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Cj link cloaking issue

Discussion in 'Commission Junction' started by TrollDad, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. TrollDad

    TrollDad Regular Member

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    the link we get from cj like:

    Code:
    <a href="http://www.blackhatworld.com">BHW</a><img src="http://www.blackhatworld.com/img.gif" width="1" height="1" border="0"/>
    
    so if we cloak the link we just redirect our link:
    Code:
    http://www.affiliatesite.com/go/bhw
    to
    Code:
    http://www.blackhatworld.com
    it that right?

    and if we cloak our link, how can we track impression without the tracking image?
     
  2. bradsteves

    bradsteves Registered Member

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    Cloaking is usually used to refer to masking the affiliate link itself (the request that actually drops the affiliate network cookie and that gets your page).

    Let's assume you have a merchant:
    Code:
    [URL]http://www.merchant.com[/URL]
    And the affiliate link you are given to send visitors to that merchants is:
    Code:
    [URL]http://affnetwork.com/?aff_id=1232&site_id=abcde[/URL]

    When you 'cloak', you present users with a link like this:
    Code:
    [URL="http://affnetwork.com/?aff_id=1232&site_id=abcde"]http://mysite.com/g[/URL]o/merchant
    When a user clicks that link, you take them them to the affnetwork.com link which loads the tracking cookie and then redirects users on to the merchant's website. On the merchant's website, they will have tracking that allows the affiliate network to determine that you sent the visitor.

    Does this help clarify?
     
  3. edgemed

    edgemed Newbie

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    That helps me understand better brad, but what is the code to do that and where do you put it?

    Is it in your re-direct script?

    What is the best script to use?

    Thanks for your help
     
  4. AlreadyBanned

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    Use prosper202 to track stuff when cloaking your affiliate links!
     
  5. LeadInMarketing

    LeadInMarketing Registered Member

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    Hey. If you're on WordPress, there is a plugin called PrettyLinks. Is pretty popular. I am not sure if they have a regular (non-wordpress) version
     
  6. maxkennedy

    maxkennedy Registered Member

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    If you have limited or no budget, you'll use the Pretty Link plugin.

    If you have 77$ that you can afford to spend, you'll buy Easy Redirect Script. I did
    and it's very respectable.
     
  7. markedup

    markedup Newbie

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    Does CJ care to track how you send traffic to your redirect link?


    If I post onto a web 2.0 site the redirect link such as
    Code:
    domainDOTCOM/offer
    and someone clicks it, will CJ see that the traffic came from the web 2.0 site or from the
    Code:
    domainDOTCOM/offer
    domain?

    thanks