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I've tried to do this with html, but it gets "cleaned up" and removed. Having links open in a new window is just good online business. It lets you send your readers to useful resources without sending them away from your site.
Anyone know if this can be done on hubpages?
You can do this in HubPages. I learned how by reading this hub entitled "Readers-Keep Them On Your Page" by Sinea Pies. This hub has all the instructions on what to do.
Basically, what you do is add this - target="_blank" - after inserting the URL and the link should open in a new tab. So it should look something like this in HTML: <a href="http://username.hubpages.com/hub/hub-title-here" target="_blank"> .
I don't know how to do that on HP but it is something that infuriates me as well.
When clicking on links in forum's etc. and trying to follow a thread, unless you right click the link to open in a new tab, the original thread is lost.
It is such a simple thing to correct and I am totally bemused that a site such as HP hasn't cottoned on to this a long time ago!
Agreed! For any site that depends on ad revenue, it seems that it should be automatic!
I use Multi Links for Firefox. Its a plug in that allows you to open multiple links in seperate windows all at once, but it's helpful for this purpose as well.
I'm not worried about being able to open in separate windows myself. That's easy enough for me to do. I'm more concerned about not sending my readers away from my site before they've finished reading!
Remember though, that if they have to hit the back button to come back, that is another ad impression!
Except that you're assuming they'll hit the back button. Readers often click from link to link and get lost down the rabbit hole.
If it's from the same IP and within a short period of time I don't believe that it does count as another ad impression to be honest.
I tend to agree with Theluckywriter that readers 'get lost.'
On my own sites, I always use target="_blank." I just wasn't aware that you could insert the same code on HP. I had always assumed that it would be stripped out. You live and learn I guess!
If you write your article in Word and insert your links before cutting and pasting, it can be done. When the hyperlink box comes up, click 'target frame' then choose 'new window' from drop down menu.
Click the html link in the text capsule and add target="_blank" into your link. That should solve your problem.
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