Writing Links in Comments

A common frustration for commenters is how do you write links in comments on blog posts.

Inserting links in posts is relatively easy because your Visual Editor provides a Insert/Edit Link button but this tool isn’t available for writing comments on posts.  This is where a basic knowledge of HTML helps because you use HTML to write links in comments.

What is HTML?

HTML is short for “Hyper Text Markup Language” which is a language used to tell a browser how to organise the layout of a web page it has downloaded from the Internet.  It influences if text is bold, italics, a heading, bullet points.

When you write a post or page inside your blog dashboard you don’t worry HTML because the Visual Editor does it for you. If you click on the HTML tab it shows the HTML code in your text.

Here Is the HTML you use to write links:

<a href=”http://theedublogger.com/”>check out The Edublogger</a>

produces

Check out The Edublogger

Image of HTML for writing links

Make sure you close the tag with </a> and enclosed the website URL with quotation marks (needs to look like this “http://theedublogger.com/”)

Please note:

  • If you write several links in a blog comment it may be held in moderation for the blogger to approve – this is done to minimise people writing spam comments
  • There are some blog platforms that don’t allow you to use HTML in comments

FINAL THOUGHTS

You can also write HTML in text widgets which you add to your sidebar to:

  1. Link to websites or pages on your blog
  2. Display photos to your sidebar

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Sue Waters

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27 Responses

  1. gkat says:

    Fabulous! Thank you so much, Sue! I can never recall how to do this.

  2. Paul C says:

    This has been a source of frustration for me. Thanks for the clear explanation.

    • Sue Waters says:

      Can totally relate to that feeling Paul. Although still get annoyed when spend time writing the HTML only to discover it is being blocked by the blogging platform. I think TypePad can do this but don’t quote me.

  3. diane says:

    Sue,
    I copied your example and substituted relevant information for my blog:
    Journeys

    I kept getting error messages and finally ended up with:

    It didn’t end up hyperlinked.

  4. diane says:

    I see the first try linked, the second didn’t even appear. Is it just a problem with blogger as the host?

    • Sue Waters says:

      Thanks for writing the comment Diane because it helps me spot the issue.

      This is what you wrote “//dmcordell.blogspot.com/”” – it is missing the http: and there is an extra ‘ . How it should look is like this “http://dmcordell.blogspot.com/” My trick is I normally copy the URL for the address area – even for my own websites just to make sure I grab the correct one.

  5. diane says:

    Much appreciated, Sue!

  6. Claire Thompson says:

    Hi Sue,
    I’m glad you posted on this again. I remember reading one of your posts about a year ago on some basic HTML. I kept coming back to it to remember how to add links in comments. Now it is second nature :-)

    • Sue Waters says:

      Thanks Claire. Many of the simple tricks and tips I’ve learnt over the years have been from f2f people saying why not do it this way – so it is good to be able to pass this knowledge on.

  7. TechnOT says:

    Thanks Sue… I liken this to going to basic conversation classes before travel. Breaking down HTML into simple, useable and applicable steps is so useful! Now I will practice too…

  8. cvivian says:

    I”m obviously doing something wrong here but can’t work out what it is. This is the code I put into a blog comment:
    check out Swags

    and this is what it tried to take me to:

    http://cvivian.edublogs.org/2009/02/11/lealyork-exchange/%E2%80%9Dhttp://www.downunderswags.swag.com.au/cgi-bin/products.cgi?id=53092031453671235600556#Jumbuck%20SE/%E2%80%9D

    Can you help?

    Thanks,
    Catherine

  9. Louise says:

    Thanks Sue, that’s a great tip and dare I say it makes it makes sense!!. I’m still feeling my way with this stuff but I’m going to give that one a go. Thanks very much!

  10. I wondered how to do this and tried just writing the URL in the comment. I thoght it created a link. Am I deluding myself or is this possible? I can’t remember what I was commenting on or I would check. I hope I am wrong as I would like to have a go at writing HTML. You make it sound very logical

    • Sue Waters says:

      Hi Christen, depends on the blogging platform. Some will change the URL into a link whereas others you are better adding it using HTML. Hope you are now able to write links using HTML.

  11. Emily says:

    Very useful tip, thanks for sharing! I’ve been perusing your blog and it has a wealth of information on social media and social networking. I think these are important tools to learn about, including in the education field. We keep learning new things every day, and education and culture are ever-evolving. We should never stop learning, and therefore it is important to take advantage of the educational opportunities presented to us. EducationDynamics has a new video that encourages people to go back to school and continue their learning process. This video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDfew0YcDTo.

    Thanks!

    Emily (EducationDynamics)

  12. edmrox says:

    how do i delete comments

  13. Sue Waters says:

    Do you mean delete comments on your blog or delete comments you have posted on other people’s blogs.

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  15. Miekehafidz says:

    Thank you very much for your post. It is very easy to understand. Before I confused how to insert the code of my wordle in the first activity, then i realize that there is html facility to put that code :)

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