Is it necessary to cloak an affiliate link?

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by Macthetrix, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. Macthetrix

    Macthetrix Regular Member

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    About 99% of my affiliate traffic comes from a mobile device like Android or Iphone. Im pretty new to this and the way I understand it is that people have sypware software on their Pc and everytime they click on my link it redirects them to the refferal link of the spyware so I end up losing the commision. Is this how it works? Is there spyware software like that on a mobile device and does this only work with websites or is it safe to promote the links with for example twitter, facebook or Instagram or can those be hijacked too? :ranger:
     
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    WayneInc BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP

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    If you really want to protect your commission then cloak it.. you can use free plugin like pretty link...
     
  3. Macthetrix

    Macthetrix Regular Member

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    Well amazon for example doesnt allow cloaking and I only use a naked link on my social networks to promote it so it should be safe or?
     
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    it may prevent spying from affiliate link
     
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    Try to cloak your affiliate link. For Amazon you can use bit.ly URL shorten...
     
  6. Cleann

    Cleann BANNED BANNED

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    No it's not necessary, but it does help.
    I use them. Whenever I send out affiliate or referrer links I cloak them.

    I found a pretty good website to quickly cloak them linkmasker . co
    ive been using it for a while, it works pretty well. For WP you can use a plugin called pretty links.
     
  7. netmoney1

    netmoney1 Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    I always get an easy to remember/catchy domain - people are more likely to click on that rather than an affiliate link or a shortened link. GoDaddy has so many coupons daily for 99 cent domains, etc. I would suggest you go this route - I always see much better response.

    Think about if you were promoting a product, lets just call it a "red widget" - what link would you click on:

    A) www . theredwidgetofferyouarepromoting . com/aff/8q7yq3r2iufihwef7we7fewh7faewh7faewhi7faewhi7fiea7hw (affiliate link)

    B) sh.ort/sdaf (shortened link)

    C) www . bestredwidget . com (a domain you buy)


    Just something to think about...
     
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    diffidently cloak all your affiliate links!