Corrupted Links On Your Web Site And What They Mean

Do you own a web site? Do you want to? For a lot of people out there this is becoming the dream job to have. They saw the movie, The Social Network and they realized that anyone can have a website of their own. No, you will not necessarily become the next Mark Zuckerberg, but there is a chance that you can, just like millions of people before you, earn a living on the web. But there are a few things that you have to know before you start to build your own website. And one of these things that you have to know is how link structures work and how it can be either the rise or the downfall of your website.

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When people who have not been involved with technology most of their lives get into the website game they tend to have some misconceptions about it. They either think that everything will be easy and it will be instant money or they think that you have to be a rocket scientist to be able to make any money at it. Neither one of those instances are the case. You just have to really pay attention to what you are doing and just know the basics of what is going on. Fox example, like we said earlier in the article, you have to know how your link structure works if you want to be able to keep your users safe.

A rogue link on your website can mean that the people who visit your website and assume that is safe can be harmed. While a link might look simple when you are clicking on it, if you actually look underneath the source code, there can be a lot going on. That is why you as a webmaster must be able to look at it and know that everything is okay. You most likely will not be able to afford to have your developer look at the links of your site every time one is put on the website. So you will be able to cut down on these types of cost if you take a look at them yourself. Once you see it a couple of times, especially when you are looking at the pattern of your own website, then you will be able to notice when something is not right.

The usual pattern of a link is <a href=”linkhere.com”>Anchor text</a>.  The first part of the brackets means that you are referring to the site that you want the link to point at. The middle is the anchor text of the link. This is what the end user sees when he visits your website. The last part means that this is the end of the link directive so we are now going to start going back to regular text. As you can see, this is pretty much easy pattern to recognize. The only changes really happen when either a class or an ID is added. Those usually set up the presentation of the link. Also you can add a JavaScript attribute as well. Those can be problematic, so you should ask your developer has he added JavaScript to any of your links. Most of the problems come from the actual web link itself.

The actual link can hold a lot more information. The link itself can be simple like http://Google.com or it can be as complicated as http://mysite.com/2973nd-dugw33/null/dwdwdw. It is here when you have to be careful. Web sites get directives from some links, so if you see a link added that you didn’t do or suspicious new text to a link that you added then that means someone other than you has admin privileges and they are trying to redirect your users. That can be bad.

Learning what links look like can help you and your users out in the long run.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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