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Restrictions on links to other websites


We do not encourage posting links to external websites, including our partner sites.

Posting content for the purpose of promoting other sites are strictly not allowed.

Links to external websites


If you need to mention an external page, you should mention it as a simple url in your content instead of making it a clickable link.

If it is absolutely necessary to post a link to an external website, it should use the following attributes in the hyperlink:

rel="nofollow"
target="_blank"

Also, the anchor text of the links should be the website name or the words like "this link" etc. Using keywords as anchor text is not a good idea when you link to external websites. However, when you link to internal sites, you should use keywords as anchor texts.

Example:

Good:
Visit <a href="http://www.microsoft.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.microsoft.com</a> 


Good:
Visit <a href="http://www.microsoft.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this link</a> 


Not Good:
Visit <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/home#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Windows 8 website</a> 


(Links to sister sites also should follow the same pattern)

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