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Can someone tell me the difference between these affiliate links please

Discussion in 'Cloaking and Content Generators' started by JimmyTwoTimes, May 19, 2015.

  1. JimmyTwoTimes

    JimmyTwoTimes Registered Member

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    OK, so a site that I'd like to compete against links to certain amazon products.

    The link they use are like this [please note I've slightly changed them to allow for privacy etc]

    Their amazon links are like this: www amazon.com/dp/B00QBP1XXX/?tag=052-20

    My links generated through the Amazon Associates Page look like this: www amazon.com/gp/product/B00QBP1XXX/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1783&creative=9315&creativeASIN=B00QBP1XXX&linkCode=as1&tag=myuserid-20&linkId=BQYWIMF7TMEHXXX

    How come mine are so much longer - are they using some sort of shortner? Is that tag= bit their URL for their own referencing that is redirected to Amazon?

    Thanks for all comments
     
  2. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    There used to be a short link version, something like /exec/obidos/ASIN/youraffiliate-code

    I no longer work with Amazon, but that used to be the case.
     
  3. Shirko

    Shirko Regular Member

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    There's no redirect involved though. It's perfectly fine to use the short url version:

    www.amazon.com/dp/ASIN/?tag=your_aff_tag

    Amazon identifies its products via ASINs. That's it, nothing else is needed. In case you're part of their affiliate program, you may also want to include the "tag" parameter with your affiliate ID.

    It's not shortened, it's just that the long url includes data that isn't actually needed, like, for instance:
    * seo-friendly products name
    * encoding
    * search/filter preferences
    * etc
     
  4. JimmyTwoTimes

    JimmyTwoTimes Registered Member

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    Yup - thanks for your help. I've actually decided to drop the Amazon links and cloak them (something I learned only a few mins ago!) We all gotta start somewhere right?
     
  5. ImperialLegionary

    ImperialLegionary Junior Member

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    What is the point of cloaking them?
     
  6. Shirko

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    Having too many outbound links and more specifically affiliate links in a webpage is sometimes seen as a low quality signal, which leads to a negative effect in serps.

    Many affiliates cloak their aff links to hide them from web crawlers and in some cases from users...
     
  7. ImperialLegionary

    ImperialLegionary Junior Member

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    I thought cloaking or redirecting the links were against Amazon's TOS. What if you just use nofollow?
     
  8. starki

    starki Power Member

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    If you nofollow them or mask and nofollow them doesn't make a difference for Google, these masked pseudo internal links are of course detected as external links, but they don't do harm. Real cloaking is much trickier and rarely worth the effort.

    As far as Amazon is concerned: They rarely ban affiliates for redirects/masked links, although it's in their terms. Basically, if they don't like your traffic or find something suspicious, using redirects gives them an easy reason to ban you for lifetime.
     
  9. ImperialLegionary

    ImperialLegionary Junior Member

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    What would be a reason for them to not like someone's traffic? If the traffic is all from organic search, it would be fine for them right?
     
  10. saltedweb

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    redirect the links with your ideas