Inserting a LINK Into a Comment or a Blog in ActiveRain

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado CRE# 40005863

This month I am hosting an ActiveRain challenge and I happened to notice that some folks are having difficulty inserting a link back to their blog in a comment.  This is the easiest way to track entries when hosting a challenge.  When the participant does not provide a LIVE Link back to their entry, it causes lots of extra steps for the person hosting the challenge.  


This is also helpful when writing a post about something that you want to reference on the web.


Let's say you are writing about the Rocky Mountain National Park.  


It is helpful if you provide a link to an external website so that the reader can gather more information about your blog subject.


Hopefully these steps will help those who still need a little clarification when it comes to inserting a LIVE link in their post.


If you want to generate a link to Your Blog, click on My Blog.


Here you will see a menu of recent blogs you have posted.


Right Click on the post you want to generate a link to.

Scroll down to Copy Link Address.


This information will be stored in your Clipboard for future use.


Go to the comment you want to create.


In the comment dialog box, click on the link symbol.


A dialog box will pop up.


On the URL line, right click and PASTE your link.

This is the address stored in your clipboard from earlier.

Link Insert

The program automatically fills in the URL address in the next field titled "Text to Display".  You can either let it auto populate, or you can change the wording in that field.  Make sure not to alter the link data in the URL field.


Leave TARGET to NEW WINDOW.  This lets the person keep your original post open while being able to view your outside link.


The Live Link will be highlighted in Blue and the text will be underlined.  This is an indication that your Live Link was inserted correctly.


Now you are ready to start linking to outside posts and resources.


Comments (35)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Good tip Belinda. Makes sense to do it the correct way and certainly easier for those that are sponsoring the challenges!

Aug 26, 2017 11:03 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

That's important informatio for those who are not accustomed to doing that Belinda.

Aug 26, 2017 12:51 PM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Belinda - Great walk-through, and a much needed courtesy for those running contests - it really helps with the scoring chores.

Aug 26, 2017 01:25 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Belinda I thought that if they didn't follow directions there are no points awarded. That ought to be a little incentive for them to figure your great pointer out!

Aug 26, 2017 03:13 PM
Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Real Estate Agent

Thanks Belinda, missed that the first time or two I tried to insert a link.  Luckily, Ms Banana was there to eventually set me straight.

Aug 26, 2017 04:52 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Great information for new members. I'm surprised to see how many times links are not hyperactive. 

Aug 26, 2017 05:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Good tip, Belinda!  I suspect many new members will be learning the art of inserting links in their blogs and comments from your tutorial.

Aug 27, 2017 03:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great tip, Belinda, for those who didn't know what to do. I'll admit quite a long time ago I also was stumped by this and there was no one to explain what to do.

Aug 27, 2017 05:06 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a good reminder to share with ActiveRain bloggers.

Aug 27, 2017 05:22 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a little different than how I do it, but it works the same way, I will have to give it a try!  Test Link

I think it worked!  Now I have a new way to do it.

Aug 27, 2017 06:59 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Belinda --- I think those hosting contests/challenges definitely appreciate your handy tip for inserting a link. 

Aug 27, 2017 08:09 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Having hosted many contests I know there are those that do not know how to do it properly. Thanks for sharing the correct way. It is not hard at all to do.

Aug 27, 2017 07:18 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Belinda Spillman great post and a reminder that I need to get my entry for your fun contest done!

Aug 28, 2017 01:12 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Good thing to know....not everyone is aware of how this is done !

Aug 28, 2017 06:02 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Belinda. This is excellent. It took me a couple of years to get this.

Aug 28, 2017 07:51 AM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Very nice Belinda Spillman I think there is a combination of not know how, and simply forgetting too.  In the current Being human contest, I only had to hunt down one entry which wasn't a big deal but if I had to hunt them all down, game changer.  

Aug 28, 2017 08:58 AM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

Thanks for the reminder Belinda Spillman Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2017 10:54 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Belinda Spillman ,

This is a great post and so glad that it was included in the challenge this January 2018. Very helpful!

Jan 06, 2018 04:42 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Great post Belinda -  have reported this spam  although it seems we never do get the points -- we are are suppose to get for this --- but I am a team player  and do not like spam not even in the can

Jan 06, 2018 07:26 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Belinda Spillman 
Thanks so much for doing this post - I refer to it in the 2018 Blog Jumpstart Challenge and send the loink to people all the time! All the best - Lynn

Jan 18, 2018 11:06 AM