Deep linking / Deep Links

by Geethalakshmi 2009-10-25 23:34:33

Deep linking / Deep Links - Linking to a web page other than a site's home page

Deep linking, on the World Wide Web, is making a hyperlink that points to a specific page or image on another website, instead of that website's main or home page. Such links are called deep links.

This link: is an example of a deep link. The URL contains all the information needed to point to a particular item, in this case the - Monitoring Service is on deep linking, instead of the Monitoring Service home page at

Deep linking has only begun to spark mild controversies in recent times as the Web has become more commercialized. In fact, one of the fundamental strengths of the Web is the ability for any public document to connect to any other public document.

The legality of deep linking has been called into question in several lawsuits involving well-known corporations. Opponents of deep links -- typically large corporations -- argue that deep linking unfairly eliminates the ability of the home page to contribute to brand building and ad serving functions.

Proponents of deep linking contend that the ability to link freely is central to the philosophy behind the public Internet. On a practical note, they also argue that a deep link is better than no link at all, and may even be more profitable than a home page link

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