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Creating Links in InfoBarrel Articles

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There are different ways to create links in InfoBarrel articles. Some are easier and better than others. This article will explain what a good link is and show you how to create links in your articles. This method works consistently and helps you insure that your links work the way you expect.

What is a Link?

A link, or hyperlink, is part of the fabric of the Internet. The way the "web" is created is that web pages link to other pages on the same, or other, websites. Creating a link to another website or web page helps the readers of your article find related content. There are rules at InfoBarrel about how many and what type of links you can have in your articles.

Typically on a web page, but not always, links are blue underlined. There is no standard that says they have to be done this way, but it is very common. At InfoBarrel your links are blue, but are not underlined until the reader hovers over them with their mouse. These visual clues help readers know that the section of text they are looking at is a link to another article or website.

Some Definitions

Backlink: A backlink is any type of link that you create on the Internet which points back to some content that you have created. One article linking to another is a backlink. You can also backlink using social bookmarking websites or creating other articles or blog posts which link to your content somewhere else. All of these should help give authority to your article.

Anchor Text: The anchor text is simply the text in your article that is used as the text for a link. On InfoBarrel you can think of it as the text that turns blue when you create a link. For example look at the text "rules at InfoBarrel" above. That is the anchor text that I use to link to the writing guidelines which InfoBarrel has created for its writers.

Contextual Link: A contextual link is a link that uses anchor text to link to another page. It helps to think of what a non-contextual link is. This is when you use just the URL of a webpage instead of using anchor text. For example, a non-contextual link would be: http://www.infobarrel.com

Here is an example of how to create a good link. If I want the readers of this article to also know about the article I wrote on formatting articles at InfoBarrel then I would use the anchor text "formatting articles" (which I did) and create a contextual link to my other article. The reason the link is a good one is it is contextual and it uses good anchor text. It is considered good anchor text because it uses keywords that I want that article to be known for. On top of all of that, it is now a natural backlink to my other article.

Create contextual links, and/or backlinks, in your article using anchor text that uses keywords for the page or website you are linking to.

Creating a Link

In the InfoBarrel editor you can create a link in two different ways. One is using the regular editor and the other is via the HTML editor. Most of the time it is not necessary to use the HTML editor to create your links, therefore we will focus on only the normal editor, or the WYSIWYG editor.

Highlight the text you want to use as your anchor text then click on the chain icon. It is on the second row of icons in the InfoBarrel editor. A dialog box will pop up allowing you to define all the properties for your link.

The first line says "Link URL." The safest way to create a working link is to open a new tab in your browser and navigate to the page that you want to link to. Then highlight the URL in the address bar of your browser* and copy the link address to your computer's clipboard. You can do this by pressing CNTL+C on a PC, or CMD+C on a Mac. Come back to the InfoBarrel editor and paste the address into the "Link URL" line of the dialog box. You can do this by pressing CNTL+V or CMD+V as necessary. This insures that you do not make a mistake in typing the link URL.

The next line you want to consider adjusting in the "Target" line. Leaving it as it is will open the link in the current window. This means that the article reader will go to the page that you have linked to using the current browser window or tab in which they are reading your article. If you want the link to open in a new window or tab, then you can choose the "Open in new window (_blank)" drop-down option. If you don't mind your readers navigating away from your article to the linked page (and possibly never coming back) then you don't need to adjust the settings on that line. However, if you would rather the reader finish your article before closing the browser window or tab, then you can choose the "_blank" option. Which is better? That is up to you to decide on a link-to-link basis. It might make a great forum topic to  discus.

Finally, you should give your link a title. Type a name for your link in the "Title" line. This text will show up when someone hovers over the link. This is used to give the reader more information about where the link is taking them. For example, if you hover over the "rules at InfoBarrel" link above you will see a small box that pops up saying "InfoBarrel Editorial Guidelines." That is the title that I manually typed into the "Title" box. I chose that title because it is the title of the page, but I could have put anything in there.

There are many other options you can set in the link creation dialog box, but those mentioned above are the ones you should fill in or choose on every link you create. Many of the other options are much more advanced than what you need for creating a good solid link from your article to another article or web page.

*A note about Amazon Associates links: If you are creating a link to a product page at Amazon, you do not want to use the URL in the browser address bar. You should use the Amazon Site Stripe to get the specific link with your Amazon Associates code in it that you will paste into the "Link URL" line of the InfoBarrel editor link creation dialog box.

Any questions can be asked in the comments below or the InfoBarrel forum. There are plenty of people willing to help the InfoBarrel writers become better authors and users of the InfoBarrel website.



