Did you know that your web site is now covered with "Smart Tag" links that can whisk your hard earned visitors away to your competitors web site?
This is same thing as stealing your visitors because you happen to make use of a keyword or phrase that is tagged by this new technology.
Microsoft originated "Smart Tags" in their Windows XP operating systems beta version.
They are a feature of Internet Explorer that "ADDS" smart links to pages everyone views. They enable real-time, dynamic recognition of content on Web pages and offer your visitors, "relevant options", as they surf.
In other words, they place links, on YOUR WEB SITE, to destinations other than your web page. Including, if they pay for privilege, to your competition!
Smart tags, which are created using XML (Extensible Markup Language), look different from other links.
Microsoft "Smart Tags" are purple and white dash underlines on a word linking you to a menu of info about that word.
However, due to HUGE public pressure, Smart Tag feature will not exist in final version of Internet Explorer 6, due out later this year.
Yet, it does remain a feature within Microsoft's Office XP, upgrade to Microsoft's suite of applications that launched May 31.
The feature gives Microsoft unfair advantage because they can use these products to redirect users to MSN owned web sites or to sites that have paid Microsoft a premium for service.
Worse still, further use and development of this technology is being encouraged by Microsoft.
When this first came out, there was a solution that could prevent invasion of your site by adding following tag to your code: