unauthorized links on posts

By WPN ยท 10 replies
Feb 21, 2004
  1. Someone appears to be attaching links to specific words in my last post. Is this normal on this site, or is someone playing games here? This IS NOT appreciated!
  2. dani_17

    dani_17 TS Rookie Posts: 146

    Its an new kind of advertising. Some keywords will be transformed to links. Instead of putting a banner telling you to buy cheap rubbish ink at half prise, the advertising company that "works" with techspot will autoinsert a link the the " ink " word if you post a message.. for example.

    Obviously nobody clicks that kind of stuff unless they made a mistake.
  3. WPN

    WPN TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16


    Thanks...just haven't seen this happen before on other sites...seems odd.
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    If you use the likes of Opera or Avant, you can set them to suppress ads and/or banners. My Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro V2 also suppresses flash-ads (only firewall that can do that!).
    Luckily I don't get these "keyword" ads anymore that WPN talks about.
  5. NoisySilence

    NoisySilence TS Rookie Posts: 98

    That "annoyance" as you call it generates revenues for TechSpot. Your tip would be as helpfull as not loading banners on top of the pages.
  6. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    From what I know we don't use any of the text-ads that you've experience (I could be wrong), but it's instead due to some ad-ware you've downloaded...

    Use Ad-Aware to see if you've got anything...
  7. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    It's not Adware or Spyware MrG, it's another form of advertising that Julio enabled on the forums.

    There was a discussion on this but I can't seem to find it anymore.:suspiciou
  8. dani_17

    dani_17 TS Rookie Posts: 146

    Its good to have generate revenue for techspot. I sometimes click the banners and so on, use the pricegrabber... etc. But those text links really don't get my attention.
  9. WPN

    WPN TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Ok, I got the answer I was seeking. I was just wondering why certain words were being highlighted on my query when it wasn't me who initiated them. I have not seen this sort of advertising previously. Definitely more user friendly than banners and pop-ups.
  10. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    They only appear in IE, and they only recognize and make a link into some of the more popular keywords. Like Computer, AMD, internet, etc.
    It is just a more subliminal way of advertising, as opposed to banners and such.
    But they do help keep TechSpot going, so if you aren't too busy every once in a while click on some of the ads, or words.
    Hope this is what you were looking for.
  11. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Well, at least I put in a disclaimer :)

    And if they only work in IE, that explains why I haven't noticed them...
    To paraphrase Londo Mollari "So this is IE. Fascinating... Never touch the stuff myself"
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