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Driving Revenue still directing links to the wrong places 
29th-Apr-2010 07:39 pm - Driving Revenue still directing links to the wrong places
Skittish Eclipse
jfs has discovered links that end up entirely where they're not supposed to be:


Clicking on them in Camino, with all JavaScript enabled, opens up a new window (instead of going to the link in the window I clicked in, despite NO new window target being specified in the HTML) to a different site entirely:


Where the atid is 011076001001006000000000005009, for anybody who wants to keep track.

This is probably due to the affiliate linking script, as it only happens when I have the script enabled; if so, it means that Driving Revenue's new implementation still has problems making links only go to their appropriate sites, except this time because the redirection is entirely dependent on their outboundlink.me server's response instead of defined in the code, no debugging can be done on the script itself to determine what links will go where. It could be another case of whack-a-mole, just like with malware on ads, except this time even paid journals can't escape it.

ETA: marta has informed me that our hard working ops team has disabled Driving Revenue at this time!

ETA the second: Back now, for the curious.

Use these to test:


Regular amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Apple-touch-Generation-NEWEST-MODEL/dp/B001FA1O18/
30th-Apr-2010 05:23 am (UTC)
And now it works. I don't understand what LJ gains from this, though.
30th-Apr-2010 06:20 am (UTC)
Which part, affiliate links or the outbound link thing?
30th-Apr-2010 07:06 am (UTC)
I don't get either of them, unless LJ gets money whenever someone end up in one of those websites thanks to them.
30th-Apr-2010 07:47 am (UTC)
The affiliate link thing means that if LJ manages to be the last person who claims that affiliate link before the next person buys something on the linked to site, LJ will get a commission/kickback for the purchase. So, yes, money.

The information is more intangible in benefits but very valuable nonetheless. If you have all that data about where people are going when they click on links in your site, you might be able to mine it to make better ads that interest more people and make them click on them more, thus making more money.
30th-Apr-2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
I see. Thank you very much ♥
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