Why do affiliate marketers use a second domain with php redirect scripts?

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I have noticed that affiliate marketers are using php redirects. The redirects are on a domain that is not the domain where that link is posted. I do not understand the purpose for this.

Also I noticed that when I use the "site:" operator on google for the domain that is hosting the redirects, there is a preview description. But i don't see this description on the final page or in the redirect. How is this done?
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  • Hello Eskimsniper,

    You should use the cloaking links for the affiliate marketing. It is very easy way for redirection. Hope this helps. Looking forward for your reply.
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  • Profile picture of the author ekimsniper
    I understand why we want to cloak links from visitors.

    But they are using a second domain which contains the .php file to redirect to the affiliate link.
    This is what I don't understand and would like to know the purpose.
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    Maybe they are using a 3rd party tracker that requires you to set up a domain or subdomain that the redirects use.
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  • Profile picture of the author ekimsniper
    I think I know, what it is. I just would like someone that really knows to confirm. I believe it is so google doesn't know it is an affiliate link on your site, so the second domain will link to the affiliate link, which google does not like. Second, so that the affiliate doesn't pass any rank juice to the offer page.

    But I can't find anything anywhere about this.
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    • Profile picture of the author ekimsniper
      Magentodevelopment, thanks for the article. I was going to be looking into a plugin like this since I am using wordpress.

      Its the using of a second domain with the php redirects to the affiliate links that I don't understand.

      Thanks for the article. It was very helpful. But it didn't answer the question.
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    link cloaking/masking is the act of disguising an affiliate link to remove the visible affiliate code making it difficult to recognize that it's an affiliate link. After cloaking the link, a redirect will be performed so that the marketer's commission is well-protected
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  • Profile picture of the author ekimsniper
    Ok everyone that has replied, I appreciate the help. But, my question is still unanswered. I understand why we want to hide/cloak the affiliate link from potential customers.

    But, Why are they using a secondary domain for these php redirects to their affiliate links?
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    • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
      Originally Posted by ekimsniper View Post

      Ok everyone that has replied, I appreciate the help. But, my question is still unanswered. I understand why we want to hide/cloak the affiliate link from potential customers.

      But, Why are they using a secondary domain for these php redirects to their affiliate links?

      ? it could be a poor mans way to mask affiliate links ? only a guess and probably a stupid one.
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  • Profile picture of the author ekimsniper
    Also, the redirect links have meta descriptions on the Search Engine Results
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