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Andy Wong [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
11 years ago3,834 views

Shall I call this as usability test of search results?

I think this has been grate way of training the search engines and the developers of the search engines.

Matt Geldon [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

I don't get this! How do they know WHERE you click?
Links on Google search results ate clean, there's no tracking scripts what-so-ever! (G toolbar?!)

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

<<Links on Google search results ate clean, there's no tracking scripts what-so-ever!>>

Not when you're logged in. They look like this:

http: //www.google.com/url?sa=t& ct=res&cd=1&
url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.businessgearchange.com%2Fservices%2
Foc_types.html&ei=7bhqR8fiGaj4nQPa2JQ8&
usg=AFQjCNGTliJHUk6VE6l0ufP3TgqKLD9c2w&
sig2=Z6t-Saity2rGyAxU3yplwA

And when you're not logged in, Google tracks your clicks using JavaScript:

a href="http: //www.businessgearchange.com/ services/oc_types.html" class="l" onmousedown="return clk(this.href,'','','res','1','')"

Matt Geldon [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #


Thanks.... but I don't know where you see this.
Search "onmousedown" not found...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

In the source code.

Matt Geldon [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Got it... I was using Opera. G only uses that on Firefox and IE.

I love Opera, more and more each day. :)

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

<<G only uses that on Firefox and IE. >>

That's obviously not true.

Matt Geldon [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Not true?!?! I don't get that on Opera, I get it on Firefox and IE. I don't if it's some settings or what, but I don't get on Opera.

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