I am using the html <a> tag within wich appears the <img>. I have hundreds of these pointing to merchant sites. The problem is that the links show with my affliate ID and other giberish when you hover the mouse over a link.
How can I hide the link from showing in the status bar using the <a> tag?
Most of the options require me to cut and paste the links before I get a shortened one. I have thousands of links. Cutting and pasting one by one will not be practicable. I already have an automated way of making changes to all the links at once. I was wondering what I need to add to this process to cloak or hide the links or display a preffered text.
You can’t block the link displaying in the status bar as browsers do not allow it for security reasons (sites displaying copies of bank login screens and overriding the status bar for links to that page to show the address of the real bank login page). So anything you want to do to hide part of the info will mean processing all of the links individually.
The only way you could handle it automatically is if you are generating the HTML from a server side script and have that set to do all the changing for you.
I saw it done on other sites. The links and images were not showing the usual affiliate numbers and other jargon stuff on the status bar. There has to be a way to do this. I tried using the onmouseover feature in the <a> tag but its not been respected by my browser.
Well, I will patiently wait till a solution comes along. Thanks for the responses.
Note that creating this rule in your .htaccess does not change any of your links. You still have to change them all yourself. This will only handle redirecting the clicks on the new links after you’ve changed them all.
Actually I work with a feed which I import into excel. So its easy to make the urls look the way I want them. Am just not able to handle the .htaccess side of it.
The original urls have the form:
w w w .merchant_name.com/pclick.php?p=xxxxxxxxx&a=yyyyy&m=jjjj
as explained above.
I cant believe the amount of trash and duplicate information on this topic I found on the internet. Now I know why Google penalises people. All the topics are about 301 redirection quite alright but the actual and crucial issue of writing one single rule that affects multiple links is nowhere to be found. Some articles are so funny I burst out laughing even though am seriously looking for a solution to this problem. You would immediately see through it all that the writer has no clue what they were talking about.
Anyway, I still am waiting for a good samaritan to save me 2 days headache. How on earth do I write a .htaccess 301 redirect for my affiliate links.
Thanks for helping.
I tried the codes above but its not working for me. Sorry I did not notice the link you previously gave. I checked it out though but I dont understand a thing of whats been said there. I think that site is for experts which am not.