Friday, January 23, 2009
by Bonnie Calhoun
Hi folks! Another tip has been pulled to the forefront of my memory by an inquiring blogger...the necessity of using target="_blank".
LOL...don't look at me like that...I'm not talking dirty :-) Using target="_blank" in an outgoing link on your blog or website causes a new browser window to open when the link is clicked. It is desirable for two reasons.
First, the visitor is still on your website when they close that window after perusing, and they don't have to navigate back to your page.
And second, it helps to decrease your "bounce" rate.
LOL...I knew I'd get your eyes to roll up in your head at least once in this post :-)
Bounce Rate is defined as how many times a visitor "bounces" away from your site and comes back. If you are involved in increasing your SEO (Search Engine Optimization), the bounce rate on an entry page can help to determine how effective it is at grabbing people's attention.
Now before you running screaming from the room yelling, "SEO, SEO!" I must add caviar...LOL...I mean...a caveat. Bounce rate is only an SEO factor is you have a site for commerce. If your site is about ordinary stuff like blogging, news or just plain information you really don't have to worry.
The neat and conclusive reason for adding target="_blank" is to keep people on your page!
Write your links like this: