Do you have a question? Post it now! No Registration Necessary.  Now with pictures!

Threaded View
I read an article but I forget where it was that said using target="_BLANK"
in a
link might result in the spider not counting it as a link. Does anyone know
this and is it true?


re: target='_BLANK"

I do not believe that to be true.

Re: target='_BLANK"

Mr. Foo wrote:

Quoted text here. Click to load it

sounds like crap. Why?

John ->      MexIT:
                        Perl & Google/WWW:
Experienced programmer and SEO available: PR7
            Happy Customers:

Re: target='_BLANK"

On Mon, 18 Oct 2004 02:48:01 +0000, Mr. Foo wrote:

Quoted text here. Click to load it

    I don't know about it not being a good thing to do, but it certainly is
    not a wise thing to do if you care about your site's usability.

    target="_blank" breaks focus and navigation (for most users). This is
    well-documented elsewhere, and I won't repeat it all here, but basically
    if you are deep within a site and have a full-screen browser, and click a
    link that opens in a new window, you have just taken away the user's
    ability to "go back". Yes, the back button is in their other browser
    window, but now its buried behind/below the one you just popped up,
    full-screen, on top of their other window.

    Search the web for the other 1/2 dozen reasons not to use this.

Re: target='_BLANK"

Quoted text here. Click to load it

Don't believe everything you read on the web

Using target="_blank" means your own site will still be there when the
others have been shut down

My experience is that people mainly get annoyed when target="_blank" is used
to open pages within the same site


Re: target='_BLANK"

Quoted text here. Click to load it

Ever get a wad of ones and wrap a $100 bill on the outside? Looks like a
lot more money than it is. Fact: people cannot see what's inside unless
they a) look and b) even know to look.

Usability studies imply that many users don't realize it's there at all.
Once they can't back up to your page, they go to another site to buy the

All that time, your page is hiden and selling no widgets. Later they find
it, and gee, they probably feel bad they didn't buy it from you.

They shouldn't have to hunt for you. Anyone who's ever worked retail knows
that when the sales staff is in sight and available, sales are higher. If
they can't find you, they can't buy from you.

Quoted text here. Click to load it

This is true. But it's not so much a matter of annoyance, it's a matter of
comfusing the user. If your website's purpose is at all competitive, you
must have the goal of keeping it easy to use. Hiding the rest of the page
is not keeping it easy.

Site Timeline