How to Prevent Linkis From Adding Frames to Your Web Pages Shared on Twitter

How to Stop Linkis From Customizing Your Pages Shared on Twitter

How to Prevent Linkis From Adding Frames to Your Web Pages Shared on Twitter

Linkis is a free app that replaces the original links (like a URL shortening service) and adds additional information to any web page their users share on Twitter.

The users can add their bio, links to their social accounts and blogs, polls, and more.

Using Linkis, Sniply, or any similar service looks like a Twitter hack that will boost your Twitter marketing and the traffic to your site.

That’s not an incorrect assessment. But let’s see the other side of the coin…

All pieces of information are added not only to the sites of Linkis users but to any web page they share. Including other people’s web pages.

Let see Linkis in action…

1. How Linkis Works

The first result of using Linkis is similar to using a URL shortening service – the original link is replaced by a linkis.com or ln.is link:

Example of tweet including a Linkis tweet

While the new Linkis link doesn’t save space on Twitter (because no URL shortening service save space on Twitter) when someone clicks that link the following changes are made to the original web page that was shared on Twitter:

The address bar of the browser doesn’t show the original address of that web page but the Linkis link from the tweet.

The original page is modified and a top bar or a sidebar is added.

2. The Problems Linkis Customizations Create

Let’s pretend that you shared one of my articles and used Linkis. Someone clicks the Linkis link and lands on a web page.

The address bar shows Linkis domain name, not mine, the content of the page is partially mine, and the rest doesn’t belong to me.

Is that landing page mine or does it belong to Linkis?

If that’s Linkis page, I have bad news. Read the copyright notice that can be found at the bottom of any page from this blog. Neither you nor Linkis had my permission to publish my blog post on Linkis pages. That’s a copyright infringement.

Maybe you’ll say that it’s not a Linkis page, but mine. Ok, then neither you nor Linkis had my permission to hide the original link from the address bar and add your ads and links to my page.

Conclusion: both you and Linkis are infringing my rights. And if you don’t give a damn on other people’s rights and work, still you shouldn’t use Linkis, Sniply, or other similar tools. There are other methods way more effective. Such as robbing a bank :P

3. How to Stop Linkis From Altering Content Shared on Twitter

If you’re a Linkis user, it’s time to become a responsible marketer and remove the jerk stamp from your forehead. Remove Linkis by logging into your Twitter account and revoke Linkis access from Settings > Apps. Linkis, Sniply, Start a Fire, SharedBy, TrueTwit are Twitter tools that belong to the trash can.

If you’re not a Linkis user, here are some solutions:

1. Temporary Solutions for JustRetweet-like Social Sharing Platforms

a) block the users who use Linkis

b) on JustRetweet, change the setting “Tweet Own Submissions” from “No” to “Yes.” The downside of this method is that the default manual retweet style will be changed into automatic retweets. You won’t be able anymore to properly track who sends you traffic. In addition, the reach of the retweets will decrease due to the users who turn off the retweets. More details here.

c) add the hashtag #NLN to your tweets. This hashtag tells Linkis not to customize your link. This solution works on any platform that doesn’t allow the other users to edit your tweets.

All the solutions shown above have disadvantages. I don’t recommend them. Here’s the best way to get rid of Linkis…

2. The Definitive Solution to Stop Linkis

Send an email complaint to info@linkis.com and request Linkis to stop customizing the links belonging to your domain name. Make sure that the email address you send the message from matches the domain name you mention in your message.

Usually they respond within less than 24 hours. Don’t panic if you see such a reply: “I’ve added your domains to our blacklist. Sorry for troubles.” The word “blacklist” may not be the most appropriate, but these are the results of your domain name being added to their private blacklist:

Green Bullet All future tweets shared by their users will not include changes to your links and sites anymore.

Green Bullet All past tweets shared by their users won’t be modified, but their customized Linkis link will now redirect to your original and unaltered page.

Update, July 4, 2016: Past customized Linkis links don’t redirect anymore to the original and unaltered pages but to a 404 Linkis page.

3. Alternative Solution Using “Social Warfare”

Block Frame Apps Using Social Warfare Plugins

Social Warfare is a popular social sharing WordPress plugin that includes the module Frame Buster.

This module blocks any framing apps (Linkis, Sniply, Start A Fire, etc) that try to add third-party call-to-actions (ads) to blog pages, without having blog owner’s permission.

The disadvantage is that you have to install on your blog yet another plugin.

The advantage is that it’s a premium plugin that does a lot of useful things, not only blocking framing apps.

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20 thoughts on “How to Stop Linkis From Customizing Your Pages Shared on Twitter

    1. I understand your point, Mindaugas. Try my solution and these users won’t be able anymore to change your links and pages. As long as it works, you’ll be more productive.

