EzineArticles Signature Link: Allowed to link Directly to Affiliate Site?

by XFactor 51 replies
Could use some help on this one - another affiliate marketing question
I have come up with in my research.

I was under the assumption that our signature link in Ezinearticles could not link
directly to an affiliate promotion, but rather our own site first, which then links to
the affiliate product.

Now check out this signature. What is happening here and what tools enable the
link to be one URL, but actually shoot directly to an affiliate offer?

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  • Profile picture of the author Dean Shainin
    It's probably a simple re-direct in the owners admin Cpanel after the article has been approved.

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Taken from EzineArticles' Author TOS:

    You declare that you will not send in any articles with direct affiliate links in them. We reject articles with direct affiliate links. It is ok, however, forward/redirect to an affiliate link from the top-level of a domain name you own.

    So it's ok to redirect from yourdomain.com, but not ok to redirect from yourdomain.com/page.html or yourdomain.com/directory/

    Hope that helps.

    John
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  • If you look at that author, you'll notice that most of his articles point to a top level domain and just redirect. That guy is a machine.

    I've been following his article progression for a while now and he does hundreds of articles per month and they are all either a redirect or he will have the link goto a short little page that basically pre-sales the affiliate offer.

    Oh, to answer your question it has to be the top level domain only... so no domain.com/blah.html can be used to redirect. Occasionally I have had an editor reject my article even though it's the top level domain, but after a few times they told me they marked my account so that editors would know it's in compliance.
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    • Profile picture of the author zuberr
      Originally Posted by YoYoPro View Post

      That guy is a machine.
      That "guy" is more likely to be a girl. Pushpa sounds like an Indian female name to me.

      --------

      Anyways, I also have articles linking directly to the affilate link via a top-level domain. It's the easiest way to make money through articles, and you can even use the cheap .info domains.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mark-Dickenson
        What I do is get at $.99 cent .info domain at go daddy for my top level re-directs...keeps the cost down.

        Nice work on finding someone who is doing well and figuring out what they are doing
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        • Profile picture of the author XFactor
          Originally Posted by Mark-Dickenson View Post

          What I do is get at $.99 cent .info domain at go daddy for my top level re-directs...keeps the cost down.

          Nice work on finding someone who is doing well and figuring out what they are doing
          Yes I am taking a couple of weeks to research many different affiliate methods
          from those that are actually doing it.

          Thanks for replies.

          - John
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        • Profile picture of the author marmo
          Originally Posted by Mark-Dickenson View Post

          What I do is get at $.99 cent .info domain at go daddy for my top level re-directs...keeps the cost down.

          Nice work on finding someone who is doing well and figuring out what they are doing

          I do the same with mine. I just havent done this as much as I should... so many projects and only 18 hours in my work day.
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      • Originally Posted by zuberr View Post

        That "guy" is more likely to be a girl. Pushpa sounds like an Indian female name to me.

        --------

        Anyways, I also have articles linking directly to the affilate link via a top-level domain. It's the easiest way to make money through articles, and you can even use the cheap .info domains.
        Ehh.. it could be either... whoever they are they are a machine. :rolleyes:
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        • Profile picture of the author Bob Monie
          Yep, just a simple redirect. If you want to try this and are not worried about the domain ranking in the serps, just use a simple javascript redirect. Easiest to use, just copy and paste into the head of your webpage html script...

          Just wondering how you guys go using subdomains? Do they get accepted when you redirect from them?

          eg.

          www.yourniche.yourdomain.com

          They dont mention anything about redirecting subdomains in Ezinearticles.

          Will save you time and money using sub domains rather than buying cheap .info domains

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          • Profile picture of the author Anthony J Namata
            That's a very old article -- only 291 words -- it's when the minimum word count wasn't 500 words. EzineArticles will accept a proper domain name (your own) that redirects to an affiliate link. I do that all the time. They also accept Squidoo lenses even if in your signature you hyperlink the words Squidoo Lens. I do that also, no problem at all. Can't answer the other question you had, but if you had such an extended hyperlink they wouldn't publish it. You'd be violating their TOS.
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            • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
              Originally Posted by Anthony J Namata View Post

              That's a very old article -- only 291 words -- it's when the minimum word count wasn't 500 words. EzineArticles will accept a proper domain name (your own) that redirects to an affiliate link. I do that all the time. They also accept Squidoo lenses even if in your signature you hyperlink the words Squidoo Lens. I do that also, no problem at all. Can't answer the other question you had, but if you had such an extended hyperlink they wouldn't publish it. You'd be violating their TOS.
              Direct from EzineArticles.com Editorial Guidelines...

              e. ARTICLE BODY:

              1. Must be a minimum of 250 words and no more than 5,000 words. For us, an ideal article size is 400-750 words.
              Thought you might like to know.

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          • Profile picture of the author theimdude
            Originally Posted by Bob Monie View Post

            Just wondering how you guys go using subdomains? Do they get accepted when you redirect from them?

            eg.

            www.yourniche.yourdomain.com

            They dont mention anything about redirecting subdomains in Ezinearticles.

            Will save you time and money using sub domains rather than buying cheap .info domains

            Bob
            I submitted one time 8 article to a subdomain and set it to redirect with a affiliate link. All 8 articles was rejected because of the redirect.

            I then build a site which I was going to do in anycase and emailed ezine. They came back to me with an apology saying the article should have been accepted in the first place and they went live same time.

            After reading the TOS a subdomain is not a tld but clear it with them first.
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          • Profile picture of the author sylviad
            Originally Posted by Bob Monie View Post

            Yep, just a simple redirect. If you want to try this and are not worried about the domain ranking in the serps, just use a simple javascript redirect. Easiest to use, just copy and paste into the head of your webpage html script...

            Just wondering how you guys go using subdomains? Do they get accepted when you redirect from them?

            eg.

            www.yourniche.yourdomain.com

            They dont mention anything about redirecting subdomains in Ezinearticles.

            Will save you time and money using sub domains rather than buying cheap .info domains

            Bob
            Just because it's a sub-domain doesn't mean it has to appear that way you show. I have many sub-domains coming through one main domain and each can be entered as www.yourniche.com. It doesn't have to appear yourniche.yourdomain.com.

            The landing page can be a presell, or another article and it can link from there to the affiliate sales page. So yes, you can have an affiliate link on the landing page. You just cannot put an affiliate link in EA directly.

            Still not sure why they accept a redirect as an alternative, since it's basically the same effect as a direct link.

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            • Profile picture of the author ahefner33
              Can any of you that have direct linked (top domain redirect) to a offer that was targeted to US traffic only see if Ezine has stripped your hyper link in the resource and placed a text link instead? Again, this is just for offer you have direct linked that lead to a smileys page or the like if you are outside the US or the offer restricted area. Thanks.

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
    You can learn so much from reading the TOS.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike McBride
      Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood View Post

      You can learn so much from reading the TOS.
      True, but if they can't even read the thread they're responding to, how do you expect them to read a site's TOS?
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  • Profile picture of the author eikat2
    I've seen this author too. I always figured this was someone using a pen name.
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  • Profile picture of the author cloudchaser22
    Yeah I wrote in about this author. I was thinking the same thing too. But they said that it was a redirect which is perfectly fine. The thing is redirecting straight to an affiliate link might not be the best idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author websitemoneynow
    yeah it is likely a basic redirect link, I have used them a couple times with enzines and havent had my articles flagged
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    • Profile picture of the author eikat2
      I have have put re-directs in my articles and even checked with someone at EZA to make sure it was okay. They told me it was no problem.
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      • Profile picture of the author Cashman
        I don't get it. It seems that if they don't allow direct linking they would not allow redirects. Are they just doing this to make it just a little more difficult so it limits the amount of direct links to affiliate offers?
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    So something like this

    http://www.hotbodyfast.com

    IS allowed.....

    but this....

    http://www.acaiberrydietsite.com/los...loss-4-idiots/

    Would not be because it is not top level?

    The first seems so much more spammy.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cashman
      Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

      So something like this

      http://www.hotbodyfast.com

      IS allowed.....

      but this....

      http://www.acaiberrydietsite.com/los...loss-4-idiots/

      Would not be because it is not top level?

      The first seems so much more spammy.
      Actually Both of these would be acceptable. Your first example you are redirecting to the affiliate offer and the second example is sent to a landing page or blog so no problem either way. The problem is if you put your affiliate link in the anchor text of your ezine article and send them directly to the affiliate offer. You can send them to a webpage that is not top level but you cannot redirect from anything other than a top level domain name.
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      • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
        But if ezines says this

        "not ok to redirect from yourdomain.com/page.html"

        isn't that what this

        http://www.acaiberrydietsite.com/los...loss-4-idiots/

        is? Or is it ok because it does not have a direct affiliate link?

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        • Profile picture of the author Cashman
          My understanding is if you are redirecting to an affiliate page from a directory on your domain it is not allowed but if you are redirecting to a page that is not an affiliate offer it would be ok. That is a good question. They may just have a hard rule of no redirects from anything lower than top level.
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        • Profile picture of the author FSchmieder
          Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

          But if ezines says this

          "not ok to redirect from yourdomain.com/page.html"

          isn't that what this

          http://www.acaiberrydietsite.com/los...loss-4-idiots/

          is? Or is it ok because it does not have a direct affiliate link?

          Thanks!
          redirect means that yourpage.com automatically forwards, or redirects you, to another page. That site you have there is simply a landing page for fat loss 4 idiots which a person has to click to get to the affiliate site. As long as the page doesn't automatically forward you, you can link it to whatever you want: squidoo, blogger, your own website, etc
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          • Profile picture of the author John Williamson
            I own a lot of top-level domains that I haven't done anything with. This may sound stupid but could someone show me how to set up one of these redirects? Do you do it through the DNS controls with your domain registrar? Thanks in advance.
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            • Profile picture of the author TimG
              Originally Posted by jtwillia1 View Post

              I own a lot of top-level domains that I haven't done anything with. This may sound stupid but could someone show me how to set up one of these redirects? Do you do it through the DNS controls with your domain registrar? Thanks in advance.
              You should be able to log in to your account where you registered the domain and create a redirect there. You can also ceate a php file to allow for the redirect although this is slightly more complex.

              I think a majority of folks create the redirect with their domain name provider.

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  • Profile picture of the author skills1
    Thank you everyone who I can see are clearly here to help one another. I am new to this internet marketing lark and have been spending alot of time on article marketing without any success at all. Not one sale! Do not want to give up though, need to prove to myself I can do it.
    Could someone do me a massive favour please and explain how to set up a redirect please. I have several domains that I do not use and would like to try the redirecting skills to see if I can get any success that way. I have a hosting account.
    Thank you very much.
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  • Profile picture of the author rajuthan
    Nope just avoid ezine make a blog in the niche post the articles on the blog and you will get more traffic then ezine and get ranked better.

    Try it
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Permanent redirect with PHP:
    PHP Code:
    <?php
    header
    ("HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently");
    header("Location: http://www.newexample.com/whatever");
    exit();
    ?>
    Non-permanent:
    PHP Code:
    <?php
    header
    ("Location: http://www.newexample.com/whatever");
    ?>
    Put the code above in an index.php file and upload it to the root directory (public_html if cPanel) of your domain. Of course, replace the URL with your target address
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  • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
    So, one could use a generic domain name, and use that one domain name on all different types of offers if you create landing pages for different affiliate/CPA offers with simple presell landing pages...like this...

    genericname.com/acnelandingpage.htm
    genericname.com/makemoneylandingpage.htm
    genericname.com/petslandingpage.htm

    Correct?
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    • Profile picture of the author FSchmieder
      Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

      So, one could use a generic domain name, and use that one domain name on all different types of offers if you create landing pages for different affiliate/CPA offers with simple presell landing pages...like this...

      genericname.com/acnelandingpage.htm
      genericname.com/makemoneylandingpage.htm
      genericname.com/petslandingpage.htm

      Correct?
      absolutely
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      • Profile picture of the author juancito
        I like the idea of linking ezine articles to a simple landing page. That makes it easy to keep the costs down on purchasing domains, since you could create many sub-pages on your site, put up a landing page on them (how about also getting them on your email list while you're at it), and then direct them to the affiliate offer from there. Brilliant!
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        • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
          Originally Posted by juancito View Post

