Is there any SEO downside to opening links in a new window?
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Is there any SEO downside to opening links in a new window?

  • I like to use target='_blank' to open links in a new window rather than opening them in a same window. So, I'm wondering, am I losing any ranking advantage by doing so?

Answer:

Google's John Mueller answered this question a while back saying that it makes no difference either way...

So whether you use <a href="domain.com/page"> or <a href="domain.com/page" target='_blank'>, Google treats them the same for ranking purposes.SEN article end

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