During the competition, I have had a lot of people direct questions to me on the subject of sharing links. I am going to try and explain everything I know in a way that I hope will be useful.
In my opening paragraph, you might have noticed some differently coloured clickable text. The word “competition” links to the competition overview from week 1 while the word “links” leads to the jargon buster (which tells you what a link is). Pretty nifty right?
You can also share links on Facebook. I have no doubt that you have seen friends sharing news and funny blog posts every single day. You can also share your own content too.
Sharing links on Facebook the easy way
Take a look at almost any blog or news site and you will see things that look something like this.
That is from one of our competition entries.
Do you notice the button that says “Facebook”? This is what that link looks like on this blog.
You can see that three shares have already been detected. Is that not awesome?
Give the “Facebook” button a click. And this happens.
That box is all ready for me to share that link to my Facebook wall. There is even a box which invites me to “say something about this”. When I am done I can press “Post to Facebook” (bottom right).
That is all well and good but I want to share this link to our group. Do you see where it says “share on your own timeline”? Let’s click that and change it.
I chose “share in group”. And then when the group box appeared I started typing until the group I wanted was in the list. Then I gave that a click.
Now I get to share the link to the group instead.
Sharing links to Facebook the advanced way
That was the easy way to share links. Now we are going to learn about an advanced way to share links that will also help you learn something about blogging.
It’s actually almost as easy. However, this link sharing method is just a touch more fiddly.
Look up right now. At the top of your screen – you can probably see a long bar. Something like this:
Do you see the text inside the box? That is the address of the page you are looking at. As you did not have to log in or enter any magic passwords to see this post, if you were to give this link to someone else, they would see this article just the same as you would.
Now, let us copy that. You can highlight the text, right-click, and press copy; or you can highlight the text and press control+C; on an android device long press and choose copy.
If you take that text and go over to the facebook group you can paste it into a message. You will see exactly the same stuff appear as when you shared it from the button.
However, there will be this big bit of ugly text. You can go ahead and remove that from your post – facebook is done with it now and understands that you want to share the link.
This technique allows you to share almost any page on Facebook. You can even use it to share the group, pages, and events too.
How to share links in a blog post
Links on blog posts are formatted using the a tag and the href attribute. Don’t worry – you don’t need to know about that if you are using WordPress. If you are interested you can check the HTML view of your post later and see what I mean.
If you have posted on a blog before then you have probably seen something like this before. If you have yet to get that far check out this guide which will talk you through everything you need to know about getting started with posting on WordPress.
Take a close look at the toolbar. After the B for bold and I for italics, there are two links for bulleted and numbered lists. After that is an icon which is supposed to look like links in a chain. That’s for linking with.
First, you highlight your text that you want linked and then you press that link button. You should get a box like this:
You will probably notice that there are a list of our blog posts in the big box. That’s a helpful tool to help you make links to your own stuff. Linking to related content that you have already posted is a great idea but that is a story for another time.
Right now we are interested in the first box that says URL. URL is another name for the link text that we copied before. Paste the link text in the URL box. Then press “Add Link”.
That is all there is to it. While you are getting used to adding links I highly recommend that you give your links a test click after you publish to check they are all working. If one has gone wrong you can always hit edit and have another go.
Using links for pings
If you link to the current competition post from the competition entry, you will ping our blog and (once we’ve checked it is a true ping) someone (probably me) will okay it. Then your link will appear in the list under the competition post.
On WordPress, you do not have to do anything special. It will take care of everything for you.
Over to you
I hope that this has proven to be a helpful tutorial. I did not expect to ever write a WordPress tutorial in my life and so far I have written three just for this blog. Please let me know if I was clear enough and if you could follow what I was saying – I am still quite new to writing introductory tutorials.
Do you have anything to add? What neat things have you found to do with links?