Monday, March 9, 2015

A Great Suggestion

Susan Gourley has a good post over at her blog called “Blog Housekeeping.” Here’s what she has to say about links in yor post:



Another thing that you want is for any links you have on your blog to open in a new tab and not carry people away from your blog. You want them to explore the things you’ve shared but you don’t want them to leave before they’ve arrived at the end. Let the link carry them away, but after they check it out and close it, your blog is still there. This is simple to ensure on blogger but I don’t know about wordpress.



I couldn’t agree more. Opening a page you’re linking to in a separate tab (or window) gives your readers a quick and easy way to get back to your blog after reading an article. They close the tab or window, and there you are again. Great stuff!


So, it’s easy to do on either blogging platform. You just have to check the box when you create the link (and I’ll assume you know how to do that).


link-wordpress

Where to check in WordPress

link-blogger

Where to check in Blogger

The same box will appear in your platform regardless of how you create your post, either with the WYSIWYG editor or the text editor.


If you’re like me and code things in native HTML, here’s how you do it in either platform:



<a href="http://susangourley.blogspot.com/2015/03/blog-housekeeping.html" target="_blank">"Blog Housekeeping."</a>


The key is the target="_blank" in the hyperlink (the <a> tag).


Doing this will make your readers, especially Susan and me, very happy. Thank you!








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