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Shortening links leaves traces?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Vonotna, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. Vonotna

    Vonotna Junior Member

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    First i cant figure out where should i post this kind of questions?
    So does shortening link leaves traces for websites to know from where the click came?
    I mean if i shorten a reffereal link can the site know from where it came or would it just be like a direct click?
    I don't want the affiliate to know from where i get my reffereals how can I accomplish that?
     
  2. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Check the request headers under Firebug and see for yourself ;)
     
  3. Vonotna

    Vonotna Junior Member

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    Do you mean Firebug the add on? Please explain more
     
  4. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Install Firebug.

    Enable network panel.

    Request link-shortened link. Firebug will be disabled.

    Hit F12 to enable.

    Request link-shortened link a 2nd time to view on Firebug.

    Open request and response headers.

    See if it reveals the referrer or not ;)
     
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  5. Vonotna

    Vonotna Junior Member

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    Oow i was more thinking your telling me to use it in order to hide the source :D
    But arent there more complex systems, programs, ways that big sites use in order to track the refs?
    btw thanks
     
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    Oh no, you can't hide the source from your client, it's a server-side thing. But the above answers your question as to checking whether it hid your referrer or not.