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How to Link Properly at Persona Paper!

How to Link Properly at Persona Paper!

I often claim not to be very good at telling folks how to do things, mostly because I have a weird and wonderful way of explaining that “how” and it certainly isn’t technical, by any means.

That doesn’t mean I have stopped being a helper girl throughout my whole life. So if you can muddle through my (sometimes convoluted) explanations and get to the bottom line - good for you .

That said, several folks have asked about how to link properly here at Persona Paper. I’m so gosh darn glad that we can do this here and I am thrilled to share how to do it. I just hope that by the end, you understand. If you don’t, puh-lease don’t hesitate to ask more questions - that’s what we’re here for - all of us - to learn and grow.

How to Link Properly at Persona Paper

Once in Edit Mode, you will see along the top bar of your edit box, a symbol that sits about half-way along the bar. If you hover your mouse over this symbol, you’ll note that it says...

...Insert/edit link.

Click it.

Assuming you’ve already copied the link you wish to use, and high-lighted the text you wish to link, place your url in the appropriate space provided.

You will also see an option for TARGET and a drop down box to choose “none” or “new window” .

There are two schools of thought on this and usually you are in one or the other of the two camps.

I always choose “new window” .


I believe (and PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SCHOOL ME ON THIS ) that opening a new window helps the site. I won’t go into further detail about that at this time but am willing to do so later, in discussion, if anyone would care to do so. Again, two schools of thought - very different reasons. You make your own choice. I’m interested to hear from others why they choose what they choose in this regard.

Once you’ve finished linking, hit “Okay” and your link is set. In edit mode, your link is underlined. One you publish on Persona Paper, you link will show up rust colored and be clickable in whatever text you’ve chosen to highlight.

I personally love this feature because it looks neat (I love NEAT) and clean within the post. I like my posts to flow and also - to be able to back-link within newer posts to older posts helps connect my pieces together.

I don’t just link MY stuff, either. You’ll note that I have shared several of elitecodex and maelou ‘s posts, as well as a few other PP posts from others that are relevant to whatever I happen to be talking about.

Remember, you don’t want to go crazy, linking all over the place, throughout your posts here at Persona Paper. But a few well placed links can actually help enhance your current post and earn you more money on older posts that are still relevant.

Stay tuned for more information about back-linking (specifically, why I don’t cross-link) and if you missed my post about why you should be back-linking too, you can find it right here!

And a Very Special Thank You to momathome for inspiring this post emoticon :heart:



Please NOTE: The image used for this post was screen shot expressly for the purpose of this tutorial. Obviously, the photo is property of Sandra Lynn, while the actual image within is property of Persona Paper. Because I am a rule follower and someone may question this, please know, I did ask and was told by Heather ( MaeLou ) that using screen shots at Persona Paper is allowed. I recommend not altering them in any way, if you are going use them AND that you don't use screen shots to disparage PP in any way, either - just my advice for all around sensible happy posting. Thank you sincerely for reading, and have a great day :)


Image Credit: Screen Shot Persona Paper Edit Link © All Rights Reserved


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Please Note: Anytime I offer any tips or tricks pertaining to PP, or anything else for that matter, know that all of it is just what I’ve observed as I traipse
along this life. If you have a hankering to dispute, disagree, or otherwise share your better advice, PLEASE do. I’m here to learn, same as you :)


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GrannyGee wrote on June 27, 2014, 12:38 PM

Sandra, I will always look for your posts. I am one who appreciates tips on how to do things... this is something I really want to learn to do. I am so happy to be friends with you. Thank-you for helping me each time I read your posts. You are a special person to share your knowledge, and always open to learn in the process. :)))) Gloria

SandraLynn wrote on June 27, 2014, 12:44 PM

Oh, thank you GrannyGee - I learn so much from others too :) I love to pass on what I learn and share with others so we all may know what's what :) I enjoy your posts too btw ;) You have a lovely insight and weave lessons into your stories that I enjoy very much, thank you for that, Gloria :)

tinamarie wrote on June 27, 2014, 1:06 PM

Thanks SandraLynn - I really needed this :)

SandraLynn wrote on June 27, 2014, 1:24 PM

Always, you are welcome tinamarie :) OMGosh so excited about Tom Petty, too :)

gulp_burp wrote on June 27, 2014, 3:02 PM

Thank you so much for this! I was just wondering how others are able to make tags with spaces in between. Turns out they were links and I had no idea until I read found your tutorial. I really thought they were tags emoticon :grin:

SandraLynn wrote on June 27, 2014, 3:17 PM

Oh YAY gulp_burp :) Though they may be tags, too. I saw your comment on Javaman 's post earlier and meant to comment but then thought I shouldn't and then got distracted, lol. He may better answer what's in his head, anyway ;) ANYway, glad to help. ALWAYS :)

momathome wrote on June 27, 2014, 5:17 PM

Okay, so let me just make sure I'm understanding this correctly. For example, if I want to link to a previous post, I could just type in "you can read more about it here" highlight the word here, click on the link button, paste the url there and then chose how the link would open up if someone clicks on it.

