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Re: Link Error

From: Chuck Houpt <chuck@habilis.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 16:29:11 -0500
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-Id: <437733BA-E649-496D-9BFC-9AFA30E3CD2A@habilis.net>
To: Joe Hreha <jhreha@centurytel.net>

On Feb 14, 2009, at 11:50 AM, Joe Hreha wrote:
> I used you validator to correct all the errors on my site.  Thank  
> you for a great service.  I am a novice and I was so proud of our  
> accomplishment, I proudly display your logo on my site:  www.captainjoesguideservice.com
>
> However, my webhost GoDaddy.com reports via Traffic Blazer that your  
> link on my site causes an external link error.  How can we fix  
> this.  It my hurt my chances on getting indexed in various search  
> engines.


The simplest solution for your one-page use of the valid icon is to  
switch to an explicit URI, rather than the referrer:

http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.captainjoesguideservice.com%2F

The referrer form of the link (http://validator.w3.org/check? 
uri=referer) relies on the user's web browser passing the URL of the  
referring page for validation.

Robots like link-checkers and search engines don't send referrer  
information when they follow a link, so that is why Traffic-Blazer is  
reporting an external link error. Another option is to configure  
you're link-checking software to ignore validator links.

Cheers - Chuck
Received on Sunday, 15 February 2009 21:29:50 GMT

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