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Why do i need to cloak my affiliate link

Discussion in 'Cloaking and Content Generators' started by tchashow, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. tchashow

    tchashow Power Member

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    I dont understand why it is needed to cloak affiliate link. actually i dont even know what cloaking affilate link is but i guess it means to hide the affiliate link wont this work to hide it?
    for example:
    <a href:"hxxp://www.websitehere.com">this is what people will see</a>
     
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    Some people don't cloak their links, and it certainly isn't mandatory that you do so. Experience has shown that (sometimes) people are more prone to click a link if it SEEMS like it is merely taking to another spot on your site with more info, rather than to an advertiser. And as far as what you mention above, no that isn't cloaking, that would simply be changing the anchor text.

    And if you are doing BH stuff, then sometimes it become mandatory to cloak you link, do double meta refreshes, etc.
     
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    Affiliate links are long and ugly and consumers have associated them with being links to websites that are trying to sell them something. Products sold on Clickbank, with the hop, such as hxxp://affiliateid.hop.clickbank.com are easily recognized. When you cloak the affiliate link, you're making it look less salesy. For instance, hxxp://www.site.com/go/product looks better than hxxp://androezrs.net/akjfdiowkflewijls?affid=whatever. So, cloaking just gives the link more respectability and tries to hide the fact that you're trying to sell something.
     
  4. tchashow

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    but if i use anchor text nobody would be able to see my link. right?
     
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    Let me clear something up, if you hover your mouse over a link you can see where it leads to, in most browsers, it shows up in the lower left hand corner somewhere.

    Try it for yourself, put your mouse over any link on this page without clicking it and look down towards the left lower corner of your browser and see if you can find that long ugly link.
     
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    that's a backlink not cloacking.

    cloaking is so that people cant see your link and report you for BH
     
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    Edit: Nevermind, I figured it out.
     
  8. tchashow

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    @ BH hustler: report me for what? bh? what is that?
    @No1here: thank you. i never noticed that. well yes i did but i never thought about what it was.
    so can somebody recommend a way to cloak my links, please?
    im new at this whole thing.
     
  9. alexaassassin

    alexaassassin Registered Member

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    If it is on your own domain website, I cannot.
    If it is on a FREE page or you are sending in email, I use

    Code:
    http://www.budurl.com
    ...because it's free
    ...because I can customize the last part (eg. budurl.c0m/WhatIWantToSay )
    ...because it counts the clicks, so I can see how much traffic resulted in however many sales

    Have fun with it.
     
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    I heard some guys can steal your commissions if they saw your real link...

    Anyone heard of this?
     
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    ninja affiliate cloak is best for hiding the aff links and make them look real and clean :)
     
  12. quinnie

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    you can use pretty link for the same purpose i believe?
     
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    Why don`t use some services like u.nu or j.mp? Or just encrypt link with js?
     
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    Yes that's true, another reason to hide your affiliate link too.
     
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    how do they steal your commisions through finding your affiliate link? that never really made sense to me but i've heard it said before.

    I guess they could steal your campaign
     
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    How they steal you commission is (say its a Click Bank link) they could replace your affiliate ID with theirs so they get the commission.

    -Beau Waddington
     
  18. MikeHustle

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    I do this:

    mydomain.info redirect to ugly link...
     
  19. MrPartridge

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    Sorry for asking a really stupid question but is using a link shortening service like tiny .cc or bit.ly cloaking your links?
     
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    Nope. Just redirecting it, making it look like something else aesthetically. Look up a double meta refresh script or a site with it. Specifically to "hide your referrer"
     
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