Open a new page when using the hyperlink command. Do you really want your audience to leave your site? Why not let them open a new page? You would be surprised how many times I see the open link in a new window/tab not used on many sites. Hyperlinks are used all the time with [...]
Do you really want your audience to leave your site? Why not let them open a new page? You would be surprised how many times I see the open link in a new window/tab not used on many sites. Hyperlinks are used all the time with anchored text but when I click on the hyperlink it takes me away from the site I am on and opens up to another web site. It’s a good rule of thumb to make your site very user friendly. Part of that would be to not make your audience search for your site again.
For example yesterday I was reading this great blog series and the author wanted me to read this other research material that they had found. They linked the text and of course I clicked the hyperlink but I left the site and had to keep arrowing back to get back to the original site. Most people will NOT do this, they will just move on.
Don’t let that happen to your audience! The easiest way to help your readers is to highlight the anchor text. In this example I used the word “LINK” and I click the link button. That command will bring up another box that will ask you for the url and the title. There is an option to check the box “Open in a new window/tab.” Check that box! and click Add Link. 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 page or new tab in your browser 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.
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! If you have any questions or suggestions that you would like to see please leave them in the comment section below. For more of my How To Tips <—-click here!
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