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How To Insert Links In Your HubPages Hubs
This is a simple tutorial covering the basics of how to insert links into your hubs referencing articles by other 'Hubbers', external reference sources or links to further reading. All of which should benefit your readers and provide them with additional information.
This Hub will cover:
- How to insert a link to another Hubpages Hub
- How to insert a link to an External Webpage
- I will explain how to use the 'suggest links' option when editing to quickly find other hubs to link to.
- How to insert an anchor text link to another hub or external page in a text capsule.
- How to insert a link by using the links capsule when creating or editing your hub.
How To Insert A Link To Another HubPages Hub
The following method using HubPages' 'suggest links' feature is probably the simplest:-
If you look up at the top of your page when you are viewing a Hub you have already published, you will see a black bar with the 'edit' 'stats' 'delete' and then in green, 'suggest links'. If you click this, another box will appear on the right hand side with 'Instructions'.
All you have to do is select a phrase on your hub of up to six words in length (in the same way that you highlight in wordprocessing by left clicking your mouse at the start of the phrase, holding the mouse button down and dragging it to the end of the text). This phrase should be representative of your hub so that if Hubpages finds a relevant hub, it will pop up a suggestion box with one or more hubs that you might like to link to. The title of the hub is highlighted in blue and mousing over the title will bring up a description of that hub so you can decide if a link to it is right for your hub. When you have chosen which to link to, you just click the + sign in the green circle to the left of that hub. When you have finished linking to other Hubs, just go back to the large box on the right hand side of your hub and click the 'stop suggesting links' button.
Using this method of linking to other Hubs will increase your Hub Karma score which is visible when you log into hubpages and which is one of the ranking factors determining your overall Hub Score.
Inserting an Anchor Text Link using the Text Capsule
This method can be used to insert a link either to another Hub or to any external webpage is by using anchor text. (Note: If you are not sure what I mean by 'anchor text' don't worry, you will find an explanation in the hub about anchor text links that I have provided a link to lower down the page).
Select the word or phrase in the text capsule of the Hub that you are creating or editing.
Highlight the word or phrase as described in the section above.
Then click with your left mouse button on the interlinked chain symbol in the editing tool bar of the capsule (there are two blue-grey bars at the top of your text capsule, the lower one has lots of symbols along it - the chain is the fourth icon from the right). You will only be able to click on this AFTER you have highlighted your anchor text, all the rest of the time, it is 'greyed-out'.
When you click on the chain, you get a box come up which gives you the option to link to a URL so you should enter in this box, the URL of another hub or any external web page that you want to link to and you can copy and paste this from the browser bar of the hub or web page when you are viewing it.
This box also gives you the option to search for a hub of your own (or another hubber) that contains the phrase and link to that, or to an Amazon product.
When you are happy, click 'insert' and that is your link created! If you find that you need to change it or delete it, highlight the anchor text again and click the broken chain in the editing tool bar (third icon from the right) - this will break the link and you can either leave it out, or reselect the text and create a new link to a different Hub or other external URL.
Inserting a Link using the Link Capsule
Inserting a Link Capsule into your new Hub will enable you to provide one or more links to other Hubs or external web pages.
When you are building your hub and you get the little add sign, on the left hand side, just select Link from the types of capsules available with the 'add' positioned where you want it to go.
Simple click on the edit button of the link capsule and you will see a box to enter a URL. Paste the URL of the hub or webpage you want to link to and click the 'Add Link' button.
The information for your URL link will appear in a new box, click the 'Test' button next to it. This will verify that there are no mistakes in the link and that it is working correctly.
Now you can edit the title of your link and write a brief description about it if you wish.
Once you are happy that everything is correct, click the 'Done' button.
As soon as you do this, a new, blank box for entering another URL appears above it. If you want to enter another link, enter it here and edit the title and add a description as above if you wish. If you only want one link, just click the save button at the top of the capsule and that is your link done and dusted!
Any time you want to remove a link, just edit the capsule and then click on the X in red beside the link to get rid of it.
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