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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tip to build Traffic: Adding your link in each Blog post

The simplest way to make your blog part of your personal Web site is to simply link to it. Then place a link back to your site from your blog entries.

Somewhere on your site you should have a navigation bar. This is a list of important links on your site. You probably would link to your home page from this list, your bio page and other top pages that you want your readers to find. If you want your blog to become a part of your personal Web site but you don't want to do any complicated coding then somewhere in this list you should add a link to your blog.

Adding a Link

Adding a link is simple. The basic code looks like this:

<a href=""><b>Text For Link Here</b></a>

Just replace the page address in this code with the page address of your blog and replace the text in this code with whatever you want it to say.

If you already have the code set up for your navigation bar then just copy one of those links, paste the code you copied where you want the link for your blog and enter the name and address of your blog into the link in place of the code and title that are already in there.

Linking Back From Your Blog

Linking back to your site from your blog is going to require a little more work but don't be intimidated, it's just a little. The longer, harder way would be to create a template to use in your blog, but this is about doing it the easy way.

You could add the link every time you create a new blog entry but that would take a lot of remembering and I don't know about you but I don't feel like adding links everytime I add a new entry to my blog. That's why we are going to try something a little different.

I'm using Blogger for this lesson. If you use something else there may be something similar to what I'm going to show you in your blogging service, but I can't guarantee it.

First log into your Blogger account. At the top you will see a list of tabs across the top. Click on the one that says "Settings" and then click on the link under it that says "Fomatting". Scroll to the bottom of the page where you will see a blank area with the words "Post Template" next to it.

Enter your link here to take you back to your Web site. It should look something like this:

<a href="http://linkto"><b>Go Back To My Site</b></a>

Click on "Save Settings". Then on the next page click on "Republish". After it republishes you should be in the tab that says "Posting", click on the link under it that says "Create", as though you are going to create a new post.

You will now see the link back to your site listed whenever you go to create a new post.

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