[thelist] tracking a url

Anthony Baratta Anthony at Baratta.com
Tue Nov 4 12:12:59 CST 2003

At 08:48 AM 11/4/2003, Tom Dell'Aringa wrote:

>They suggested having a 'redirect' page that passes the link of the
>company ("companyA") the user clicked. So an asp that gets that value
>in the URL, where it can be tracked, then using a redirect to send
>them to that page.
>Is it me or is this really stupid? Shouldn't web trends be able to
>track that the above HREF was an exit link? I'm not up to speed on
>web trends yet but I know its fairly robust.
>The key is they want to know how many times somebody clicked that
>link and left the site - and *which* site they went to. It seems to
>me this redirect page is unnecessary... what do you all think?

How will your server know they clicked on the link and went to the other 
site? That information is recorded at the other site via the referrer, not 
your site.

IMvHO - Having a redirect page is the simplest and most efficient way to 
track links leading off your site.

Anthony Baratta
Keyboard Jockeys

"Conformity is the refuge of the unimaginative."

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