Thursday, March 21, 2013

HTML Coding for LINKING BACK to your Blog when leaving a Comment.


Now and then I am asked, “How can I add a LINK BACK to my comments?”

I often see this in comments.    (Click on images to enlarge)


If you leave your blog address without the help of HTML coding it means someone wishing to visit your blog needs to copy and paste your URL into their web browser - this can be enough to discourage the effort. 

If you leave nothing and a person still wishes to check you out they need to visit your Profile page and then access your blog/website from there - again, extra effort; this has caused me to abandon my efforts of checking out a blogger on many occasions - particularly during busy events like the upcoming 2016 A-Z Challenge


What you want it is an actual “live” LINK that when clicked will take someone directly to your blog/website. 

As in this example:




Here’s how you create a LINK BACK...

Whether you’re a PC user or a Mac fan this link back information is applicable to both operating systems.

HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language, more about it can be found HERE.


In a Word or Pages document (text edit/note/stickie will also do fine) create a page which will house your various LINKS. Call it something like LINK BACKS or COMMENT TAGS and stick it in a corner of your Desktop, for easy access when commenting.

When you are leaving comments and want to leave a LINK BACK all you do is access this "page" on your desktop and copy and paste your LINK straight into your comment.


Here is the HTML coding and an example of how it’s used.





ADDRESS is the URL (Universal Resource Locator) or address or the WWW page you want to link to. That could be your blog/website, a post you've written that you are making reference to, or an event you are sponsoring or participating in. 

NAME is what everyone will see - could be the name of your blog/website, a post, an event or simply your name!

The stuff in BLUE is the HTML coding - it is critical that you get it right and do not make any mistakes - hence looking at it in Preview. 

To get the most out of this you really need to use your Desktop page (the one I mention at the start) - I have many different combinations at the ready - from one as simple as my name being the actual link, to more complex links that might have my blog title or even an upcoming event that I wish to promote, like the upcoming 2016 A-Z Challenge.

Here's an example of my Desktop page, called BLOG TAGS FOR COMMENTS:


Click on image to enlarge.



I can easily copy and paste which ever link I wish to use. Plus when I want to create a new link I do it here using one of the top two code setups and just drop in the Pink and Green info where they belong.

Once you've pasted your link(s) in your comment, take a quick look with Preview and you should see something like this:  (those three blue lines in the previous picture above)


Once you're satisfied, press Publish. 

You will be surprised how easy it is if you take a moment to set up the coding and have it at your fingertips.

Remember, a lot of people visit sites through comments they read - make it easy for them to visit you!

Good Luck - any questions, leave them in the comment area!



Cheers, Jenny


Addendum: It is common practice to use double quote marks (“ ”) in lieu of the single quote marks (‘ ’) I am using around the ADDRESS (URL) portion of the above HTML coding.

Either is acceptable and both work the same way.

A great site for HTML coding is w3schools - for those wanting to dabble a little further than what’s been presented here.


42 comments:

  1. Excellent reminder, Jenny. I had the html coding written but didn't have it on my desktop. I'll fix that soon.

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    1. Hi D.G. - Glad you like! I think keeping it on the desktop makes it easy to use - so go for it! I'll look forward to your Link Backs in future comments. With smiles, Jenny

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  2. Thank you, thank you!! I have always wondered about this. I'm so glad you shared this. How are you? I'm sorry I have not been back for a while. I've missed this place and your spirit.

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    1. Hi Melissa - great to see you! I think this would be a great tool for you as it really allows people to easily find our blogs without jumping through hoops.

      In my earlier days of blogging it was these exact links in comments that helped me find so awesome bloggers.

      Thanks for stopping by - always adds a smile to my face when you do. Hugs, Jenny

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  3. I always click the person's name and go through their profile to get to their blog, which I guess is what folks have to do for me. With the a-z challenge coming up though, I can really see how cumbersome this will get! Your directions seem so simple and concise, yet somehow I have this feeling... :)

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    1. Hi Andrea - I did that in the early days, and when time is not a pressure will still do it if I found the comment tempting me to learn more about the writer.

      There have been times when the Profile page has more than one blog link, or none...which is frustrating. Also, during blogging events it is an extra step and being able to avoid it by providing a link back really encourages a visit. (at least I've felt that with my link backs) :)

      Just remember....the BLUE stuff is mandatory....the PINK stuff is your blog address, just copy and paste it between those two apostrophes...the GREEN stuff is what you want to have people see/read. Once you've got the code just copy it and paste into any comment and once it's published the computer converts the code to a link. So even though you see this massive coding in your comment (before publishing it) it will not be seen after it is converted.

      Give it a try here...add a link back - let's have a little fun with it and if you are having any more difficulties I'll be happy to email you your HTML link.

      With happy thoughts, Jenny

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  4. thisisme
    Hi Jenny. This is a brilliant idea, and something that I really would like to do. I typed out and saved the above, but nothing worked I'm afraid. Any suggestions??

