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Making Live Links 101

by PotPieGirl on June 2, 2008 · 20 comments

Let’s step back and review some basics for making Squidoo lenses. A big question I get is how to make live links (or hyperlinks, or clickable links, to anchor text links, or HTML links, or words that click to a page, etc etc etc). No matter how you ask it – I’m about to answer it!

Links are the heart and soul of the internet. All web pages are interlinked SOMEHOW. Links are the secret to getting found, being in the index of search engines, and improving the search engine ranking of your Squidoo lens. Being able to create links on your web page that link to other pages, and creating links OFF your web page that link BACK to your page, is very, very important.

Making Squidoo Lenses – The Basics

This post is inspired by two things. First, as I fell asleep last night I was thinking that I might want to review more of the online marketing basic information. Every day there are more and more folks coming online to try and earn money. I think this is fantastic! Thing is, I think my blog may have some posts that skip the basics and go straight to assuming that readers already KNOW the basics. (tell me I am not the only one that has online business thoughts like this as they are falling asleep… please? lol)

The second thing, and a definite sign that I DO need to review internet marketing basics, is an email I received this morning. First a disclaimer – there are a TON of emails in my inbox that need my attention. Life here has been whack-o crazy and full of events and activities that are keeping me from the computer. Heck, my own SISTER resorted to using the contact me form on this very blog to try and get my attention! Now, THAT is sad! You know you are too busy when your own family has to use the contact form on your blog to get communication with you… ugh!

So, my apologies to those that are patiently waiting! And also, a nice ‘thank you’ to Sam. Sam sent me an email (also via the contact form…lol) that let me know that my thoughts last night were right on track with what my readers need. My readers – especially those new to PotPieGirl.com – need the basics.

Here is the great email from Sam -

Hello PotPieGirl, you do a great job, but for us newbie’s there’s one
problem. Meaning, that you assume we know enough to follow you. On some I can,
but much I can’t. For example I don’t know how to brainstorm keywords. I can’t
even figure out how to make a url link live in my articles in squidoo. Do
you have articles that slow down and explain exactly step by step how to do all
these little things most people know how to do? Your teaching is excellent, I
just need to know how to do some of the things in between, if you know what
I mean..
Thanks very much for setting a newbie straight.
Sam

Thanks, Sam! Great email! You confirmed what I was thinking.

How to Make Live Links on a Squidoo Lens

This question is asked often and in MANY different ways – How to make a link, How to make a clickable link, How to make a live link, How to make words a link on a web page, How to make hyperlinks, etc etc etc.

First, I will tell you, then I will give you a cool little free tool that will make the code to create live links.

For me to turn the word PotPieGirl into a link like this PotPieGirl on a Squidoo page, I would use this code:

<a href=”http://www.potpiegirl.com”>PotPieGirl</a>

Basically – <a href=”the webpage you want to link to”>The words you want ‘clickable’</a>

It took me FOREVER to remember this piece of code when I first started. I actually had the code written out and TAPED to my monitor so I could have it each time I needed it. This is no lie… it really just would NOT sink in to my memory.

Free Online Tool For Easy Hyperlinks

Wish this was around when I was starting, but this free tool will make your links for you. Simply type in the address you want to link to (target url), the words you want as the anchor text (display text, ie, the clickable words) and click ‘construct link’. This little tool will give you both the HTML code for your link that you can copy and paste on your Squidoo lens, and the BBcode (this type of code is usually used in forums). You need the HTML code for your Squidoo pages.

Try EasyHyperlinks.com

The extra nice thing about this tool is that it also adds a ‘title’ attribute to your HTML code. What this means is that the words in the code that are found in the title= place are words that will show when you, or your readers, hold their mouse over the link.

For example, if I use this HTML code:

<a href=”http://www.potpiegirl.com” title=”PotPieGirl is SO cool”>PotPieGirl</a>

It will say “PotPieGirl is SO cool” when you hold your mouse over the link like this:

PotPieGirl

Got it?



