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Paranoid about coop ad signature

Discussion in 'Co-op Advertising Network' started by Nitin M, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. #1
    I would like to suggest getting rid of the string that trails the ad HTML:

    <!-- an-hl -->
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    It is too easy for Google to identify pages with this and penalize sites in the network. Today the network may not be big enough to think Google is paying attention, but this string just makes it too easy to identify sites in the network. Better safe than sorry.

    I assume this is used to validate the existence of the ad? If that is the purpose, how about allowing each account to define their own string under account settings, to help guide the validation routine?
     
    Nitin M, Aug 23, 2004 IP
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  2. schlottke

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    I don't think that will be a problem - that would be like google banning sites for being part of a web circle.
     
    schlottke, Aug 23, 2004 IP
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    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    It's already one of the planned things for the future. Not allowing per account specification, but a "code jumping" system if you will. Sort of how car alarms work, where it changes automatically on occasion.

    Not that I really think there is anything wrong or sneaky about the ad network though.
     
    digitalpoint, Aug 24, 2004 IP
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    A couple of suggestions:

    1. About the tag (I also think that it's not very good to have common identifier of ad network):

    You can use something like
    md5( 'DigitalPoint' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST']; ) 
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    instead of 'an-hl'. This way it will always be different - yet you can auto-validate the tag.

    2. Instead of the
    $p = substr ('../../../../../../../../../../', 0, $i * 3); 
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    construction, why not to have:
    $ad_file = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] . '/ad_network_ads.txt';
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    Thank you

    ( Just placed ad code to www.lena.karpinsky.com - Original Abstract Paintings )
     
    tivnet, Aug 30, 2004 IP
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    Another solution is to put a code that inserts the ad signature only if the request comes from the digitalpoint server (by IP or by checking user agent).
    if ( $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'] == 'digitalpoint-validate' ) {
    print $the_comment_tag;
    }
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    tivnet, Sep 1, 2004 IP
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    Funny, I expected a reply to my posts...
     
    tivnet, Sep 9, 2004 IP
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    With respect, it doesn't really matter what we think about the network. Google may think differently.
     
    yonnermark, Sep 10, 2004 IP
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    Whats wrong with it? All of the links are perfectly visable and clickable.
     
    schlottke, Sep 10, 2004 IP
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    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #9
    The ad network is nothing more than that... an ad network. I would find it hard to believe that Google starts penalizing sites for running banner ads (or any ad type for that matter).
     
    digitalpoint, Sep 10, 2004 IP