Use Corvid to shorten a URL

Use Corvid to shorten a URL


My free Wix webpage contains the file share app.  When I add a file (e.g.  typically a zip file or a pdf file) to this app, Wix assigns a url (i.e. a link) to the shared file. 

When I post a query to any forum (e.g. Math-Stack-Exchange), I may want to imbed a clickable link in the forum posting.  When the reader clicks on the link imbedded in this forum posting, their browser will immediately retrieve the file that has been uploaded to my file-share app on my Wix webpage.  This means that the reader never has to navigate to my wix webpage.

They can simply click on the link and their browser will do all the work of retrieving the file for them. This technique is called "drive-by downloading" because the reader does not have to come to your website to download the file. Instead, their computer automatically goes to your website when they click on your embedded link. Note: To make this technique work, you must ensure that your website is set up so that it will accept and process a link from another website.

Previously, this was only possible with certain types of websites (e.g. search engines). However, today, almost any website will accept and process a "dumb" or non-intelligent link. Here are 4 things you must consider when deciding whether or not to use "drive-by downloading": The first thing you need to consider is whether or not the person you are trying to impress will actually be interested in what you have to say.

To conclude this brief, I would suggest that you answer this question for yourself and then write a short answer describing your thought process. If your short answer does not convince you, then I suggest that you read more about this topic. The second thing you need to consider is the security of your website. In other words, how much of a risk will you take by embedding a link into a forum posting? Will someone be able to steal your website's content if you are careless with security?

To illustrate my point, I will tell you a true story. Once upon a time, I wrote an informative website about how to invest money. I wrote a lot of the content myself and then hired a writer to do the technical editing. After about a month, a guy called me complaining that some of the info on my website was outdated. When I asked him why he was still reading my website if it was so out-of-date, he told me that he read it every day because it gave him a fresh financial kick in the pants. I thought that was very perceptive on his part because my website does indeed give the reader a "financial kick in the pants.

No matter how much or how little they have to begin with, my website always seems to have something new and useful to offer. Another example of this can be seen in the website I created for my friend Kevin Hogan. This website is all about real estate investing and it contains a lot of information that could be considered "dangerous" to a person who has no understanding of real estate investing whatsoever. But, that site also contains a lot of info that every single serious real estate investor needs to know... plus... a few "dangerous" nuggets that only very sophisticated and astute real estate investors need to know. My website gives the reader a choice. They can read the info that is most vital to them (if they choose) or they can skip that info if they so desire.

Surprisingly, many people do not elect to read the site in its entirety. What you must understand is that your website should give the reader a choice. If your website does not give the reader a choice, then you are forcing them to read your content whether they want to or not. That, my friend, is a very poor website design tactic. Consider this: Would you like it if someone forced you to read a 500 page book... even if... you told them "no" when they first asked you if you wanted to read it? Of course not. So why do it to your readers? If you have anything truly important to say, give your readers a choice. Let them choose to read your most vital info... or... let them elect to skip reading your site completely. The third thing you need to consider is how much traffic you will be getting from the people who are reading your embedded links. In other words, how many people will be visiting your website because they clicked on one of your embedded links?