jquery changing url

I am trying to set up that every time a specific url shows up on my page it should change to a different url
something seems to be wrong with my code because it's not working.
   $("a[href='http://www.kars4kids.org/motorcycle-donation.asp']").attr('href', '//www.kars4kids.org/ppc/long-form.asp');

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The page isn't throwing an error.
What am I doing wrong?
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Ray PaseurCommented:
This worked for me: http://iconoun.com/demo/temp_rivkamak.html

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html dir="ltr" lang="en-US">
<meta charset="utf-8" />
<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow" />
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.min.js"></script>
    $("a.offlink").attr("href", "http://www.kars4kids.org/ppc/long-form.asp");

<title>HTML5 Page with jQuery AJAX Loader</title>
Use View Source, then
<a target="_blank" class="offlink" href="http://www.kars4kids.org/motorcycle-donation.asp">Click to go to http://www.kars4kids.org/ppc/long-form.foo</a>

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HTH, ~Ray
rivkamakAuthor Commented:
My page is here:
 I set a cookie first thing on the page, and then lower down, I check if there is a cookie to change that link.
the console. logs 'got here' right before i run that line of code, but it doesn't work for me.
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That's because it's firing before the page is loaded.
Wrap that function in a document ready function so it only executes after the page has finished loading i.e.

$(function() {
   if ( getCookie("indexname") == "ppc" ) {
	   console.log('got here');
   $("a[href='http://www.kars4kids.org/motorcycle-donation.asp']").attr('href', '//www.kars4kids.org/ppc/long-form.asp');//   $("a").attr("href", "http://www.kars4kids.org/motorcycle-donation.asp").css('background-color', '#F00');

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Ray PaseurCommented:
I set a cookie first thing on the page, and then lower down, I check if there is a cookie...
Cookies are sent from the client to the server with each HTTP request.  This means that the cookie you set in response to the first request will not be sent back to the server until the client makes a second request.  If you want to have some stateful information that is all part of the same script, you might want to have some other variable besides a cookie.
Not relevant with Js
Ray PaseurCommented:
Not sure about the logic related to the cookie (TL;DR), but document.ready() is highly relevant.  Please see line 10 in the example here:
rivkamakAuthor Commented:
forget about the cookie part for the moment. it doesn't matter, and that's not the question.
 I was just trying to explain that the code was reaching that point.
but it's not working anyway.
why not?
Ray PaseurCommented:
I think this man page explains it pretty well.  JavaScript in "open code" (ie: not inside a function) gets run immediately, as soon as the browser encounters it.  Other page elements may not have loaded, but that doesn't stop the process.  In order to wait until the page elements are loaded, we use document.ready().  The ready() moment is usually pretty fast; images are not needed for the document to be ready.  The effect of using document.ready() as illustrated above is to wrap the jQuery statements in a function.  JavaScript functions are interpreted at page load time, but they are not run until an event triggers them.  This is different from JavaScript instructions in open code.  In the case of the example I posted above, the event that triggered the jQuery change of the href was the document.ready() event.
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