What is a hyperlink and how do I get one in my article?

Want to have something in your articles for online publication that will be a clickable link to a recommended site, but not want to have the lengthy url code [http://SiteName.com] in the text of your article?  What you want is a hyperlink.

Our readers frustration limit is very low in this high tech world.  Use the hyperlinks to speed up the information acquisition without interrupting the good smooth flow of your article.

Information is geared for WordPress, A-Webber, Microsoft Office Word.  Other formats will require similar technique and steps.

Here are the steps to follow to create a hyperlink.

  1. In a separate word document or note pad document type the full link http://Name.of.Web.Site.comThat you want to use in your article, blog or office document.
  2. Write your article and choose words or a picture you wish to be the clickable link- your focus spot.
  3. Then highlight your focus spot – either the picture or words [like “click here”]
  4. Then, find the hyperlink icon [usually looks like a world globe with a chain on it or below it] in your dashboard for the medium you are working in. In Word it may be under the “insert” tab.
  5. Click on this icon.  A new window will pop up.
  6. There will be a blank address block near the bottom of it.
  7. Bring up the screen – window that has the url on it that you want to use.
  8. Highlight it then copy it [Ctrl C]
  9. go back to the pop up window and paste the url into the address block [Ctrl V]  and click done.
  10. The pop up window will vanish and your text will show your focus spot as blue or underlined.

The link, in theory, is completed and functional.  Never assume anything!!!  Test it to be sure.

For WordPress there is a preview function or test function.

  • In the preview mode look to see that your focus spot appears underlined or blue indicating that it is clickable.
  • If so then click on it to verify that it sends you where you intend your readers to go.

For A-Webber there is a send a test email function.

  • Send the test email to yourself.
  • Open the test email as usual and look to see that your focus spot appears underlined or blue indicating that it is clickable.
  • If so then click on it to verify that it sends you where you intend your readers to go.

In Microsoft Office Word.

  • Just save the article then scroll down to your focus spot and click on it to verify that it sends you where you intend your readers to go.

     For any of the above should the focus spot not look like a link [blue and or underlined] or if clicking it does not send you where you intend your readers to go you will need to review the above steps and do it again.  One slight error in the url code will render it invalid so it pays to test and check all work.  After all your aim is to enlighten your reader not to tick them off when things don’t work.