Came across a suggestion in another place that ATW are counting clickthroughs, with maybe an effect on rankings. Came as a surprise to me, so did I miss that class?
8:38 pm on Dec 6, 2002 (gmt 0)
It seems not!
8:44 pm on Dec 6, 2002 (gmt 0)
Apart from PFI pages I don't think they do it. Can't remember seeing redirected urls. Does of course not mean it never happens. Google is known to do it every once in a while on choice terms.
But on a regular basis and with an effect on ranking? No.
9:24 pm on Dec 6, 2002 (gmt 0)
Thanks Heini, matter of interest, why do they do it with PFIs?
9:28 pm on Dec 6, 2002 (gmt 0)
So that they can report it to the siteowners.... ;) Part of the PartnerSite package.
9:29 pm on Dec 6, 2002 (gmt 0)
I've seen redirects on every alltheweb serp i can remember (from the US anyway).
Perhaps it's a new thing in Europe for them?
9:32 pm on Dec 6, 2002 (gmt 0)
Jeremy, that's interesting. Before answering I had gone to ATW to make sure I didn't miss out on something new perhaps, tested several searches, where CTR data could be especially interesting - no redirects whatsoever.
9:40 pm on Dec 6, 2002 (gmt 0)
Weird...geo targeting for the click tracking then?
Hmm...but if they are tracking clicks, why not go all the way / instead of making it regional?
If they are after that data, it makes more sense to me for them to get it *all*. :)