Question: What is a link counter?
Answer: A link counter is to offer you a way to keep track of the number of times a person visits a particular link and shows it in a numerical figure. This can be either as a font or a graphic. There are a number of reasons why you may want to use one of these counters but it ultimately comes down to seeing how many times a particular link is clicked in a given time period.
Question: How does a link counter work?
Answer: Using our link counter is actually a fairly simple process which requires you adding two lines of code to your website. The first line of code will need to be embedded directly into the link with the second code being placed on the page near the link to let everyone know how many times that link has been visited. Each time a person visits that link a signal is sent to our servers and as a result the number of the counter goes up incrementally.
Question: Why would I need a link counter?
Answer: There are a number of reasons why you would want to use a link counter but ultimately it comes down to wanting to keep track of the number of times someone follows a particular link. By using a link counter, the visitors on your website can also see how popular a particular link is based on the number shown next to it.
Just like using our download counters and trackers, the link counter is a great way of keeping track of the number of times a particular link has been visited or clicked. This can be a great way of showing the visitors to your website how popular a particular link is as well as allowing you to personally keep track of your bandwidth usages.
It is not uncommon for a popular thing on the internet to be hijacked, or hot-linked. What this means is that someone will try to pass it off as their own and available from their website but when someone clicks on the link on their website, it pulls the data from yours. As a result you can end up having higher bandwidth usage without actually having the visitors and this can become a costly issue. The link counter helps you monitor for these types of things which would not be visible from statistical data alone.
Remember that according to our Terms of Service (T.O.S.) you are required to use one of our counters any time you are using the embedded code. We use the services of an automated spider which may from time to time pay your website a visit and in the event that it finds that your website is not abiding by our Terms of Service it will simply and automatically delete your account. Please make sure that you take the time to read over our T.O.S. prior to setting up a link counter to make sure this account deletion does not happen to you.