Many successful authors close their mind to learning HTML because they figure they don't need to know it. I've been in technology, marketing and writing on the Internet for a decade+ now and I too shut my mind to learning HTML... until earlier this year. My thinking was that HTML coders only make $8-$10/hr and why would I want to learn a skill that I can outsource to someone who specializes in HTML coding?
Guess what? You don't have to learn more than 15 minutes of HTML knowledge to significantly improve the quality of your articles. In today's issue, I'm going to show you the top 7 easy-to-learn essential HTML skills that can help any article author make better looking articles before the day is over.
The 7 HTML "MUST KNOW" article author skills include how to format a URL or an email address, how to enhance your text with BOLD, ITALICS, or the UNDERLINE font attribute and how to set up a bullet or numbered list in HTML.
1. How To Make A URL/Website Address "Linkable":
<a href="http://EzineArticles.com/"> http://EzineArticles.com/</a>
will create this: http://EzineArticles.com/
Just substitute your website address from the above code and now you know how to "link" up a website address. Some like to create anchor text links. Here is the code to create links out of keywords:
<a href="http://EzineArticles.com/">Ezine Articles</a>
will create this: Ezine Articles
One Note: Use anchor text links sparingly when submitting articles to directories as some have limitations on the number of times the same URL can be linked up. For example, with EzineArticles.com, you are only allowed to have one URL in a given article that is the same and your article could be rejected if you have two links to the same URL regardless as to whether you linked it up like the first and/or second example above.
Editor's note: In WordPress with Markdown, there are shortcuts for many of these codes. But if you're going to distribute articles for other websites, you can't use those codes. You have to use basic HTML. Markdown doesn't apply to articles you prepare for distribution.
2. How To Make Your Email Address "Linkable":
<a href="mailto:email@example.com"> firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
will create this: email@example.com
One Note: It is never a good idea to put your email address in your article because your email address will get harvested by spammers who use web email extractor bots to scour the Internet. Better to put a link to your contact information if you must.
Editor's note: In WordPress with Markdown, an email address surrounded in angle brackets as in
firstname.lastname@example.org be translated into a reasonably spam-safe, cloaked email link. But Markdown doesn't apply to articles you prepare for distribution.
3. How To Make Something BOLD:
<b>Make my words bold</b>
will create this: Make my words bold
4. How To Make Something ITALICS:
<i>Make my words italics</i>
will create this: Make my words italics
5. How To Make Something UNDERLINED:
<u>Make my words underlined</u>
will create this: Make my words underlined
6. How To Make A Bullet Point List:
<ul> <li>First bullet</li> <li>Second bullet</li> <li>Third bullet</li> </ul>
will create this:
- First bullet
- Second bullet
- Third bullet
7. How To Make A Numbered List:
<ol> <li>First point</li> <li>Second point</li> <li>Third point</li> </ol>
will create this:
- First point
- Second point
- Third point
By opening up your mind to allow yourself to learn the above 7 essential HTML tips for article authors, you can improve the quality of your articles immediately.
About The Author:
Christopher M. Knight invites you to submit your best articles for massive exposure to the high-traffic EzineArticles.com directory. When you submit your articles to EzineArticles.com, your articles will be picked up by ezine publishers who will reprint your articles with your content and links in tact giving you traffic surges to help you increase your sales. To submit your article, setup a membership account today: http://EzineArticles.com/submit/
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