__/ [ Alric Knebel ] on Monday 22 May 2006 09:59 \__
> I was looking at the AWSTATS screen for my website, and I followed an
> odd link that was listed as something that linked to my site. I
> followed it to this:
> It was mostly some foreign site, but there was a paragraph in English at
> the very top. I really didn't understand what it meant. Do any of you
> understand what this means?
> English version: to make a long story short: anonym.to is a free and
> easy way to block the referrer when a visitor clicks a link on your
> homepage. It works with every browser as you do only have to add a
> http://anonym.to/? in front of every outgoing http:// link. Use it as
> you want.
> Thank you so much in advance.
Let me begin by warning you that the service of this site seems
questionable because your visitors can be redirected anywhere, without
your awareness. Before moving on, ensure you can establish trust with the
site in question, as well as depend on its long-term existence (also see
snipurl.com and tinyurl.com for similar issues).
To clarify, whenever you request a file (e.g. Web page), your Web browser
sends a request to the site in question. That request is being recorded
(unless just dumped), along with some extra details passed by the browser.
This may include the address of the referring site (the referrer), which
helps the Webmaster keep track of _where visitors come from_. The site
above offers you some sort of protection. It acts as a middleman. By
endowing many links to that site (which give it high(er) ranks by the
way), you can hide yourself as the origin of visitor clicks. I don't know
why you would ever want to do this. As I said, having _not_ yet looked at
the site in question, it rings large bells of alarm. There must be better
and easier methods for achieving the same thing, although the Web browser
of the visitor may stand in the way.
One alternative and similar approach are scripts like go.php (and
variants), which enable you to hide the destination of links (also
external) while relying on your own site and being able to track clicks on
links to external sites. It also can preserve ranks that are important for
search engine status.
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