Why are newsletter links to perfectly respectable websites red ringed?

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Slimpickins
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Why are newsletter links to perfectly respectable websites red ringed?

Post by Slimpickins » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:42 pm

I get email updates from a lot of magazines and I'm often surprised to see what links are "red ringed" by WOT. For example every link in the PC Advisor ( http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/ ) and Audio Out ( http://www.audioout.co.uk/default.aspx ) newsletters are red ringed even though they go to pages that produce no warnings whatsoever.

For example this link is red ringed http://p2tre.emv3.com/HS?a=DNX7Cql3Z4aq8SA9MKJMWb3nGHxKLKbxyQu8

What's going on?

giedrius
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myWot checks link and not

Post by giedrius » Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:15 pm

myWot checks link and not destination page.
p2tre.emv3.com is used to track your clicks on the links in newsletters. Many of raters think that this is invasion of ones privacy.
Thus it is rated red.

Jazspeak
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Re: "emv3.com"

Post by Jazspeak » Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:00 pm

As I recall, the domain, emv3.com, is noted as a source of spam and unsolicited advertising e-mail-shots..

░▒▓█
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Yes, emv3.com often is used

Post by ░▒▓█ » Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:20 pm

Yes, emv3.com often is used to send spam. I think this is customers abusing their service though, rather than emv3.com themselves.

Figure10
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Mailing Services

Post by Figure10 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:11 am

Many websites use outside mailing services to send newsletters and such. It is not a reflection on the site, but rather the service they are utilizing. If you feel emv3.com poses a risk to you, you might bring its rating and reputation up with the site(s) you find using them for subscription services.

Guest

If you feel emv3.com poses a

Post by Guest » Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:21 am

If you feel emv3.com poses a risk to you, you might bring its rating and reputation up with the site(s) you find using them for subscription services.

Oh please... now we are suppose to go and contact everyone that uses a bad service. We rate sites and give advice on how to increase ratings if they come to us.


c۞g
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re: Why are newsletter links to perfectly respectable websites r

Post by c۞g » Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:42 am

Click the WOT icon and find out.
Tthings are not what they appear "inside" a link and WOT informs you of that by displaying the reputation to the source of the link and not the destination.

You answered your own question in your exampled URL:
http://p2tre.emv3.com/HS?a=DNX7Cql3Z4aq8SA9MKJMWb3nGHxKLKbxyQu8
scorecard: [url=http://www.mywot.com/scorecard/emv3.com t=_self]emv3.com[/url]

clearly emv3.com is not the intended (destination): pcadvisor.co.uk - [url=http://www.mywot.com/scorecard/pcadvisor.co.uk t=_self]scorecard[/url]

On a side note:
IMO, selecting their [url=http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/rss/ t=_self]RSS[/url] would be a more preferred method of "keeping up with what's new" rather than submitting an email address for future 3rd-party spamvertisements.

giedrius
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I think it should be other

Post by giedrius » Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:12 am

I think it should be other way around. It is better to contact emv3.com about subscribers that miss-use their service, for example sending out mails without recipient consent on receiving them.
The service is legitimate, the problem is either it is missused OR they do not care who uses it.
You can create a much bigger mess mailing out your mails by yourself for bigger subscriber lists.

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