Having problems with redirecting clickbank links

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I have used a website, prettycloak.com to create an .html file to redirect my clickbank sales link. This has worked a treat to cloak them on the website making it look like it is going to an actual page on my website. However, when clicking the link and visiting the sales page my hoplink and user name appear in the browser instead of saying something like www.dogtrainingsalespage.com it says www.myhoplink=username.com. Is there any way around this? I have read various threads about this here on the forum, but am new to niche marketing and clickbank so I am completely new to cloaking links and am finding things difficult to understand. Any help and advice would be much appreciated
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
      Originally Posted by alexa_s View Post

      You can buy a "dot-info" domain for $0.99, no need for hosting, use it as your affiliate-link, and forward it with masking from the registrar at which you buy it (free at GoDaddy and some other registrars) to your hoplink. It's quick and cheap and reliable. It won't show in people's browser-bars at all. But check that your nickname is showing reliably on the payment page of whatever you're promoting at Clickbank, otherwise you won't earn commissions on your affiliate sales.

      I don't understand HTML-files at all, it's all Greek to me, so I just do it this way. It effectively costs you $0.99 as a one-off payment for each product for which you're an affiliate, that's all.
      Thanks for your suggestion - may look into it. I would rather use a redirect cause it is easy or a .php redirect file if someone could break it down in layman's terms for me. It's free and I would rather learn as I might decide to do other niche sites in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikestenger
    I recommend doing what alexa is talking about but then setting up your domain with Zone Edit. They allow up to 5 free domains and it's very easy to setup cloaking from there. If you'd rather get a .com instead of .info, I use instant domain search which, when you click through to GoDaddy, they add in a discount code so you save a couple bucks ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Murdaugh
    or a .php redirect file if someone could break it down in layman's terms for me.
    Here ya go... Put this code on a blank file and name it whatever.php.

    Code:
    <?php
    header( 'Location: http://www.yourlink.com' ) ;
    ?>
    No html or anything above or below the code, just upload it to your site, and point people to the file... mysite.com/whateveryouwanttonameit.php.

    Hope that helps!

    -Scott
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    • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
      Originally Posted by scottspfd82 View Post

      Here ya go... Put this code on a blank file and name it whatever.php.

      Code:
      <?php
      header( 'Location: http://www.yourlink.com' ) ;
      ?>
      No html or anything above or below the code, just upload it to your site, and point people to the file... mysite.com/whateveryouwanttonameit.php.

      Hope that helps!

      -Scott
      When you say link do you mean this is where I put my hoplink? Do I do one .php file for every redirect? Am going to give this a try now. Thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author Scott Murdaugh
        Originally Posted by Crubalo View Post

        When you say link do you mean this is where I put my hoplink? Do I do one .php file for every redirect? Am going to give this a try now. Thanks
        The answer to both questions is yes...

        And you can save it as .php in notepad, just change the file type from .txt to "All Files" and then save as .php.

        -Scott
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        • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
          Originally Posted by scottspfd82 View Post

          The answer to both questions is yes...

          And you can save it as .php in notepad, just change the file type from .txt to "All Files" and then save as .php.

          -Scott
          did it and got an error message

          Warning: Header may not contain more than a single header, new line detected. in /home/homesuc1/public_html/sitename.net/productname.php on line 3
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    • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
      Originally Posted by scottspfd82 View Post

      Here ya go... Put this code on a blank file and name it whatever.php.

      Code:
      <?php
      header( 'Location: http://www.yourlink.com' ) ;
      ?>
      No html or anything above or below the code, just upload it to your site, and point people to the file... mysite.com/whateveryouwanttonameit.php.

      Hope that helps!

      -Scott
      Which program should I create the blank file in that will let me save it as a .php file? Tried notepad but will only let me save as .txt
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  • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
    Fixed it I think it had a / after the link, cut it out and seemed to work fine. Thanks so much for your help. Fingers crossed I have it sussed now.
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    • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
      Have used the php redirect code so kindly given by Scott. Just one more question. When I used the redirect using the .html file the browser briefly displayed my hoplink at the bottom left hand side, now with the .php redirect it is saying google-analytics is this normal? Tried to see and count my hops on clickbank but it doesn't update in real time. How do I see if the the .php file is going via my affiliate link?
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      • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
        Hello,
        I use a similiar php redirect(basically the same)

        <?php
        header("HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently");
        header("Location: http://clickbankid.vendor.hop.clickbank.net");
        exit();
        ?>

        To check your affiliate link go to the address for your php redirect and then on the sales page hit order and see if your affiliate id is at the bottom of the clickbank order form.

        Mike
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        • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
          Originally Posted by mikeyman120 View Post

          Hello,
          I use a similiar php redirect(basically the same)

          <?php
          header("HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently");
          header("Location: http://clickbankid.vendor.hop.clickbank.net");
          exit();
          ?>

          To check your affiliate link go to the address for your php redirect and then on the sales page hit order and see if your affiliate id is at the bottom of the clickbank order form.

          Mike
          Excellent! It all seems to be in working order. Let's hope those commissions start flying in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
    The first php redirect I did using Scott's php code worked great. I did the same exact code for the others and it is doing the same thing the html files did. Displaying my hoplink in the browser and not the sales page. I don't know what is going wrong. I did it exactly the same as the first one I did :confused:

    instead of saying www.trainyourdog.com it says www.trainyourdog.com/?hop=crubalo.
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  • Profile picture of the author masonpan
    I have only been a member of this site for a couple of days and the amount of information I'm getting is great. Thanks to all of you for this one it has been a real help.
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  • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
    Has anyone else had this problem? It is only working correctly for one product on my page. I don't understand why it is working for that product and all the others don't want to cooperate. It is extremely frustrating. Is it maybe just a problem with clickbank?
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  • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
    "Once you are on the merchant site, most of them will display a question mark in the address bar followed by your affiliate id. Some websites will use a script to hide the affiliate id which is a good thing for any affiliate marketer, so if this is the case what you will need to do is go to the purchase page and scroll down to the very bottom." -got this from a website
    I guess the answer to my question is there is nothing I can do about it once the customer goes to the sales page from my php redirect. Seems like there is a script code on their end to hide the question mark and my afflilate ID.

    Just thought I would share the answer just in case someone came along with the same problem.

    Thank you all, you have been a tremendous help
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