Hyperlinks…a fan, most of the time.

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I have recently started to use more hyperlinks in my blogs and feel pretty comfortable doing so.  However, I have  learned as a reader of other blogs, articles, etc. that there can be such a thing as too many hyperlinks.  In my opinion, I notice when I read a certain piece online that contains several, meaning maybe 5 or more, the text is tiresome to read.  I find myself clicking on all the links to find out more information and the next thing I know I have ten windows open and can’t remember where I started.  This is just in some cases, other times I find hyperlinks very useful and I end up finding more information/connections on a particular topic that I originally thought I would never find.  So….I am a fan of hyperlinks, most of the time, but  can you have too many hyperlinks?  Is there a magic number out there that we should all stick with?

Here are some interesting articles I read on blog and hyperlink etiquette. I found them to be useful and easy to read.  Oh, here is one more on link etiquette.  Enjoy!

Ok, I think I have hit my limit of hyperlinks. :)

3 comments for “Hyperlinks…a fan, most of the time.

  1. Avatar of mmorse
    May 10, 2012 at 4:01 am

    The temptation is of course to rely on hyperlinks to make your point; in other words, let the hyperlink do the talking for the writer, who leaves it up to the reader to read up on whatever subject matter they want to impart. I have tended to overuse them myself in my blog posts. I think the key is that if you can summarize the information that is provided in the main link then you have done your job as a writer. It does no good to read some piece of writing that states (for example) “…and there’s this great story about corruption in Thailand [link]” and then leave at that. If the writer gives me a brief rundown of what the story on corruption is specifically referring to and what it is about, then I as the reader can make a decision as to whether or not I want to pursue the article further. Carrying the above example forward, if the linked article is about corruption in the mango industry, I might not be so interested; on the other hand, if the story covers corruption within the construction industry in Bangkok, I might be more interested in reading about that. Just let me know beforehand as the reader.

  2. Avatar of sleonardis
    May 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I agree with you. I tend to get very distracted when there are too many hyperlinks. At what point do I read them. Do I finish the article and then click away? I often find myself lost in a maze of hyperlinks, suddenly forgetting what is was that I was looking for or reding in the first place.

  3. Avatar of Heather
    May 13, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Hi Jennifer, I agree with your blog post about hyperlinks. I end up opening up so many windows that I forget what the
    original article was that I was reading and it confuses me. When I am writing as well I wonder if the reader
    will think that I think they are a total idiot – for example if I hyperlink Google, everyone knows what Google is,
    (one would hope). It can be tricky – I do agree as well that hyperlinks can be quite useful to gain background
    information about a topic.

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