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Using Affiliates Links In Video Descriptions .. Has Anything Changed?

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by Fuzzyhead, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. Fuzzyhead

    Fuzzyhead Registered Member

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    Hi all,

    Just a quickie ..

    It's been ages since I've put any affiliate clickbanks links on YT videos. Providing I use a URL shortener (in the video's description) is it still safe to do?

    Also, is there anything else I need to know, or be aware of?

    Thanks for any help

    Fuzzy.
     
  2. hcsolutionsuk

    hcsolutionsuk Newbie

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    Same question here. Waiting for someone to give answer!
     
  3. BENNY8877

    BENNY8877 Supreme Member

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    I haven't had any problems. I use tinyurl.

    Well, I don't know if you were planning on using views or not, but as far as I know none of the exchange sites work anymore, and even buying views has become tricky.
     
  4. Fuzzyhead

    Fuzzyhead Registered Member

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    Nah, I just wanted to make sure url shortening is still safe to do. I've got a legit channel (I know, shame on me) & I've found an affiliate product that's perfect for the niche .. I just don't want to risk damaging my channel rep.

    Has anyone tried McAfee url shortener? I heard that's pretty good.

    Thanks again for the help.
     
  5. quietlearner

    quietlearner Junior Member

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    I wouldn't use bitly or tinyurl because it's easy to detect what's on the other side of the links. I have a custom url shortener written in Python that does the following:

    1. GET - If the visitor is a bot it gets 302 redirected to an informational page.

    2. HEAD - 405 Method Not Allowed response

    That keeps Google's bots from knowing what's at the end of the links.
     
  6. elfgirl

    elfgirl Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    This is very interesting. So you made your own URL shortener?
    if yes, wanna share?

     
  7. quietlearner

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    It's not something that you could just drop in, it's used for forwarding visitors to Amazon. But it wouldn't be difficult to create an App Engine app that just shortens links and prevents bots from learning where they go.
     
  8. TqMedia

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    You can still use URL shortener for affiliates links, as usual.

    Mind to share sample codes??
     
  9. Itsmaec

    Itsmaec Newbie

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    If you have a legit channel, I wouldn't risk it.
    It's better to create a site, even if its a free blog, and link to the affiliate link from there.