{ 18 comments }

Kimberly at Squidoo June 3, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Great tips, as always! Thanks for sharing,
~Kimberly
Squidoo’s Community Organizer

thefluffanutta June 3, 2008 at 6:44 pm

Where’s the “Free Online Tool For Easy Hyperlinks”? I keep looking for a link in this post, but I can’t find it.

thefluffanutta

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Marc June 3, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Don’t forget about us non-newbies. We need your attention too!

PotPieGirl June 3, 2008 at 7:44 pm

@ theFluffanutta – Lord knows, I can be such a dumba$$ at times.. LMAO!! I can’t believe I didn’t link to it! Going in to edit the post now.

THANK YOU for pointing that out!

@Marc – Thanks Marc, you’re right. I’ve decided to kinda rotate posts between experience levels… hopefully that will keep everyone entertained!

Thanks for reading!

Tom July 8, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Hi there,

Thanks for the tips, I used the above code you give for squidoo and when I paste it into my lens it does not save, have you encountered this problem before? The phrase I want to activate and link from gets highlighted but that’s it, I wonder what I am doing wrong, I even copied your exact code just to test it and still no good, any suggestions?

Thanks,

~Tom

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texanlon-Lonnie Sallas October 22, 2008 at 5:13 pm

PotPieGirl,

I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this article on how to create a link. I have seen the code before, but didn’t know what to do with it. I applied this and it worked. Thanks so Much!!!!
Lonnie Sallas

Scott Denham February 28, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Jennifer,
Your book is awesome and your keyword add-on book is great as well. This create a link tool is just what I needed! A real time saver!

Thanks for being such a blessing.

Scott Denham

Karen Leslie March 3, 2009 at 7:33 am

Thanks for the link to that tool. I was just creating a Squidoo page and I couldn’t get the link right. I even copied an old one and still it didn’t work.

The easyhyperlinks tool saved me!

Thanks!

Karen

Charlie Davis March 22, 2009 at 3:28 am

It is a wonderful thing you have done, giving me the hypertext generator alone was an act of mercy.

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Gabrielle March 25, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Thanks so much!!! Wishing you great success.

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Anne May 27, 2009 at 11:45 pm

This is brilliant stuff, thank you so much. The ‘title attribute’ sounds so much fun! THANKS

Lisa June 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Jennifer,

Thank you for this! You give such great free information on this blog. I instantly thought to search your blog for how to do this before I started a long search on Google and thank goodness I did! Thank you again!!!

mary ann pierce August 27, 2009 at 11:49 pm

where do you go on squidoo lens editor to paste html code?thanks if you can help,very stuck here!!!
mary ann pierce

Alana Venturi August 31, 2009 at 5:29 am

Hello Jennifer,
I soooo appreciate what you are doing and I have been working on five related lenses for some time now. I am using your ebook as my guide and find most of what I need there BUT…I’m stumpted:
Please note below:

mary ann pierce Said:

where do you go on squidoo lens editor to paste html code?thanks if you can help,very stuck here!!!
mary ann pierce

I also don’t understand where to put the created hyperlinks. Alana

Alana Venturi August 31, 2009 at 5:31 am

Alana Venturi Said:

Hello Jennifer,
I soooo appreciate what you are doing and I have been working on five related lenses for some time now. I am using your ebook as my guide and find most of what I need there BUT…I’m stumpted:
Please note below:

mary ann pierce Said:

where do you go on squidoo lens editor to paste html code?thanks if you can help,very stuck here!!!
mary ann pierce

I also don’t understand where to put the created hyperlinks. Alana
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t4-trix September 10, 2009 at 2:29 pm

i knew how to create hyperlinks,but had doubt,bcoz lens shows as text module,thanks

Ricia October 6, 2009 at 1:55 am

Thank you PotPie

I have have been literally searching for a couple of days trying to figure this out! Brain over loaded. I think you are doing such a great job. I have followed you since I started WA…

Joseph Mancia October 11, 2009 at 5:38 am

Thanks for such valuable information, I never new how to get those hover words.

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