How to Use the Sports Reference Linker
This tool allows you to automatically (via just a single click):
- Add links to Sports-Reference.com player pages in your blog posts,
- bulletin board posts, and
Note: that due to a request from Google we are now adding nofollow attributes to both the links we put on your pages and also the links that appear from our sites to your site. The links still work, but Google no longer considers them for search result purposes.
Video Explanation of the Process
Add the Bookmarklet
CFB at Sports-Reference.com Linker Bookmarklet
To add to your browser you need to do one of the two following things.
- Click on, hold, and then drag the link above to your bookmarks or bookmark bar (works in FireFox, Safari, and Chrome). Note that your bookmark bar must be visible (under View or Bookmarks in Chrome, View -> Toolbars in Firefox or View -> Favorites bar in Safari), or
To make sure you've done it right you can test it with player names. If it doesn't work, you can edit the bookmark url which should appear like the following. Note that there are encoded symbols (necessary for the bookmarklet in some browsers) listed below that may not appear when clicking edit. These are of the form %X or %XX).
Due to the large number of players on our college sites, we are restricting to the 12,000 or so most popular players on the site. This list updates daily, and is calculate both for long-term and short-term popularity.
If a backup linebacker or a punter isn't getting linked this is why. You can always add these by hand and we will still pick them up in our parsing of your rss feed.
How to Use this with Blogs or Bulletin Boards
See a list of supported blog software below.
PLEASE SAVE ANY WORK prior to using the bookmarklet. While we have made a serious effort to never lose any of your content, we can not make any guarantees.
Generally, the easiest way to use the tool is to just write up your post in the blog text box and click the bookmarklet in your brower. The tool grabs the text you wrote, runs it through our player linker and returns the text with links enclosed.
When using with blogs or bulletin boards for adding links to posts while composing, you must click the bookmarklet while using the "Edit Html" or "Html" view rather than the "Visual", "Rich Text", or "Compose" View. You can switch back and forth from the two views, so you can write in the Visual view, switch to the HTML view and click the bookmarklet.
- Save your draft
- Change into HTML view if needed
- Click the linker bookmarklet
- A Working notice should appear, and when it disappears all of the player names should be linked.
Currently Supported Webpages and Software
- MovableType Enterprise 4 (may also work in 5, but have not tested)
- Request support for other software
- Currently, the scripts only looks at players who played in 2006 or later.
- Names inside of links will be matched as well, to avoid this write something like "Andrew Luck" with two spaces rather than "Andrew Luck" with one space. It will render the same way in HTML since extra spaces are collapsed by default.
- Player names will be bolded and linked automatically.
- Names with multiple associated players will go to the search engine results for that name or to the common choice for that name.
- Search is by longest names to shortest names
- No matching will occur across hard line returns.
- A name with a </a> after it will not be matched, so it won't overwrite existing links.