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    1. Hello dear Diane - this will be short as I've sent the epic novel behind the scenes. I hope you were able to use the coding I sent. If you have a chance use it here and let's see how it looks! I'll be curious to which you use...maybe it'll be both! :)

      Thanks for stopping by - seeing you here is a highlight! Hugs, Jenny

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  5. You know what, Jenny, you're right! I am going to start doing this starting NOW!

    Fingers crossed it works =)

    Elsie

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    1. Hey there dear friend - How are you, Miss Elsie! :) :)

      Yes, you MUST start doing this NOW! And...you'll have no problem...but should you...then you know I will be more than happy to fire off a copy of the link backs to both your lovely blogs.

      Then, whenever you drop around to the lucky folks out there in Bloggerville you can sign your comments with your link backs. How fun is that! :P

      So happy to have you visit...thanks! Hugs and Hearts, Jenny

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  6. I've never actually thought this through before Jenny but it's honestly so handy. Great post Jenny, I hope that things are well with you too!

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    1. Dear Matthew - HI! I'm always tickled when you stop by - adds a little ray of Irish Sun into my day - so thanks.

      I always appreciate your words of encouragement...and, maybe you too will give this a try!

      With smiles and happy thoughts, Jenny

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  7. Hi Jenny .. must read this, inwardly digest and put into practise - to start my learning curve this year.

    Cheers thanks for the update and such clear info ... Hilary

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    1. Dear Hilary - thank you for dropping in and taking a look.

      Now...since you are participating in the A-Z as a Co-Host Helper of "Terrific Tina" (whom I adore) you will find having a Link Back (or two) very beneficial.

      When I was co-hosting, last year, I added a link to the home page of the A-Z and then to my blog page that was dedicated to the A-Z with info etc. So it really came in handy.

      Other than opening a page (any word document will do) which then stays on your desktop for easy access making up the coding is pretty straight forward. However, if you want a little help I'm here for you.

      With smiles and hugs, Jenny

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  8. Jenny, why don't you just come over for tea and do this for me!!!! xo Carole

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    1. You're on! What an offer, Carole - I could use a lovely cup of tea in your beautiful home, or if the weather is great, in that gorgeous back yard of yours.

      But I'm not going to make you wait for links till then, so I'll whip you up a few options and you can start having fun...look for them shortly.

      Hugs and Hearts, Jenny :)

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    2. PS - Beautiful avatar photo...I think this is from a recent collection you've been working on, right? I like it very much!

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    1. Hi Charlie - Thanks!

      Did you use this tip to create your link back? It works beautifully. Since you're doing the A-Z again you will find a lot of extra traffic heading your way it you add it to your comments. Trust me, it does do that - I am often surprised when I get a comment from a visitor that makes reference to finding me in the comment section of a blog they frequent.

      Have fun with the A-Z I look forward to dropping in and having a read!

      Cheers, Jenny :)

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  10. This is helpful information that is always welcomed. I love using my signature link and it makes it so easy to find others when they use it.

    Lee
    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lee - always a treat having the "man" himself drop by! Are you getting revved up for another exciting A-Z?! I imagine so!

      The signature link is probably one of the most useful tools I use when out and about commenting - I find it makes my comment a little more personal and since so few people do it I also think it intrigues folks enough to click on it! A little bonus, eh!

      Cheers, Jenny

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  11. Just testing to see if using the single quote marks like you show in your above samples work correctly.

    Lee
    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. That's interesting, Lee - when taking my HTML courses we were taught using my posted method.

      Double quotes are in fact more common but since I have always used the single I just went with it. In subsequent posts I will mention there is the option though, so as not to confuse those that do use the double quotes. :)

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  12. This is great information and I am going to use it, right away. I don't know why I haven't been doing this - just haven't seen it in such a good and clear example!

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth, stopping by and for leaving this lovely comment.

      Using link backs generates an additional flow of traffic, particularly when participating in blog hops where time is of essence but one wants to check out a blogger whose comment tweaked our interest. I have met some wonderful bloggers because of link backs - so have fun with yours.

      Don't hesitate to drop by and leave your link back here...would love to see it/them!

      With smiles, Jenny

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  13. Oh my!
    This reads to me like the adults in peanuts the cartoon/comic strip.
    My intellect is restricted to pecking at a keyboard and hitting publish. I just don't have it I guess.
    I would be incredibly surprised if this works
    <a href='http://bushmansworld.blogspot.com>The High Cost of this Low Living</a>

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    1. Hi Bushman...thanks for trying.

      You are just missing the quote mark after .com - add it in and try it again. Everything else is bang on!
      Great seeing you here!

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    1. Houston, we have lift-off! Yay!!

      Gotta love it when it all works out! :)

      Now, to add extra fun to this adventure if you want to redirect us to a specific post, or part of your blog, you go there first so the address of that specific part of your blog is up in the address bar, you copy it and paste it just like you did with the one here.

