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Purchasing a Domain for cloaking?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by PandaDomo, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. PandaDomo

    PandaDomo Senior Member

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    Okay, so I plan on purchasing a .com domain (maybe .info) from Namecheap and then hosting it on my HostGator account so I can cloak my affiliate links. However, the website itself will not be searched in engines or anything like that because there's no pages. For example, let's say I purchased a general domain like "number1products.com" or something like that and I decided to promote weight loss advice, nail care, and skin care. Each one of those will have it's own sub-domain so the URL will look like number1products.com/weightloss, number1products.com/nailcare, and number1products.com/skincare. However, the actual website itself won't really exist, I will only be using the sub-domains as 301 re-directs to my affiliate link so if I typed in "number1products.com" there won't be anything there I think. I'm not really sure how these re-directs work since I'm new to websites and internet marketing but I thought about doing this since I don't want to purchase a unique .info for each product. Is this possible or even a good idea in general?
     
  2. Amsterdammer

    Amsterdammer Power Member

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    If this is just about protecting your affiliate link why put up the smog of a scam? Not saying you are but it raises questions as to why you did it.

    Why not link to a php page on your main site? All that php page has on it is your redirect, you could even make it into a function and save yourself some time creating inner pages.
    There is also a little script somewhere that will show your links as directing to google while clicking it brings you to yahoo for instance. Good luck to people trying to steal those links me thinks.

    Just a thought, hope it helps. :)
     
  3. PandaDomo

    PandaDomo Senior Member

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    I don't have a main site for these products. I am using Clickbank + YouTube. My affiliate link will be in the description box so I just need to cloak it so it wouldn't look like an affiliate link and so it would be shorter. But with what I think you are suggesting, I would have to purchase a .info domain and make each one a 301 re-direct. I just wish to purchase a single .com as an "umbrella" to cover all these products and use each sub-domain as a re-direct instead. It might also be a good idea for me to use the home page of "number1products.com" as a landing page or something to build an opt-in list although I don't really know what to offer at the moment. I have no knowledge of coding either whatsoever by the way.
     
  4. Amsterdammer

    Amsterdammer Power Member

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    I think you misunderstood me. :)

    YT to money site = Link shortener
    Money site to CB = inner page with redirect to CB

    By sending a customer to CB from a site that does not exist it looks like a bad cloak and should raise flags.
    Don't use a direct link from YT to your main site, if your site gets flagged it is too easy to ban it completely, unlike a link shortener for instance.
    You could try this without your own domain and sending customers to the landing page of the vendor by url shortening service too though.
    What sparked me was the empty domain just for redirection, it looks weird and untrustworthy. I wouldn't recommend that.

    Hope this helps. :)
     
  5. DarkMeta

    DarkMeta BANNED BANNED

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    Yes cloak it you will not loose you traffic bus beware of google.
     
  6. PandaDomo

    PandaDomo Senior Member

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    They will be sent to the sales page of the product where they can see other testimonials and the like, not to Clickbank itself directly. I don't want to use bit.ly or tinyurl because I heard they shave traffic and it may block the re-direct as a malicious pop-up or something like that. I don't want to use a third party to shorten the URL because I don't really want to have to rely on one. Also, I don't think there's a problem using a domain just for re-direct, a lot of people use .info domains to re-direct to their affiliate link for cloaking. I was asking if I should use a single very general .com domain in order to avoid making a .info for each product. For example, I would have to purchase 3 .infos for the products above as weightloss.info, nailcare.info, and skincare.info instead of purchasing a single domain and making each sub-domain as I mentioned above.
     
  7. Amsterdammer

    Amsterdammer Power Member

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    If you want shaving, link to the squeeze page, by all means.

    Other than that I give up and am out of here. Thank you for your time. :)
     
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  9. Amsterdammer

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    Against better judgement:

    The WF guide would actually work amazingly enough, tinyurl is a shortener/cloak and it is illogical for them to shave you on CB earnings.
    There are however some vendors on CB that will use cookie stuffing to rip you of your commission. It is better to use a direct link to the checkout page. Don't ask any further introduction to stuffing please, it is not allowed here.
    If you must use some bogus domain, at least put something on it but I think it is a waste of money. By saying you should put something on it some message appearing to be a link shortner would be enough, but again: Why bother?
    vagex is a ripoff, use something else.
    Subdomains are subdomain(dot)maindomain(dot)whatever and there is nothing wrong with promoting products that way if you have a generic domain. Each subdomain would rank by itself.

    That is all I can think of from the top of my head.
    If you will excuse me I will now get more drunk and watch some porn. Hope you understand.
    And yes, this will be my last reply. It is just that booze gets me sentimental. Also, reread my former replies, when it comes to link protection anyways.

    Erm, I also recommend reading some of the guides here on the BHW forums, they won't tell you to find products with 10 gravity or expect a gravity of 100 with a YT vid only having 20K views.
    WF is for when you want to sell stuff. ;)

    Cheers. :)