Well, I can't help you with the hits issue. A hit is a hit is a hit.
But I can help you with the links issue. How you ask? Thanks for asking. Here's how: Link to me.
No, really. Link to me. I'll take the links. I don't get any hits out of it, but I'll take all the links.
No, I'm serious. Link to me.
Okay, I better explain:
Let's pick a few examples:
- Some of the Left-wing blogs that some folks refer to but don't want to link to include DailyKos and Oliver Willis.
- Some of the Right-wing blogs that some folks refer to but don't want to link to include Little Green Footballs and Michelle Malkin.
- Some on the left and (more likely) the right want to refer to but don't want to link to Huffington's Post.
- If you don't want to link to Kos, link to me instead, using the URL http://www.basilsblog.com/?url=http://www.dailykos.com/
- If you don't want to link to Michelle Malkin, link to me using the URL http://www.basilsblog.com/?url=http://michellemalkin.com/
- If you don't want to link to LGF, link to me using http://www.basilsblog.com/?url=http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/
- If you don't want to link to Oliver Willis, link to me using http://www.basilsblog.com/?url=http://www.oliverwillis.com/
- If you don't want to link to Arianna Huffington, link to me using http://www.basilsblog.com/?url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
My site will take the link, examine the URL variable that's passed to it, and then redirect. And, not just the home page. If you want to refer to a particular page on a blog, include the URL of the exact post.
For example, this is a direct link to a post on It'sAPundit. This is a redirected link to that same post.
Yes, the other site gets the hit (and, the way the code is written, I probably won't), but they won't get the link.
But I do. So, everybody wins!
- You get to provide a link that lets your readers see the site to which your referring.
- Your readers can see the site to which you refer without having to type in the URL.
- You don't provide them a direct link.
- I get a link.
- Their logs don't show you as the referrer; they show me.
So, if you don't want to link to someone (remember, this works for anybody you don't want to link to), link to me instead. It's just another service provided here to make your blogging experience more interesting.
What's that you say? I'm stealing links?
Well, then. How about using a site that doesn't report to TTLB Ecosystem? Like It'sAPundit.
Do it the same way, just use http://www.itsapundit.com/ instead of http://www.basilsblog.com/ as the URL.
What's that you say? It's still stealing links?
Okay. Then write your own code for your own blog, and write a post with a bunch of links that redirect to this little blog.
You take the links and I'll take the hits.