Is that about right?

SandraLynn wrote on June 27, 2014, 6:47 PM

You've got it :) And I always double check, once my post is pubbed, to make sure it linked properly (but I'm seriously Type A, lol) momathome :) Good Luck - let me know if you have any more questions :)

LadyDuck wrote on June 28, 2014, 4:28 AM

You write very useful posts, I am sure that many writers did not know how to correctly link.

SandraLynn wrote on June 28, 2014, 9:04 AM

Thank you, LadyDuck - I like being helpful :) least I try ;) if ever I'm not, you let me know, please and thank you :)

momathome wrote on July 2, 2014, 11:15 PM

SandraLynn Thank you very much! I will definitely do that.

allen0187 wrote on July 10, 2014, 4:58 PM

Thanks for the tip. I've always wanted to link posts dealing with similar/related subjects. I'm going to try this in a bit.

MarshaMusselman wrote on July 10, 2014, 11:59 PM

So, if I understand you correctly,it's not possible to put our links into the original article, but we have to wait and do so in the edit screen? I've noticed that many of you use a word or two in place of a full link on the page, but when pressed it will take one to the actual link. How or what do I need to do so my article has that type of link in it?

Thanks momathome for the further explanation. I haven't tried her (Sandra's) instructions on this yet, so I wasn't quite getting it until you made sure you understood this yourself.

MarshaMusselman wrote on July 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

I just saved this tutorial to one of my evernote pages for future reference, thanks again.

SandraLynn wrote on July 11, 2014, 7:14 AM

And if you try it and have any more questions, pop back over here, MarshaMusselman . The way elitecodex has the notif system awesomely set up, I'll know if you left a comment here, and I make time dailly for Persona Paper! :) I do love to help, you are most welcome! :)

momathome wrote on July 13, 2014, 1:25 AM

MarshaMusselman No problem, I've found the easiest way to figure something out or to make sure I understand it is to re-write/tell it in my own words, lol. It's a clarifying technique I learned many, many years ago (and honestly I don't even remember where), but I use it frequently.

midastouch wrote on July 13, 2014, 8:48 AM

SandraLynn , I shall give this a trial and would be back!!!

SandraLynn wrote on July 13, 2014, 8:57 AM

Good for you :) Let me know if you have any questions, midastouch :)

FreyaYuki wrote on July 25, 2014, 12:56 PM

Thanks for this tutorial on how to link articles on Persona Paper. I'm new here so I haven't tried this yet. How many links can we include in our articles? Is 3 or less all right? Should the URL links be contextual? Or is it all right even if they're not?

Kasman wrote on August 5, 2014, 3:49 PM

I alway choose 'New Window' for a link. It means that when the link opens in the new window the easiest way out of it is to close the window which takes the person right back to the source of the link - your post. Doing it the other way poses the danger of the person not returning to your post but wandering off in a completely new direction.

SandraLynn wrote on August 6, 2014, 2:00 AM

The rule is: Never let 'em leave your site!


Which I could have easily explained but I'm a curvy road taker ;)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 14, 2014, 1:05 PM

I much prefer to always have a link open in a new window. You don't want to lead people away from your post before they've finished reading, especially if you have more than one link. And if it's a link to an outside source, you definitely don't want them leaving Persona Paper!

I like the neat look, too. And it's much more relevant to associate the link with the specific text rather than pasting a URL at the end.

TonyaM wrote on August 31, 2014, 3:11 PM

I just signed up here, so I haven't posted an article yet, but for my blogs I have always chosen "new window". Personally, I am more likely to go back to the original site and keep browsing if the new page opens in a different tab/window.

seren3 wrote on November 15, 2014, 5:52 AM

I am glad to learn we can post tidy and contextual links here! Thanks for explaining!

Glenn wrote on January 17, 2015, 11:39 PM

SandraLynn - You've done so well writing useful tips that I'm sad to see that you stopped coming around, and your account is in Inactive mode. Nevertheless, I just wanted to say hello in case you see this, and answer your question about choosing to open a link in the same window or in a new window.

If you want to allow the reader to find their way back to the prior article where they came from, even if they close the next article that was linked to, then it's useful to open in a new window. When they close that window, they'll see the prior one in their browser.

But if you have no reason to bring them back, opening in the same window is just as fine. For that matter, it may be better because you don't want to fill up too many tabs with windows on the reader's browser. Some people get annoyed with that when they discover a lot of open windows have been piling up due to following links. So we always have to weigh the usefulness of one way over the other, based on the subject and the sessions of continued articles. Hope that helps, since you asked for feedback on that.