Warning bit.ly Does Not Like CPA Offers

by Dave d
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I was just checking all my affiliate links were in full working order after spending a day setting up a campaign and was using bit.ly to shorten my Max Bounty affiliate links. Everything was fine since I set up the landing page a few days ago and I checked the links a few times since then but today when all was going live I got this message from the bit.ly website.
Warning</B> - this site has been flagged and may contain unsolicited content.



The content of this web page appears to contain spam, or links to unsolicited or undesired sites.

You can learn more about harmful content at www.StopBadware.org.
You can find out more about phishing from www.antiphishing.org.

Suggestions:
  • Close your browser window
  • Notify the sender of the URL
Or you can continue to http://www.mb01





I have now changed these links over to tiny url and I hope the same wont happen.

If you are using bit.ly you may need to check your links.

Dave d
#bitly #cpa #offers #warning
  • Profile picture of the author TVChatten
    I don't use bit.ly but thanks for this warning post. Even if it isn't bit.ly, one still should check their links just incase.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tony Dean
      Bit.ly has been a spammers delight for months - that's why they are getting strict.
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  • Profile picture of the author Melani
    Just a friendly tip with regards to TinyURL - those familiar with it can engage a 'preview' feature which when enabled, takes the user from your link to an TinyURL page saying "This link goes to <link> click to proceed".

    For those wary of affiliate links, this gives them the exact link and it shows pretty quickly that it's an affiliate link.
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    • Profile picture of the author Forest_Parks
      Yikes, that's good to know... I have been using bit ly but not for CPA yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Profit-smart
    Why arent you building landing pages? Or at least, why dont you have a catch all domain?

    I have a handful of "Catch all" domains I putup subdomain redirects whenever its applicable. Its well worth the $30 or so a year I pay to renew the registrations.
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  • Profile picture of the author adsquare
    Buy a domain name a cloak the links yourself using PHP or HTML.

    Always looks more professional anyways

    Jared
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    • Profile picture of the author Profit-smart
      Originally Posted by adsquare View Post

      Buy a domain name a cloak the links yourself using PHP or HTML.

      Always looks more professional anyways

      Jared
      I just hate trusting other sites with my redirects. For the OP-What if you had started a campaign, it was going well-and you woke up tomorrow with 1000 clicks and the redirect had been taken offline?

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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Originally Posted by Dave d View Post

    I was just checking all my affiliate links were in full working order after spending a day setting up a campaign and was using bit.ly to shorten my Max Bounty affiliate links. Everything was fine since I set up the landing page a few days ago and I checked the links a few times since then but today when all was going live I got this message from the bit.ly website.
    Warning</B> - this site has been flagged and may contain unsolicited content.
    That's why i dont recommend such services.
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  • Profile picture of the author OpenBookSupport
    the best is to use j.mp
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  • It's always better to have link cloaking/redirection on your own server, that way, you aren't subject to this type of downtime. Using some user friendly link cloaking will go along way in getting more clicks as the tiny url type of link url display looks a bit suspicious to some.
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  • Profile picture of the author Heidi White
    Has anyone tried Cli.gs for URL shortening?

    I use it a lot for Twitter.

    I signed up after someone warned against using bit.ly or tinyurl because of problems similar to what the OP had mentioned, and they recommended Cli.gs.

    Now I'm hooked!

    Cli.gs - Short URLs with analytics,social media monitoring and geotargeting

    http://cli.gs/


    It's free
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  • Profile picture of the author UAEW
    try cd4.me
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