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YouTube Leaking Referrer!!!!

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by blackhit, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. blackhit

    blackhit Super Moderator Staff Member Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Here´s a strange thing I noticed.

    I have a vid with my url watermarked in the vid.

    Nowhere in the title, description, tags, accountname, comments, etc. the url is mentioned.

    People have to type in to get to my site.

    In my webstats my YouTube vid (the url) shows up as a referrer from 2 visitors!

    Anyone knows how this is possible?
     
  2. aliskorn

    aliskorn Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Wtf man...how can this be?
    msg too short
     
  3. wmitchell003

    wmitchell003 Regular Member

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    did you use annotations? Im not sure if annotations get indexed.
     
  4. madinaz

    madinaz BANNED BANNED Premium Member

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    I have no idea how this can be
     
  5. mattstrike

    mattstrike Regular Member

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    If those visitors were running any sort of linkifier type plugins, and if your url is very similar to a keyword or keyword combo that are in the description or the comments, then it is possible that is how it happened.

    Remember that YT does not have to serve the link, if it winds up in the viewers browser by any means, including a plugin or userscript, that will be enough to do it.
     
  6. JesterJoker

    JesterJoker Regular Member

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    I have come across that when you are on a webpage say in this example

    youtube.com and you type in yoursite.com

    and it shows up in my stats the same way. I clean all my traffic with double meta refresh though now.!!
     
  7. whizkids

    whizkids Newbie

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    Yeah, they probably just typed in your URL from the Youtube link. I've had that show up on my stats before when I'm checking links etc.
     
  8. blackhit

    blackhit Super Moderator Staff Member Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Thanks everyone for your replies.

    I don't use any annotations.

    I checked the stats of some more domains a bit more closely and YT and other vid sites show up.

    Uptill now I only used double meta refresh for sites linking into mine.
    From today I'll include all type-in traffic to this as well.

    Another thing I will make common practice from now on:
    when visiting a site I will always open a new tab.

    How do you think it will look if you sign up for a affiliate program or CPA-network and BHW shows up as the referrer even though you typed in your destination by hand.:yield:
     
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  9. q3ick

    q3ick Regular Member

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    Agreed that could not go over well^
     
  10. blackma

    blackma Power Member

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    They can read the url with similar technology that is used to decode decaptchas.

    Text recognition technology. With the same technology they can tell if a video has porn in it by recognising large areas of naked skin tones!
     
  11. CyrusVirus

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    well, it has to be a direct type in, so that takes out all the usual ways to have a referrer,

    maybe it has something to do with flash cookies, or just cookies in general from yt.

    just an idea. or it could just be that they are using some sort of js to keep the ref*

    there.

    CV
     
  12. Adam Rock

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    whats with all these dead threads getting revived?

    people need to start looking at when shit got posted before replying.