Say you are a writer, who was recently interviewed by a local writing club. And the interview was posted online. Nice, free publicity. How would you get it to show up on your blog?

If Valerie wants a link like this, SBW TalkBooks Interview of Valerie Lee, to appear on her blogsite for Chess’ post there are a few ways to feature it. It’s helpful that all parties concerned have blogs.

Keep in mind that the link to any post is the key to sharing it.

A regular post, a Pingback post and a Link-style post are ways to display a link. Anytime you add a new post, an old post will migrate off the first screen of your posts. If a post is set to be a sticky post, it will stay in the first position, ahead of all other posts.

Used in a sidebar, the Posts I Like widget can display your Liked links, but it’s a list. If Valerie used this widget, the link to Chess’ post would appear on top of the list as long as Valerie didn’t Like any other posts. Using a Text widget in the sidebar, however, would let everyone see the link to Chess’ post at any time.

Today, I would like to focus on the Text widget.

Adding a Text Widget in WordPress

Here’s a few steps to do this. Remember to log into in order to use the Editor and the Customize functions for your blog. Prepare the text for the link in the Editor, see the next section for details.

So far, you’ve seen a few choices for displaying links. The Text widget is a powerful add-on, see the WordPress Widget Support page for adding images to your text and links in the Text widget.

Preparing a Clickable Link

In our scenario, paste the raw text of the link, or URL, into the notepad on your computer. Here’s the raw text of Chess’ link:

Consider, is this raw text that Valerie wants to show on her blog? Probably not. But she can use the Editor to make a better looking link. She could use the Title of the post: “SBW TalkBooks Interview of Valerie Lee,” or choose one of those words to be the clickable link.

With a few keystrokes and a copy/paste here and there, the Editor can produce the text/html code for a clickable link. Valerie doesn’t have to know any HTML code, the WordPress Editor will do it for her. The “insert/edit link” tool in the editor’s toolbar will add the code to her choice of words. If I were Valerie, here’s what I’d do.

Making a Link in the Editor

Preparing the link to use later in the Content box of the Text widget.

  • First, in the Editor, type or paste the words for the link.
  • Second, copy the raw link text from the notepad.
  • Go back to the Editor, and highlight the words for the link.
  • Click on the “link” icon in the toolbar and paste the raw link text into the URL box, and add a check mark to open in a new tab/window.
  • Click “Add Link”

What a nice link! SBW TalkBooks Interview of Valerie Lee

Here’s how the link looks in HTML:

<a href=”; target=”_blank”>SBW TalkBooks Interview of Valerie Lee</a>

To see the above html code in the Editor, click on the “HTML” button, up by the right side of the toolbar. Copy the code and paste it into the notepad for later use in the Text widget.

Click on the “Visual” button, next to the HTML button, to go back to regular typing mode.

Adding the Text Widget

Go to the Customize window Add a Widget Sidebar. Click on the Text widget and set-up  the Title and the Content boxes. Paste the html code into the Content box and type something like “The TalkBooks Interviews” into the Title box. Now Valerie can preview her blog. She’s set to add more links for her upcoming books.

Thanks for reading to here, let me know what you think,
and tell me about your adventures in writing!

Please follow and stay tuned, I’ll be writing about Reblogging in WordPress, it’s like Retweeting on Twitter. For more about TalkBooks visit the South Bay Writers discussion group on Goodreads.