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What is Deep Linking?

Deep linking is the creation of a hyperlink¬†that directly links to specific content on another website, instead of linking to a site’s main or “front” page. Some argue that deep linking is good because it benefits everyone: it makes the linking Web pages more useful and usable and increases the popularity of pages other than your homepage.

Some commercial sites object to others making deep links into their content, either because it bypasses advertising on their main pages or, like The Wall Street Journal, they charge users for permanently-valid links. Many critics charge that such sites simply want to establish policies that will “license” such links to the highest bidder. They argue that links are a fundamental part of “user-oriented” web browsing.

There is no technical distinction between a so-called “deep” link and any other link.

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