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    I use Target="top" so that when somebody clicks on my links, they open in the same second window each time. The first time a link is clicked, the new window opens and appears on top of the current window. However, the second time a link is clicked, the new information appears in the same browser window, however, the window remains in the background, and one has to alt-tab or click on the window to see the contents.

    I've noticed that when it comes to Amazon links, the window ALWAYS comes back on top. Pretty savvy on Amazon's part to make this happen! Is there anything that I can do to my coding to make this happen all the time with other links?

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    Hello Tracy,

    I'm a little confused on your posted question.

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> However, the second time a link is clicked, the new information appears in the same browser window, however, the window remains in the background, and one has to alt-tab or click on the window to see the contents.
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    If the "second click" content was indeed loaded in to the parent window (as should have been) how is there "secondary background window" possible?

    Or, did I totally miss something from your post above?
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    Hi Ray,

    When somebody is on PAGE 1 of my site, clicks LINK A, a brand new browser window opens (PAGE 2). It appears over the current page at my site so that the person is looking right at the product information.

    Person goes back to my PAGE 1 (now on top). PAGE 2 is still open, but in the background. They click on LINK B. Even though the information on PAGE 2 changes to the information generated by clicking the second link, the page remains behind PAGE 1 in the background. My page is still on top. The person can not see the information for LINK B. He/She has to physically flip to PAGE 2 to see the information generated.

    This is true for all affiliate links EXCEPT Amazon. If somebody goes back to my PAGE 1, and then clicks on any Amazon link, no matter what was in PAGE 2 before, is replaced with the Amazon info, and the window pops up as the top screen.

    I wish all programs did whatever Amazon does to make this happen. In the alternative, I would love to know how to do it myself.

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    Tracy, thanks for the clarity.

    Without having investigated Amazons setup, I would think what they are probably doing is using a &lt;element onfocus="javascript event handler code"&gt; that would look for the second link clicked on to seek & load within their named id="main-browser-window" .... or something similar to that nature.

    Amazon is is probably using an internal backend processing code to route clicks to their id="main-browser-window" ... but I think you can get the jist of what I am saying.
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    Hi Ray,

    Thank you for explaining it. I guess this means that there is nothing I can do on my end to make the same thing happen to my links to other affiliate programs. I'm wondering if this is why Amazon converts so well for me.

    Tracy

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    I tend to stay away from target=top and use target=_blank instead. I prefer new windows opening up for each link, and each one is the "top" window.

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    Can some one explain the differences and uses for:

    target="_top"
    target="_new"
    target="_blank"

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    target="_top" within a link tag:
    Causes the new page to load in the full body of the window, which is useful if you ever want to break out of the frameset you have created and have a frameless page. This value can be used to ensure that the destination document takes over the full window even if the original document was displayed in a frame.

    target="_blank" within a link tag:
    Causes the link to open in a totally new 'unnamed' browser window, leaving the page with the refering link still open behind it.

    target="_new" within a link tag:
    Causes the link to open in a totally new browser window, leaving the page with the refering link still open behind it like the target="_blank" tag. However, to be HTML compliant, it is recommended that you use target="_blank" if a new browser window is required.
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    Hey Ray, thanks! I have always wondered that as well. Now based on your explanation, if using would target="_blank" lanches a new window, wouldn't that also force and fix frameset issues? Then you would never use the other 2 and only use target="_blank". Am I missing somehting?

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    Hello Ian, I personally stick with using target="_blank" if wanting to spawn any new window that is not in a frameset.
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    Me too. And I never use frames

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    Are either target="_new" or target="_blank" more or less likely to be blocked by pop-up blockers?

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    target="_new" or target="_blank
    Quote Originally Posted by tomslickaff
    Are either target="_new" or target="_blank" more or less likely to be blocked by pop-up blockers?
    Hi, tomslickaff,

    I don't know. I was wondering this myself so I am giving this thread a "bump".

    Anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomslickaff
    Are either target="_new" or target="_blank" more or less likely to be blocked by pop-up blockers?
    My experience with target="_blank" is that it does not trigger the pop-up blocker in the Opera browser, because it is a new browser window, not a pop-up window. It's equivalent to the "Open in new page" command. The pop-ups it does block are usually Java driven.

    There is another downside to the target attribute. If you're using a mobile browser like Blazer 2.0 (built into the Wi-Fi equipped Tungsten), it can't deal with the target because it can't open multiple windows. An anchor without the attribute would just cause a different page to load.

    Also note that if you have a customer that wants to click on more than one affiliate link to the same merchant, you're much better off using explicitly named windows in your target. So for example, if you have several affiliate links on a page, some with Overstock, and some with Amazon, and you expect the person to be loading up a shopping cart, then use target="Overstock" for the Overstock links and target="Amazon" for the Amazon links. The customer can then happily add to their respective shopping carts before finalizing the order.
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    taget=_blank
    I always use target=_blank too. Some of the popup blockers treat target=_top and target=_blank differently. Some of them will block target=_top, but let target=_blank open the window.

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