URLs and Links definition, usage, and similarities

URLs and Links definition, usage, and similarities

URLs and LINKs are common and interrelated webpage features that can sometime mislead and confuse users to think and refers to URLs as Links, and Links as URLs.

In spite how Urls and Links are correlated, a proper understanding of links and urls will make outstanding differences especially, in the life of the acclaimed bloggers, internet marketers and webpreneurs. 
In today’s article however, I’ll walk you through URLs and LINKs definition, usage and similarities for better understanding and utilization of digital advertising and content marketing campaign, and for generating targeted lead, traffic and potential sales.


What is URL?

According to Wikipedia, 
(URL) is a Uniform Resource Locator, colloquially termed a web address, is a reference to a web resource that specifies its location on a computer network and a mechanism for retrieving it. 
A URL is a specific type of Uniform Resource Identifier (URI), although many people use the two terms interchangeably. 
URLs occur most commonly to reference web pages (http), but are also used for file transfer (ftp), email (mailto), database access (JDBC), and many other applications.
Most web browsers display the URL of a web page above the page in an address bar. A typical URL could have the form, which indicates a protocol (http), a hostname (, and a file name (index.html).
URL as a Uniform Resource Locator was previously known as Universal Resource Locator – usually pronounced by sounding out each letter. URL – is the unique address for a file that is accessible in the internet. A commonly way to get a website is to enter the URL of it homepage file in your browser’s address line. However, any file within that website can also be specified as URL.
URL may also be definite as an address of a specific webpage; and the webpage address usually refers to as URL. These webpage being a URLs destination usually contains a text and graphics, and sometimes with hyperlinks pointing to a different webpage of the same domain or entire different website or webpages.


What is Links?

Link according to Wikipedia, is a connection in general; or a single element of a chain in a document.
Links according to HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language) is referred to as hyperlink
Tim Berners-Lee saw the possibility of using hyperlinks to link any information to any other information over the internet. Hyperlinks were therefore integral to the creation of the World Wide Web. Web pages are written in the hypertext mark-up language HTML.
In computing, a hyperlink, or simply a link, is a reference to data (electronic document) that lets a user display or activate another document or program, that let the reader directly follow either by clicking, tapping, or hovering.
In addition, Links are “Bridge leading from resource (text, video etc) to another resource of the same or different types”. They are open source text and graphic web browser with a pull down menu system.
Links are hyperlink of a webpage, leading audience from one webpage (URL) to the next or entirely different webpage or URL.
This is what a hyperlink to the home page of the Okongeorge Blog could look like in HTML code:
<a href="http://www.okongeorge">Okongeorge Blog</a>
Hypertext is text with hyperlinks (eg: Okongeorge Blog). The text that is linked from is called anchor text. The document containing a hyperlink is known as its source document. 
A software system that is used for viewing and creating hypertext is a hypertext system, and to create a hyperlink is to hyperlink (or simply to link). A user following hyperlinks is said to navigate or browse the hypertext.
There are majorly two types of links on the internet, and that is Inline link and Anchor link.

An inline link displays remote content without the need for embedding the content. The remote content may be accessed with or without the user selecting the link. An anchor hyperlink is a link bound to a portion of a document.

Similarities between Urls and Links


While URL is a webpage, Link also point to a webpage.
While URL displays information on a webpage, Link also displays information on a webpage.
While URLs are Uniform Recourse Locator, Links are bridge leading from resource (text, video etc) to another resource of the same or different types.
While URL is the address of a specific webpage, Link is a chain of connection in a URL document.

URL and Links my leads to a specific webpage, but only links leads to the next of the same domain webpage or entirely different webpage (URL) or site.

While URL is a unique address for a file that is accessible on the internet, Links are actually born out of URLs.

Urls are parent webpages while Links are inbound webpages and a reference to a named anchor within a resource that usually identifies a specific location within a file

Is URL and Links the same?

URLs and LINKs are never the same though are correlated; they have inbound mutual functions targeting a specific webpage at a point in time. 

On a specific webpage (URL) of a web document, Links can be used as a web feature for referring audience (visitor) to the same next page, or entirely different website or page, in form of citations, mentions, references etc, popularly known as hyperlinks, anchor text, contextual link etc.

In conclusion, I've thrive to be as accurate in providing you with an in-dept definition of URL and LINK and their similarities so as to enhance your internet marketing, advertising and marketing knowledge.

Seems there's anything I forgot to mention? Pls, kindly contribute and share your idea and experience using the comment box bellow. 


  1. Okon, Thanks a lot for clarifying this. I have been using the words interchangeably. But now I have discovered that there are marked differences between the two. I used to tell my friends that the link to my site is, not knowing that it should be my website url. You have actually break this down to a layman's understanding.

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