Links

Links Menu (Blogroll) »Add a Blogroll Link

You can manage a blogroll (a set of links) using the Links menu in your Dashboard. These links will display on your blog if you have added the Links Widget from the Appearance -> Widgets page.

To add a new link, click on Add New in the Links menu:

The Add New Link page will load, which looks similar to the image below:

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Name Module

In the Name module, add your link text. This is the clickable text. For example, if you add a link to http://amazon.com/, you might type “Amazon” into the Name text box.

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Web Address Module

In the Web Address module, add the site’s URL, beginning with http://. If you browse to the site, you can copy the full URL from your browser’s address bar. For Amazon, you’d enter http://amazon.com/.

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Description Module

In the Description module, add text that describes or explains the link. This text will show when visitors hover their cursors over the link. For Amazon, you might write something like “Cool place to shop online.”

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Target Module

In the Target module, choose where the link will open when clicked.

  • _blank forces the link to open in a new window or browser tab, depending on how the visitor has configured their browser.
  • _top opens the link in the top frame. WordPress.com doesn’t use frame, so you’d only use this if you were showing your blog inside a frame on another web site. If you don’t know what a frame is, don’t worry about this option.
  • _none loads the link in the current window or browser tab. This is the default option.

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The Link Relationship (XFN) module provides a simple way to represent the human relationships behind your links. Please see the XFN site for more details.

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Advanced Module

In the Advanced module, you can add some additional details: the address of an image to display above the link, the RSS Address of the site’s RSS feed, any notes you’d like to add, and a rating from 1-10.

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Categories Module

Use the Categories module to organize your links into categories. For example, if you create links to ford.com, toyota.com, and gm.com, you might assign them to an “Automobiles” category. Those links will then display under an “Automobiles” heading on your blog. Read more about managing link categories here.

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Save Module

In the Save module, you can select the option to keep the link private so it won’t display on your blog. Click the Add Link button when you are finished.

After adding links, don’t forget to add the Links Widget to your sidebar to display the links on your blog. You can also go back and edit your blogroll links.

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