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Need Some Blogger Help Please Linking Pages to Existing Posts

  1. PegCole17 profile image92
    PegCole17posted 22 months ago

    Hello Blogger and Blogspot experts,
    I've spent most of the morning reading tutorials and watching videos on how to create menu tabs on my blog and am trying to link existing articles to them. I've succeeded in adding the tabs for categories but the articles are not showing up under the new pages. I tried linking the label method without success.

    Can anyone explain this to a non technical person without having to learn HTML code or anything too complicated? Thanks so much.

    Peg

    1. Barbara Kay profile image85
      Barbara Kayposted 22 months ago in reply to this

      I didn't know that it was possible, but I searched for the answer and found it is. Now I need to spend the time studying how to do it.

      1. PegCole17 profile image92
        PegCole17posted 22 months ago in reply to this

        Barbara, there are some good tutorials and YouTube videos which I've watched several times but can't seem to get the last part of linking the old posts to my new tabs.

        1. Barbara Kay profile image85
          Barbara Kayposted 22 months ago in reply to this

          Thanks.

    2. NateB11 profile image93
      NateB11posted 22 months ago in reply to this

      Are you using Labels? If so, you have to go to Layout from the drop-down at your blog, and click on Add a Gadget where you want it (for categories I like to go along the top above the blog post), find the Labels gadget (when you click on the Add a Gadget, a box will come up with a choice of gadgets). From there it's self-explanatory, pretty much.

      1. NateB11 profile image93
        NateB11posted 22 months ago in reply to this

        Just realized your specific question. In the blog posts, when you are editing one, on the right hand side you can create labels. Labels in that post will put it in the category of the menu bar.

        1. NateB11 profile image93
          NateB11posted 22 months ago in reply to this

          In edit mode of a blog post, you click on labels on the right hand side, write in the label, hit "done".

        2. PegCole17 profile image92
          PegCole17posted 22 months ago in reply to this

          Have done this too. It did not work so I must have missed something. I went back and deleted all my old labels and used only the ones with corresponding tabs. Still does not work.

          1. NateB11 profile image93
            NateB11posted 22 months ago in reply to this

            I'm kind of stumped. Only possibility left that I can think of is in the gadget. In Layout if you click to edit gadget, what I've clicked on my are like this: On Show I've clicked All Labels; on Sorting I've clicked Alphabetical; on Display I've clicked List. I'm thinking maybe Display has to be List and not Cloud. Not sure.

            I did not click Show Number of Posts Per Label.

            1. PegCole17 profile image92
              PegCole17posted 22 months ago in reply to this

              Goodness gracious! I finally got it. I had to add an external link to each category separately (within Add a Gadget where I created the pages) and then copy the link that Slappy provided, changing the ending to each label name. IT WORKED!!

              Hooray. Thank you Slappy and Nate and all for the help!

              1. NateB11 profile image93
                NateB11posted 22 months ago in reply to this

                No problem, glad you worked it out.

      2. PegCole17 profile image92
        PegCole17posted 22 months ago in reply to this

        Have done this part already.

    3. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 22 months ago in reply to this

      Peg, can I ask WHY you want to do that?

      The reason I'm asking is that a common ploy, several years ago, was to create a blog to promote your Hubs.  It doesn't work any more, but I still see lots of people reading the old advice and trying it. Unfortunately it's a complete waste of time.

      Firstly, Google no longer counts multiple links from one domain to another.  So if you think you're creating a backlink every time you link to a Hub, think again:   Google will count the first link you made to the first Hub, and ignore the rest.

      Secondly, how many readers do you expect to get to your blog?   If the only thing on the blog is links to other places, Google will decide it's spam and send you no visitors.  If the blog isn't getting visitors then no one will see all those links you're so laboriously creating.    You may get visits by other writers but you could just as easily have directed them straight to your Hubs.

      1. PegCole17 profile image92
        PegCole17posted 22 months ago in reply to this

        Hi Marisa, Thank you for taking time to respond to my question. First, it is not a ploy of any kind. I have about a hundred posts under one single category on my blog and they cover a variety of topics I want to separate the topics as they are on many subjects. I have identified eight categories where most fit.

