I'm wondering if opening links to external sites in a new window (target="blank") gives any penalty since the Google updates of last year. Most of my sites don't currently use it (except on "more info" and "what's this" pages), since my goal was to get them to the chosen page and make them either convert or close the page. Just wondering your thoughts on this? Do any of you use lots of 'open link in new window' links on your pages and still rank well for competitive keywords? Thanks in Advance!