About Those Links

by DanB

Several people write asking about the links in my emails. The email shows one thing but the actual link points to “clicks.aweber”. What is that about? This is nothing to worry about and quite normal.

Aweber is my email service provider. They take care of sending the emails, bounces, and all sorts of other things. They also count the number of times the links in the emails are clicked. I do not get a list of who clicked what just a total number of clicks on each link. That is it.

If your click being counted is troubling to you all you need to do is copy the visible link and paste it into your web browser.

Here is an example of what I am talking about. To visit the blog and read the quick tips we sent out this week you can go here:


If you hold your mouse over the link it should popup and show you the link underneath which is a “clicks.aweber” link. Clicking the link will take you to “clicks.aweber”, count your click, then send you on to the blog. Pretty simple really.

I have used Aweber for more than 10 years and knew the people who started it for years before that. If you need to send email to a group, or updates I can recommend the service without reservation:

Aweber Email Services

If you want to read more about how to know if a link is harmful or not read this:


Hope that explains what we are doing a bit. Share your opinion in the comments below.

  • tutaref

    Hi Dan. Long time though not constant reader. First time correpondent (I think). Thanks for your emails and blogs. On my Macbook with OSX10.6 what you said about the mouse over the link revealing aweber information did not work. Just came up the same as the appearance of the link text. Doubt it’s important, but I am surprised.

  • http://www.tnpcnews.com/ DanB

    The passover mouse thing should only work in the actual emailed newsletter. Here on the blog, generally, I use the actual link at all times. For an exception to this go look at this entry:


    The links in that one are coded.

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