        It is not my intention to promote my hubs on that site other than with the widget which shows my latest published articles and unless they are relevant to the topic of my blog which is more of a personal nature than my hubs.

        As far as readers go, I have around 10,000 visits so far but I have done very little promoting of my blog to this point. I have become discouraged with the traffic on two other sites where I write and will probably not post much more to either of them. Those efforts will be directed toward my blog, including shorter posts that don't seem to be the desired objective for Hub articles.

        Despite my efforts over the past five years here, and probably because of my lack of SEO skills, I do not get the kind of traffic that generates much income. Thankfully, that is not my primary goal, although I would not complain if I earned more than I do.

        Again, thank you. I do respect your experience and input.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image94
          Marisa Wrightposted 22 months ago in reply to this

          Apologies, the way I read your post was that you wanted to link those tabs to categories of Hubs. 

          One thing I'm sure you're aware of, though - a blog that covers a variety of topics will never do as well as a specialist blog.  I can understand it's hard to choose which topic to specialise in, since your life experience is so broad - but in the long run, it would make a huge difference if you can pick a subject you're passionate about and focus just on that.  Also, spend the few dollars to buy a proper domain name (one ending in .com, .net or .org) to "attach" to your blog, one that's relevant to your subject.

          If you choose a specialist topic with a proper domain name, you won't have to worry too much about SEO.  Just by adding more and more material to the blog, all around the same subject, you'll naturaly cover many of the different keywords and phrases people are searching for. 

          The other advantage of a specialist blog is that you won't attract only those people who like your writing - you'll attract people who like that topic and want to learn more about it.

          1. PegCole17 profile image92
            PegCole17posted 22 months ago in reply to this

            Thanks, again, Marisa. That's good information to know.
            No apology needed.
            Peg

    4. agvulpes profile image89
      agvulpesposted 22 months ago in reply to this

      Peg I'm not quite sure what you want to do but is it this:
      You are wanting to 'break-up' all the old posts and put them into the different Labels that you have in your Navigation Bar?

      1. PegCole17 profile image92
        PegCole17posted 22 months ago in reply to this

        Yes, break up all the old posts and move them under the labels (tabs) I've created.

  2. The Examiner-1 profile image84
    The Examiner-1posted 22 months ago

    Do you remember looking at my blog Peg? Did it have tabs as you want?

    1. PegCole17 profile image92
      PegCole17posted 22 months ago in reply to this

      Hi, I have created the tabs already for the different categories like Seniors, Birds etc.. What I am having difficulty with is getting old posts to show up under the new tabs. I will take a look at your blog. Thank you examiner.

  3. slappywalker profile image92
    slappywalkerposted 22 months ago

    My apologies if you have tried this already or if this isn't what you are trying to accomplish

    I went to your blog and it looks like the categories across the top are linked to Pages instead of being linked directly to your Labels.

    If you get a moment, link each category the following way:

    Birds should link to "http://vespertinewriter.blogspot.com/search/label/Birds"
    Books should link to "http://vespertinewriter.blogspot.com/search/label/Books"

    Repeat for each category.

    When you click on the category, it should display each post that has the corresponding label.

    1. PegCole17 profile image92
      PegCole17posted 22 months ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Slappy, when I get back online I will check out your suggestion. It makes sense.

    2. PegCole17 profile image92
      PegCole17posted 22 months ago in reply to this

      You were RIGHT! Thank you so very much, Slappywalker. Yea! I had to uncheck all the pages and individually check them and add an external link. It worked. smile

      1. slappywalker profile image92
        slappywalkerposted 22 months ago in reply to this

        That's awesome. I'm glad it worked out!

  4. dimimobile profile image60
    dimimobileposted 22 months ago

    I didn't know that it was possible, but I searched for the answer and found it is. Now I need to spend the time studying how to do it.

    1. PegCole17 profile image92
      PegCole17posted 22 months ago in reply to this

      It does work, Dimimobile. There are some good videos that explain the process. I was able to link my pages and create tabs based on some of the help I received here on this thread.

 
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