If you’re reading this post, you should know the following ways to tag <a href=””></a> links on your website:
- _blank – opens in new tab
- _self – opens in same frame (default, can also just be left out)
- _parent – opens link in new parent frame
- _top – opens link in the full body of the window
One of the features (or lack thereof) that has irked me about HackerNews is that when I click on a link, it opens in the same window thus taking me away from HackerNews, which is where I went in the first place. Let’s say I click on the first link:
It takes me directly to the page (watch the tab at the top):
But then I have to hit the Back button. Who hits the back button on the Internet anymore, especially techies like myself who live off of keyboard shortcuts? Why make me go from using my keyboard to using my mouse or trackpad just to go back? No one uses the Delete key to go back, let’s be honest.
What HackerNews should do, though, is take you to a new tab, like so (notice the tabs at the top):
I propose a test. Dear admins of HackerNews, I would like you to implement a test for 24 hours.
Implement target=”_blank” on HackerNews
Track the time on site and number of votes over the course of that day
Report on it, and then make an informed decision.
It won’t be that hard to implement:
<a href=”http://on-advertising.tumblr.com/post/42994773187/maria-popova-have-you-made-1m-on-affiliate-ads-while“>Making $1 million from affiliate links on “Ad-Free” blog</a>
<a href=”http://on-advertising.tumblr.com/post/42994773187/maria-popova-have-you-made-1m-on-affiliate-ads-while” target=”_blank”>Making $1 million from affiliate links on “Ad-Free” blog</a>
This is how Inbound.org works:
<a href=”http://contentharmony.com/inbound-2012/” target=”_blank” id=”click-30712″>Inbound.org: 2012 By The Numbers</a>
Well HackerNews, what say you? I dare you to increase your traffic and engagement.