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Ah, Reddit, we definitely have a love hate relationship. I’ve had a bunch of content make it to the front page of r/gaming over the years. And while I truly have enjoyed the additional traffic and visibility you’ve given Dueling Analogs over the years, it hasn’t come without a little strife mixed in.

When Reddit links to the url of the post, we’re awesome. The site enjoys a traffic spike as well as the benefits of additional ad revenue. But when they just post links to files hosted on Dueling Analogs‘ image caching server, we’re not so cool.

For example, the most recent exclusive comic made it to the front page r/gaming last week. Instead of linking to the post on Dueling Analogs itself, the redditor hotlinked the image file for the comic instead. There in lies the problem. When people do that Dueling Analogs enjoys virtually no traffic benefits or additional ad revenue, but does incur new costs from the additional bandwidth on the image caching server.

Now how to turn hotlinking off is not foreign to me, but I’d rather not. I think it’s an innocent mistake. I believe the people who do it just don’t realize the full ramifications of doing it that way. Besides that, any anti-hotlinking measures I could take would seriously impact the user experience for people using the RSS feed and I definitely wouldn’t want to do that.

So yeah…

source: YouTube
via: Reddit


  • BoiledPigeon

    “TL;DR” will be the response to that from your average redditer.
    The only working solution to this problem is preventing hotlinking. Everything else is same as wishing for world peace.

  • Palmer

    No way to prevent hotlinking from specific domains?
    Since Reddit is an issue, turn on anti-hotlink just for reddit?

    I’m sure it’s possible…

  • Phaelin

    Just add the comic to reddit yourself. ;)

    • One of the rules of r/gaming is “Do not spam your personal website or youtube channel.” It’s kind of a gray area on what they consider spamming, but I do feel that I would fall into that category. So I don’t.

      • Phaelin

        Sounds like you need a Professional Comic-on-Reddit Poster, with benefits (nonotthosebenefits) to take care of that for you.

        Too bad Reddit is the taint of the Internet – with YouTube being the butthole I guess.

      • Shahab

        Not if someone posted the comic in the manner you describe and you popped in later in the thread with a small explanation of why that is bad for you and link to the original page. That way you are not spamming the site, you are only posting in response to someone else posting your content. After doing it several times you may find the behavior becomes less common.

  • SnoringFrog

    Glad you posted this. It never occurred to me that linking direct to images would do that. It’s a simple enough concept; I just never through it through. I’ve been doing that to a whole bunch of sites. Gonna try to weed that out of my habits now.

  • Marcus

    Why do you want the RSS feed to function fully though? Most comic feeds does not link the images.
    Don’t take me wrong. I love being able to see it directly from the feed..

    • The subscriptions to the RSS feed are usually utilized by individuals and not collective sites. But for some reason when a new post goes up the people on the RSS feeds show up and visit other pages on the site too. Having the RSS feed the way it is has always done well for the site.

      But my main motivation is that I can either create a half-ass bare bones feed and take my chances that someone else’s scraper doesn’t create a better one or simply create a good RSS feed that is official and I’m control of. I prefer the later. Plus, the suped up RSS feed is also used to update the Facebook page with thumbnails and brief descriptions included. So its all good.

  • Taellosse

    For what it’s worth, while I follow your comic through an RSS feed, if you DID decide to block hotlinking images, and thus prevented the comics from showing up in my feed, it would not bother me all that much. About a third to half of the comics I follow only provide a link to the latest comic, not the comic itself. When I go through my comics folder in my reader, I just send all the ones that have to be read on-site to their own tabs in the background, and read them after I’ve read the ones that show directly in the feed. It’s not that big a deal. And I already end up coming to the Dueling Analogs site pretty regularly anyway, since half the videos you link don’t load in my reader (I’m thinking most notably of the frequent Dorkly animations), so it wouldn’t be that different from now anyway.

    Obviously I cannot speak for all others that use the RSS, but I thought I’d chime in with my $0.02.

    • I appreciate that. Having a more powerful RSS feed has definitely been beneficial to the site’s traffic. So it is something I’d rather not mess with.