Friday, February 27, 2009

Give Good Link Karma

We all know that one of the hallmarks of participating in a blogging community is the ability to "link back" to each other. This means when you mention a neat post Randy Seaver's Genea-Musings blog you don't just type out the name of his blog. You also embed a hyperlink so that readers can easily be transported to Randy's site without having to manually enter the URL or copy and paste it into the address bar of their Web browser.

There is a way you can take this one step further and not only help out your readers, but your blog as well: make sure that clicking the link will cause it to open in a new browser window or tab.


1. Highlight the string of text to be embedded with the link, and click the Insert/Edit Link icon. The Insert/Edit Link dialog appears:

2. Select Open Link In New Window in the Target field and click Insert.

3. If you want to see what this command looks like in code, click the HTML tab.

4. You will see that target="_blank" appears at the end of the link code.


Unfortunately, Blogger does not have an automated way to designate the target for an embedded link. If you remember the Embedding Links In Comments post here a few weeks ago, you learned how to type the HTML code for a link.

All you have to do is click the Edit HTML tab when editing your post:

Simply add target="_blank" within the first section of the code to tell the browser the manner in which you want the link opened.

Besides making your readers happy, this trick will also keep the "focus" on your blog posting at all times.


lindalee said...

Thank you for this tip. I have gone back through all my blogs and added the target!!!

Kathryn Doyle said...

Great tip, Thomas. One suggestion for Blogger users: if you write your post using Google Documents you can specify that links open in a new window and you can post to your Blogger blog directly from Google docs.

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Laura said...

Thanks! I just fixed my links.

Gini said...

Hi Thomas, new question, how do you do "screen shots" to your blog. I got it to work to my word doc, but can't do it to my a blog post? Thanks, Thomas

Thomas MacEntee said...


I usually hit Print Screen and then paste it into my Microsoft Office Picture Manager which comes with Microsoft Office (under Programs, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Tools) and then crop it and export it to jpg.

Denise Olson of Family Matters has written a great post about free software programs that help you produce screen captures:



Claudia's thoughts said...

I was disappointed with Blogger in the fact I could not add links, other than the URL. Someone had suggested Windows Live Writer. You can Google that. I downloaded the program and it can adjust the size of your pictures, and it has a link adding function. I have two blogs and with a dropdown menu you can put multiple blogs to use Windows Live Writer. It was easy enough to set up and use.

indefatigable said...

Thank you very much for your tips. I have changed all my blog structure after reading your articles, which helped.