For those unaware, I am a Social Media Expert in the world of Crafting. The point to this blog today is to educate those who don’t understand how to use links or how to identify links within websites and social media. Our inbox is flooded with requests with people who don’t understand how to find the links or know what the links are.
If what I am about to say to you is new information, don’t classify yourself as dumb or stupid. The world of the internet is constantly changing. Being uninformed is not the same thing as being stupid. 😀
Back many years ago. You used to see statements like this:
For the Free Christmas Skirt Pattern, click here.
Links used to be underlined and we used to direct people to a statement like ‘Click Here’ or ‘Press This’ or ‘Get It Here’ and ect.
As time evolved, websites were changing and more people were becoming informed about how to use links.
So websites, including The Crochet Crowd, now have different colours when there is a link present. In this blog, anything that is other than the regular text in colour is usually a link. At this time, our links are dark pink.
Today, it’s changed even more knowing that more users are very aware what links are and how to identify them.
It is typical practice not to use statements like ‘Click Here’ to get some information. We follow the latest trends of using social media and providing information. You will see us use statements like, Stay tuned for our Next Crochet Challenge.
The way I have made the NEXT CROCHET CHALLENGE as a link is a prompt for you to get more information if you want it. Our programming behind the scenes will have an mini box pop up when you hover over the link to tell you a bit more information.
Many people write us are unaware that the difference of colours is in fact a link for them to click. Sometimes when requests are too severe, I do use ‘Get This Free Pattern’ to make it more obvious.
On Facebook, you will notice when someone or a company is tagged. Their name will appear in a different colour than the rest of the statement. This is a link that is an option for you to click. Facebook is also using the latest trend of Social Media. Some people complain that information isn’t provided but don’t realize that sometimes the link is the name itself. Granted, I will agree, the change of colour on Facebook isn’t ‘in your face’ obvious.
Hopefully this little tid bit of information may help those who are unaware or unsure how to identify the links in a website. Good luck and may the links be with you.