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Linking “Best Practices”

There were lots of new material to blog about that I and Dr. Meinardus were not able to completely cover in the last FNF seminar. One topic I’d like to share with you here is about the Best Practices in Linking.

  • When mentioning a blogger in your post, link to his main domain.
  • When referring to a blog entry, link directly to that entry (via permalink) and not to the main domain.
  • If you mentioned a blogger several times in an entry, link to him on the first instance and you can leave the rest un-linked.
  • Make your links distinguishable from your regular text. The standard underline is good but you can opt for other ways like colors, font, text decoration, etc. What good is a link fi your readers can’t identify them.
  • For rare words, Wikipedia is your best friend. Dictionary.com will do as well.
  • Link to the original source but don’t forget to add links to blogs you first read the news. Ex. : (via Yuga)
  • Check and verify that the links are working.
  • For multiple links to a single text, use an enclosure like this: (see here, here and here)
  • Send a trackback if you are linking to a blog that allows it.
  • Lastly, don’t force a link if there’s really nothing to link to.

A link is a vote of confidence and a sign of respect. Always give some link lovin’.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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7 Responses

  1. mparaz says:

    My practice, to help the search engines index the sites I link to: choose good keywords when linking to the permalink. When in doubt, use the post title.

  2. demonhale says:

    Of Topic Here, but maybe you can review this friendster slash multiply slash blogger service that might become big… Oh and actually I tried it its fast in loading and fairly easy to use…

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  3. Kaye says:

    hmmm…check on everything. :)

  4. leo says:

    hi yuga, i’ve been reading your blog for almost a year now and this is my first comment. i just signed up at blogger.com to have my own blog, and since i am new to this, i’m still in the process of learning the in’s and out’s of blogging. i hope i can ask for some tips from you once in a while. thanks.

    btw, i’m an ofw here in riyadh and searching for every information regarding business and investment that might interest aspiring entrepreneurs like me. That will be the materials that i will be posting on my blog.

  5. yuga says:

    @ migs : you should see what Measuremap can do too. ;)

    @ demonhale : looks good. :) but the bigger question is “do we really need another MySpace?”

    @ kaye : nice!

    @ leo : great to have made yourself known. shoot me an email if you have some questions. ;)

  6. leo says:

    Permission to link to your site? Thanks.

  7. yuga says:

    Thanks for the link, leo! :)

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