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« on: October 19, 2012, 01:44:03 PM »

just wondering something. Obviously if you do a search query and copy the links from the results, then the search engine has its search query etc encoded in the URL before it forwards you on to the actual site requested.

Is there a way of possibly gaming the clickthrough rate from a search query? I suspect just copying the original search result link and getting other people to click through (cough.....somehow) on that link wont work ?

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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2012, 12:28:28 PM »

If you take apart a Google redirect it looks like this:


http://www . google . com/url?
sa=t&
rct=j&
q=&
esrc=s&
source=web&
cd=5&
cad=rja&
ved=0CD8QFjAE&
url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.debian.org%2Freleases%2Ftesting%2F&
ei=C_qCUIqGLMTo2AWjl4GAAw&
usg=AFQjCNF7mw2xYS3EAXqInCdRYvwAhmAs9w


I think it's a pretty reasonable assumption that Google knows this came directly from them at a certain time and from a certain place. I'd expect that using this URL repeatedly would trigger Google to know that this was not from an actual search. Consider the exact same search, executed 15 seconds later from FF on the same machine:


http://www.google.com/url?
sa=t&
rct=j&
q=testing&
source=web&
cd=5&
cad=rja&
ved=0CD8QFjAE&
url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.debian.org%2Freleases%2Ftesting%2F&
ei=1PqCUPyLJ8bW2AWUsIGYCw&
usg=AFQjCNF7mw2xYS3EAXqInCdRYvwAhmAs9w


Note the difference in the ei field. This probably points to which server has my session ID, the time of the query, the browser, the whatallelse. So I think this would probably not give you the results you are looking for.
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2012, 03:17:58 PM »

thanks Perk. Figured it wouldnt be that simple.... thought id ask people that would know.

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