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At the New Media Breakfast this morning I sought to encourage the attendees to learn a tiny bit of HTML as it is a skill that has stood me in good stead for 14 years.

Knowing how to tweak blog posts for example or add a little formatting or links when you post in a forum can be a useful SEO or online marketing skill to have and as this video hopefully shows, it really isn’t complicated.

Having shown this video in Glasgow at the Social Media vs SEO faceoff event where I was sparring with Gordon White from fatBuzz to win votes for the best tips, it quickly became apparent that this was not my most popular tip. Tweets included “8.30am is too early for an HTML lesson” and a sympathetic “@timbarlow is right though, knowing a bit of HTML is good for SEO”

So when we had the rematch in Edinburgh, rather than give Gordon an easy point, I gently bribed the attendees by getting them to vote for me if I promised not to show them the video at the breakfast and posted it here instead.

So here you are. Not the most fascinating video on the planet it is fair to say, but if you have never tweaked any HTML code before, I hope this quick primer will encourage you to click on the HTML tab next time you put up a blog post.

 

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