Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Linda's How-Do-I Series? How Do I Add A Text Link?

Search engines just love blogs due to all the article postings (IE: text) and due to all the links. The search engines just love to follow the links.

Given this - link exchanges for blogs become every bit as important as link exchanges for websites. One of the most important things that bloggers can do to get their blog recognized is to link with other blogs.

Generally, these are text links in the sidebars of your blog and they are very easy to add to your blog. Here's how:

Let's say I wanted to add a text link for Linda Walsh Originals, Linda Walsh Originals Dolls, and Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns to the sidebar of any one of my blogs and I wanted the text to be CLICKABLE back to the respective website. The HTML code to do so would be as follows (minus the ***'s that are shown below to get the HTML to be viewable in this article):

<***a href="http://www.lindawalshoriginals.com">Linda Walsh Originals<***/a>
<***a href="http://lindawalshoriginalsdolls.com">Linda Walsh Originals Dolls<***/a>
<***a href="http://lindawalshoriginalsepatterns.com">Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns<***/a>

and that would produce this:

Linda Walsh Originals
Linda Walsh Originals Dolls
Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns

If you wanted to center this on your sidebar your HTML coding would be as follows (minus the ***'s that are shown below to get the HTML to be viewable in this article):

<***center>
<***a href="http://www.lindawalshoriginals.com">Linda Walsh Originals<***/a>
<***a href="http://lindawalshoriginalsdolls.com">Linda Walsh Originals Dolls<***/a>
<***a href="http://lindawalshoriginalsepatterns.com">Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns<***/a>
<***/center>

and that would produce this:

Linda Walsh Originals
Linda Walsh Originals Dolls
Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns

All of the lines of coding and sections above contain 3 ***'s. They are there only to allow for you to view the html code above and should not be included in your html code.

So, if you have a blog and know of other crafters who have a blog you might want to ask them to exchange text links with you. It would benefit both of you when it comes to the search engines and more exposure for your blog. Hopefully, this translates into more sales for your small business.



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