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Anyway to FULLY hide your affiliate ID from advertisers LP?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by g111k, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. g111k

    g111k Regular Member

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    Wasn't sure where to post this, and there are no answers to this anywhere... so I figured I'd post where the most people would see it. YES I've used the search button!!! Mods please move it accordingly if this is no good.

    Okay so I'M NOT talking about FAKING / BLANKING the referer...

    What i'm asking is when the person already clicks through your link and lands on the advertisers page, is there any way to completely hide your affiliate ID from the address bar / source code???

    The reason I'm asking is because I know that AM's surf around, answer CL posts, etc.. and will eventually end up on my BH site with BHCB and click on one of the links that will redirect them through my WH site to the advertiser's LP... and unfortunately they will be able to see my affiliate ID, which gives them a good reason to ban me eventhough "all traffic comes from the WH site"

    I know that you can fake the destination URL by iframing, but I think that will still show your affiliate ID in the source code if they want to find it?
     
  2. ezcashplus

    ezcashplus BANNED BANNED

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    The way that I do it, and I am not sure if this answers your question or not, but I am going to try.

    I just get a domain name...http://www.whatever.com and then I forward and mask it. Now in the page source, I think they might still be able to see it, though I have never checked. I choose masking and forwarding.

    I don't know of another way to do it, and if someone does, I would also enjoy knowing.

    Doing the above method though, through a whitehat site I have never been banned or hurt in any way.
     
  3. magicjg

    magicjg Junior Member

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    Maybe think about buying a domain and forward with masking to your aff link? Doing that hides your aff id.
     
  4. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    yes, there are scripts that can do this. but they are not generally circulated for security reasons.
     
  5. OTrap

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    If an affiliate manager is competent, and they want to find your affiliate link, they can.

    Buying a domain and "framing" will help, and MOST people won't be able to see it. It doesn't show up in the source code, I don't think (I'm almost certain it does not.). However, there are ways of finding out, no matter what.

    If you want to test how good your cloaking is, PM me the link you'd make visible to the inquiry. I can prove this to you. However, I can also tell you if it's pretty well hidden.
     
  6. g111k

    g111k Regular Member

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    I have no problem with masking the affiliate link itself.. the way I have it setup is

    a) User is on Site A (my BH site) where BHCB locks content, user clicks link

    b) Link points to Site B where a php script picks 1 out of many offers linking to Site C

    c) The user is now redirected THROUGH Site C (my WH site) to Site D

    d) The user is now on landing page of Site D (advertiser) with Site C as the referer

    Now this all works like magic, except that on Site D you can see my Aff ID, which is fine until the day when one of the AM's or merchants finds Site A :(

    I'd pay to find a solution!
     
  7. OTrap

    OTrap Elite Member

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    I gotcha. I like your process.

    As far as covering your butt by trying to completely conceal your affiliate link, as I said before, if an affiliate manager wants to find the affiliate link, he can.

    iFraming from your URL registrar (I use eNom, for example) will indeed mask it in the URL bar, and it won't show up in the source code. Still, though, it can be known.
     
  8. twoj04

    twoj04 Power Member

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    If using wordpress, pretty link plugin and ultra cloak the link, so you can have your LP . com/affiliateoffer show even after it is clicked.

    It isn't 100%, but works pretty darn well.
     
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