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Using hotlinking to advantage

Replace with ad, perhaps clickable?



5:09 pm on Jul 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Others have hotlinked to one of my jpegs so it appears on their sites.

Maybe I will replace the jpeg with one that is an advertisement for my web site so the advertisement shows up on their sites.

Is there a way to make the thing clickable to take people to my site?

Looks like image maps wont do it because the others are calling only the jpeg document and wont add the image map code to their pages.



Any suggestions?


5:25 pm on Jul 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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4thePegeh... if they are hotlinking PDFs in the same window you can take the hit and redirect it to a landing page on your site totally 'stealing' the traffic. If you create the pages right the person might not even realize they were on another site.

We had a situation like this, I have told this story on here before but, this lady was selling the same products as I for this one site.

I had taken the time to make up really nice PDFs with product shots and descriptions, she decided that they were so nice that she would use them too... but she didn't even copy them to her server, she just linked mine and in the same window.

I noticed this so I wrote a rewrite rule and sent those hits to an .html page that had the product info and pictures and had a "Buy" link... I got about 50 sales from her site before I got an email from her.... the email said..... Your PDFs are broken, can you fix them..... it was quite panicky so I decided she had suffered enough and explained what was happening.

She didn't even understand what she had done and was some girl out of school this place had hired to do content.

But for images and stuff I have made custom images to replace hot-linked images that say
"Visit www.example.com to see more"
'Stolen content... come to example.com for real info'

[edited by: Demaestro at 5:26 pm (utc) on July 7, 2008]


8:00 pm on Jul 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Nicely done and very funny with the pdfs.

There are tales of folks replacing hotlinked images with, uh, controversial images.

I think I will adopt your suggestion of an advertisement image to replace the existing jpeg.


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