    1. Maybe they told me that it’s a blacklist in order to scare me and make me change my mind. If I remember correctly what I read on their site, the users can add in their accounts domain names that they don’t want to be customized and … that action is called whitelisting :)))

    1. Hi Shalu,

      Bit.ly is just a URL shortening service. It doesn’t add unwanted frames to the sites, so it’s not an annoying app. While bit.ly doesn’t save space on Twitter, some people use it for tracking the clicks.

      Regarding your SEO question, sorry, I’m not very sure so I prefer not to answer it.

  1. Adrian, you always deliver awesome information. Thanks for the time and care you have taken to explain this. I always learn something new when when I visit your site.

    I’m going to check my Twitter followers to see if any are using this service. I’ll be sure to send them to your post because they may not aware of the issue or the solutions. I wasn’t. Much appreciated. ~Jude

    1. Hi Jude,

      It’s true that some Linkis users aren’t aware of the issue created by Linkis. Even if just a quick look at Linkis home page reveals instantly the issue (“Impress your followers by sharing personalized web pages”).

      After a while, some of these users discover the problem. And if you check the Twitter accounts belonging to Linkis you’ll see conversations between them and unhappy users who ask them to turn the app off.

      However, other users keep using Linkis. Part of them need someone to open their eyes, the other part includes marketers who doesn’t care about other people’s rights.

      1. Hmmm, my eyes are now open. I don’t seem to have Linkis in my Apps, but it activates on my links to Twitter. I shall try the email, hopefully that will work. I don’t want to cause a problem in Twitter, it is too valuable a political and conservation awareness tool.

        1. Hi Rhona. The links you share on Twitter can be modified by Linkis only if the app has access to your account and therefore is active in the Apps section. The situation you described is technically impossible – probably you missed something. Make this test: share one more link and see how the tweet looks like. Then…

          => If the link isn’t modified anymore, then it means that you already revoked Linkis access – and that’s why you don’t see it in the Apps anymore.

          => If the link is still modified by Linkis, then it means that you didn’t revoke Linkis access, the app is there but you didn’t see it. Check more carefully – it should be there.

  2. From what I see of Linkis, it seems to work like Sniply, it’s says hey, let me show some content to you that will help your business, and oh don’t forget it’s me that is helping guide you to the information that you need…

    Am I missing something else?

    1. Yes, you’re missing something: the part of the article posted under the second sub-headline “The Problems Linkis Customizations Create.”

      If you use Linkis or Sniply in conjunction with your websites, you’re free to do it. But you can add content and recommendation to your sites without Linkis or Sniply.

      However if you use Linkis or Sniply in conjunction with someone else’s site, then you’re adding your ads to that person’s page without their permission.

      So… you’re helping your followers indeed. The same like a content thief helps his readers: by using someone else’s content in a way that he’s not allowed.

    1. Hi Chuck,

      1) You’re right, that past customized Linkis link doesn’t redirect anymore the users to the original page. I have updated the article, thanks.

      2) This article mainly refers to stoping Linkis from customizing your links shared by other people (not by yourself). Anyway, the solution you referred in the last part of your comment is already mentioned in the article (first paragraph under the third sub-headline). You missed that part of the article ;-)

  3. Thank you for this explanation.

    This started happening since my last blog post through facebook and twitter in early December and now seeing it when sharing youtube links as well.

    Have emailed them as per your instruction. I did searched, twitter apps, wordpress sharing, chrome browser settings and laptop settings just to be sure but i can’t find linkis logged in anywhere.

    1. Hi Ben,

      My recommendation to email Linkis is for people who don’t use Linkis but have their links shared by Linkis users. I found your Twitter handle on your site – @Beanmimo, and I noticed that you are a Linkis user. So you were not supposed to email Linkis, they cannot help you.

      Only you can help yourself: you were the one who allowed Linkis app (maybe without noticing or without understanding what you do) and now you are the only one who can revoke Linkis app access from your Twitter account.

      I already explained in the article what you have to do: log into your Twitter account, go to Settings then Apps and there you’ll find Linkis. You have to click the button “Revoke access” that is related to Linkis.

      After you revoke Linkis access, all the new tweets that you’ll share will include the original links and Linkis will not be able to replace them anymore.

      This is the only solution to your problem, so stop checking Chrome settings, laptop settings or other settings.

  4. Hey Adrian,
    Definitely helpful post. Thanks a lot for taking the time to post it. I agree with you that ‘Bit.ly is just a URL shortening service. It doesn’t add unwanted frames to the sites, so it’s not an annoying app”. However, can we use Google URL shortener service? To shorten any URL that will be posted on Twitter. Am I right? If no, please reply me with the right answer. See you again.

    1. Hi Murad,

      URL shortening services – including goo.gl – don’t save space on Twitter. So you have no reason to use them unless you want to 1) hide the original link and/or 2) track the clicks.

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