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How to make a link?

How to make a link clickable on the website? How to optimize the link’s HTML code? These are common questions for many who are beginning to optimize their website.

In this post, you will learn the basic HTML code for a link, as well as how to create both SEO- and user-friendly links.

How to link a website?

To create a clickable link that links to another web page, you only need to add a single tag to the HTML code.

We start by seeing what an HTML code  for a link looks like:

<a href=” place link to page here “> Write anchor text here </a>

  • The black text illustrates the link tag in its basic form.
  • The green text, i.e., between quotes, is where you place the link where you want to link.
  • The blue text between <a> and </a> is where you type the anchor text of the link. It is thus the visible text on the page that links to the URL.

Below you see an example of the same code for this link: What is link building?

<a href=” “> What is link building? </a>

This is the basic form of a link.

How to make a link that opens in a new tab or window

Sometimes you may want links to open in a new tab or window.

In some cases, links that open in a new tab may benefit usability, while in other cases, they may have the opposite effect. I usually do this when I link to other sites so that the visitor will find their way back to my page.

To create such a link, you only need to add the target = “_ blank” code into the first tag <a>. If we apply this in the link we looked at before, it will look like this:

<a href=””  target=”_blank”> What is link building? </a>

With this Html code, the link will open in another tab or window, depending on which browser the visitor uses.

How to make a no-follow link (affects SEO)

First of all, what is a no-follow link?

In short, a no-follow link means that Google and other search engines do not pass value (PageRank) from the page that links to another page. It is a rel attribute that can also be included in the <a> tag.

When you build links on other websites, you want to get regular follow links that lead to your page, as they convey link value that can improve your SEO performance.

However, there are situations where you need to make sure that outbound links from your site are no-follow so as not to transfer PageRank to irrelevant web pages.

To make a no-follow link, you only need to place the rel =” nofollow” attribute in the <a> tag as follows:

<a href=””  rel=”nofollow”> What is link building? </a>

Originally, this rel attribute was created to prevent the manipulation of PageRank with links to blog comments. It, therefore, pays to use the attribute for the following links, among other things:

  • Links in the comments section of your blog or web pages.
  • Advertising links and banners to other pages.
  • Links to domains with low value (Domain authority / Domain rating) or “less relevant links.”

What do “noopener” and “noreferrer” link tags mean then?

In previous WordPress versions, “noopener” and “noreferrer” were automatically included in links. However, WordPress removed these in later updates.

The tags should not negatively affect your SEO in any way, also confirms  John Mueller from Google. The purpose of these is basically to make the web more secure for the user by minimizing the risk of being hacked.

These are entered in the similar way as the no-follow link, for example, by including rel = “noopener” in the <a> tag.

I hope these tips have much helped you All understand how links work and how you can create links.

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