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How to make forum signatures work?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by karma05, Dec 19, 2016.

  1. karma05

    karma05 Regular Member

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    I'm on a high traffic niche forum and the other day I added a link in my signature to my site, but it soon got removed.

    I tried again with a link to a non commercialized innocent sort of site and it wasn't removed.

    I'm thinking that I can get quite a few clicks on the link in the signature.

    But I need a way to monetize the traffic while appearing non commercialized.

    I did think about using a script which redirects forum moderator's IPs, but something tells me it wouldn't work that well.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Debian

    Debian BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    This is a perfect question for those guys that work in the link cloaking fields.
     
  3. uncutu

    uncutu Supreme Member

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    Put your signature up. Make it your non-commercial site. It can be a blank page for now, doesn't really matter what's on it at this step.
    Upload a click tracker script like AWstats or Piwik the site. Both are free. Both show you the IP's of your visitors.
    Go into your reporting panel and there's going to be a feature to "Show latest visitor ip address".
    You can bet the first few clicks that go to it are going to be the moderators//admins of the forum whose job it is to check signatures.
    Write down those IP's. Be sure you don't include your own in there.
    Last step is edit your .htaccess file to redirect all those IP's to your non-commercial page. The rest of the traffic will go to your commercial site.
    The code/tutorial on how to do the .htaccess trick is below


    Code:
    # permanently redirect specific IP request for single page
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{REMOTE_HOST} 123\.456\.789
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} /requested-page\.html$
    RewriteRule .* /just-for-you.html [R=301,L]
    Replace 123.456.789 with your blacklisted IP's. Change requested-page.html, and just-for-you.html appropriately.
    Code:
    source: https://perishablepress.com/permanently-redirect-a-specific-ip-request-for-a-single-page-via-htaccess/
    htaccess is useful for all sorts of things like this. i had some bad traffic coming in from a forum i drew attention to. i didn't want them looking at my site. with htaccess i was able to send anyone with a referrer from the forum to an innocuous page. meatspin.
     
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  4. Paranoid Android

    Paranoid Android Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    The mods are kind of smarter these days, they use a proxy site or a vpn to check these links, because most of them are master cloakers themselves and they know how not to give away their IPs
     
  5. uncutu

    uncutu Supreme Member

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    Pretty smart. I didn't think of that.
     
  6. AceWallGromit

    AceWallGromit Regular Member

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    Are links even allowed in the forum signatures?

    If links in sigs are not permitted then there's no point trying but if it's just your particular signature link that gets removed while other members have links then why not ask the mods at the forum?