an example of source code that will bare your soul

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Here’s an example of source code that will bare your soul to the world. Note: the tags are altered with a period that needs to be removed if you intend to edit and use this source code in your web pages.

No mysteries here:

<.a href=""><./a>

Now, let’s get sneaky. ;~)

<.a href=" id=100" onMouseOver="window.status= ''; return true;" onMouseOut="window.status=''; return true; "><./a>
To assist in understanding how the “sneaky link” works, let’s do a little link anatomy study. Here are the pieces and parts of our link:

Part 1, Beginning anchor tag: <.a Part 2, Target URL (affiliate link): href="" Part 3, "MouseOver" attribute: onMouseOver = "window.status='http: // '; return true; " onMouseOut="window.status=''; return true;" Part 4, Link Text: Part 5, Ending anchor tag: <./a>

So, what’s the trick? It’s in part 3, the mouseover attribute. This nifty little piece of source code tells the web browser what to display in the status bar (very bottom of the browser window), and if the “window.status” is the same as the link text, it appears as though there’s no trickery going on. But, we know better.

Is it possible that this link could be found out, discovered and revealed for what it really is? Sure. If someone were to apply a single right-click to the link, the web browser will reveal the actual target URL. However, the average user won’t know this so the “sneaky link” tactic can be very effective in getting people to let their guard down.

End result… your click-through rate goes up, you make more sales and we all live happily ever after. Go forth and create some “sneaky links” now.

To view this article’s free corresponding step-by-step video tutorial that demonstrates the exact steps to creating your own “Sneaky Links”…

There’s a zip file available for you to download (no cost, of course) with the exact source code that’s shown in the video.