Have you ever noticed not all hyperlinks are created equal? Some links open a new browser window. Your reader can see the new page, but the original page - your blog - is still active on the screen. For example, if I wanted to tell you about a wonderful independent bookstore in Katy, TX, but I wanted this blog to stay active, I could give you link like this one - click here to learn more about Katy Budget Books. If you click this link, you should have two browser windows open. One for this blog and one for Katy Budget Books.
This is different from the typical link that takes the reader completely away from your blog or webpage. Both kinds of links have their uses. For example, if I wanted you to spend the day perusing my website, I could provide a link like this, Official Web Site of Mark and Charlotte Phillips. When you click this link, the web page replaces this blog. You only have one browser window. If you want to come right back, you can do that by by clicking the back arrow at the top of the browser window. But what if you spent some time investigating the website - clicking the links that take you to some of the other pages? How many times would you have to click that back arrow to return to this blog?
When do you use each kind of link? You'll have to decide that for yourself. I have a simple rule that I follow. Any links that take the reader away from my site launch the new site in a new browser window. Links that simply take the reader to another page on my site do not.
Are you wondering how to do this? The command is very simple, but you will have to touch the html. You'll be adding a very short phrase to you href link: target="_blank"
Yes - it is really that simple, but you have to place the phrase in the correct place.
If you create links by typing the html commands, then you are familiar with the "a href=" command and can skip to step 4.
If you create links any other way, follow these steps:
1) Follow your normal process to create the link
2) Display the html (in blogger, click the "Edit Html" tab)
3) Look for the words that you turned into a link. They will be surrounded by text and symbols you didn't type.
- The opening bracket "<" tells the browser that a new command is coming.
- The next symbols a lowercase "a href=" says what kind of command and is followed by the web address you provided for the link. The web address is surrounded by quotes - "http://..."
- This is followed by a closing bracket ">" and finally, your link words.
- Last is the closing command - "/a" surrounded by brackets "<>"
4) You want to put your cursor between the closing quote for the web address (bullet #2 above) and the closing bracket that follows the web address (bullet #3 above). Then type or paste target="_blank" - the whole phrase, including the quotation marks.
You're almost finished. You want to publish your post. Go to the new post and test the link.
How'd you do?