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GoodForNothing Link Proxy

GoodForNothing Link Proxy 1.0.5

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Mr. Goodie2Shoes

Well-known member
#1
Mr. Goodie2Shoes submitted a new resource:

Anonymizer/URL Redirector by xenCODE (version 1.0.0 Beta 1) - Anonymize all your out-going links...

Introduction
This add-on anonymize all the out-going links by adding a redirection link to all the external links.
for example, the link referring to https://www.google.com will be automatically changed to http://myforum.com/redirect/?url=https://www.google.com :D

Installation
  1. Firstly, upload everything from the 'upload' folder to your forum's root directory.
  2. Install...
Read more about this resource...
 

Chris D

XenForo developer
Staff member
#3
Hi Goodie, great work. Can someone explain what's the utility for a forum to this type of redirection? Thanks :)
Yeah I'm wondering this as well.

I've seen many sites employ this. Sometimes with a redirection page to warn people they're leaving the site, other times without.

But why would we need this? What benefit is there to anonymise the URLs?
 

Anthony Parsons

Well-known member
#5
rel=nofollow is what controls SEO linking... anonymity of URL's does nothing for SEO as Google discards redirects and measures the source to the origin, hence how affiliate links are also tracked so well by Google using this method, thus downgraded for affiliate sites offering nothing unique. Googles algorithm is much smarter than anonymous URL redirects unfortunately.

You can actually test this in Google Analytics by setting up such redirects with tracking and watch analytics show the source and the origin only, discarding all redirects in-between.
 

Mr. Goodie2Shoes

Well-known member
#6
Hello everybody, my main objective is actually telling my visitors clicking the link something like:

Please be careful...
The referring site you are being redirected to is not controlled by us, so please remember not to enter your Username and Password unless you are on {site-url}. Also be sure to download software from sites you trust. And remember to read the site's Privacy Policy.​

and also, I would like to 'track' everything from my site. and also what TheVisitors said: to not reveal where the members are coming from :)