A big part of being a freelance writer working on web documents means that involves learning a little html code. It’s just a part of the job description. Html or Hyper Text Markup Language is a computer language based on a much larger document processing code called, Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML). But you don’t need to worry about SGML. You just need to know a little HTML.
HTML helps tell the computer how to format and layout the content you write on a computer screen. So in essence you are giving the computer hints about how to display your web content when you input the HTML tags before and after your writing.
Learning a Little HTML
Though I enjoy the internet and all its services immensely, I kind of got into it for surfing the web and never bothered to learn about computer code of any kind, so picking up html has been a bit hard. Plus many of those easy-to-learn programming books read like car manuals.
Luckily, there are a couple of sites that give pertinent bits of html code needed for creating links in articles, image links and creating a link that will open a webpage in a new window. All of which are very useful when you’ve been hired to work on someone’s blog or write forum posts on a discussion board
There are a couple of great sites of particular help to those new to computer code. They are great when you need to learn a little html for use on the web. There is w3schools which appears very technical when you first log on, but they have fairly easy to understand examples of html, one byte at a time.
Another site called, Webmonkey is geared towards kids, which makes it super easy to understand and useful for the average computer illiterate adult. You’ll be able to play games with code and play with some basic examples here.
How to Insert an HTML Link
For readers looking to know here’s the html code for creating a link to another site within your own web content, forum post, blog post, etc:
Copy and place the code;
into your web content where you want the link to be. There are some online forums that allow html, and of course you can place this in the author’s bio sections when uploading to Article Directories.
The only two parts you need to fill in on the code are the url section and the KEYWORD section.
1. Highlight the letters ‘url’ between the two parentheses in the code.
2. Replace with the web address of the site you want to link too.
3. Highlight the word ‘KEYWORD’.
4. Replace with the text or word that you want to appear to the reader.
Let’s say I want to link to blogspot through my article. I’ll end up with code that looks something like the following:
So when you put the link into your post or article it will look like this published:
The colored text you see is the KEYWORD from the html code. The link is there too. You can tell when you move your curser over the link and click on it, but it isn’t visible as that long string of code.
There’s tons more to learn and I just spent an impossible amount of time creating one example. However, its fairly easy to memorize once you understand what HTML is all about and how it can be helpful to you as a writer.