      Like this...

      When city life gets you down...head out of town.
      Only on Bushman's Land will you find tomatoes like this.

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    1. Absolutely awesome, Diane! See...after that bit of confusion from my end you had it all along.

      I hope you enjoy experimenting with various options with the pink and green parts - and I look forward to seeing your "signature" at the end of your comments.

      Cheers, Jenny

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  16. but you need to have in mind that most people find added links within comments irritating :) since you can find the person by clicking on her name which leads you to their profile. Those link are justifiable only for people who don't have Blogger profiles or who don't have blog links in their profile pages. In most other cases those links within comments reminds us of spammers :)

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    1. Not to be a Correcting Clarence or anything but I have to respectfully disagree with you there Dezmond. ;) I find them to be quite useful when used correctly and when used as a signature to a post/reply.

      Any link on any site could potentially lead to a harmful site or to spam technically speaking. If you are concerned but curious about a link, one could always right click the link and click "Copy Link" and paste it into the address bar to see where you are being directed.

      It can be really handy for people to have more information about themselves in their signature. A name, link to a website, blog, twitter etc. An example of how I link to format it is:

      C. Pearson
      Site | Twitter | Tumblr | deviantART

      As long as signatures are short and to the point I see no reason why this would be at all irritating. ;)

      It is a very common practice on many types of forums and community sites to have a signature at the bottom of your posts and I think it's actually quite a clever thing to include in a blog reply as well.

      :)

      ________________________________________

      C. Pearson
      CourtneyPearson.com | Twitter | Tumblr | deviantART

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    2. Ah...I see I have a Correcting Clarence visiting today!
      “Has this tweaked you, my dear Miss CP,” said while giggling!!

      A signature (per Lee’s earlier comment) is a helpful tool.

      I have found when I visit a site regularly I start to recognize some of the other visitors and when a comment intrigues me enough to want to visit that person their signature link (if they have one) is useful.

      As in the case of our dear friend, Lee, he has five different blog links in his profile - so having a direct link to the one he wants to feature is really handy. Besides, if I was new to his profile page I really wouldn’t know which of the five to click on.

      Ah...all in good fun - thanks to both of you for weighing in from different angles.

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    3. I'm just saying it as it is, ladies :) It's OK at forums and other sites, but here at Blogger your name is the link and most people think there's no need to add additional links unless really needed. Even Blogger sometimes sends those comments with added links to SPAM INBOX although they're harmless. I've took out Lee's comments at my place out of the SPAM box a couple of times because Blogger thought he's a spammer :) That happened with a number of other bloggers who use links in comments.

      So, to conclude, I personally don't mind links, but I think they should not become widespread at Blogger unless you have a good reason to have them in your comments (like the one Jennzie mentioned - when someone has numerous blogs or his/her Blogger profile are tied directly to Google Plus)

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    4. Dezz - sorry for the delay in putting your comment up. I fired of an email to a contact I have with Google for exact clarification about links in the comment area.

      He is away for the weekend - hence my delay in replying.

      Blogger does not frown at the use of links in comments, in fact, they show how to use then in their Comment Help section.

      I can only say it truly is a matter of personal taste. Not everyone has Google Plus, I don't, and I find the links in comments to be useful. I can see how ad links in comments would be most irritating and is probably what most often is caught by Blogger as spam.

      Courtney makes an excellent point, though, no matter where a link is, in the post, in the comment or even on the side bar, we all take a chance when we click on them.

      Once I hear back from Joseph, I'll update this. It would be of interest to me what his take is.

      I hope you are having a wonderfully delicious Easter - I'm looking forward to your wardrobe change - you see, I've had one too! :)

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  17. Wow Jenny...such an informative post. I am a lazy blogger and have never done this before. So do you mean like this?
    http://lisagrahamart.blogspot.com/

    or no.

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    1. Hi Lisa - thanks for taking a look.

      The URL you have for your blog is great, now just drop it in between the two quote marks ' xxxxx ' (it would be the pink stuff). Then put your blog's name in between these ><.

      Your URL is the pink part and your blog name is the green - it all has to fit in between the blue coding.

      I hope that helps, if not, I will quickly fire you off an email. :)

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  18. Thanks Jenny! I've done some looking into it and I only have Word Pad on my computer (a PC). I need to get just plain Word I think in order to do the HTML thing. Thanks again!!!

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    1. Word pad is perfect, Lisa.
      You only need to type out the code - use the blue HTML stuff, fill in the pink and green parts with your info and you've got it.

      Then, when you wish to put your "signature" in a comment you just open the Word Pad copy it and paste it in the comment. Give it a go, let me know how it works out. :)

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  19. Pretty interesting post! Thanks it was interesting. fsdsolutions

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    1. Thanks for dropping by to read it. I see you've added a link! :)

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