[For the month of November 2015, in honor of National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month #NaBloPoMo, I’ll be writing a post a day about a favorite Contextly feature. It’s a bit of a love letter and a bit of a how-to.]
Contextly originated in part at my frustration at the limitation of the tools we used at Wired (we used WordPress). Linking back to previous stories was just a pain. But links are good for building SEO, and also just plain useful for readers, so we added them every day.
But creating links to previous stories required writers to open a new tab; create a site search like this in Google” “site:blog.contextly.com evergreen”; then click through the search results to get to the normal link; copy and paste the link; and finally, go back to WordPress and copy it in.
So one of the first features we built remains a favorite: making it dead simple to link back to a previous story in the story you are writing.
Here’s how that works:
- Highlight the word or term you want to hyperlink. Like Evergreen story.
- Press the Single Link button.
- Choose the story you want to link to. Or try a different search term and then choose the story you want to link to.
- Have coffee.
Here’s what that looks like in a short video:
As a feature, it’s an oldie but definitely a goodie.