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I've been considering changing to opening within the same window.
If you decide to go with the pop-up window I would say make sure you indicate clearly on your site something like: "Links open in a new window. Please temporarily disable any pop-up blockers." That would usually make the visitor more aware of their pop-up blockers. But, not everyone would take heed.
I would personally, go with opening links in the same window, but will try to link to pay-per click links or affiliate links, while still giving quality links to your visitors. This way you don't lose.
Hope this helps!
So, for me, it is not an issiue of which is better, Opening new windows is hurding sales. Keeping users in the same window seems to be the only way to go.
In the past I have always popped up new windows. However, since Windows XP SP2, I am getting complaints by users that the new windows are getting blocked by SP2 and other popup stoppers.
this is because those tools are using the wrong method of determing a popup... they should not be stopping all new windows... only those not requested to open by the user... this is easily done by parsing the clicked on URL and allowing that page to open whilst stopping others that that URL may try to open... it is not something that _you_ can do, though... it must be done within the apps doing the blocking...
the apps that are blocking everything are simplistic and taking the most simple approach in blocking anything that opens a new window... i heartily recommend attempting to educate folk on what's happening and how they can go about fixing it... education is always a plus... especially when it opens one's eyes to what's really going on in the world ;)
If a visitor doesn't care enough to use the back button, they won't be spending much more time at your site anyway.
Pop-up blockers these days are designed in many different ways and block by many different variations. It would be a waste of time to try and educate a visitor on their pop-up without knowing their exact app. And it would be a waste of time because most users would just go elsewhere and feel insulted that your site is trying to tell them that their pop-up blocker is a problem or trying to tell them how to configure their pop-up blocker. i know I would just go to another of the million web pages out here which I'm sure offers the same content with less frustration. It's about getting ahead of the competition, not about what you like. Don't worry visitors will return to your site if you have what they like and/or want. Worry about the content of your site and advertising your site not if visitors is staying on your site or leaving your site because of links....they'll return sooner or later.