I’ll be the first one to admit, “I’m NO techie”. YOU really don’t need to know much about coding or designing to make money online, or to be an internet marketer. But there are a few things you will need to learn how to do as far as html goes. Like how to create simple hyper links for you to insert into your posts or articles. I’ll show you the many different type of links that you can create and go over which each one is for.
How to Create a Hyperlink in HTML
First off, what is a hyperlink? In simple terms, these are the clickable links on websites, blogs and articles that lead to another web page. Usually they are a different color, and sometimes they are underlined. You may need to create one to insert into an email, even social media when sharing information to others and writing content online. So basically anyone who uses the internet often, will need to know the basics about how to create a hyperlink in html.
They can also be called text links, contextual links, and hyper links. It’s probably the most common html coding there is. Just about everyone uses them even if you aren’t an internet marketer or blogger.
You will need to enter this coding in the html screen, not the visual editing screen. Whatever your platform that you’re using there should be a way for you to toggle from visual (what public sees) to html (where you can enter coding).
Here’s the html to create a hyperlink:
<a href="http://Enter-site-here.com/">Enter Words Here</a>
Just copy and paste, and make sure you enter your own info in the proper spaces. Play around a little with it until you get it down correctly.
How to Create Affiliate Links and their Attributes
Now for you affiliate and internet marketers, we have to take it even a little further than just the plain hyperlink. You can use just regular hyperlinks or text links if you want to for your affiliate links, but most of us don’t. Why? Naked affiliate links are ugly, long and show our information for the world to see.
There are many free services like: bitly and tiny url that will redirect your affiliate links for you. They are shorter links, but I rarely use them. For one, you’re completely depending on their service, and the links still look kinda weird.
There are plugins and other tools like: Ninja affiliate plugin, oio publisher and pretty links which are much better, but that’s if you’re a blogger and using wordpress.org. You’ll be able to track your links, add new links easily, they look much better since they have your site’s url in them, and many other features. This is the method I mostly use.
Now even more options for affiliate links.
The Domain redirect link
Have you ever seen a website’s URL, and you click on it, and it takes you to the original affiliate site? Some sneaky affiliate marketers will buy a domain name that’s similar to the original site so people will think it’s the real site when they hover over the text link. The easiest way to do this is going into your cpanel of your hosting and doing a redirect on the domain name to the affiliate site. It’s really that simple.
The PHP redirect Link
This will require you to create a folder in your File Manager of your hosting, and redirecting your link to the affiliate site by using PHP. This is a great way to redirect the affiliate links and hiding your info, but to much techie stuff for me to mess with. Go to that link for exact simple instructions on how to use this method.
Affiliate HyperLink Attributes
The first one is the NO Follow attribute. This will tell search engine spiders to not follow your link. It’s a good way to keep your sites Link Juice or pagerank from going to another site, in theory of course. If you have the right tools on your browser turned on to highlight nofollow links they will appear pink or reddish glow.
here’s the html with the nofollow added to a hyperlink:
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://Enter-site-here.com/">Enter Words Here</a>
To make the link appear in a new tab or page then you would use this hyperlink:
<a target="_blank" href="http://Enter-site-here.com/">Enter Words Here</a>
Now I just learned about adding a link to an authoritative site for SEO purposes on a niche site or your money pages. This tells Google that your article is informative and helpful so in theory this helps your site rank easier for whatever term of your choosing because you’re linking out to a trusted source. But you probably don’t want people leaving your site, and following the link to the authoritative site, so many savvy affiliate marketers hide this link. I usually link to wikipedia or other educational sites.
Here’s how to create a hyperlink that is hidden from view:
<a style="text-decoration:none;color:black;" href="http://www.Enter-Your-site-Here.com">Enter Whatever Word Here</a>
Now you’re all set, and you know how to create just about every hyperlink that you’ll ever need. Go ahead and do some experimenting with them to make sure they are working properly. If you have a question, or have any suggestions, then feel free to leave a comment.