Mar 15, 2011 2:15am
Thank you so much....much needed information!
Mar 15, 2011 8:13am
Glad it is helpful. I hope others can use it too.
Mar 15, 2011 8:39am
Lots of help. I've been doing some, even lined to your cast iron skillet article, I think. Thanks dpeach
Mar 15, 2011 1:59pm
Thanks for the link! I am glad it helps.
Mar 15, 2011 9:01am
DPeach, you are such an asset to InfoBarrel. Although I knew some of this, I learned a lot, too. For example, I did not know about adjusting the "Target" line. In fact, I have printed your article out. I know that I will refer back to it again and again. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
Mar 15, 2011 2:00pm
Thanks DD. There are some things in the link creation dialog box that I don't understand, but I know these settings will get you started the right direction.
Mar 15, 2011 3:53pm
Ahh, thanks for explaining the title box, I never used it. I love to interlink my articles, and now I have more knowledge about it.
Mar 16, 2011 10:23pm
You're welcome! Interlinking your articles is a quick and easy way to provide a backlink. It also is helpful to readers to be able to get more information on a different aspect of the topic.
Mar 30, 2011 9:28am
I wanted to learn this but didn't know what the process was called. So glad I checked out your articles. Big thanks!
Mar 30, 2011 10:58am
I am glad it helps. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Apr 13, 2011 10:27pm
DP-I had to thank you for the information about the title box. I never knew this, and I have been here for well over a year! Thanks!
Apr 17, 2011 10:00pm
That extra title information is useful to tell exactly what you are linking to in case the anchor text doesn't say enough.
May 7, 2011 11:29pm
Thanks for this info dpeach - I thought this would all be stuff I knew, but the info about the title box is new to me, too. :)
May 19, 2011 9:51pm
I am learning stuff all the time too. I know there are many more elements I could add with my links, but these are the ones important to me right now. I will probably discover later that I need to make some changes in the way I create links.
May 9, 2011 3:39pm
I was wondering how to link my IB articles together. Thanks very much for the excellent instructions - it is so clearly laid out and easy to follow.
May 19, 2011 9:52pm
Great! It is encouraging to know it has helped someone.
May 18, 2011 5:31pm
Thank you, this is extremely useful info for a newbie like myself.
May 19, 2011 9:53pm
Thank you 2kids1cat! Look through some of my other articles if you need help or ask in the forum, we are a friendly bunch (mostly).
May 23, 2011 3:09pm
i am indeed finding your articles ridiculously helpful! thanks so much
May 23, 2011 9:50pm
That is great to hear! I love trying to explain things. I am not sure I am always successful at it, but I love trying.
May 24, 2011 5:21pm
Great stuff and such a helpful 'link' for all of the new writers here. Sorry about the pun but thank you for this valuable information.
May 24, 2011 5:59pm
:-) Glad it helps Tom_Carver! If you follow a chain long enough you are bound to find the right link.
May 27, 2011 7:23pm
Thanks dpeach. With your help I finished my article and still had enough time to hit the links.
May 27, 2011 10:45pm
That's great! I appreciate you showing your support for my articles.

Hmm, hitting the links. Do you mean Internet type links or golf links? I would rather be on the golf links just about any day more than making Internet links. Except one costs money and the other makes money.
May 31, 2011 2:07pm
Great information, thanks.
Jun 9, 2011 9:27pm
Thanks for your helpful article. I was doing the anchor text, but did not realise that was what it was called. Also learned so much more from your article that I did not know. Thanks so much
Jun 9, 2011 9:53pm
I am glad this help with some of the terminology. Thanks for the comment!
Jun 10, 2011 12:48am
Thanks for the information on "Creating links in Info Barrel Articles." I have not been naming the link - glad to know how to do it now.
Jun 13, 2011 6:15pm
Naming the links is a big help for people using screen reading programs. It is also important for good SEO on your pictures. I don't know how much it matters for link SEO.

Thanks for the comment.
Jun 13, 2011 4:59pm
thanks dpeach for such a well written article explaning the 'link' situation. I have searched for this info on other sites and never found the explanation explained so adaquately. Rated up--
Jun 13, 2011 6:16pm
Thank you for your kindness. I hope this will be helpful for many people in the future.
Jun 13, 2011 6:58pm
Hi dpeach, I wanted to let you know that, since reading this article, I have interlinked almost all of my articles. What WOULD we do without you?Thanks again.
Jun 13, 2011 7:17pm
I think you would find something useful to do without me, but I am glad I can help in this. Thanks for leaving another encouraging comment.
Jun 24, 2011 12:19am
Thanks about the Amazon associate link's comment!
Jun 24, 2011 8:03am
I am glad it helped. I have done well with Amazon this month.
Aug 15, 2011 8:10am
Have just re-read this and picked some more points. Thanks for sharing your knowledge so freely.
Sep 2, 2011 8:26am
Today I learned about anchor text and interlinking but your article gave me what I really needed, the "HOW TO" on setting it up.

Thanks very much! You've enhanced my IB experience.

Sep 23, 2011 10:48pm
This is a great resource for new writers. I am bookmarking this article to refer back to as I write more articles. Thank you for explaining it in a simple way.
Sep 30, 2011 11:20am
I appreciate the detailed explanation. I'm off to try it out right now!
Oct 5, 2011 4:06pm
I just used the anchor text "buy your desk" in my article and it was rejected for having a call to action. Obviously "buying" type keywords are considered a call to action. Have you experienced this too?
Feb 7, 2012 4:31pm
Hey, Thank you so much, this was very helpful!
Apr 15, 2012 8:03pm

Thanks for useful information on creating links in Infobarrel articles, but I want to ask, is it possible to edit link after the post has been published or to add link later by using the text already published.

Aug 12, 2012 9:13pm
Thanks for making the process of linking so easy to understand. Your article has helped me a lot.
Mar 1, 2013 5:41pm
This is gold. Thankyou, I really needed this information.
Aug 22, 2014 7:16pm
As a newbie with link challenges, I am so glad you've shared your linking skills. I've bookmarked this article for easy future ref.
Sep 8, 2014 8:26am
Thanks, this told me exactly what I needed to know. I just thought I'd point out a typo - the word discus is used instead of discuss in paragraph twelve.
Dec 16, 2015 2:21pm
This article was super helpful! Thank you for making it so simple!!!
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