STOP! Don’t Press Publish! Have You Remembered to Add The LINKS?

Image of a linkAre you remembering to link to articles, websites or other blogger’s post when you write about them? Why NOT?

It’s really frustrating when you can’t check out more details in a post because the blogger’s failed to link. Readers won’t waste their time Googling to find the facts. Why BOTHER — it’s easier to change to another blogger.

Linking is a really important part of being a blogger and linking isn’t hard! Yet for some reason most new bloggers FAIL to link!

How To Create A LinkImage of copying link

  1. Copy the URL of the website you want to link to.
  2. In the post that you are writing highlight the text you want linked to the website and click on Insert/Edit Link button, paste the URL and then click INSERT.Image of linking

It’s good blogging etiquette to link to:

  1. A person’s blog if you mention a blogger
  2. The post if you are talking about a particular post on a blog

For example: Larry Ferlazzo is well known for sharing websites that will help you teach. Check out his Best Social Studies Websites — 2008


Most bloggers like to check out posts when people write about them and some will take the time to write comments on your posts. Linking to other bloggers is one way of increasing the conversation and readership of your blog.

What tips on blogging would you give new bloggers?

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35 thoughts on “STOP! Don’t Press Publish! Have You Remembered to Add The LINKS?

  1. hellow how are you
    I am first joined edublogs
    and iam happy to join this fasility
    good by?????????????????

  2. Hi Sue!
    Thank you very much for this blog! I’ve just learnt how to add links and I’m sure I’ll be visiting you again and again in the future. I’m starting my new blog and I find it fascinating!
    Hope to go on learning from you!

    1. Glad it has helped you learn how to add links and congratulations on starting your blog. Please let me know any time if you would like me to cover a topic.

  3. @Maria You need to first highlight the text you want to link to (that you have written in your write area) and then you will be able to click on the Insert/Edit Link button.

    Whether parents will be able to comment on pages will depend on the theme you use. If you do a search of this blog there is a post on which themes allow comments on pages. Anyone can write comments on a post or page (that allows comments) all they need to do is add their name and email address. I suggest you check out my info for first time readers as it explains this at the bottom.

    Also you might like to grab the manuals for using Edublogs as they are helpful when getting started using Edublogs blog.

    1. Thanks Sue!
      Ok, I’lll go right now and try to write, highlight, and enter a link.
      I’ll let you know if that works. As far as the parents are concerned, I’ll check into (even though I have read. I think I’m overloaded and a bit daft right now.) the first time info again. : )

  4. Help!
    I have signed up for a free edublog for my student teaching.
    My Tech Prof said I should be able to link other web pages and podcasts and voicethreads on my pages, not just on a ‘link’ on the front page.

    When I pull up a ‘page’ my ‘edit/insert link’ icon is pale and will not open.

    Also, I want my parents to comment on my ‘just for parents’ page (which I am hoping to have lots of great safety links on.)
    Can I just upload all their emaiils to ‘able to comment’ or do they each and every one have to sign up.


  5. @eduspacelounge You will only see the link icon change colour after you have highlight the words you want to link to.

    @triplejz best of luck with your band and blogging. Yes I check out your blog 🙂

  6. When I write a post, the link icon doesn’t work (faded out). Is there any way that I can turn the icon on?

  7. Thanks Sue!

    Seeing I’m brand spanking new to the blogging world, I’ve been fumbling my way through all of this. Then I saw your blog on linking and it has helped me immensly!!!! Thank-you.

    Now, it’s about all the other tools…vlogs, moblogs etc :0


  8. Kia ora Sue.

    A fan of links? Hmmm. One thing I learnt about links on web pages and blogs (way back) was that if the text was well written, the links didn’t bother me when I read the text. I treated links in the same way as I treated glossed word (for in fact that’s what they amount to). If I knew the meaning of a glossed word, I didn’t need to click the link.

    What is really frustrating is getting a reference to a writer or a topic that I don’t know anything about and there being no link to find out more – as you say. But to gloss every (other) word in a sentence . . . I’ve seen that! I just ignore them.

    Ka kite
    from Middle-earth

  9. @Larry Yes learning how to link in posts is something that ‘newbies’ wonder about plus I know they would also like to know how to write the links in comments. Always happy to link to your blog Larry – we really appreciate your support.

    @Pumba Have you tried following the instruction in this post?

    @Ken For me there is a balance between providing enough links and too much. I prefer it when bloggers provide enough information for me to want to check out the links and aren’t a fan of links without much of a reason why I might check out. Larry’s blog is excellent.

  10. Kia ora Sue.

    More excellent tips! This set is precious for learning more. It also saves the blogger writing a soliloquy on a relevant topic that another blogger has already waxed the eloquent on.

    I’m a great fan of links in blogs. BTW, thanks for the link to Larry Ferlazzo’s site 🙂

    Ka kite

  11. Sue,

    Good post about a topic that I suspect that many experienced bloggers assume “everyone” knows already, but one that that “newbies” wonder about. I remember that how to create a link was one of the first questions I had, but I had to learn through trial and error since I couldn’t find instructions anywhere.

    And thanks for using a link to my blog to illustrate the point!


    1. Adding a comment to an older post but think it’s worth the mention. I have learned a lot over the past year of blogging but I know that there are some things that remain way over my head and the newbie bloggers heads as well. When the time is right and when we have enough background knowledge we will learn it. Without the foundation, it’s too much of a challenge. So repeating, what many may consider to be simple lessons, is going to be helpful. Larry, you are the Master of establishing the best background knowledge and you share it through your blog every day.

      1. Totally agree Gail and there is always that constant need to have the blend of posts that extend while others that revisit previous topics. Sometimes it can be a hard balance.

        Excellent link BTW 🙂 – and agree that Larry is incredible.

        People often comment on older posts on The Edublogger which is good and I try hard, when appropriate, to respond.

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