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Feature Request: NoFollow and New Tab Link Option (6 posts)

  1. John Hoff
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I often times make my links open in a new tab. Also, if I'm linking to an affiliate product, I often times will use the nofollow tag.

    It would be nice if the "link" button in the WYSIWYG had a few options in it, like these.

  2. The link button has 'Open link in a new window/tab' already, but nofollow... why would you be using that for affiliate links?

  3. John Hoff
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hey Ipstenu,

    I had to go check my blog because I didn't remember ever seeing the "open in a new tab" button. I guess it's an option available in the Visual Editor and not the HTML.

    Any chance of getting that on the HTML part? I know we're suppose to be doing more coding here, but if the link button is there, why not make use of it.

    As for the nofollow on affiliate links, it's mostly because of Google.

    Google seems very "iffy" when it comes to websites which are either just a squeeze page or is a site set up simply to sell a product or service.

    In this case, whenever I link out to an affiliate page which is not a typical blog or website, I hate leaving it in Google and the site owner's hands on how "happy" Google will be to see that link on my site.

    The product might be solid, but the site might appear of no real value to Google.

    It's not really written in stone, but it's nice to have that option.

  4. You said, specifically, the WYSIWYG editor (which IS the GUI/Visual editor) ;) But the open in a new tab will be there for HTML in WP 3.2 (it's already there on my beta test site).

    As for the nofollow, my point really is this: Why are you linking to something, in a blog post, if you're not feeding it link juice intentionally? If you have an affiliate link in a blog post, that's something YOU are promoting, so you SHOULD allow the follow to go as normal.

  5. John Hoff
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You said, specifically, the WYSIWYG editor (which IS the GUI/Visual editor) ;) But the open in a new tab will be there for HTML in WP 3.2 (it's already there on my beta test site).

    My bad, you're right. Thanks.

    As for the nofollow, my point really is this: Why are you linking to something, in a blog post, if you're not feeding it link juice intentionally? If you have an affiliate link in a blog post, that's something YOU are promoting, so you SHOULD allow the follow to go as normal.

    That's a good point. There's just been a lot of talk lately with Google and sites built to sell a product so it was an idea which has been on my mind lately.

    Thanks for your time.

  6. I wouldn't worry about follow being in links you intentionally are linking to :) That's using your link juice as it's intended! Basically, if the links are legit, the follow is worthy and the juice should flow ;)

    The reason we generally have nofollow in comments is spammers.

    Apparently TinyMCE advanced lets you set nofollow in the GUI mode: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tinymce-advanced/

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