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January 14th, 2008, 01:15 PM #1New Window or Same Window on Affiliate Link Click
When a user clicks on one of your affiliate links, do you open a new window or use the existing page to send them to the merchant?
Thought, opinions, facts, statistics?
January 14th, 2008, 01:20 PM #2
I have no facts or statistics on this one, just thoughts and opinions
I open in the same window most of the time, but it depends on the situation. If I'm linking in the middle of an article or review, it will almost always be in a new window because I want to give people a chance to read the rest of the text. But other than that... generally, same window.Daniel M. Clark
Greg Hoffman Consulting
January 14th, 2008, 01:22 PM #3
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
If ALL your links open in a new window it gets annoying, however you do want people to find your site again after they click away if they want to come back I found an old site of mine that had ALL links (including internal site links) opening in a new window and that got very annoying really fast!Deborah Carney
TeamLoxly.com BookGoodies.com ABCsPlus.com
January 14th, 2008, 01:37 PM #4
We open new windows. The obvious thought is to keep someone on our sites if the merchant does not offer what the viewer requested they will hopefully click on a different option on our site.I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die
to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there
isn't and die to find out there is.
January 14th, 2008, 01:55 PM #5
I also open all extrenal links (affilaite links) in a new windows. Hoping that they will continue shopping at other stores or at least bookmark my site.
January 14th, 2008, 02:04 PM #6
I have read advice leading to both conclusions: the "annoyance factor" as mentioned my Loxly, and the "keep 'em on my site" viewpoint as indicated by VisitOurMall. It almost seems like a toss-up. I even tried some A-B testing a couple of years back - and could determine no difference.
On my "community" sites, when I link out to a business in one of our directories I usually open the link in a new window. I also (usually) mention to my readers that a new window will open on the page where those links are located. Fortunately I don't have that problem with hotel reservations because I now use "white label" fulfillment with merchants on most of my sites. There is a seamless transition from my site to the merchant site and back again.
Tough question to answer. For unofficial guidance on site presentation ideas I often go to the "big money" sites - ones paid for my the likes of General Motors, Maybelline, Kodak, and the like. Thre you can get good ideas for color combinations, font usage, menu loactions, etc. But most of those site are not linking out to anywhere - especially not to another merchant. So, no help there...
January 14th, 2008, 02:04 PM #7
I use new windows as well for my affiliate links.
January 14th, 2008, 02:08 PM #8
I use new windows too.
I can't say for sure (I don't do A/B or any other kind of in debth testing) but since I started using new windows, my income has increased so I think it's a good idea to keep them on your site without losing them on the first click out to a merchant or other site.Peace,
Loving Everyone's Child Creates Magic
January 14th, 2008, 03:06 PM #9
I've tested both ways and find no difference. My sites open external links in new windows and internal links in the same window.~Ernie
January 14th, 2008, 03:15 PM #10
Same window. I want those visitors to go, GO, GO to the merchant site through my links and buy, not be hanging around my site earning me zilch.
January 14th, 2008, 03:22 PM #11
Originally Posted by erninator
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
- Nunya, Business
January 14th, 2008, 03:46 PM #12
I use a new window for all external links and same window for internal links. No facts whatsoever for any preferences, tho.
Before I had any idea what others were doing or about here I started using the new window cos Linkshare offered it as an option for their links so figured it must be popular or they wouldn't offer em. Ummm now that I've learned Linkshare isn't exactly loved by all affiliates lol probably woulda thought there was some alterior motive for them offering it. lol
Would imagine it is something others like or they probably wouldn't offer it.
January 14th, 2008, 04:46 PM #13
Like most of the others who have responded, I use a new window for all external links and the same window for all internal links.
January 14th, 2008, 11:45 PM #14
Good points from all
My only question would be: what about ISP blockers that block new windows?
Is that still a consideration in the debate about links opening in the same window or in a different window?
One reason I ask is that I encountered this type of problem when I had a problem with the Hosts File.~Rhia7 -- Remember the 7
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