Why Do So Many Sites Lead to the Same Place?

When I look something up on the internet and then press on a likely entry it leads to a site that most of the other entries lead to. Why Would they set up the internet so you have to press on what look like different things only to wind up at the same place the other thing led you to? They all have different names, etc., but are the same thing. Add smiley face that has the confused look and the frown, as I don’t know how to add smileys. I tried tojust drag one here by pressing on it first with the left mouse thing and then with the right one, butnothing happens. I can’t work computers unless I can mainly drag things, as I am too analogue.
Signed Mr. Nonlinear

You’re talking about porn sites, right? :wink:

Anyway, most sites that do that stuff sell advertising space to make money. The rates they charge for the ad space depends on how many people visit their site – the more popular the site is, the more money they can ask for. If you visit the same site five times because of misleading search results, that counts as five “visitors,” which inflates the site’s number-of-visitors count, which makes the webmaster more money from his advertisers.

Who is “they”? No one in particular set up the Internet that way. It’s the coders, doing what rjung said. And it’s not only porn sites, it’s gambling sites and other sites that are just there to get money. Nothing wrong with it, though. Some of those folks make more money doing those sorts of things than most of us can make at a “regular” job.

Are you talking about, for example, the setup “ThisSite” has (I can show you a real site which uses this, but I don’t know if board rules would permit it), where thissite.com, thizsite.com, thisite.com and thatsite.com would all lead to the same page? If so, people use that so that if the site becomes really popular, no one will make a site with the same URL but for a different purpose.

They’re probably just trying to have all the possible names someone might type in lead to the same place.

A business might get all of the web site names that people might guess as their business in order to make it more likely they’ll reach the page.

Some of the more popular search engines, such as Google, rank the pages matching your search query based largely on the number of other web pages linking to the page. The idea is that if a whole bunch of people are linking to a particular site, it’s probably pretty important. Unfortunately, a lot of unscrupulous businesses (which usually tend to be pornographers or get-rich-quick schemers) have taken to putting up hundreds of “dummy” pages consisting of nothing but links to their main site. This way Google is tricked into thinking that the main site is important, and hence it will rank highly if you search for any words that happen to be present on it.

It may be that these dummy pages are what you are encountering.

OK, here’s a real example that won’t violate board rules. The official website for the Wal-Mart chain of stores is http://www.walmart.com . However, suppose I didn’t know that, and instead guessed it was http://www.wal-mart.com (with a hyphen). They certainly want me to be able to find their site, and it doesn’t cost them much to set up both URLs, so they do it. If you click on the latter link, you’ll still end up in exactly the same place.

You just click on the smiley you want and it will appear where your cursor is. Or just type colon confused colon but use the actual puntuation marks where I jued the word colon.:confused: