Affiliate Link Cloaker Software ?

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Hi,

Can anybody help me. I'm rather new to all this and am currently doing a bit of research on IM.

From what I've seen out there if you sign up to any affiliate program you get a rather ugly affiliate link.

I believe their is software out there that hides or 'cloaks' the link to something else.

Can anybody tell me when I eventually get the courage what should I be using and why. Obviously to start off with I would prefer something free but would be happy to spend $ if this makes all the difference.

Thanks in advance,

Fraser
:-)
#affiliate #cloaker #link #software
  • Profile picture of the author Zubair Zm
    Fraser
    You may want to check WSO at http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...pies-sold.html
    regards
    Zm
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    I wont promote my own product ...but be careful with URL shortener services, not always reliable. There are some free, simple cloakers around if you do some googling.
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  • Profile picture of the author KatyaSenina
    Use prettylink....please don't use bit.ly and all these other weird looking cloakers.

    Prettylink is free and looks reliable
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  • Profile picture of the author be strong
    Originally Posted by Fraserb View Post

    Hi,

    Can anybody help me. I'm rather new to all this and am currently doing a bit of research on IM.

    From what I've seen out there if you sign up to any affiliate program you get a rather ugly affiliate link.

    I believe their is software out there that hides or 'cloaks' the link to something else.

    Can anybody tell me when I eventually get the courage what should I be using and why. Obviously to start off with I would prefer something free but would be happy to spend $ if this makes all the difference.

    Thanks in advance,

    Fraser
    :-)
    prosper202 is free with training videos and a support forums

    you can't beat free with superior video training and a forum filled with marketers

    in fact, prosper202 is built by marketers who have programming skills

    give it a try
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  • Profile picture of the author steveniam
    You can use a simple PHP script to redirect a user from the page they entered to a different web page.

    <?php
    header("Location: http://www.myaffiliatelink.com");
    ?>


    Replace the above url with your affiliate link. Create a folder and name it "recommend" (for example) and save the above as "index.php" into the "recommend' folder. Upload the whole folder to your server.

    Now when someone click on your http://www.mywebsite.com/recommend it will redirect to your affiliate link at http://w w w.myaffiliatelink.com
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    • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
      Originally Posted by steveniam View Post

      You can use a simple PHP script to redirect a user from the page they entered to a different web page.

      <?php
      header("Location: http://www.myaffiliatelink.com");
      ?>


      Replace the above url with your affiliate link. Create a folder and name it "recommend" (for example) and save the above as "index.php" into the "recommend' folder. Upload the whole folder to your server.

      Now when someone click on your http://www.mywebsite.com/recommend it will redirect to your affiliate link at http://w w w.myaffiliatelink.com
      thats the way I do it works every time!

      Danny
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      • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
        That works wonderful if you feel geeky, familiar with PHP and want to manually insert affiliate redirects into every page and article on your site.

        For lots of webmasters this is not an option.

        Gleb
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        • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
          Originally Posted by MemberWing View Post

          That works wonderful if you feel geeky, familiar with PHP and want to manually insert affiliate redirects into every page and article on your site.

          For lots of webmasters this is not an option.

          Gleb
          how is it a problem its no different from placing the link!

          You just make a folder called recommends then it that folder put another folder called diet or what ever then open note pad bang the above code in call it index.php and thats it all you do is link to www.yourdomain.com/reccomends/diet/

          and thats it! its not rocket science just simple ftp

          I understand for some it will take a bit of think but still its very easy

          Danny
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      • Profile picture of the author um1001
        Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

        thats the way I do it works every time!

        Danny

        This way works but if I may suggest Pretty Link (if you're using Wordpress) - it will give you some nice stats and let you figure out who's clicking what. Plus, it's dead simple to setup and you can use different "types" of cloaking.

        My 2 cents
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  • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
    If you're using Wordpress try AFLinker plugin. It allows you to automatically "wrap" keywords and keyphrases within your pages with cloaked (neat looking) affiliate redirects of your choice. AFLinker also could "wrap" your images with cloaked affiliate clickable links.
    Less work, more automation and no ugly affiliate links to confuse visitors, lose commissions or be punished by search engines.

    Gleb
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Ong
    If you're on WordPress and want something lightweight to do the job, you could try the GoCodes redirection plugin.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    My personal view is that you should avoid link cloaking. Be open with your website/blog visitors. Also link cloaking software isn't always reliable so you could be losing clicks and never even realise it.
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    • Profile picture of the author um1001
      Originally Posted by Paid Surveys View Post

      My personal view is that you should avoid link cloaking. Be open with your website/blog visitors. Also link cloaking software isn't always reliable so you could be losing clicks and never even realise it.
      With respect: I disagree totally. I've never had any trouble with link cloaks (and I pay pretty close attention) and you don't have to be "shady" about the process.

      hxxp://yoursite.com/link

      is nicer for everyone than

      hxxp://1637eq0n8rhy2k7faaaa33333aa.hop.clickbank.net/?tid=TOPAD

      (note:NOT real affiliate links )
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      • Profile picture of the author Tor-Sigurd D.R
        You don't need any "link" cloaker, it's a waste time and money because you can do it your self in a snap.

        <html><head>
        <title>Your KEYWORD</title>

        <frameset rows="1, *" border="0">
        <frame noresize="noresize" src="1.html" />
        <?php

        $_SERVER['FULL_URL'] = 'YOUR AFFILIATE LINK HERE';
        if($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'] > ' ')
        { $_SERVER['FULL_URL'] .= '?'.$_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']; }
        print "<frame noresize=\"noresize\" src=\"" . $_SERVER['FULL_URL'] . "\" />";
        ?>
        </frameset>

        <?php
        header('Location: YOUR AFFILIATE LINK HERE');
        ?>

        </html>

        Save this code to productname.php
        Make a folder "go" in your root folder of your domain, and add that .php file there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fraserb
    Thanks for all the info !

    I guess there is a lot out there...all I really want is when I start doing some affiliate marketing the link looks clean rather than the ugly one you see in emails.

    I will look at all the above.

    Thanks once again.

    Fraser
    :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author SageSound
    Take a look at this for some more info:

    Link Cloaking For Smarties

    -David
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  • Profile picture of the author Fraserb
    Thanks for all your help....it certainly seems to be a mindfield but one I hope I can mster thanks to you all.

    Fraser
    :-)
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