Blog-surf traps

Twice today I got trapped in a blog frame when blog hopping. You know, that thing you do when you follow Blogsnob or other links just to see what else is out there. Anyway, I'd ended up on Scott Rubush's blog. Which has a number of links. I followed the Blogsnob link through several, maybe five or so blogs. I happened to glance at the address bar and saw Scott Rubush's http no matter where I was. I noticed that on another blog hop earlier today (I forget which one). This is REALLY ANNOYING. That's why I'm not linking his blog. Sometimes I like to pop the blog into my favorites to look at when I have more time. This blog hopping trap makes it impossible to do that.

Does trapping blog hoppers in an URL jack up stats or something? Increase the popularity rating somewhere? (And why would anyone care?) Why would anyone do this? If it's intentional and not something accidental because one is using Blogger or something, then this is just begging for a countermeasure. Such as ostracism, maybe, or something else ...
Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/18/02 at 10:20 PM
  1. Odd, I don’t find a blogsnob button on his site.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  01/19  at  08:51 PM
  2. Look at the bottom of the main page.

    Posted by lee  on  01/19  at  09:19 PM
  3. I’ve seen this done before with registering domain names and redirecting them.  It’s basically a big HTML frameset that hides http://www.bignastyservername.com/~omygoshlookIminthe80swithapersonalwebsite behind the URL of http://www.nicename.com.  So, if you own a domain name but don’t run your own server or pay for dedicated hosting, that’s how you can do it.

    What it means is that when you follow a link away from the site, you’re following the link *in the frameset*, not at the “top” or window level—hence the URL stays.

    Clear as mud?

    Posted by Mike  on  01/22  at  01:08 PM
  4. p.s. - does nothing for hit stats.

    Posted by Mike  on  01/22  at  01:09 PM
  5. Actually, that sort of does explain it. But I still don’t understand why anyone would bother, except by accident.

    Posted by lee  on  01/22  at  04:38 PM
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