Ok, now why would a post titled “Hidden Destinations” be filed under my Techstuff category? Well, read on.

If you are in the practice of downloading FREE themes and templates from the internet to dress up your blogs and websites, there’s something worth looking into.  You MAY be helping out a few spurious sites without being aware of it.

Some developers insert hidden links to sites they either support or work for, into the templates that they create and distribute for free. These links lead back to their own websites, and sometimes into other sites that they support. These outbound links greatly increase their standings in search engines, because it gives the impression that they are so reliable a lot of sites link to them. These links are hidden so that they don’t even appear on the page when you do a word search on the page itself by hitting CTRL-F or Command ? F on your keyboard (Mac).

What to do? Like every good web developer, or anyone just plain OC with your site and would like to know how others see your site, you should have Firefox installed. If you already have Firefox, go and install this toolbar: Web Developer. Follow the instructions, and after Firefox has restarted you should see the new toolbar just below the address bar. With that, Click on Information > View Link Information

You will then see a screen that lists all the outbound links on the page that you are on. Take a good look at that list to see if there are any links that you do not recognize. If there aren’t any, then you’re good.

But if you do see some that are neither links that you know or links back to the theme developer’s own site, then it’s time to take control.

How do you do that? I will write about it in my next post. Stay tuned 🙂

Hidden Destinations

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