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_blank or _self ?

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by Kaistar, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Kaistar

    Kaistar Power Member

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    OK, so I run an affiliate based website that gets minimal visits through Bing and Yahoo powered engines but nothing through Google coz it's a bitch :)
    I currently have all my outbound links opening in a new window (_blank) so that my visitors have a way back to my site when they close the opened page, they may make the offer, may not...

    My question is could this be hurting my conversions, the fact that it opens in a new window.
    Could this be subconsciously telling my visitors that I am not the brands real domain but a re-seller...

    If my site opened immediately on the target sign up page would it be better for me ?

    Does anyone have any experience of a split test or just plain old experience of conversion differences between blank and self openings ?