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Banish ‘click here’ on your site and intranet

Hyperlinks should be information rich, i.e. the hyperlink itself should explain where the link will take you to.

networkHyperlinks stand out from the body text, they’re easy to spot when scanning a page, so make them useful, as people will be looking out for them.

‘Click here’ doesn’t mean anything; five ‘click here’s on a page doesn’t help the reader decide where they might navigate to next.

So, the rule is, no more ‘click here’ on anything that you publish, internally or externally.

Better Links

Mickey Moose said in his recent mortgage message that …

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Note how the PowerPoint file is a special case. Hyperlinks were designed long before it was possible to upload whole files. People have grown used to a hyperlink taking them to a hypertext document, not a Microsoft document as is often the case on an intranet… Don’t go against people’s expectations – if you’re not linking to another web page, let people know!


My next article will discuss some ‘golden rules’ of web publishing.

About Wedge

I’m Wedge, and this is my website! I’ve worked within internal communications since 2004, managing intranets and digital comms. Now I’m a freelance comms and intranet specialist - I help organisations plan and improve their intranets. I work with other agencies, and write a lot of blog and magazine articles. I founded the Intranet Now conference. You can catch up with me on Twitter - I’m @Wedge.