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Securing hits for a website using a different URL

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Imagine a site where there's a banner ad. Could that banner ad be positioned in the context of an iframe or something comparable so although the user is accessing my site.com, because the banner ad is embedded as an iframe and it's calling bannerad.com, bannerad.com is receiving a page view even though the URL isn't being directly accessed?

Can that be done and if so, what's the most elegant way to pull it off?
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by:Ray Paseur
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Yes, it could be counted as a page view if it is embedded in an iFrame.  In order to load the iFrame content there would be an HTTP request to a server.  But it sounds like there is a "backstory" to this question.  What's the motivation here?
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by:brucegust
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Morning, Ray!

I'm doing a pitch to a radio station tomorrow. Part of my idea involves a web interface where listeners are encouraged to set up a profile and document some fitness goals. As they realize their goals, they're encouraged to recruit their friends and family to head out to their page and give them a digital pat on the back.

The top ten most viewed profile pages are compiled at the end of every week and from that pool a "featured" person is selected and referenced on the live broadcast.

I want to make this as "turnkey" as possible so I'm not burdening the client with having to host or build anything that I already have in place. What makes my idea appealing, and the reason I've been given a chance to make a presentation, is that I've got the numbers with other apps that I've built to demonstrate the enhanced traffic that can occur as a result of these profiles etc.

I want them to see the possibilities of ad space and their sales team to be able to ethically show that their URL is getting lots of views, even though the user is going out to my website.

I'm not trying to circumvent their website, I just don't want to be heard as an undertaking that involves a lot of work with their current site. Hence my trying to creatively provide them traffic without them having to change or add anything to accommodate my idea.

Make sense?
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Ray Paseur earned 500 total points
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Yes, it makes sense.  The iFrame can almost certainly do it.  You might want to learn about DoubleClick if you're going in this direction.
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by:brucegust
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Awesome!

Thank you, sir!
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by:Ray Paseur
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Glad to help.  Good luck with your call tomorrow!
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