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use resolved form of a clickbank hoplink or not?

Discussion in 'Clickbank' started by semilar, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. semilar

    semilar Regular Member

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    Does it work to use the resolved form of a clickbank hotlink for IM? I've seen urls like "someproduct23r.com/?hop=somename" show up in forum posts etc,
    but clickbank says that the resolved version should never be used for marketing, because you could get no commission...?!
     
  2. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    The clickbank cookie is set during the hop. If you skip the hop then the cookie doesn't get set. So the resolved link is pretty worthless, there's no point in linking to it. If you make a backlink using the "someproduct23r.com/?hop=somename" format it'll have the same effect as if you had created a backlink to "someproduct23r.com". When a customer makes a purchase their won't be an affiliate cookie at all and it'll count as a vendor only sale.

    To get credit for you affiliate sales the visitor has to make the hop through clickbank to set the cookie for your id. That only happens if you use the natural hoplink format "affid.vendorid.hop.clickbank.net", or use the encoded format "2dai1n37qxtmdm5eqsj34m2rsz.hop.clickbank.net".

    If you want a more friendly link you can always create a friendly url and do a redirect to your hoplink from that domain.
     
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  3. semilar

    semilar Regular Member

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    thanks alot for the clear answer. I was thinking that something like this would be the case, but clickbank - for whatever reason - didn't want to explain it correctly in their help section, there it does only state that one "might not get credit" or similar.

    thanks greywolf.