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You do not need permission to link to Geobop websites; I welcome the publicity! However, you can make better links if you follow the instructions below.

Twin Links?

Before you link to a page, you should know a little about Geobop’s organization. Geobop consists of two main websites, www.geobop.com and www.geostacks.com. GeoStacks is divided into four primary “subdomains”:

Each subdomain is in turn divided into sections. Thus, articles about aardvarks and evolution appear at life.geostacks.com/life/aardvark and life.geostacks.com/topics/evolution, respectively. You can find an article about the New World Order at politix.geostacks.com/conspiracy/new-world-order.

Those same articles are featured in the Geopedia (www.geobop.com), with much simpler URL’s:

So which aardvark article should you link to, the Geobop/Geopedia version or the GeoStacks version?

Tip: Geobop.com is an encrypted (protected or secure) site. That means URL’s begin with https instead of http. So the aardvark article appears at https://www.geobop.com/aardvark. But if you link to that same page using http by mistake, don’t worry; anyone clicking your link will be automatically redirected to the https address.

That’s a good question. It’s a little easier linking to Geopedia articles because of the simpler URL’s. However, GeoStacks articles tend to be more custom tailored to their audience and may have more special features and aids. In addition, some GeoStacks articles are arranged in series, with optional quizzes and tests.

So you can link to either article or both. If you decide to link to just one, I would prefer that you link to the Geopedia version (e.g. www.geobop.com/aardvark). Note that a notice appears at the top of each Geopedia page, offering visitors the chance to follow a link to the GeoStacks version of that same article. Vice versa, GeoStacks articles feature links to their Geopedia versions at the end of each article.

So the choice is yours.

Scientific Names

Wait a minute...WHAT aardvark page? If you’re looking for information about aardvarks, you’ll probably wind up at the URL www.geobop.com/orycteropus-afer or life.geostacks.com/life/orycteropus-afer, depending on which website you’re on.

Geobop uses organisms’ scientific names to form URL’s. Thus, you would find the page for the aardvark (Orycteropus afer) at www.geobop.com/orycteropus-afer, while the page for the wolf (Canis lupus) is at www.geobop.com/canis-lupus.

However, many life pages also have a secondary URL consisting of a common name. For example, you type www.geobop.com/wolf into your browser, and it will take you to www.geobop.com/canis-lupus. Type in www.geobop.com/polar-bear, and it will take you to www.geobop.com/ursus-maritimus.

So if you want your students to link to Geobop’s polar bear page, but you don’t want to take the time to look up its scientific name, just link to www.geobop.com/polar-bear. However, when linking to common names, you should check your links as some species don’t have well known common names, while overlapping common names make them impractical for other organisms. For example, there’s more than one species called a robin.

Link Building 101

The most productive links make good use of keywords. For example, the first of the three links below is the best:

The first link also includes a title attribute, illustrated by the red text in the example below. To see what it does, place your cursor over the three links above. Wait a second, and you should see some text pop up in the first two examples. However, the third link doesn’t have a title attribute.

This is what the html code for a title attribute looks like:

<a href="http://www.geoworld.org/" title="GeoWorld: Geography &amp; Social Studies">GeoWorld: Geography &amp; Social Studies</a>

Images can also draw attention to links and can also make your web page look more interesting. Geobop will soon be offering linking images for all its websites.

You are also welcome to request a reciprocal link, though I can’t always reciprocate. I prefer to link to websites that are “on topic” and of reasonably high quality. However, I sometimes put links that don’t otherwise fit in in my “Guest Links” section. Please note my contact page.