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I have recently been reading about scenarios where browser might block automatic redirects. One scenario that i came across is what chrome calls as "tab-under". When the user clicks on a link to open in a new tab, the original tab redirects to an advertisement. To block this, chrome shows a redirect blocked banner.

I understand why chrome would want to do this, but i don't understand the reason why sites would want to implement this behaviour specifically?

  • can the site not auto redirect the main page to the advertisement in some time without the need for user clicking on the link or opening the new tab? . It is their website, I don't think the browser would block this redirection or this change in window.location.

  • can the site not open the advertisement in the new tab automatically? - I assume the popup blocker would block if they opened a new window automatically

  • can the site not open the advertisement in the new tab instead of opening the content in the new tab and opening the advertisement in the main page? This would give the advertisement a better chance of being seen

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can the site not auto redirect the main page to the advertisement in some time without the need for user clicking on the link or opening the new tab?

They lose your focus. You got redirected to the ad site, you probably will not get back. If you got interested, you will interact with the target site, not theirs. If you aren't interested, you close the tab.

can the site not open the advertisement in the new tab automatically?

They can open a new tab and not be blocked only in a short time frame after loading the page, or when you interact with the site. That's why some sites that opens a popup have a link saying Click here to open, so if your browser blocked the automatic popup, the link will open it.

can the site not open the advertisement in the new tab instead of opening the content in the new tab and opening the advertisement in the main page?

They aren't interested on the ad being seem. No matter if you saw it ow not, they are getting paid anyway. Opening their site on a new tab makes the history clean, and you probably will close the ad on the original tab, and lose the track of the sites you went until reaching theirs.

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  • thanks, these are some logical observations. Some followup questions: 1. Why would they want to make the history clean? 2. Where can i get more info about the short time frame where automatic popups are allowed? – gaurav5430 Nov 20 '20 at 15:48
  • 1: So you won't hit back and leave their site. 2: depend on the browser, but it's a few seconds. – ThoriumBR Nov 20 '20 at 16:44

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