This has been most discussed topics by bloggers. When you add new links to your article, by default it has been set to open in the same windows. So that if it’s an internal link(i.e. your blog link), that’s okay. But if it is external website link, your blog reader would be redirected to that linked page by leaving your page. He would start surfing that blog and forget your blog. It’s good practice to open external links in a new window.

[Basic] Open External Links in a New Windows Without WordPress Plugin:

WordPress default editor has that option to make any links opening in new tab.When you add any links to your article, you will see an option to add URL, title and below that, there is a checkbox.If you check that box, your linked hyperlink from that article will be opened in new tab or windows.

Opening Hyperlinks in a New Window

It’s quite simple, and everyone might know about it. Now, what if you have forgotten to check that box for your old posts and you want to open all external links in a new window or tab now? Well, I would not recommend you to manually do that task because there is Free WordPress SEO Plugin available to make this possible in a second.

WordPress Plugins to Open External Links in a New Window:

1. SEO Smart Links

SEO Smart Links - WordPress SEO Plugins
SEO Smart Links – WordPress SEO Plugins

SEO Smart Links provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more.It is a perfect solution to get your blog posts interlinked or add affiliate links to other sites.

If your blog has too many external links like paid links, affiliate links or any, you should use this plugin to make them nofollow and open such links in new window/tab.

2.WP External Links (nofollow new window SEO) 

WP External Links (nofollow new window seo)
WP External Links (nofollow new window SEO) WordPress Plugin

This is another best WordPress SEO plugin to Open Links in New Window with making them nofollow. Making not necessary link nofollow is good for SEO.

Opening link in a new window will reduce your blog’s bounce rate and keep your readers on your blog.

Related: Automatically Interlink Blog Posts – SEO Smart Links +

This was recommended plugins for WordPress that lets you to open links in new windows. Do let us know how do you treat external links on your blog?