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How does google view a target="_blank" tag? Is it considered bad in search engine terms to use this tag?
No, and the appropriate way to do it (IMO) is to only use blanks for external links/sites
Try a Google WW site search [google.com] instead.
If you want to keep me on your site, you will be much better off by not filling my screen with all sorts of new windows each time I click on a link.
A site like that has to be incredibly useful for me to stay on it for any length of time. I think that is the one thing I find more annoying than all flash sites.
But no, I don't think google would penalize you for something like that.
There are also people who prefer the toilet paper to dispense on the outside of the roll, and those who prefer it inside and those who don't care.
Worrying about G penalizing "_new" or "_blank" is like supposing that they penalize for using H tags. Definition of the word "appropriate" aside, the point is is that both target and H are part of the HTML standards.
> I wish WW opened every thread in a new window. I hate having to right click.
FWIW you can hold down the shift key and click on a hyperlink, and it will open in a new window too.
I thought I had read an argument once about page rank being transferred to and from a linking site in possibly a different way by using that tag or the target="new"
(meaning that the pr would somhow be depleted to the site opening in a new window or something to that effect)
so I did not want to be hurting the people who are linking to me if that were true.
Thanks for your thoughts, I appreciate it.
Appropriate places to use it within a site is when you are showing a hint, tool or definition. Appropriate times to use it going offsite is when you are in a tool like webmail.
And if you want to easily browse and open new tabs with one click, get Mozilla or firefox and a 3 button mouse. Clicking the link with the middle button will immediately open the link in a new tab.
And if you don't like my advice not to ever try and "trap" your visitors, don't follow it. But you would be well served to be aware that I am not the only one that finds such behavior annoying.