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deep link
Last modified: Thursday, April 10, 2003 

(n.) A hyperlink either on a Web page or in the results of a search engine query to a page on a Web site other than the site’s home page. Typically, a Web site’s home page is the top page in the site’s hierarchy, and any page other than that is considered “deep.”

For example, if a Web site linked to the Webopedia page, this would be considered a deep link because the site linked to one of Webopedia’s pages other than its home page,

Some in the industry have opposed the proliferation of deep links as they drive users away from a site’s home page where there are advertisers paying for space based on page views.

(v.) To link to a page on a Web site other than its home page.

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