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Formatting links and email addresses for AOL users in a text newsletter.

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I send out a text only newsletter and I want to make sure that the link that I include back to my website is clickable by AOL users (all users as well).  In addition, I want to include an Unsubscribe option in my newsletter, where they can click on the email address provided. How do I format a web link and an email address with AOL users in mind?
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by:bebonham
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here is what you should try

-----------TRY FIRST

<.a href="URL-to-go-to"><./>



---------TRY SECOND

   To make an aol link work,  use HTML format ..

       convert all "<" & ">" to "(" & ")"  
    i.e.  (a href=http://www.aol.com) blue data here (/a)


if this doesn't work email me personally (check profile) if no one else answers.
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by:bebonham
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here is what you should try

-----------TRY FIRST

<.a href="URL-to-go-to">blue data here<./>



---------TRY SECOND

   To make an aol link work,  use HTML format ..

       convert all "<" & ">" to "(" & ")"  
    i.e.  (a href=http://www.aol.com) blue data here (/a)


if this doesn't work email me personally (check profile) if no one else answers.
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by:tomdfx
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AOL has very, very restrictive filters on any links coming from e-mails outside their service.  I am not sure if the above provided information would work, but if not, I would recommend trying the following:

<.  a href=    (with no period)
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by:releon
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I found the answer elsewhere. This works. Thanks to all for trying.

<a href=" www.honeymoms.com ">Visit our website</a>
spaces after and before the quotes and no mention of http


<a href="mailto:user@wherever.com">Click here to unsubscribe</a>
no spaces after or before quotes
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by:substand
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you can't do it sending "text" only.. if the email client doesn't recognise html, <a href="http://www.domain.com">go here</a> wont work.

the best you can do is just put the address with the http, like:

This is the email I am sending, I just want to let you know about this site.  Its really cool.  Please visit http://www.domain.com

and hope the email client makes a hyperlink out of it.  most of them will.
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