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How to add links with simple HTML

| March 29, 2009

Hyperlinks, or simply "links" as they are often called today, remain one of the most powerful features of the Internet and are an integral part of any good Web site.

Simple yet powerful snippets of code surrounding certain keywords in an article on a blog or other Web page allow the author to simply and easily connect to other related articles, websites, even video or other multimedia, anywhere on the World Wide Web.


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Though many blogging platforms and even social networks like Facebook now include simple linking tools allowing users to drop a Web site address, or url, into a text box to create a link, other sites like Squidoo and even MySpace do not.

There also may be times in blogging when it's helpful to know the basic Hyperlink Text Markup Language, or HTML, used to establish a simple link.

To add a link anywhere in your text in an HTML document, simply make sure you are viewing the straight HTML code for the document as opposed to a rich-text editor. In MySpace and most Squidoo modules only simple HTML will be displayed. 

Locate the word or group of words in the text where you wish to place your link. (This will be the text readers can click on in order to travel to a new document elsewhere on your website or on the Web.)

Before this text, type the simple code:<a href=". Then add the URL of the new Web site where you want your link to lead. (Remember to use the new Web site's full address including http://)

Close the quotations and the bracket then following the word or phrase where you wish to place the link, write: </a>. Your final code should look something like this: <a href="new url">text</a>.

Congratulations! You've just created a link! 

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