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Article Marketing Strategies – How to Format a Link in Your Resource Box
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If you’re new to article marketing, you may have wondered how to format the links in your resource box. When you’re entering your article into, there are 2 Â resource box areas.

You’ll notice that there are two fields for resource boxes. The first one just says “Resource Box” (sometimes called a “Plain Text Resource Box”). The second one says “HTML Resource Box”.

Let’s look at how to format the links in each one of these.

The first one that just says “Resource Box” will only take plain text. That means no bold, underlining, anchor text links, or anything that would require  HTML code. This resource box is super basic–it’s a type of resource box that every publisher would be able to publish.

This resource box is mandatory–you must fill in the first resource box field. The HTML resource box is optional though.

Here is the information to include in your resource box:

  • Your name (optional, but recommended)
  • A brief bit of information about why you should be regarded as an expert in your topic (why should the reader listen to you?)
  • You can tell about your business and your product or service (briefly)
  • Why should the reader click the link in your resource box to go back to your website? What do you have there waiting for him that he wants? Tell him what he has to gain by clicking your link, and tell him exactly what to do (Go to and claim your free report on Topic XYZ)
  • A link going back to your website

How to Format a Link in Your Plain Text Resource Box

For the plain text resource box (the first one on the page), this link will be created when you type (or paste) in your website URL. The URL is your full website address, including http:// at the beginning and .com (or similar) at the end.

So, as an example, my full website address is this:

Only by having the full website address will the link be created. You’ll see when you preview the article that this written out website address will turn blue and become underlined. That’s a sign that the link has been formed. The link automatically becomes active when you include all the parts of the website address.

Now, if you omitted any part of the website address, say you only put or, then a link would not be created. Readers would not be able to click on your website address and be taken to your website.

So, the formatting on this one is very important–be sure to include the http:// part and the .com part (or whatever it is for you). Also, be sure to try clicking on the link when you’re looking at the preview page to be sure that you’ve entered the URL correctly.

How to Format a Link in Your HTML Resource Box

The HTML resource box is a bit different–in the second resource box area on the page, the links will not be created automatically. You need to use the tools on the page to create the link. For example:

This is what the HTML resource box looks like after you enter the text and before you create the links.

So, I just typed in a sample resource box and took a screen shot. Notice that there are no active links in the HTML resource box yet–in order to get those, you will need to manually add them.

Now, don’t worry–it isn’t too manual. There’s no need for you to know HTML code or anything. In fact, you won’t be manually putting any HTML code in the HTML resource box. Here’s what you will do manually:

Highlight the words that you would like to form your anchor text link, and click the "add link" icon. (I circled it in red.)

There are two icons at the upper left of the HTML resource box. One is “add link” and the other is will allow you to break a link.

Highlight the words that you want to form the link (I’ve highlighted ‘grow tomatoes’ ). When you highlight words, then the “add link” icon will become clickable. Before highlighting the words, you won’t be able to click on it, so be sure to highlight and then click the icon.

After clicking the “add link” icon, this box pops up asking you to input your link URL:

You can see I've put the full website URL in, including http:// and .com at the end.

After inputting the URL, click OK. Then, this is what the HTML resource box will look like:

See how the words I highlighted are blue and underlined now? The link has been created...

Now, there is still a written out URL that is not a clickable link in the resource box above. In order to make it so that is linked to that URL, you would go through the same steps as above. Just highlight what you want to form the link (the URL in this case), click the “add link” icon, and when the box pops up asking you what URL you want to use, enter it. It will turn blue and be underlined after you’ve gone through these steps, and the link will be created.

Then, be sure to preview the article and test out all of the links.

And that’s it–formatting a link in your resource box is pretty straightforward. It’ll become second nature after you’ve done it a time or two.

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6 Responses to “Article Marketing Strategies – How to Format a Link in Your Resource Box”

  1. Thank you so much for this resource info.

  2. Great tips as always Steve. Something to be aware with ‘anchor text’ is that quite often your article gets copied and the hyperlinked anchor link text does not. The only way I see around this is to use “anchor text” (which is excellent for SEO) but ALSO include the full html link in the Resource Box as well.

  3. Thanks for this Steve,
    I have just written my first ezine article and decided I would hop over to your site for more tips, before submission.

    I am glad that I did, as I was a lttle unsure about what I had included in the content for the resource box. After this advice I see I was on the right track.

  4. Thanks for the HTML advice. I was wondering how to make the keywords into a link. Now we know!

  5. This information was helpful on so many levels. Thanks, Steve and congrats on the new location. SubmitYourArticle is such a great concept and I hope I can master it to effectively link to my target market!

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