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Tutorial How To Target Links in Hubpages

Updated on May 2, 2014

Creating Targeted Links

It has been a year or more since the Google Panda Bear created a backlash on all the author mills, including Hubpages. In order to conform and get back onto high google search engine ratings, the regular options to post and target links on Hubpages have drastically changed.

These updated features have been replaced with a method that has no instructions and needs someone to teach us how to use the functions. Perhaps all this information can be found in the tutorial section of Hubpages. But, I'm simply updating this HP for the benefit of my regular followers.

You will see how to insert HTML code to create a targeted link to open in a new window on your browser. I assume most people know how to do this, but just in case any newbies have not been taught the method, you can scan the images to learn how.

  • Take a look at the Image capture above, which shows some sample text from the last day of my 30-Day Challenge Hubpages.
  • I want the link for "Anish92" to open in a new window, rather than opening in the same "parent" window, which would mean that the reader would not be able to finish reading the flow of ideas in the story.
  • Why would I want someone to go away from my hub?

  • Notice the CAPSULE Subtitle at the top. This is a great place to set that information apart from the rest of your text and you will also have some 'heading' code automatically place into the html for better SEO.
  • Next view the text section and you will see the blue text indicating a linked phrase or word. That's what we want to edit.
  • Please put on your thinking caps now, because I will be showing new demonstration images. The old illustrations no longer apply with the drastic changes since one year ago. Follow me to the next set of illustrations.
  • The red boxed illustration of the text (shown above) will take us to the next step in the process. We will figure out how to link the 30-Day Challenge Hubpages as a new targeted link.

The picture above shows what happens when you click on any blue highlighted text indicated a linked word or phrase.

  • First you see the URL with the title.
  • Besides that you see "UPDATES" as you are expected to make your link to any corrections or changes there.
  • You may use the SEARCH section to enter key words in order to search for an appropriate link
  • Now we have three options from which to choose: Your own hubs with similar keywords, Amazon links, or other hubs from members
  • Listed underneath those options are all the titles from which to choose.

Four Easy Steps

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Instructions to Make The Targeted Link

Click each thumbnail image above one at a time.

  1. You probably have the idea now to click the little chain link on the gray menu bar to get to the URL of any highlighted blue text. Arrow points to chain-link icon to add a targeted link. The broken link will remove a targeted link.
  2. Click the EDIT BUTTON and up pops the next illustration. Click the HTML button on the menu bar.
  3. You will see the code for the text in that capsule section. Search for the <a href = information. The linked URL is within the open and close carrots or you might call them the greater or less than symbols.
  4. The fourth illustration tells you how to make the page open in a new window. Simply add the code after the URL and parenthesis as such... target="_blank" ... it is highlighted in blue.
  5. Once that's done and you hit the SAVE button, you will get the last message about coding. Click OKAY and you're done.


If you are reading the work of other people on their hubs or elsewhere on the internet, you may prefer to enable the linked text to open in a new tab or new window.

As a reader, you can simply do this by RIGHT-CLICKING your mouse. I happen to prefer the author creating this automatic experience.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Derdriu ~ All of your comments tell me that you thoroughly read through and absorb the information, plus you take special care in making your responses meaningful. Blessings and Light, Debby

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      DebbyBruck: It is most helpful the way in which you pinpoint causes and problem-solving strategies, all the while being straightforward about what you know, guess, don't know. Additionally, I particularly like the way you take us through the process step-by-step, with evidence, examples and explanations.

      Thank you, etc.,


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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      I see all of the images.

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      whoisbid 6 years ago

      Hey Debs - one of the images (4991478_f520.jpg) here is not loading

      I have another view on this matter but it is more profitable to not know what we are talking about because ..well, I can't even tell you why.

