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How to make link look better?

Discussion in 'Clickbank' started by Human123, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. Human123

    Human123 Newbie

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    Hello,

    when i send people my link for clickbank it obviously looks very unprofessional and dodgy...

    is there a way i can make it look nicer? is this cloaking?
     
  2. l30p0ld0

    l30p0ld0 Registered Member

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  3. oni3350

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    There are a number of ways to do this, one free way would be to use tiny url (google search that one) or bit.ly these sites will ask you to enter in your affiliate link and then it will spit out a shorter URL for you to use.

    Another free way is to simply put anchor text along with your affiliate link. By this i mean, on a social site like myspace for instance, you can make your affiliate link into a hyperlink then you can make some anchor text which is a keyword related to your product but you can click on it rather than the long affiliate link.

    So set up a hyperlink like this <a href="www.youraffiliatelink.com> KEYWORD HERE </ a>

    That will show your keyword and when clicked it will take them to your affiliate link.

    Some paid ways would be to own hosting and a domain and then simply redirect your domain name to your affiliate link or frame the affiliate sales page and use an iframe on your domain name.

    Hope this helps out a little.
     
  4. blackhit

    blackhit Super Moderator Staff Member Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    This is a method I used before I started using
    Code:
    MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate
    on my sites.
    I still use it in emails cause it's simple and free.

    1.) Create a folder on your desktop.
    Name it go or recommends or uses. Whatever you want.

    2.) Inside the folder create a text file with the name of the product or something you like.

    3.) Open the text file and enter the following code:

    Code:
    <?php
    
    header('Location: [url]http://yourclickbanklink');[/url]
    
    ?> 
    Save the file

    4.) Alter the extension of the text file from txt to php

    5.) Upload this to your server to the root directory of your blog or site

    Now the link you use in your content looks like this:

    http://yourdomain.com/recommends/yourproduct.php

    To test if everything is working click on the link.
    You should land on the merchants site.
    Order the product (not really buy it of course :D) so you get to the
    Clickbank payment page.
    This is the page from where you are redirected to PayPal or similar.

    At the bottom of this page you should see in small print "affiliate=your Clickbank name"
     
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  5. Ruchka

    Ruchka Junior Member

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    I was trying to implement this yesterday but continue to get 404 errors when I click my link. Any thoughts as to why/what I'm doing wrong?
     
  6. blackhit

    blackhit Super Moderator Staff Member Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Replace the link inside the php code with a link to one of your other sites or to Google to see if you have the code and the link right.

    If that works check the Clickbanklink by putting it in your addressbar and going to the merchant from there.

    I just ran a quick test with this to be sure I didn't mistyped somewhere and it works.
     
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  7. Ruchka

    Ruchka Junior Member

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    Thanks blackhit,

    Did as you suggested but am still getting the "404 error - Not Found" result.

    my "recommends" folder is in my public_html

    I'm using WP 2.7

    what link should I be putting into my blog post? Right now (using your test example) my link would look like this:

    <a href="http://mylameblog.com/recommends/google.php">here</a>

    I must be missing something simple...
     
  8. Ruchka

    Ruchka Junior Member

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    Just want to follow up and say what a great guy Blackhit is.

    He voluntarily took the time to help me solve my problem via pm.

    It was a really stupid mistake on my part (I had the "recommends" folder spelled with a capitalized "R"). In the process he showed much more patience than anyone could ever expect.

    Blackhit is a shining example of the spirit of this forum.

    Hope I can have the opportunity to return this favor sometime soon.
     
  9. Jcsarokin

    Jcsarokin Power Member

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    Buy a domain and set up a html redirect. Then you can have it look like whatever you want :)
     
  10. lizmoz

    lizmoz Power Member

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    Everyone using wordpress and still struggling with how links look - have a look at "pretty link" plugin.

    Code:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pretty-link/
    I'm telling you, this thing is NEAT!

    """
    Shrink, track and share any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website. Unlike other link shrinking services like tinyurl, budurl, and bit.ly, this plugin allows you to create shortlinks coming from your own domain! Pretty Link tracks each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from, the browser, os and host. Pretty Link is a killer plugin for people who want to mask their affiliate links, track clicks from emails, increase the reach of their website by spreading these links via Twitter, forums or comments on other blogs.
    """