MoT's Watch Deal Forum is the resource for watch and watch accessory deals sourced by enthusiasts like you. Click here to join today, and once logged in you'll be able to take part in great discussion and camaraderie about the hobby you love.

As a reminder, even though MoT's is a free site, we do rely on two methods lights on. One is a referral generator that creates (mostly) unobtrusive links. This depends on the site being whitelisted in any ad-blocking software you use. If you could please whitelist this site, we would be ever thankful. (We promise there are no pop-ups, pop-unders or other annoying distractions.)

The other method is donations from members and visitors. These are completely voluntary and there is no obligation. Any donations go directly towards site operations and are greatly appreciated. Click here to donate today.


Thank you!

Link redirects

Having an issue with the site, or with posting? Create a thread and someone will help as soon as possible.
Post Reply
watchpalooza
Posts: 2022
Joined: Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:43 pm
Location: Munich & SF Bay Area
Has liked: 1701 times
Been liked: 1552 times

Link redirects

#1

Post by watchpalooza » Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:23 am

A thread to report any strange link behavior, such as Amazon links redirecting to bizrate or Walmart. We have checked the server and there does not appear to be a server-side issue or plugin that would cause this. Further, not all users are experiencing issues, which may indicate a client-side issue such as a piece of local malware or similar. I want to help our members get to the bottom of it. Please include:

1) the link that was clicked
2) the web address and/or screenshot where you were redirected
3) try it 2-3 times to see if the issue recurs consistently...does it redirect every time you click the link? Does it always take you to the same address in #2, or do the redirects change?
These users liked the author watchpalooza for the post (total 3):
BoournsManOnTimeuvalaw2005
Click Icon To Contact Me



’There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.’ - Leonard Cohen, Anthem
’One man's faith is another man's delusion.’ - Anthony Storr
watchpalooza
Posts: 2022
Joined: Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:43 pm
Location: Munich & SF Bay Area
Has liked: 1701 times
Been liked: 1552 times

Re: Link redirects

#2

Post by watchpalooza » Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:46 am

I have tried the Amazon links reported in the Head’s Up thread, and for me all go directly to the correct page on Amazon. I have tried with Tapatalk, Safari from my Iphone, my Ipad, and my MacBook, Chrome from my MacBook and IE from my PC. I tried each one 10 times, and in all cases the link opens Amazon, not Walmart. In short, I am unable to replicate the issue.

The post with the links: https://www.manontime.com/viewtopic.php ... 370#p23322
These users liked the author watchpalooza for the post (total 2):
uvalaw2005The Sultan of SoWhat
Click Icon To Contact Me



’There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.’ - Leonard Cohen, Anthem
’One man's faith is another man's delusion.’ - Anthony Storr
User avatar
uvalaw2005
Posts: 85
Joined: Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:52 am
Has liked: 22 times
Been liked: 32 times

Re: Link redirects

#3

Post by uvalaw2005 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:41 pm

Randomly, here's a thread from head-fi last year where something similar was happening and apparently viglink was the culprit:

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/the-dea ... /page-1725
User avatar
ManOnTime
Site Admin
Posts: 1562
Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:27 am
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Has liked: 531 times
Been liked: 1953 times
Contact:

Re: Link redirects

#4

Post by ManOnTime » Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:22 pm

uvalaw2005 wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:41 pm
Randomly, here's a thread from head-fi last year where something similar was happening and apparently viglink was the culprit:

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/the-dea ... /page-1725
I tweaked some settings earlier today that I think solved it.

I had to shut off an option to redirect redirected links. :roll:

I do find it odd, however, that only a small few Amazon links were affected.
These users liked the author ManOnTime for the post:
uvalaw2005
Your friend in time,
Matt - MoT

Click Icon To Contact Me:


'You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.' - Ray Bradbury
'Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of debate, discussion, and dissent.' - H.H.H.
gregington
Posts: 5
Joined: Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:14 pm
Location: Perth, Australia
Has liked: 1 time
Been liked: 1 time

Re: Link redirects

#5

Post by gregington » Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:05 pm

I've seen the strange link redirection on post https://manontime.com/viewtopic.php?f=3 ... 270#p25742. The message text says it's an ebay link to watchgooroo's Eterna stock, but for me goes to Ashford's Eterna page.

For me, there are two links in that post both of which are redirects via vigilink. Both of them have the same key and insertId. The full link (with spaces added so the forum software doesn't render it as a link) is below and shows that the redirection is indeed meant to go to Ashford.

http:// i.viglink.com/ ?key=497d277c0ad2ce597529a92a048e4867&insertId=c94a4626d5038eaa&type=L&exp=-1%3Ana%3A0&libId=jxmer9340102thc1000DAp3ma1s78&loc=https%3A%2F%2Fmanontime.com%2Fviewtopic.php%3Ff%3D3%26t%3D123%26start%3D9270&v=1&iid=c94a4626d5038eaa&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ashford.com%2Fus%2Fwatches%2Feterna%2Fcat1210178.cid%3Fpn%3Dbrand&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fmanontime.com%2Fviewforum.php%3Ff%3D1&title=Heads%20Up!%20I%20Saw%20A%20Bargain%20Here!%202019%20-%20Page%20619%20-%20MoT%27s%20Watch%20Deal%20Forum&txt=%3Cspan%3EEterna%3C%2Fspan%3E

I've also noticed that my references to Eterna have been automatically turned into Ashford links in my post preview.
These users liked the author gregington for the post:
The Sultan of SoWhat
User avatar
ManOnTime
Site Admin
Posts: 1562
Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:27 am
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Has liked: 531 times
Been liked: 1953 times
Contact:

Re: Link redirects

#6

Post by ManOnTime » Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:11 pm

This site uses viglink to generate revenue for operations. Sometimes links inadvertently get changed.

The links you're referencing all go to their intended destination for me on multiple devices. Could you post a screen-shot showing the highlighted links?
Your friend in time,
Matt - MoT

Click Icon To Contact Me:


'You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.' - Ray Bradbury
'Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of debate, discussion, and dissent.' - H.H.H.
gregington
Posts: 5
Joined: Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:14 pm
Location: Perth, Australia
Has liked: 1 time
Been liked: 1 time

Re: Link redirects

#7

Post by gregington » Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:25 pm

Screen shot below.
Screen Shot 2019-07-03 at 7.23.00 am.png
User avatar
ManOnTime
Site Admin
Posts: 1562
Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:27 am
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Has liked: 531 times
Been liked: 1953 times
Contact:

Re: Link redirects

#8

Post by ManOnTime » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:34 pm

patrolmi didn't put links in their post. Those links were added by the VigLink plug-in. It works by converting key-words into links to a retailer website. This site then receives a small incentive per click that I use to keep the lights on, as it were. I have intentionally set VigLink so that it won't alter existing links. That is the issue we were having before.
Your friend in time,
Matt - MoT

Click Icon To Contact Me:


'You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.' - Ray Bradbury
'Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of debate, discussion, and dissent.' - H.H.H.
Post Reply