Jump to content
HybridZ
Chickenman

Site redirecting links to VIGLINK

Recommended Posts

Chickenman    4

Has something changed on this site recently. Members are getting a lot of Redirects to a site called VIGLINKS. Apparently this is an advertising site for Forum affiliates and is associated with Google.

 

Doing a copy paste to a site such as Summit racing results in the Forum redirecting to this POS advertiser. Can the Web administrators do something about this?

Edited by Chickenman

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
NewZed    56

Testing - https://www.summitracing.com/

 

Let's see what happens...

 

You're right.  Image copied below.  Trying Amazon now.  

 

https://www.amazon.com/

 

Amazon works fine.  Summit must have a problem.  

 

How about a hybridz.org link to be sure.  Do loop...  http://forums.hybridz.org/topic/126603-site-redirecting-links-to-viglink/?do=findComment&comment=1183339

post-8864-0-03662700-1482110735_thumb.png

Edited by NewZed

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SuperDan    315
Doing a copy paste to a site such as Summit racing results in the Forum redirecting to this POS advertiser. Can the Web administrators do something about this?

 

Yeah, it's not supposed to do that. I found a setting that should not have been on and turned it off. Might take a little while to take effect.

 

Doesn't the revenue from those ads help pay for the hosting?

 

True.

 

I actually have Adblock disabled for Hybridz and several other sites that I use for free and enjoy.  Figure it's the least I can do...

 

Thank you. Even if you don't click on the links it still helps. It's the number of impressions per day that matters.
Since people have started using ad block our number of impressions has fallen over 50% and revenue per click is down to about %20 of what it was years ago.
This has been an issue for EVERY website owner with google ads.
Just an FYI, I will be upgrading the forum software early next year and it will require that you turn off adblock to access it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Derek    46
Posted (edited)

Can you make it so that donating members can continue to use ad block?  I've been using it forever and I turned it on after I read your post as a courtesy.  The first thing I got was a banner showing stuff I was looking at earlier in the day on amazon. This is why I use an ad blocker. Now it still may be tracking me behind my back but it's really troubling to actually see it in a banner on a site that is totally unaffiliated with amazon.  

 

Thanks

Derek

Edited by Derek

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
NewZed    56
Posted (edited)

 

Yeah, it's not supposed to do that. I found a setting that should not have been on and turned it off. Might take a little while to take effect.

 

Clicking the Summit link still takes you to vigilink.  If you go up to my post #3 and "copy link address" using a right-click, this is what you get when you paste it.  So the vigilink redirect seems to be embedded in hybridz.org, disguised as summit.com.  Must happen when it's pasted from outside.

 

http://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&jsonp=vglnk_148339678546515&key=f7179343930a8f28263c3ebbccb8a0a8&libId=ixgo325d0100guav000DA9f0ypd7v&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fforums.hybridz.org%2Ftopic%2F126603-site-redirecting-links-to-viglink%2F%23entry1184016&v=1&out=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.summitracing.com%2F&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fforums.hybridz.org%2Findex.php%3Fapp%3Dcore%26module%3Dsearch%26do%3Dactive%26search_app%3Dforums&title=Site%20redirecting%20links%20to%20VIGLINK%20-%20Site%20Support%20-%20HybridZ&txt=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.summitracing.com%2F

 

Here's the summit link pasted from outside, again.  https://www.summitracing.com/

 

Edit - just tried the newly pasted from outside Summit link and it still redirects.  You've got some weird malware changing the content of the link as its pasted.

Edited by NewZed

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
NewZed    56
Posted (edited)

Experiment - I'll type in the link address and see if it still gets changed by vigilink.

 

www.summitracing.com

 

Edit - it still changes to vigilink.  So it's not a Paste thing.  Must happen in between.  That's the extent of my internet knowledge.  Good luck SuperDan.

Edited by NewZed

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Yeah, it's not supposed to do that. I found a setting that should not have been on and turned it off. Might take a little while to take effect.

 

True.

 

Thank you. Even if you don't click on the links it still helps. It's the number of impressions per day that matters.
Since people have started using ad block our number of impressions has fallen over 50% and revenue per click is down to about %20 of what it was years ago.
This has been an issue for EVERY website owner with google ads.
Just an FYI, I will be upgrading the forum software early next year and it will require that you turn off adblock to access it.

 

 

 

The issue is that as a whole, 3rd party ads have proven to be untrustworthy, serve malware, hijack links, etc.  So the safe option is to block everything, everywhere.

 

This issue is just another example.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
rturbo 930    27

Can you make it so that donating members can continue to use ad block?  I've been using it forever and I turned it on after I read your post as a courtesy.  The first thing I got was a banner showing stuff I was looking at earlier in the day on amazon. This is why I use an ad blocker. Now it still may be tracking me behind my back but it's really troubling to actually see it in a banner on a site that is totally unaffiliated with amazon.  

 

Thanks

Derek

+1.

 

If it's because you need funding, I'd rather just make a donation. Ads are a pain in the ass.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ryant67    6

Not sure what kind of ads you guys are getting on this site, but mine are generally tasteful and never offensive or malware...  Right now as I type this I have an ad for Jaguar cars at the top, and another for TD Bank at the bottom.  

That said, if paid membership would allow folks to go ad free, I am sure many would be glad to go that route.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TimZ    21

VigLink is back. Just tried posting a link to Tire Rack for a member asking about DOT Tires and got re-directed by VigLink.

 

Here is the link to Tire Rack that I tried:

 

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Toyo&tireModel=Proxes+R1R&sidewall=Blackwall&partnum=44WR7PR1RV2&tab=Sizes

Yep - me too.  I have disabled Adblock, too, btw.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


×