If you've ever followed a blog hop, you may have noticed that each stop is often linked to the blog's general address rather than to the specific hop post. (My general address is www.dominodebi.typad.com, for example.) This can be troublesome if you want to follow the hop at a later date, because now you have to scroll through each blogger's subsequently published content.
Another example of not being able to find something is when you follow a link to a post that was published two years ago... only to find yourself arriving at the blog's home page and not the specific post.
Oh, the humanity!
If the blogger had linked to the specific post's permalink, you would have landed right on target - even if that post was published a year ago.
Which brings me to the reason for today's post. I'm going to school y'all in permalinks!
A permalink is a post's specific web address, and it's created as soon as you give your post a title. Where to find your post's permalink depends on your blog provider. Since most people use either Typepad or Blogger, that's what I'm going to cover. If you have another blog provider, leave a comment, and I'll update this post once I've researched it.
We'll start with Typepad since I'm here.
I N T Y P E P A D
Typepad's permalink is almost impossible to miss because you will always find it immediately beneath your title field, and it's clearly labeled Permalink:
All you have to do is highlight the permalink, copy it, and paste it wherever you like. (Start highlighting at the http://.)
Here's what it looks like when I copy and paste this post's permalink:
When I recently participated in the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop, I provided my post's permalink to Tami at Hero Arts so she could write (in advance) the opening day's post with a link to my specific hop post:
rather than to my general address: www.dominodebi.typad.com.
I N B L O G G E R
Finding your post's permalink in Blogger is also easy!
The permalink can be found in the column directly to the right of your writing field - third choice from the top. Check it out:
All you have to do is click on the permalink icon, and you'll see this:
Just copy-and-paste, chicas! I've copied it, and now I'm going to paste it right here:
Just click Done when you're finished.
(Ignore the Custom Permalink option. We don't need to mess with that for our purposes.)
And that's it!
Your assignment (if you choose to accept it) is to go back to your blog and write a post that tells the world that you have conquered the Mystery of the Permalink! Before you publish your post, come back here and paste its permalink in a comment. If you do this at least once - now, while the information is fresh - you'll own that knowledge forever! (You don't have to publish the post unless you want to, of course.)
I hope everyone will use their posts' permalinks when providing links in the future, so we can all find what we want on the Web!
Thanks for stopping, and have a blessed day!
So happy you gave this tip Deborah. I always link to the permalink, but I went the long way round to get it! (and Grrrr to those who don't link to the permalink - very frustrating)
Posted by: janet aka swanlady21 | February 6, 2013 at 01:59 PM
OK, so how does this help someone visiting my blog, etc. How do outsiders find this Permalink? I learned how to click on the icon, and copy it here, but how would I access it if I wanted it in the future? Sorry ... I have an aging brain!
Posted by: Judy Jung | February 6, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Super tip, off to pin it :)
Posted by: Grá O'Neill | February 6, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Very helpful, Deborah - thanks for sharing!!
Posted by: Linda W. | February 6, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Judy, the permalink is the web address for your individual post. So instead of linking to your blog's general address, you would link to the actual post's address. Readers who clicked on the link would arrive at that specific post.
If you want to access a post's permalink in the future, there are a few different ways to do it. (1) click on the post's title, which will load that page. Then you copy the web address from the address bar. (2) Open up the original blog post and get it just like you did here. (3) Look at the bottom of your post. (Look at mine above - right under the row of three pictures of other posts you might like and right above the icons for Pinterest, Twitter, etc.
In this area of my post above, It says: Posted in How-To, Technology / Permalink. If you click on Permalink, it will open the individual post (if you're on my home page, i.e. general address) or reload the individual post if you're already on the page for the individual post.
The most useful thing about the permalink is that you can share it with someone in advance of your post being published. Next time we do a Hostess Hop, I'll ask you to give me your post's permalink rather than your blog's home page address.
Does that help any?
Email me, woman! (hee-hee-hee!)
Posted by: Deborah | February 6, 2013 at 11:01 PM
How would I acquire a permalink from someone else's blog? Let's say I want to put a link in my blog to a specific post on someone else's. Would I have access to this sort of info from someone else's "back room"? Meanwhile, thanks for this info re permalinks: never heard of them before and didn't know I needed them. Now I can see why I do and I appreciate your taking the time to educate us non-techie types!
Posted by: Sue Speck | February 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Oh Deborah, thanks a million, I didn't have a clue that a permalink is created as soon as a post is titled! Thanks so much for explaining it all so well! I've just pinned your post:)
Posted by: Heather Doran | February 7, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Sue, if you want to link to someone else's particular post, all you have to do is go to that post and copy and paste its URL address into your blog post using the link feature. For example, my blog's general address will get you to my blog, but not to this specific post about permalinks. But once you;re at my blog, if you click on the title How to Find Your permalink, the page will reload, and it will be this article and nothing more. If you go up to the URL address, you will see it reads: http://dominodebi.typepad.com/sos/2013/02/how-to-find-your-permalink.html. This address is what you would copy and paste into your post as a link to this article.
Posted by: Deborah | February 7, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Thanks, Heather! I'm glad you got something out of it!!!
Posted by: Deborah | February 7, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Fantastic information. Thank you so much!
Posted by: Arlene from California, USA | February 8, 2013 at 09:59 AM