          I like the idea of linking ezine articles to a simple landing page. That makes it easy to keep the costs down on purchasing domains, since you could create many sub-pages on your site, put up a landing page on them (how about also getting them on your email list while you're at it), and then direct them to the affiliate offer from there. Brilliant!
          PLUS...you can always change up the landing page with new offers or anything you want down the road. If one direct links to an offer, they may expire.
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  • Profile picture of the author rammbhat
    You can only link it to a TOP level domain, it doesn't matter where this points to..
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    • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
      Originally Posted by rammbhat View Post

      You can only link it to a TOP level domain, it doesn't matter where this points to..
      Check out Tips to get your article accepted by ezinearticles

      That makes no sense to me because if I own the top domain, and also the landing page it is linking to (not a URL redirect) for example, mydomain.com/mylander.html, I don't see the harm in that. Strange.
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      • Profile picture of the author azombay
        Get yourself a TLD.
        Create your index.php file with a php redirect containing your affiliate code.
        Ezine Articles will happily accept articles of a few as 250 words.
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      • Profile picture of the author rammbhat
        Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

        That makes no sense to me because if I own the top domain, and also the landing page it is linking to (not a URL redirect) for example, mydomain.com/mylander.html, I don't see the harm in that. Strange.
        yup..wish I cud make the rules
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  • I think, but it needs to be confirmed but short 250 worders don't
    get to hit the featured sections.

    Don't quote me but I seem to remember something about only articles
    over 400 words are given that honor.
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  • Profile picture of the author shaggard
    I publish on Ezine all the time for both my business and for my job. Ezine does allow you to link to landing pages. for example: myurl.com/landing page

    Ezine does not allow affiliate page landings. It may get passed initially, but eventually it will get busted. I have personally known someone who had 30 articles pulled after 6 months because they went to "her" site of an affiliate company. She did not own the URL but she paid the affiliate company for the site. Ex: affiliatecompany.com/herpage
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Francis
    Yeah , it's definitely allowed but you'll have to redirect from your domain simple as that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      Taken from EzineArticles' Author TOS:

      You declare that you will not send in any articles with direct affiliate links in them. We reject articles with direct affiliate links. It is ok, however, forward/redirect to an affiliate link from the top-level of a domain name you own.

      So it's ok to redirect from yourdomain.com, but not ok to redirect from yourdomain.com/page.html or yourdomain.com/directory/

      Hope that helps.

      John
      Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

      So, one could use a generic domain name, and use that one domain name on all different types of offers if you create landing pages for different affiliate/CPA offers with simple presell landing pages...like this...

      genericname.com/acnelandingpage.htm
      genericname.com/makemoneylandingpage.htm
      genericname.com/petslandingpage.htm

      Correct?
      Incorrect, as per Zeus' simple explanation in the 5th reply to this thread.

      Maybe another way to put it is that it can be a TLD only, with nothing after the .com... no page, no directory, no ID.

      And I believe they do it for the very reason mentioned by Dayne. What would the difference be? You OWN the domain, but it could still look like an affiliate link to the untrained eye.

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      • Profile picture of the author FSchmieder
        Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

        Incorrect, as per Zeus' simple explanation in the 5th reply to this thread.

        Maybe another way to put it is that it can be a TLD only, with nothing after the .com... no page, no directory, no ID.

        And I believe they do it for the very reason mentioned by Dayne. What would the difference be? You OWN the domain, but it could still look like an affiliate link to the untrained eye.

        All the best,
        Michael
        Um, if you want to redirect straight to an offer, then yes, you can only do so from the top level domain: yoursite.com

        However if you link to a landing page, it can be where ever you want: yourdomain.com/landingpagepleasebuymyproductnow

        The only problem is that the redirect has to be a top level domain. Landing pages, however, are just fine and his example is perfectly ok
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  • Profile picture of the author petevamp
    I have actually done this another way for one of my affiliate programs. The redirect way works although I created a folder and called it something like the nameoftheproduct.php and then set up my own redirect with in the file itself. They also let that go atleast for one of my links.
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