What do you do with external links?

Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:55 am

I'm wondering what you do with external links from posts in your blog. If you mention a web site and link to it, do you make the page open up in a new tab/window or just have a regular link to the site? I really want to know
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Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:49 am

Hi saqinx

I used to make all external links open in a new window, because I thought that would help retain visitors.

However, one day I watched someone fairly new to the Internet having a look through my site, and it was an eye-opening experience. When she clicked on links and new windows were opened, she was puzzled and didn't understand what was happening. She became annoyed with the website.

Now I think it's best to keep things simple and make links open in the same window. Visitors who know how can choose to right-click and select "Open in new window". Others can use Back button.

I think it's best to let your visitors decide, don't decide for them.
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