| 4:40 am on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)|
i assume you are passing the affiliate code in the query string or elsewhere in the url.
if target="_blank" typically munged urls it would be a huge problem in general - not just for affiliate urls.
| 3:58 pm on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)|
erghhh... bland un-specific remarks don't help much in explaining the faults in doing so.
As much as you say this, many other webmasters could reply along the lines of "ohh, i've been using "target=_blank" for years with my affiliate links"......no negative issues.
| 9:36 pm on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)|
ok then name something specific that could explain in technical terms what actually "went wrong".
when you click a link, the browser sends a request and a server sends a response.
there's no magic involved.
| 12:29 am on May 17, 2013 (gmt 0)|
How 'bout this way: The server doesn't know that you said "target = '_blank'". The server only knows that there was a request and, optionally, that the request came with a referer.
It's pretty exactly the same principle as clicking on a fragment link on a page you're already on. (The server can send fragment links, but it doesn't receive them. Information in query strings doesn't count.) The "target = '_blank'" statement is used only by the browser.
| 4:08 am on May 17, 2013 (gmt 0)|
|could [anything] screw up the tracking code from affiliate programs? |
since i made an assumption and you didn't confirm or deny that assumption let's try to be more specific.
how are you providing the tracking code to your affiliate program?
| 8:06 pm on May 19, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Good explanation, Lucy.
Phranque, it's different with each program.
But generally something like :
<a href="http://www.example.com/ct/254812?b=1381" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">
[edited by: phranque at 2:44 am (utc) on May 20, 2013]
[edit reason] exemplified affiliate url [/edit]
| 12:42 am on May 20, 2013 (gmt 0)|
i'm still assuming you are passing the affiliate code in the query string.
the HTTP Request as seen by the server would be identical with or without a target specified for the anchor tag.
| 2:29 am on May 20, 2013 (gmt 0)|
|But generally something like: |
Are you passing along all of this information, or just the URL?