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How do you mask your urls of CPA offers?

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by leonardodv, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. leonardodv

    leonardodv Junior Member

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    For cpa or affiliate offers, how do you cloak your urls?

    Do you use url shortener like bit.ly.

    or domain redirect? which is safer?

    I read a page How to Obscure Any URL, anyone's using these methods?
     
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  2. sathvikreddy

    sathvikreddy BANNED BANNED

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    well! i would say you need to use hasoffers platform for this...! it will be very full for you to promote offers.... i have been using it from their start... they didnt dissapoint me anytime...
     
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    meannn Supreme Member

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    never use bitly. You can achieve all stats if you add "+" at the end of your link.

    Ex: bit.ly/QtQET+
     
  4. seovirtualassistance

    seovirtualassistance Regular Member

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    According to me bitly is not recommended
     
  5. hamish11

    hamish11 Regular Member

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    If your site is a Wordpress site I would try the Pretty Link plugin. I'm a noob here so can't post the link.
     
  6. chico

    chico Newbie

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    I just had to do this for about 100 affiliate links placed in various eBooks.

    I'm no expert with this, I could be wrong, but from my research it's better to use domain redirects. This makes it much easier to change the affiliate link in the future because it's on your domain.

    You can do this with the Thesis theme really fast. It comes with a 301 redirect option and you can set the page to no follow, no index, etc.
     
  7. captchadreams

    captchadreams Power Member

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    what do you guys recommend if not using bit.ly?

    I don't really wanna use my own because the domain will get banned quick from my traffic source most likely.. so if I can use a site that won't get completely banned like bit.ly it works out for me.

    I'm also using the cpa redirector 2 from contentgeneration so this obscure method works for bit.ly since i can't add another ?&whatever after the magic number (?mn)

    so i could create a bunch of different bit.ly links to link to the same page.. IE: http://kjt4akjt@domain.com/money/?mn=1337

    EDIT:

    actually I take that back.. the aksjdf@ method didn't work with bit.ly. it just gives you the same link and adds akjdfj@bit.ly/samelink
     
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  8. mikepa

    mikepa Newbie

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    you can also use bevo media or tracking202 to cloak
     
  9. captchadreams

    captchadreams Power Member

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    thanks i'll check those out later..

    for now i just started using tinyurls with this creator
     
  10. redmoon

    redmoon Regular Member

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    You can make your own private link shortener:

    Code:
    http://yourls.org/
    Tinyurl is a good option too if you want custom links without stats, but I prefer to use my own private shortner.
     
  11. bennyb

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    If it's a wordpress I would recomment eclipse cloacker. It's very powerful.
     
  12. bumba1988

    bumba1988 Junior Member

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    I generally use bit.ly, not sure why others are not recommending it though.
     
  13. Techxan

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    I might be doing this wrong, but this is what I do.

    I have a domain, apexoffers and i have a subdirectory called "offers" on that domain.

    I use the following syntax and create a page called WHATEVERIWANTTOCALLTHEPAGE.php, and FTP it into the "offers" folder.

    CONTENTS OF THIS PAGE:

    <?php
    header('Location: affiliatelinkhere?);
    ?>

    My link to put in my ad is:

    http://www.yourdomain.com/DIRECTORYNAME/DESTINATION(CLOAKED)NAME.php

    SO:

    If I had a football offer from footballoffers.com/offer1.html for instance I would do this:

    I would create the page and replace affiliatelinkhere with the path www.footballoffers.com/offer1.html

    I would name this page football.php and FTP it to the "offers" folder.

    Then I would use the link www.apexoffers.com/offers/football.php as the link in my ad.

    When someone clicks on the www.apexoffers.com/offers/football.php link they are immediately redirected to www.footballoffers.com/football1.html

    If I want to track everything or strip out the referrer, I put the affiliate link into Prosper202, then use the tracking link Prosper gives me to replace affiliatelinkhere on the redirect page instead of the original affiliate link.

    You can reduce the length of the URL by having a short domain name and not using a sub-directory. This also keeps all data in house.

    Ta Daa
     
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  14. captchadreams

    captchadreams Power Member

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    i started using yourls.. but i'm having trouble trying to change around other things that I want.. since i'm not very good at doing my own coding.. just copy/pasting other crap i found.

    I'm thinking about scrapping yourls.. and doing the same method as you sldebo.

    i'll setup a test and get it all working.. then switch it out for my yourls just making folders for each of the links i already have in yourls.

    yourls is kinda pointless for me anyways since I'm the only one using it.. and that way I can get better tracking with clicky.. and I'm going to have it check for bots and redirect them to google instead of redirecting onto my money page.
     
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    Sorry, wrong post reply, my bad.
     
  16. Itachi93

    Itachi93 Registered Member

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    I use the Ghost URL plugin to cloak my affiliate links.
     
  17. cookys

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    So in short you can change affiliate or CPA links anytime using domain redirects?...that's the problem with being a noobie{speaking for myself here}, things that seem impossible at first and then am like...how could i be so stoopeed,{face slap}:(
     
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  18. Redeema

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    I started using urlocker.pw. it seems to get me more traffic for me because of the social buttons.
     
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    Redeema, whilst using the above site, does a domain come in the pic or its just the affiliate link alone? is the site free as well and is it discreet{cloaking} as in CPA networks won't have an idea where traffic is coming from?
     
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  20. flame_copper

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    tr.im - with account can customize shortener, with registered account it can show stats and customized url
    http://yourls.org/ - has anyone used it before,do I need a website to do that
    urlocker.pw - the social button comes under which context
    bit.ly - I heard it can mask the affiliate
    tinyurl - it can support custom url as well?