You can actually make all links within your blog open in a new window. Simply add a "<base target='_blank' />" to your blog, in the header.
And change that to:
<base target='_blank' />
But please do this with discretion, especially if you have lots of links within your blog. You don't want your readers having to close a window each time they finish reading a linked article in your blog.
I usually code links to other websites or blogs individually so they open in new windows. If it's a link to my own content within my blog, I simply leave it alone.
Here is how you code a link to open in a new window.
Below is a link that's going to open in the same window.
Here is the source code for it.
<a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/rjdesignhut%22%3EMy Shop</a>
Here is a link that's going to open in a new window.
Now check out what's different here.
<a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/rjdesignhut" target="_blank">My Shop</a>
It's so easy! I couldn't believe it myself the first time I did it.
It's the same with pictures.
Below is a picture with a link that's going to open in the same window.
<a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/68200667/turquoise-pearl-bracelet-with-sterling" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="145" j6="true" src="http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_570xN.217586439.jpg" width="200" /></a>
Now add the highlighted part and the picture will open in a new window.
<a href="http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_570xN.217586468.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="149" j6="true" src="http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_570xN.217586468.jpg" width="200" /></a>
Now here is a tip for you while you're browsing on the web. If you use Internet Explorer, right click on a link, by choosing between Open, Open in New Tab (older version of IE doesn't have this option) and Open in New Windows. You're totally in control how a new page will open, so don't forget to right click. When everything else fails, right click.
If you're still unsure whether you should have your links open in new windows, please check out some of the articles I found on the web.
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