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What Are 'Hyperlinks'? How Do Hyperlinks Work?

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Question: What Are 'Hyperlinks'? How Do Hyperlinks Work?
Answer: Hyperlinks are the programmatic commands to 'jump-to-another-page' in your web browser. Every web page is filled with dozens of hyperlinks, each sending you to some related web page or picture/file. You'll know that something is a hyperlink when your mouse pointer changes to a pointing finger. 99% of the time, hyperlinks appear as images or as underlined words/phrase. Sometimes, hyperlinks also take the shape of drop-down menus or tiny animated movies or advertisements

Clicking a hyperlink is all it takes to activate the jump command. When you click with the pointing finger mouse shape, the hyperlink commands your web browser to load the target web page, ideally within seconds. If you like the target web page, you stay and read it. If you want to reverse back to the original web page, simply click the 'back' button at the top left of your browser. Indeed, hyperlinking and reversing is the daily routine of browsing the Web.

Hyperlink Tip: if you also hold CTRL while you click on a hyperlink, the target web page will load into a separate tab page of your browser.

Reversing Tip: you can also use the 'backspace' key to reverse one web page into the past.

Underneath, the HTML programmatic code of a hyperlink looks like this:

<a href="http://www.about.com"> click here to visit About.com </a>

Which is HTML code for saying 'anchor hypertext reference'.


Indeed, hyperlinks are the very core of how the World Wide Web functions. Millions of hyperlinks are how people jump and discover the massive content of the Web.

Related: read more about HTML here.

Related: read more about backlinks here.

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