I just wanted to get a thread started to discuss the vglnk advertising in the forum. While I understand that CD needs revenue to operate, I am opposed to words from my posts being turned into ads, especially if the ad is for something i may or may not support.
So far I have seen links in a number of user’s posts, and I am not sure they know they are doing the advertising.
I am seeing them also, and on multiple computers. Can this be malware? Or is it advertising, as the OP says?
The symptom is one or more instances of a hyperlink that the poster apparently did not create, and that are not pertinent to the content of the post except in a trivial sense; i.e., the linked string also appears in the post title.
Just started getting this a few minutes ago. It annoys me, since normally people hyperlink single words to show examples of what they’re saying, so I click them. I hope this is not a permanent feature.
I noticed from my remote desktop session that unlike the other hotlinking adwords I’ve seen before (which appeared in green and double underlined, clearly different from an ordinary hyperlink), these viglinks appear to be ordinary links, indistinguishable from ones intentionally added by the post maker. This is a PROBLEM.
We enabled this late last week to see if it would provide some extra money for operating costs behind the scenes. I was unaware they would link random words – I was under the impression it would just add some affiliate tracking to existing sites that provide referral-based revenue. (amazon, etc.)
I’ve disabled it temporarily until I can figure out how to prevent that from happening.
I think their only option (based on reading their website) is to modify your existing content looking for linkable words (reading their js is somewhat interesting).
I am curious how their model works, since it sounds like you would pay them a portion of the revenue generated from the affiliate marketing. How much was CD looking at generating, and how much does the js Linker take?
Looking at their site, they offer a few different versions/products. I’m guessing you wanted the one that adds a referral to links that the user posted (such as Amazon), and not forcibly add the links programmatically (like we were experiencing).