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Tips and tricks, I love these types of posts because they often give quite a lot of information in a little bit of space. This is another post that I’ve been meaning to write for a while. This is as much a post to help you guys as it’s a post for me to collect all the tips I’ve found over time in one spot.
Most of these tricks will be about things that are useful when you blog, when you run your website, or even when you like to use social media. The tips will be split in three parts; links, images and other things. This first post will be about links.
As a source for the examples I’ll be using my own books and website.
URL = Universal Resource Locator, also known as a web address.
link = that which you click on to get to somewhere. (they are usually coloured and underlined)
Links are cool and all, but I know not everybody finds it as easy to get or create good looking links. So here are a couple of tips to more easily get and share the links you like.
Most websites you can just select the URL from the bar at the top of your screen. Not that hard and the way most people know how to get a URL.
If you’ve come to the website through a different page, you often get a bunch of stuff at the end, that is information for the website to know where you’ve come from. This is mostly harmless on its own, but when you share a page with other people it’s better to give them a URL that is 2 lines long, not 20. As you can imagine.
The easiest trick is to go to a different page on the website and make your way back to the post from there, this usually gets you rid of tracking information. Though this mostly only works when the website isn’t too big.
Another way to do this is by taking off the extra information. This can be tricky at first but you’ll soon get a feeling for how to do this. If you look at the URL above you can see the blog post title (Tips for bloggers, writers and online users -> Links) in the URL and it ends with a forward slash ( / , see how that leans forwards?). You can usually take off all the other extra information after this last slash.
Though, before you share, try out the URL without that information at the end first. If you take off too much you won’t get to the page you want. If you took off too much just get back to the original URL (back button usually works best) and then take off less, just keep tinkering until you get to where you want to go.
To get to the links of different things I’ll share the format here and how to get to it.
Profile page/fan page: click on the name of the page/person you want to link to. The format looks like this:
The format for groups is slightly different
And, something some people have asked about, how to link to certain posts. If you want to link to a post that you or someone else has posted you click on the time stamp on it. Usually says “X seconds/minutes/hours ago”. The URL you get is not pretty, but it is the URL you need to link to the post. The only trick is to remember to look if the post will be visible to everyone, some people have closed off the posts to just friends, friends of friends and open to the world. If you share a post that you or someone else have only opened to friends you can’t show it to others.
Twitter links are actually quite easy to understand. Your twitter handle is also your nickname in your twitter URL.
So, if your twitter handle is @kiazishiru (yes, that is mine) your URL is https://twitter.com/kiazishiru
Simple! This way you only need to know someone’s twitter handle and you can create their URL easily and also the other way around.
To link to posts is the same as for Facebook, you click on the timestamp and the URL to it shows in the top bar.
This one is tricky and cool at the same time. Amazon’s URLs are usually really long like this link for Magical Roads
I don’t know where I picked up the trick but there is a really easy way to shorten this link to something that you can share more easily.
To get the link you go to your Amazon book page, underneath the Buy block there is a twitter share button.
When you click that button you get a pop-up where you can share to twitter, of course you can do that, but for now we’ll use it for something else.
To get the short link you select the part from the http to before the ref (so don’t include the ref and after that). That is the shortest link that Amazon has for you.
This is the one you get for ebooks:
And this the one for print books (which goes the same)
So yeah, it is not that hard to find and very handy, because you gotta admit, that short version looks a lot prettier than the long version, right?
For those who know how to find their ASIN (Amazon’s ebook number) or their ISBN (the ISBN 10 is used), this is the actual format of the link you can use. (I find this very handy to use because it’s so easy when you have to list a lot of books after another, keeps everything organised.)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/[asin or ISBN here]/
So, I want to share two last things, the first one has to do with links and opening tabs and pages with them.
So, there are 3 things from your right-click menu that you’re gonna be interested in. To get to these options you hover with your mouse over a link and right-click instead of left-click.
So, the first one is opening a page in a new tab (those different things at the top of your browser). They are called slightly different in each browser. FireFox = Open Link in New Tab. Chrome = Open link in new tab. Internet Explorer = Open in new tab. To get this same option without having to right click through a menu you can also press Ctrl on your keyboard and just left-click like regular.
The second one is opening a page in a new window, this is different from tabs as they are a new screen with tabs in them. FireFox = Open Link in New Window. Chrome = Open link in new window. Internet Explorer = Open in new window. You can also do this by pressing Shift on your keyboard and left-click the link.
These two are very handy when you’re browsing and you want to open multiple links from one page without having to go to and back all the time.
The third one is handy for linking to something. This will copy the URL that is behind the link to your clipboard so that you can place them elsewhere, and you don’t have to open a new tab or window to share it. I use this a lot when I share things with friends and stuff. This one is called quite different between the 3 browsers, so I list them once again. FireFox = Copy Link Location. Chrome = Copy link address. Internet Explorer = Copy shortcut.
The last last last thing I’ll mention are two bits of coding that are very useful on blogs, fora and websites. There isn’t always a button that you can make a link with easily, so it is handy to know these codes so you can quickly make links yourself.
The first one is for a lot of fora, there are two options for them.
1. use the URL as the clickable link.
On fora you use this code for that
So the regular format is this:
[url]here goes your full URL[/url]
2. you can use a link name you choose with the URL hidden behind it.
The code for this is
[url=http://www.5timeschaos.com/blacksheeptrilogy]Black Sheep Trilogy[/url]
The format for this is:
[url=here goes your url] here goes your title for the link [/url]
They aren’t that hard and they’re very handy to use.
Most websites use what is called HTML (and that is also what things like WordPress and Blogspot use), HTML is about the whole website but you can also make links in them. You can only make links of the second type with HTML.
This is the code for the same link as above
<a href="http://www.5timeschaos.com/blacksheeptrilogy">Black Sheep Trilogy</a>
And this is how the format of the link works:
<a href="you URL here">The name here</a>
And that is it, another long post. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.