How to Create a Direct Link

By Foye Robinson

Direct links are used to point people to an image, video or web page file located on another website. Using a direct link can be good and bad. People don't have to type in the website you are linking to manually. When you place an image to your website as a direct link, the image looks like part of your web page, although it's actually pointing to a different web server. This makes it easy for affiliates to add direct links directly to the website they are promoting. On the other hand, hotlinking (direct links pointing to someone else's web server files without their permission) is considered bandwidth theft, according to Atlab.com. When you use another website's bandwidth--data transmitted over the Internet--the site's operators have to pay for the bandwidth you're using.

Step 1

Go to the website that contains the direct link you want to use and copy the web address from the address bar.

Step 2

Open your web page document using an HTML editor and scroll to the area you want add a link to. Switch to HTML view if you are using a website editor.

Step 3

Follow the remaining steps below.

To Create a Direct Link to an Image

Step 1

Add the following direct link to your HTML code:

Step 2

Replace the web address (http://www.somewheresite.com/images/imagefile.jpg) with the one you copied from the website you want to link to.

Step 3

Save your file and preview it in the web browser. Your image will link directly to the web address you added.

To Create a Direct Link to a Video

Step 1

Add the following direct link to your HTML code:Click here to view video

Step 2

Replace the web address with the correct website video link.

Step 3

Save your file and preview it in the browser. Click on your video link to test it.

To Create a Direct Link to a Web Page or Affiliate Website

Step 1

Add the following direct link to your HTML code:The Web Page or Affiliate Website Name Goes Here

Step 2

Replace the website address with the correct link. Note: If you signed up as an affiliate, find and use your affiliate website code. Most affiliate sites, such as Amazon and iTunes, have direct link generators for their affiliates.

Step 3

Save your file, preview it in your web browser and test that the link works.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use hotlinks on your website as it is considered bandwidth theft. If you use a hotlink, the website owner can decide to change the image at any time to something less desirable, which can be quite embarrasing. When in doubt, check with the website owner. She may allow you to copy the image or file to your web server and link to it that way.

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