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08-20-2007, 12:33 PM
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Quote:What is being misrepresented in your opinion?
I think it's misrepresentation of the navigational operation. By looking at the link you think you're going to one place but you're actually directed to an external site and are specifically setting a cookie at that site.

I do know it's becoming common practice to hide referral links this way and I also know that this is a common practice to get site analytic/goal information.

It's not a black and white issue and I don't think you're evil for doing it.

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08-20-2007, 04:32 PM
Post: #22
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Quote:I make no attempt to deceive users

To clickers, it's all the same, Pee-wee.

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08-20-2007, 05:46 PM
Post: #23
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Quote:To clickers, it's all the same,
I disagree that the two methods are identical. In one, the link explicitly declares where you're navigating to. In the other, the destination redirects you to a completely different site.

In fact, it's kind of obvious that the two methods are different given the premise of the original article - that users don't like clicking on referral links and that you'll get much higher conversions if you obfuscate your links using hidden redirects.

I dislike the practice even though I don't condemn it. I dislike it because it violates the principle of affordance - that is, in this context, that it should be obvious where links will take you. Now you can regain some amount of affordance by making sure the link text or the link image describes the action properly, but it does still send a mixed message.

I think this is an area of emerging practice. Some use javascript to capture traffic to all outgoing links from their sites. Some write their links to a script with an argument describing the "real" destination. Some actually have an intermediate page that indicates outside navigation. I'm sure we'll continue to see development in this area as industry practice evolves.

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