Very recently, a newspaper website ran an article with a link to my website. Traffic went up.
Access_logs for one day indicated 40 hits coming from:
Another 9 hits came from www.newspaper.com/article#12345.
I called up their page above, looked at the source code and sure enough there
was an honest looking <a href = mysite.net..> yadda yadda </a> type link.
When I moused over that hyperlink the first time, I saw the honest link.
The NEXT time i moused over it, I got the phony php link!
No matter what I do, source code shows only the honest <a=href..> link.
I figured it was because I browsed in from Google and they were cloaking,
showing me the source they prefer Google to see.
Sooooo .. I manually typed in the newspaper's story url in full.
Now there is no sign of honest link on mouseover, BUT source STILL shows the honest link.
Finally, I went to work and repeated all these tests from there, with a different
computer, different browser, host ISP, the works.
I STILL see my honest URL in source code, and get the phony one when I click or mouseover.
I presume this is some kind of cloaking. Questions are:
1) How the heck does that work? Has somebody found a way to show phony source code,
while executing different actual code?
2) If so, where did the 9 'honest' hits come from, the ones with <a href=?
3) May I presume that Google etc. will see the honest link and credit it?
If so, I can't get too upset about it.
I'm more curious than anything else. Any clues to this mystery much appreciated. -Larry