Jonathan Chait wrote an article today about how conservatives are trying to spin a couple of articles about the Tax Policy Center take down of Romney’s tax cut proposal. I don’t have much to say about that. If this careful work cannot persuade conservatives that there is something wicked and ridiculous about Romney’s claims, then they are beyond reason. (But we already knew that.) The reason I bring it up is that Chait demonstrates a very common and bad tendency of providing useless links.
The problem is the use of “Click Here” links. In this, the first paragraph of his article, he does this six times in two locations:
You notice the last two? There aren’t literally “here” but they provide as much information. All six tell us absolutely nothing about what the links refer to—both for people and for search engine bots. I know a lot of people link this way, but it is bad. Don’t do this! Instead, edit your text so that it reads more like this:
Now wasn’t that easy?