Linking Strategies for Your Blog

We write blogs regularly and share wonderful information with others.  One of the integral parts of a blog post are the links.  These links give an added layer of depth of knowledge to your posts.  What most don’t realize is that the links you insert into a post have either an internal or external destination.  By internal or external destination, I mean that the link is either going to direct the reader off of my domain to another site or direct the reader to some other place inside my site.

When adding links into your blog post you need to be aware of what the affect will be when someone clicks on it.  If the link is sending them off your site, you may want to make sure the link is opening in a new tab/window on the consumers browser.  If the link is staying on your site, have the link open in the same window.  Why? Well, if I write a post and share a quote from someone else and link to them, I am going to give a link to that person in my post.  I don’t want to take my consumers completely away from my site because once they leave my URL and land at that other domain there is no telling where they would go.  However, if the link opens in a new tab on the web browser, my site is still there for the consumer to return back quickly and easily.

How To Set Links Targets

When you insert a link, into a post, you Adding a Link in WordPresshave the ability to set the target to either open the link in the same window or open link in a new window. So, next time you enter a link into your blog, make sure you set the target.  While this doesn’t seem like much, it can increase the amount of time people are spending on your site.  The more time spent on your site by consumers means the higher the probability of someone doing business with you.

So when you write your next blog post take a moment to think about your link target and set it to keep consumers with you as much as possible!

Jeremy Blanton

Jeremy Blanton is the Co-Founder of 210 Consulting- Social Media Advisors. He is a social media speaker who shares with thousands of people each year on things like how to use Facebook for Business, Blogging, and How to use Twitter.

When he is not coaching or speaking, he spends most of his time working on Custom WordPress Sites for his clients.

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  • Good advice and not something I had ever paid attention to until now. The box below setting the target their is a “class” setting. What is that all about?

  • Thanks Jonathan! Funny you should ask that, keep an eye out for a post on it in the near future!