Sunday, May 4, 2008

GUIDE: Spread the link love - Granado Espada style!

Anyone who's got a Granado Espada blog out there?

Um, yes, I hoped so.

Anyway, this entry is for all of us seaGE bloggers, both the old hands and the new ones. I'm here to talk about how to give proper credit to other seaGE-related blog entries.

By "giving proper credit", I mean you are linking properly to a blog entry that you liked, AND letting the original blogger know that you liked what they posted ^^ Yes, there's a way to do this. All you need to do is remember a few simple rules, as well as use your right mouse button.

For seaGE bloggers using Blogger / Blogspot:

Couldn't be simpler. Let's use Southernsky's [Guide] Karjalainen's Necklace Crafting as our example.

1. Left-click once on the post's title to be taken to the specific post page.

In this case, it looks like this:

2. Copy the specific post page's URL from the address bar.

3. Paste the specific post page's URL in your entry, between the quotes in <a href="">. [Don't forget the matching </a> tag at the end!]

The HTML should look like this:
<a href="
guide-karjalainens-necklace-crafting.html">[Link Text]</a>

4. At the very end of the specific post page's URL, add "#links". No quotes, no spaces. Add it immediately after the .html part.

It now looks like this:

<a href="
guide-karjalainens-necklace-crafting.html#links">[Link Text]</a>

Having the "#links" attribute at the end of the specific post page's URL will make your blog post's title appear at the end of the original post's page, under the heading "Links to this post" - so the original post's author will know that it was you who linked to their posts!

For seaGE bloggers using Wordpress:

For this example, let's use Fiksdotter's blogspotted Bahama Map: My first step.

1. Left-click once on the post's title to be taken to the specific post page.

2. Scroll to the end of the post and find the link named "Trackback URI".

Wordpress has the Trackback feature, which allows blog users to track who has been linking back to them. If they have activated the feature on their blogs, the blogs will have a link list headed "Recent Links", under which the blog posts that have linked to them will appear.

URI means Uniform Resource Identifier. It's the generic term for URLs [Uniform Resource Locators] and URNs [Uniform Resource Names].

3. Right-click on the "Trackback URI" link once, and select "Copy Link Location" [or equivalent] on the context menu.

For the above example, the Trackback URI for Fiksdotter's entry is:

4. Paste the copied trackback URI into your HTML code.

Sample HTML would be
<a href="
">[Link Text]</a>

And that's all there is to it!

Hope this will help the seaGE bloggers with linking and promoting each other!


Thanks to Southernsky and to Fiksdotter for their wonderful and informative blog posts ^^

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