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Absolutely the easiest way to cloak your link - though not that much effective

Discussion in 'Cloaking and Content Generators' started by Deusdies, May 30, 2009.

  1. Deusdies

    Deusdies Regular Member

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    OK, so this is really simple.

    It may look n00b, but it actually isn't that much. Think outside the box. Not everyone is a web developer.

    Anyway, when you put an affiliate link with an anchor "Click Here" , the visitor tends to look at the status bar of the web browser and see where that link leads to. If it leads to w3.affiliate.vendor.hop.clickbank.net/?track_ui=2325345 , well, that kinda sucks.

    But what if you put this as an anchor? htt p:// www .FullWebsite.com

    Believe me, it works more than you think it does. If the visitor sees the full website he/she is clicking on, he/she will probably not glance at the status bar.

    Just a thought :)
     
  2. bhatme

    bhatme Newbie

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    living in canada..that's all u need to know
    Well, that's clearly not cloaking, but it is a very valid point, I often look to see where I'm being taken to and messy urls, tinyurls etc raise eyebrows....

    It's just a simple habit I've done, so they trust where they're going....

    I also spell it out eg. Sitename dot com, just to prevent any unwated copy/pasting for later by bypassing my aff link.......Maybe I'm just Paranoid Though!

    But good point!
     
  3. dumdumz

    dumdumz Registered Member

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    How bout this. Create a file called go.php

    Code:
    <?php
    //File: go.php
    $links = array(
        'friendly-text1' => 'http://uglyaffiliatelink1.com',
        'friendly-text2' => 'http://uglyaffiliatelink2.com',
        'friendly-text3' => 'http://uglyaffiliatelink3.com
    
        //add more as you like
    );
    
    if(isset($_GET['id']) && in_array($_GET[id'], $links)) {
        header('location: ' . $links[$_GET['id']]);
        exit();
    } else {
        //show 404 or redirect somewhere else
    }
    ?>
    
    Then in your .htaccess file

    Code:
    RewriteRule ^go/(.*)/$ http://yoursite.com/go.php?id=$1 [L,R]
    
    Then you can set up your links like this


    Code:
    http://yoursite.com/go/friendly-text1/
    http://yoursite.com/go/friendly-text2/
    etc
    

    Untested but should work
     
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