React Component for Outbound Links

In this snippet, I will show you how to create a custom React component for outbound links that includes specific attributes for SEO concerns, such as rel="noopener noreferrer" and target="_blank".

This code defines a simple and reusable React component that renders an outbound link (<a> element) with recommended security attributes. It is designed to be flexible and easily customizable with additional props.

import React from 'react'

interface OutboundLinkProps extends React.DetailedHTMLProps<React.AnchorHTMLAttributes<HTMLAnchorElement>, HTMLAnchorElement> {}

const OutboundLink: React.FC<OutboundLinkProps> = ({
  rel='nofollow noopener noreferrer',
}) => (
  <a target="_blank" rel={rel} {...props} />

export default OutboundLink

The interface OutboundLinkProps declaration defines the props expected by the OutboundLink component. It extends the type used by the a element rendered by React.

Within the component, the rel prop is set to 'nofollow noopener noreferrer' by default, which is a recommended set of values for security purposes. These values prevent the linked page from being able to access the window object of the linking page, which could potentially be used for malicious purposes.


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