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Privacy Option: Link Visibility

  1. I am creating a private blog visible only to users I choose. I understand how to do that.

    However, there is this option at in the privacy settings:

    "Link Visibility - I would like my links to be public, without passing through hiderefer.com"

    I don't know what this means. Have searched "link visibility" and "hiderefer.com" and "privacy" but can't find any info.

    Can someone clue me in?

    Thanks!

    The blog I need help with is performanceportfolio.wordpress.com.

  2. It means that you have the option of linking to site in your blogroll that you choose not to display in the Links widget.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/links/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/links-widget/

    On another issue please be aware that if any person you make the blog visible to chooses to backlink to any post or page in your blog or to the site your "privacy" will be gone. Those links will appear in the SERPs (search engine page results).

  3. Thanks timethief - for both the answer and the headsup!

    Question:

    If someone links to a page or post in my private site, will anyone who clicks that link have access to the site even if they are not a selected user in my privacy settings?

    And do I understand correctly:

    If someone links to a page or post in my private site, that LINK will appear in SERPs but not any of the site CONTENT.

  4. They can click the link but won't be able to view the content. However, when others backlink to posts in posts of their own they normally do state what the post they link to is about and they frequently will include quotes found in it as well. So when their post get indexed then whatever is said about the post backlinked to or quoted from it becomes "public".

  5. "Link Visibility - I would like my links to be public, without passing through hiderefer.com"

    Some clarification what this option does:

    If you check this, all your links (<a href="url"..) are just like you wrote them. No additions. If user clicks a link in your private blog, the destination server gets referrer information, i.e. where (what url) the click came from.

    If you uncheck this (default with private blogs), all your links contain rel="noreferrer". That means no referrer information is leaked when users click links on your blog. Previously the links were changed to redirect through hidereferer.com, but no more, now uses HTML5 rel="noreferrer".

    So unchecking this option tightens the security by not leaking your post (and page) urls (like post titles) to the linked pages.

  6. @mspotilas
    Excellent explanation -- thank you so much for providing it. :)

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