Known bug: "You might also like" links going to NULL pages #Web development#monetization August 11 2014 | Ariel arielmstallings For the past couple weeks, we've been dealing with a persistent issue with the "You might also like" related links served up at the ends of posts on all Offbeat Empire blogs. For some people, some of the time, when you click the links there, you get taken to a 404 error page that has "NULL" in the title. For example, when you click on a related post linking to http://offbeatbride.com/2014/07/dont-ignore-this-post-wedding-advice, you might be taken to http://offbeatbride.com/2014/07/null&version=174554 instead. While I've noticed some weird "null" error pages in my analytics for a while, it's gotten way, WAY worse lately: I've reported the issue to Outbrain, the service the provides all those links. They're still trying to figure out what's going on, so there's no fix yet on the horizon… if it doesn't get resolved soon, I'll consider switching the service off, because it's being pretty irritating for readers (and me). The Empire does make some money from Outbrain clicks, but it may not be enough to justify the hassle if they can't get this fixed soon. Thanks for your patience, y'all! Related Post How to handle affiliate post disclaimers… when EVERY post is an affiliate post thanks to Skimlinks I love Offbeat Bride and have for ages, and one of the reasons why I've always respected this site and the Empire overall is due... Read more UPDATE 8/13: We may have a fix in place. If you've been hitting this bug, clear your cache and try again. If you hit an error, let me know: What post you were viewing What link you were clicking Where it was supposed to go Where it went instead Thanks, y'all! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Author of the Offbeat Bride book, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. You can get to know her better on her Insta stories. PREVIOUS HOLY SH!tB@ALLS and editorial meeting re-enactments NEXT Farewell, working from home Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] Does the empire still get money from the clicks if it ends up going to a null page? The Empire only gets paid for clicks to off-site links — in other words, we never make money off of internal links to our own posts, but if you click through to read, say, "Victorian Engagement Rings for the Non-Traditional Bride" on Brilliant Earth's blog, we'll get a few cents. So the Outbrain clicks only make money if they go to an external site but not Outbrain clicks to internal links, correct? (Just verifying). Have the external links been ending up with a "null" error as well? Also, even though I'm already married, I would love to drool over some Victorian Engagement Rings for the Non-Traditional Bride! Correct: Outbrain does not pay us for clicks to our own website. With internal links, the increased pageviews are the reward — a really important reward since (thanks to mobile views) pages/session has dropped in half since 2011. The external Outbrain links do not serve up null errors, as far as I know. Revenue has not fallen. In the past little while, I noticed that all the external links I've clicked (which is admittedly maybe 2 or 3) led to null errors for me. @Sukeishima Oh, that's interesting! Thanks for that additional data point. Comments are closed.