Issue: When I click on the links in the piece (and other previous posts) although the link and the code looks correct and shows mysitename the user is redirected to webgains.com on some affiliate program tracking ID
Anyone know what might be going on?
We used to have an affiliate program with webgains but that was years ago - is this just a coincidence. (its actually webgains own program ID 117)
Has someone hacked the site and set up a sitewide redirect?
Any ideas - not sure if I can post the actual problem site here.
Msg#: 4397741 posted 4:50 pm on Dec 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
But it must be there somewhere. What I'd like to know is how?
Would it have been put in by the person coding it, either unbeknown to him (perhaps using borrowed code) or known and hoping to make money as owner of the click referrals.
I've contacted webgains with the referrer link and the program id etc should shed some light on who the 'click money' would go to. Follow the money...
Msg#: 4397741 posted 9:49 am on Dec 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
Temporarily block the "coder" as well, he may very well know what's going on and profiting, it happens.
Msg#: 4397741 posted 10:16 am on Dec 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
The site-wide redirects are being inserted by wordpress and operated by viglink.com
I have now found out that Wordpress does have this in its terms and conditions and sometimes operates this referral type thing on sites - but not all sites.
Ok, I have not got a big problem with them inserting some links but the way it was done, I thought the site was hacked. It was so bizarre that the links were referred to a signup for an affiliate program.
The blog has now been moved. So they've lost out by implementing such a ridiculous scheme.
Thanks for all your help. Hope this will also help anyone else who has a similar issue in future.