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HTML In One Easy Lesson All You Need To Know About

Jul 23, 2008
Let's face it. If you are reading an article with this title, you probably don't know how to program in HTML. If you have never seen what it looks like, click on "view" in your menu, and then "page source" or something to that effect. You will see a bunch of gobbledygook. Here is all you will need to know about it to get along just fine in the Internet marketing world, in one easy lesson.

HTML is simply a set of rules and syntax for defining a web page. Unless you are in the website development business, you won't have to learn much more than these two things.

1. Making a link. The most used piece of HTML coding is using it to make a link. The format is:

<a href="yourwebsite.com">your text <a/>

For example, then, if you have a web page named, "http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jack_Beddall" and you wanted a link where the text said, "Articles by Jack Beddall," you would use the following:

<a href="http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jack_Beddall">Articles by Jack Beddall<a/>. This would produce a link that said "Articles by Jack Beddall." Clicking on "Jack Beddall" will take you to the URL.

For ease and accuracy, I keep an Excel file (although it could be a Word or Wordpad file also) with two columns. In the first column I put the name of the text I want to display or the company name, and in the second column I put the link itself. I add one by copying the template to the cell, and then filling in the website URL between the quote marks, and the text I want to show between the < and >. Always test this link before you use it to save yourself embarassment. I save this file as "html links," but it could be anything that makes sense to you. Whenever I need to put a link on a web page or in an email, I open the file, copy the link, and paste it to where I want it. The whole process takes about 15 seconds.

2. Banners work nearly the same way, with nearly the same syntax. Most likely, you will not need to create a banner by yourself. If you need one, you will get the code from the website that is providing the banner. The code will have two parts, an "HREF," which is the website it will point to, and an "IMG SRC," which is where the banner graphic is located. Again, it is only a matter of copy and paste.

So there you have the whole of it. All you need to know about HTML in one easy lesson, and you didn't have to buy a $59 ebook.
About the Author
Jack Beddall is an experienced Internet Marketer who specializes in finding and providing resources for the e-entrepreneur. You can visit two of his sites at Successville News and TheOnlineResourceSite .
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