Seems like I’m always looking for more writing time! So today, I’m passing along a blog tip that will keep your blog readers happily connected AND put you one step ahead in this always time-crunched business.
You may not always have one in a post, but when you do, your readers appreciate being able to click on that link and check out the topic you’re sharing. Just a click, and bang. You’re reading away about a new and even more fascinating topic. And hold on! There are links in the new topic and so you click again and bang! More information and more links to follow! Until finally, you come up for air and think, “Hmmm…now where did I start?”
Because every time that you clicked on a link, you roamed further and further from home. So you shrug, thinking sometime later, when you have time, you’ll go back and catch up on the original blog post. But how many times do we go back? How many times do we lose a reader because of a little link? And all because we didn’t fix the link so that it would open in a new window?
Yep, it’s that easy. After you add a link to a post, add one teensy step: Look below that link box and you will see a box with the instructions that read, “Open this link in a new window.” Check that box.
And here’s the difference (because I have a quick and timely reminder for you): You still have time to enter a punny comment and win Susan Nees’ very funny illustrated chapter book if you go here. (But if you go here, you may forget to come back.)
It’s a little blog thing, I know. (But now you know, too!)
As long as the link doesn’t involve videos about ducks…;)
Yeah, I learned about that the hard way. Sometimes I still forget to click the “open in a new window ” button. I still don’t feel like I’m proficient—I know the bare minimum stuff, just enough to be dangerous. 🙂