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    2005 Linkshare Golden Link Award Winner  ecomcity's Avatar
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    As tempers cool off and things get done on the parasitic issues addressed by Stephen Messer and other network CEO's, can we see a token of networks ethics policies.

    I've been screaming for over a year at Linkshare and merchant's to quit using "MOUSE TRAPPING" scripts on their sites. The only irate e-mails I get from my shoppers all complain the have to close their browsers to get out of a merchant's site once they follow my links. They blame me, thinking the Linkshare generated merchant code I furnished at my sites disables their browser "back button".

    When a merchant exits Linkshare and goes inactive, often without notice, their banners and text links still display. Shoppers clicking through these active links land on a LS information page " This merchant no longer ...Blah ..Blah ..Blah ..with a MOUSE TRAP script. Hint Mr. Stephen Messer ...these shoppers do not want to be members of the Linkshare affiliate programs and they sure aren't your advertising target audience. MOUSE TRAPS are learned from the PORNO industry as are most parasite "Affiliate Applications" PopUps ..unders .driveby downloads etc etc.

    So I'm not just whining please have the "back button" disablement left out of the script and add in the reading of my affiliate ID# and make the page have a link back to my website. Better yet make it redirect back to the referring gpage on my site for additional shopping from similar LS merchants.

    Your refusal over the last year to address this gripe has led your merchants to assume you condone this practice. THEREFORE some of your merchants like The Golf Warehouse TGM.com traps all affiliate linked shoppers to their domain only with a MOUSE TRAP. Don't believe me, ABWers or lurkers, then click on your own TGM links and see if you can get back to the referring page. I liked TGM site and wrote them but obviously they ignored the request and didn't respond. Now they are off my sites ..big deal.

    What they don't know is I've designed several sites that draw large traffic of golfers who use Linkshare TGM Ads. Those owners, when they check their banner links, are advised by me to pull them down and choose another Golf products peddler. I also advised them to pull CustomGolf.com Ads who exited without notice to them ...those lead to Linkshares Mouse Trap page!!

    WebMaster Mike

    [This message was edited by EcomCity.com on October 05, 2002 at 04:42 PM.]

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    A good solution in the meantime is to have all your links open in new windows. That way your site is always still there and all the person has to do is close the offending window.

    Connie Berg
    www.flamingoworld.com

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    2005 Linkshare Golden Link Award Winner  ecomcity's Avatar
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    Connie that was Linkshare's move to not have to address the problem. They get their MOUSE TRAPPED visitor regardless and the extra time & effort to identify a MOUSE TRAPPING merchant as the popup is a PITA. A simple ruling ( ie in the TOS) enforced by all networks would eliminate this PORNO site trick.

    WebMaster Mike

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    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for your post. This is an issue that we have been investigating. Please note that the "mousetrapping" as you have described it is in no way intentional. The "back" button ends up calling the LinkShare server when the back button is clicked because of the various redirects that need to occur when we determine that a relationship is no longer valid in order to display the appropriate error page to the end user. As such, we have added a link directly on this error page to bypass this issue and allow users to return to the original referral page. Visitors who use this link can return back to the affiliate's site. However, we are continuing to investigate the ability to use the browser's back button, and will keep you updated.

    Thanks,
    Sarah

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