Today I got to thinking that no tutorial is too simple, as everyone has different levels of experience with things. While approving comments (brings me oh so much joy), I had to take a look at Sheila’s link to her digiscrap blog, and was pleased to find some awesome CU freebies over there! I probably wouldn’t have ended up on her blog if she hadn’t posted a link. So a very simple yet effective tutorial came to mind, in hopes to help bloggers to promote themselves more effectively.
In addition to letting blog owners and other commentators find you, giving yourself a back-link also helps increase your blog’s SEO statistics. The more sites linking to you = higher rankings, so it’s a win-win situation.
How to create a blog or website hyperlink in your comments:
Because I work with code so much, writing out links from memory is pretty much a no brainer. There was a time when this didn’t come from memory. I liken it to an ice cream sandwich, in hopes to create a meaningful reminder for you. If it doesn’t stick in your brain right off the bat, just save this image somewhere that is handy or add it to a sticky note on your desktop.
Look at the < > symbols like a cookie, and the text for the link as the ice cream. The < > symbols are the start of an html tag, and the < / >. Another way to look at it is as if your hands < > were holding the ice cream sandwich getting ready to take a big bite!
Hopefully my creative visualization helps to set in place a visual reminder for you, which will ultimately increase new friendships, blog visitors and SEO stats for backlinks!
Credits & Inspiration:
Ice Cream Image: Mark Miller @Morguefile. You can check out his blog at: millermark.wordpress.com.
Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich: Madizzo on Deviantart and Silly Chick on Etsy. Please do check out her shop, she has some absolutely *yummy* wearable art jewelry!
Thanks to Sheila for leaving a comment with a link to DBS Digiscraps Blog. Do check out her gorgeous CU Scrapbook freebies. You may also find her at Blog Designs By Sheila.