Mentor Tips: How do you use Links in Biographies?

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One way to enhance a profile is to Add Links that can be clicked on to take viewers to other pages.  Links can give a biography more depth, share pertinent information without repeating it, provide connections to non-blood relatives, and gain a higher google rating for your page making it more likely to show up in search results.
First go to the Edit page for a Profile (your own profile is a good place to practice) and find the Biography section located on the bottom left of the page.
You will need the web address for the page you wish to link to (I usually open the page in a seperate tab, highlight the address that's shown in the browser-bar, then press Ctrl-C to copy).
You can put the Link anywhere within your text, even in the middle of a sentance.
Where you wish the link to appear, type a brackett [ paste the address using Ctrl-V, then close with another brackett ] and click to save changes.  This will show brackets and a number; if the number is clicked on it will take you to the new page.  For example: if you typed [] it would show [#].
To show text as the Link you simply type a regular blank space after the web-address (by tapping the space-bar) and before the last brackett.  For example: if you typed [ Ethan Allen] was a hero, it would show Ethan Allen was a hero, with the words Ethan Allen being the Link.
There are shortcuts for WikiTree pages, but this method works for all websites and pages and is a great way to start.
Adoptive parents can be talked about and Linked to from a biography, as well as god-parents, neighbors, team-mates, ship-mates, etc.  Many people like to provide direct Links to notable ancestors or relations.  Providing maps to locations works too.
You can also Link to Freespace pages... which we'll cover in another post!
in The Tree House by Keith Hathaway G2G6 Pilot (604k points)
retagged by Eowyn Walker
Fantastic post, Robert!  Your explanation makes it easy as pie for everyone to be able to do it.

I have 1 addition to offer - although your examples only showed linking to other WikiTree pages, you can add links to other websites the exact same way.  You might link to a Wikipedia article about a person, place, or thing that you mention in the biography or to some other website that has information about something in the biography.

Maybe we need a contest to see who can add the most links to a profile to start the ball rolling!

You are too kind Gaile.  I remembered specifically thinking Wikipedia, but it didn't make it into the post.  Thank you for adding it!  I linked the heck out of my freespace page for the Founding Fathers of St Albans Vermont.  It hits nicely on google.

Nice Robert!  Very nice, your super Mentor you!  Mags
I try to provide links to everyone mentioned in the bio. Especially helpful when it says "servant to the Earl of......." etc. Saves wondering who on earth the Earl was then. Also in-laws if known but just about anyone. Sometimes create the profiles if I think it's important. And, of course, links to sources.

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Thank you! Now how to thank you Wikiwise from here?
by Astrid Spaargaren G2G6 Pilot (213k points)

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