Chapter
7

Linkage Tips:
The Redirect

I've seen a lot of links in e-zines that don't have any page details in them. No .htm of .html, and no affiliate codes. But when I click the link, I go to an affiliate site. How does this work?

Earlier in this ebook, I gave you a link to a product named Ebook Paper. It's the software I used to create this ebook. The link contained a redirection to Wes Blaylock's site that sells the software. You didn't see anything but http://newbieclub.com/epaper and yet you ended up on a site not related to The Newbie Club site. I redirected your browser.

Here's how the redirection works.

In the top of your HTML code, you create what's called a meta tag. This meta tag tells the browser to zip on over to a new page in a specified length of time, from immediately to as many seconds as you state. Here's the code:

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=yoururl">

Change the zero to a higher number for the number of seconds you want to delay before redirecting to the new site or page. 

Put the meta redirect in a single file named index.htm, and load that into a folder on your server. You can easily keep all of your affiliate links on your server. For example, let's say you're an affiliate of Publisher's Pipeline. You could create a new folder on your server named "publish" and create an index.htm file for that folder with the redirect link in it. Your affiliate code would replace yoururl in the link example above. 

Here's the summary:

1. Create a new folder on your server

2. Create an index.htm file

3. Put the meta redirect ONLY in that file.

4. Upload to the index.htm file to your server

5. Share the new link with others via your ezine or sig file, or in article you write. It sure beats telling people to click the following...

http://www.domain.com/cgi-bin/t.cgi?34534

... when you can tell them to click this instead:

http://www.domain.com/publish

Because the clean looking link contains the messy looking link in a meta redirect! Here's the entire meta redirection link containing the messy link above. It will refresh immediately, whisking you to the affiliate URL contained in the content= line:

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=http://www.
domain.com/cgi-bin/t.cgi?34534">

And that's how it works. Use these "tricks of the trade" to your advantage.

Now you know how it's all done. There are hundreds of other tips, tricks, and more that you will learn as you move along the Web pathway. Good luck to you as you learn and enjoy this life changing communication tool known as the Internet!


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