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How To Submit Articles: 7 Essential HTML Resource Box Tips
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Today we’re going to be talking about the HTML resource box. Now, as a member of the article submitter, I’m sure that you’ve noticed that you have two resource box fields. One is for the plain text resource box, and the other is for the HTML resource box.

The text resource box is required–every publisher that we submit to will accept a text resource box. On the other hand, not every publisher will accept the HTML one.

Entering an HTML resource box is optional. If you provide both an HTML resource box and a text one, then we will submit the HTML one to every publisher who accepts that type of resource box, and we’ll use your text resource box for the publishers who don’t accept the HTML one.

What is the difference between the HTML resource box and the text resource box?

The text resource box is entirely in plain text, meaning there is no HTML code. In order to create an clickable link, you just need to enter your full website URL, including the “http” at the beginning. For example, my full URL is

When I enter that URL in the text resource box, it automatically creates a clickable link (I can see that it’s clickable when I preview the article).

The HTML resource box allows you to create a different type of link, one where you can specify that the link is formed by certain words in the text. These words are called “anchor text”.

Although you don’t need to know any HTML code in order for create an HTML resource box (we’ve created an easy way for you to create the HTML link), you can know that  behind the scenes there is HTML in place that is allowing you to create the link.

Some facts about the HTML resource box that you may not have known:

  • You can’t type in HTML code to create different colors, fonts, bold or underlining, etc. The HTML is used just for forming the anchor text link. The HTML resource box field will not accept HTML code that you type in.
  • You don’t need to know how to create HTML code in order to use the HTML resource box. You just enter the text you’d like to use for your resource box, then highlight the words you like to use as anchor text, and click the icon that looks like a chain link. A pop-up box will appear asking you for the URL of the website where you’d like the link to go. After you’ve completed that process, your anchor text will be linked.
  • It’s very important to alternate the words that you link in your HTML resource box, rather than linking the same phrase every time. That’s how powerful the HTML resource box is–the link in that box catches Google’s attention more than the plain text link does, so you need to be careful. If the same phrase is linked every time, it could set off red flags with Google. So, have a list of several keyword phrases, and then alternate using them.
  • Some directories will allow a maximum of 3 words for the anchor text. To create a resource box that will be acceptable with the most publishers, limit your anchor text to 3 words or less.
  • The anchor text that you select will be words that potential customers would be typing into Google in order to reach a site like yours. There is not much use in using the words “click here”, your name, your business name, or similar as your anchor text.
  • If you include a written out URL in your resource box (such as, it will not automatically create a clickable link. You will need to highlight the URL, then click the “add link” icon in the tool bar, and then add the website address–it’s the same process you would use if you were using a keyword phrase as anchor text. The only place where a URL will be automatically linked is the text resource box.
  • The HTML resource box should contain the same type of biographical information that the text resource box includes. Publishers will receive either one resource box or the other, not both. The HTML resource box should not just be a hyperlinked phrase.

I hope this takes the mystery out of the HTML resource box–do you have any questions?

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