      Nice to see you so active and I remember you now so you succeeded with me ;)

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Glenn ~ very awesome. We can certainly use the minimal HTML that we know if they do not strip those capabilities from the system. Take care now, Debby

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      HP removed the feature from the link capsule to open in another window. But your idea still works in the text capsule. You made me realize that we can also use this method to include a descriptive TITLE tag, which displays when one hovers their mouse over the link. HP does not remove that tag, but they remove the ALT tag. Thanks for writing about this. Voted up and useful.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Sean. I find that to be true. One day you wake up, open the Hubpages website and things have changed. This means Hubbers have to go back over their blogs and make some changes to update them. It's always good to know a little HTML. Thanks for your support. Debby

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      seanorjohn 6 years ago

      I think this would be a good hub to tweet. Changes seem to happen without warning . Voted up and useful

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Glad you figured that out. We learn by doing here on Hubpages. Please keep in contact. Let's help each other out. Blessings, Debby

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      quicksand 6 years ago

      Hi again Debbie! I guess I spoke too soon. Well it does not work in the links capsule after completing the editing process.

      It does open in a blank window while in the editing mode after hitting the "done" button, but ceases to work after completing the editing process.

      But never mind, as long as it works in the text capsules I am quite content. Thanks once more and cheers!

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello QuickSand ~ Wow! So glad I was able to give you a hand out of the sand. Reach for that anchor and you'll be stabilized from sinking into a pit. Glad you were able to find these instructions so useful. I hope more people will rate this up and visit. Blessings, Debby

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      quicksand 6 years ago

      Jeez! Voted up and useful too!

      I never thought of exploring the HTML option. I added the code via the HTML link to one of my anchor texts and it's working fine!

      I am thankful that I stumbled upon your article as right now I am in the process of updating all my hubs and I was rather unhappy that there has been no provision to open in a new window like there was previously.

      Guess what ... I even tried this in the link capsule and it's working fine there too! All I did was to add the required codes like doing so in an HTML doccument.

      However I left the anchor text area blank and the system shows the link title as the anchor text. Thanks a lot! :)

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      Audrey Selig 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      I need to read it over again as I am truly slow visual on complexities. I will learn it and thank you for taking time to help us.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Ubanichijioke ~ I appreciate the vote. Have you noticed that since Hubpages upgraded their notification services members have been more actively participating on this network?

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      Voted useful. The information contained here are so elaborate & great. I luv it. Thanks

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for the knowledge. It is definitely good to be learned. God Bless You.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Debby, for taking the time and patience to explain it so well in details

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello ~ The tutorial here shows any of the BLUE COLORED LINKS in all text capsules. When you insert them, a little box window opens for you to insert the URL code to the page you want to open on a click.

      What hubpages has recently done is make all of these clicks open by taking the person AWAY from your hub by replacing the window with your linked page. Thus, if someone now wants to continue reading your hub, they must click the BACK BUTTON.

      Okay. So, let's say you want the person to click the BLUE HIGHLIGHTED LINK TEXT and have it open into a NEW WINDOW. Now, they have TWO windows open. The one you directed them to open on the linked click, AND your hubpage. All they need to do to continue reading is close the other page, or put it aside while they finish reading your hub.

      In order to do this, you now need to open the HTML CODE on your menu selection and insert the TARGET EQUALS with the URL

      Hope that helps.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Sorry, being a hopeless with computer I don't know if you are talking about links between hubbers and your own hubs or are they links from Backlink?

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello WT ~ Tell you what, everything that happens on the internet is a total surprise. What about the weekly changes to FaceBook that happens and you don't even know until you click something and poof! The same thing on Hubpages. I go to make my regular links and select 'target' and that selection is not available. Instead, this other gobbly gook with totally no explanation how to use the program. Go figure.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Oh gosh. I have no idea what is going on here. I've always been behind the curve on internet knowledge. Just when I thought that I'd really started figuring everything out. . . .you know what happened.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Were the instructions not clear enough? Must go into HTML mode to create a targeted link that opens in a NEW WEB TAB OR WINDOW. That is only if you wish not for it to open in the same window where you are reading your hub.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I'm confused! Oh well!

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      You are very welcome. If anyone has the answers for making these targeted links please let us all know about it. Do you remember when there was the ability to SELECT the target? Why did they change it?

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for teaching something that I did not know before. Well done, Debby. I learn much from you. Rated up!


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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Minnetonka ~ It is a MORE than just a little confusing. I'm still processing it all.

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for this tutorial. It is a little confusing, isn't it?