I have noticed, from reviewing CC blog statistics, that some readers may not understand the link back feature in this and other blogs. For example, I noticed that on today’s post called Happy Valentine’s Day that only 1/5 of the readers actually read the poem. When I write a post and it relates to another blog post, I will reference the other post. It may not be obvious to those that are not familiar with blogging or are new to the Internet.
An explicit reference might be written like this, Click HERE to read Chiriquí Chatter Blog Tips. The word Click followed by HERE leaves little doubt of what the reader should do. What may not be obvious is that HERE has different colored letters is because the word HERE contains a link back reference to the post on Blog Tips. Notice that the cursor changes to a hand when it is above HERE.
If I always wrote “Click HERE” for a reference link, then it would be difficult to miss the other information. However, having to write those explicit instructions for each reference alters the way in which a post is read.
Because of that, I often just embed the link within the sentences and the words in a different color can be clicked to go to another area of the blog or another website. I probably do this more than explicitly writing Click HERE.
A good example might be posts I have done on restaurants. Many times I receive emails or comments on secondary restaurant posts asking for the directions to the restaurant. I try to post the directions to a new restaurant in the first post I write. In future posts, I don’t give directions, but somewhere in the post I will refer back to the original post which has the directions. Not only is it easier for me, but if the directions need to change, I have only one location to change and not multiple. Color me lazy.
The bottom line is if you see different colored words in a post, they probably are references to other related information. Often the information in the referenced post may be more important than the post it is being referenced by.
By the way, I recommend reading the comments and also commenting. Comments are your opportunity to share information related to the post. Comments improve any blog. My opinion or experience may be different than yours. Courtesy is always appreciated.
I prefer that the comment pertains to the post. If you want to tell me something not related to the post, don’t use a comment. My email is on the first page of the blog on the right side.