what the heck is a link

125x125aI know this question may seem pretty elementary for some, but for those of you who don’t know what is a link , I am going to answer the question I keep getting asked. There! If you know what a link is, then by all means share your thoughts. Don’t criticize. Help the people who don’t know out.  We all started somewhere. {End Rant}

A link is short for hyperlink. In layman’s terms, a hyperlink (or link) is a reference to a resource somewhere else on the internet. Links can point to anywhere you want them to: a picture, another website, a file, another area of the page, etc.  HTML (or Hyper Text Markup Language) is what is the language used to create most web pages and thus what’s used to create a link.

An example of a link =  Click her for the Wikipedia Link

The above link, if clicked will take you to wikipedia for a detailed definition of a link and it’s function on the web. Here’s what the the link above looks like written in HTML:

<p style=”text-align: center;”>An example of a link =  <a title=”What is a link” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperlink” target=”_blank”>Click her for the Wikipedia Link</a></p>

In my humble opinion, it’s worth knowing a bit of HTML, if you plan on making money online. However, you really don’t have to know the language to create stunning websites. You can use WordPress, Blogger, or the many other WYSIWYG programs available to you. For example, with WordPress it’s just a matter of typing the text you want people to see, clicking a button and inserting the domain you want to point to.

Now you know what is a link. Let me know what else you want to know by submitting your comments. Hope that helps!