Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How to make a hyperlink signature in Blogger

Non technical, non threatening instructions for making a hyperlink signature. For anyone who found other instructions confusing and took hours trying to work it out. I hope it helps. It'd be kind of nice if you let me know :)

Why do you want a hyperlink signature?


• You've got a blog
• You like to comment on other peoples posts in a caring and sharing way
• You'd like the person for whom you crafted a kindly word to come visit you in return
• You want to make it as easy as possible. You don't want them to have go to your profile page, scroll down, (sometimes it seems like forever) find you have 3 or even 8 blogs, and wonder which one to tackle first.
• The nice person who wants to return the compliment will likely give up in frustration, it's not worth the hassle.
• The nifty signature will take them to the specific blog (or post) you'd like them to visit. Easy peasy.

How to do it:

The letters and symbols below are what the computer needs to navigate to your blog or post, (and you wouldn't believe how hard it was to find a blog title that hadn't been taken!) I've colour coded it for ease, normally it's all in black, and appears more or less in one line, it's only broken up like this because I put it on a ppt slide.

All you do is copy that stuff out - the whole lot up there, exactly the same - including the space after the a - into a Word doco or equivalent.

Next. Where it's red is where you put your blog address (what you originally called your blog - if you can't remember click on the title of your blog and check in the address bar at the top of your page.) But of course you do it in black, not red.

Now choose your signature. Are you going to use your real name, the name of your blog, a nom de plume or what? Type that in where I've used blue. That will become your signature, and is what I should see in the comments section.

That's all! It should work.  (*Grins nervously with fingers crossed)

Feel free to give it a go here. I was nervous the first time I tried it, thinking I'd stuff it up (which I did about 4 million times before I got it right). I won't be critical if you get it wrong...honest!

If my fictitious Ruby really did have a Machinima blog, this is what she'd be working on. I'm envious!

30 comments:

David L Macaulay said...

this is really useful - I'd certainly like one rather than pasting the whole address, sounds like a complicated process, tho, Sue

sue said...

aw c'mon David, give it a go! If I can do it anyone can, honestly. Just follow the instructions and see how it goes...
I hope to see it here when I get up in the morning :)
(and if not, I'm going to have to assume I bungled somehow, and that'd be no fun)

Tundiel said...

I'm with Sue - give it a go! I'm the most severely technically challenged person I know, and Sue's instructions worked for me. :)

Princess of Procrastination

See? *grins*

sue said...

hehe, thankyou so much Tara. I'm delighted, and thanks for coming back here to mention it!! The first time creates a certain frisson of tension doesn't it.

C'mon David, please put the fingers to the keyboard and give it a go. It's a real time saver and will give you more time to create fantastic blog posts ;)

Mercy a.k.a Rogue said...

Well I have created the code, hopefully it worked :)

Mercy's World

Mercy a.k.a Rogue said...

Nope it didnt LOL. Ill keep working on it though. Thanks for the tutorial.

sue said...

Hmm, I wonder what happened.
It should be
Mercy

sue said...

Mercy, Feel free to email suetravers01atgmaildotcom it worked for me (which is a relief cos I thought I'd led you astray!)

Mercy a.k.a Rogue said...

No Sue it wasnt your fault :) Silly me left out an important part. Forgive me, I am sick and wasnt thinking too well. Your instructions are just fine. Thankyou!

Mercy's World

sue said...

Whew. that's a relief...not that you're sick but that it worked. I hope you get well soon.You're doing the A-Z challenge and you're sick!? Gosh, I'm really impressed.

Boonie S said...

Very well explained!
By the way, how’s things in Auswegia nowadays?

Best wishes, Boonie

sue said...

Auswegia is doing just fine Boonie;) Sunny Autumn days and cool nights.

I'm looking for a photo of rose coloured glasses to complement a forthcoming post - just what's needed for when I get to R next Thursday. None on file, might have to make some.

I planted some silver beet and cabbage Friday, they're still alive!

Boonie S said...

Glad to hear it!
I not very good with Rs - even though it used to be my nickname, usually preceded by 'Silly'.....
Good luck with your horticulture.

All the best, Boonie

Spadoman said...

Thanks for the lesson Sue. I guess I've known about linking and how to do it, but I never thought of doing it as my signature.
It's a bit like blog whoring, isn't it? Making it easier for them to just click on the name instead of outright asking. But then again, you are right. I sure like visits to my blog. I like to know people's reactions or that they've been entertained. (Although it would make me feel terrible to hear that they thought my article or post as rubbish). I guess the people who comment and say nice stuff like it, the rest think it's trash! LOL

Peace

sue said...

Hi Spadoman, good to see you. I like your description of it being like blog whoring! But it does make it easier when people have lots of blogs and you don't know which one to visit. I think many people are nervous of commenting even if they want to say nice things. I sure was for a long time.

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

Ok, going to give it a try. Mine should show up right after this if I did it right.

The Write Soil

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

Thank you so much for showing us how to do this!

Pam said...

Hope this works. Thanks for the step by step instructions!
PamWilliams

sue said...

Hi Dawn and Pam, GREAT!! it worked.

Langley said...

Thanks for the code! Very helpful. Now, this is me giving it a try...

Langley Writes about Writing

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Paula Martin said...

Thanks very much for this, I'd been trying to work out how to do it!
Found you via the link from Dawn's blog, by the way.

Paula Martin’s Potpourri

sue said...

Limbering up for the A-Z challenge

sue said...

Sue

sue said...

date wrong?! Page doesn't exist?!
Sue

Mathew said...
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Melissa from Awesome in 1st said...
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Melissa from Awesome in 1st said...

Fingers crossed

Melissa from Awesome in 1st

recollectionalley said...

Ok I think I have it this time! Thank you so much!

Janea

Recollection Alley

sue said...

Janea, congratulations! Your perseverance won out :-)
Happy blogging
Sue