How to Set Your Hyperlinks to Open in a New Tab

Do you really want your readers to leave your site?  Hyperlinks are used all the time with anchored text but when the open in a new tab option isn’t used it takes your audience away from your site. It’s a good rule of thumb to make your site user friendly.

Yesterday I was reading this great blog series and the author wanted me to read this other research material that they had found. When I clicked the hyperlink  left the site and in order to get back to it I had to keep arrowing back to find the original site. Most people will NOT do this, they will just move on.

How to Set Your Hyperlinks to Open in a New Tab

In this example I used the word “LINK” and I clicked the link button option to add the hyperlink. That command will bring up another box that will ask you for the url and the title. There is an option underneath to check the box “Open link in a new window/tab.”

Check that box! and click “Add Link.”

How to hyperlink a new page in a new tab

Every single time you want to use a hyperlink make sure you check that box. This allows your reader to click the site you want them to in a new tab in their browser while leaving your site still open!

This particular example is using WordPress but don’t worry because Blogger has the exact same feature so you are covered regardless of platform.

If you like the html coding option then you can simply add “target=”_blank” after the url or title (in my example I do have a title) and that will send the same command. Your audience will still be able to get to the page your referencing but allowing your site to stay open as well. It is as simple as that!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=561517561 Lena Burkut

    Great tip – I spent quite a while at some point trying to figure that out

    • http://pamelamkramer.com/ pamelamkramer

      Thank you Lena! It’s an oldie but a goodie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kia.ru.9 Kia Ru

    Funny is that I usually do this except in the post I just put up today that is hyperlink heavy. WTH? Is it possible to have jinxed me before I even read this? xoxo

    • http://pamelamkramer.com/ pamelamkramer

      Seriously? maybe you were just in a hurry or … you have pregnancy brain! lol – We all know how that goes. :)

  • http://twitter.com/notimeMom Andrea Kruse

    Always a good trick to have in your bag. Now if only I could convince some of the blogs I read to take the time to do this. ;)

    • http://pamelamkramer.com/ PamelaMKramer

      You can! Share this post with them. :)