid to ask anyone because I was a newbie and I thought everyone else would look down on me for not knowing how to do an apparently common thing. So I felt like I had unlocked the key to the blogging universe one day when I found a handy formatting tip HTML guide on the sidebar of a page at Goodreads that showed how to create a link within text, among many other tricks! I copied it and pasted it right onto my desktop where it lives happily for whenever I need to use it or share it with others.

So therefore I figured it was much simpler to just share it here so that anyone who needs it can come and get it. Just copy and paste the code below to somewhere handy and then overwrite the web address and word you want to link with each time. No need to feel embarrassed to ask how. Just stop by, and skulk off with your goods - no questions asked!
<a href="http://typeyoursiteaddresshere.com/">insert word here</a>

Example:
<a href="http://www.icanhascheezburger.com/">Funny Kitties</a>

translates to Funny Kitties
Happy Blogging!

13 comments:

Alex Carlson said...

Really a informative blog. I enjoyed it & hope all will enjoy..

Thanks for such information.

Susan said...

Thank you! Thank you very much! Now I'll be able to link in comment boxes! Yay!

p.s. I know you told me before in email, but I accidentally deleted before I copied it!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Sooooo...guess you noticed I kinda had that problem when I link my Monday Movie Meme post, huh? I shall save this page as a favorite now. The Bumbles are now preserved forever!

Penny said...

Thanks!!!

Diane said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you....so very helpful, since I am very HTML challenged!

Did I say Thank You???? LOL

LJ Ducharme said...

My answer to everything is "Google It". And that's how I learned basic html as well as creating links in my blog. I felt to empowered.

kaye said...

I found a nice blogger right at the beginning--sneaky momma, she's great at giving blogging tips.

I noticed those tips at good reads just the other day. I put italics in my review. It was great.

stacybuckeye said...

I've never known how to do this, so thank you :)

ASHLEY LADD said...

When I started participating in Friday Fill-Ins a couple months ago a kind person emailed me and shared this secret with me. I was very grateful. It is much easier for the reader to get to your site if you use this.

I lost the email once and I couldn't remember how to do it. Then I figured out all I had to do was right click on the page, click on "View Source" and copy the link - when I can't remember.

my site

ds said...

Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

thanks from my lazy bones !
I copied it too now. I knew how but always had to open my draft posts in blogger.

Ps I love LOL cats !

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

You sent me a wonderful explanation shortly after I first started blogging. I will forever be grateful to you. The original sits on my desktop and I use it several times a week. I've passed it on a few times too. Thank you for your generosity.

sdk_2010 said...

Many thanks for this =)