Link Cloaking

by melvinm 59 replies
Hi all,

What link cloaking techniques do you guys use? I saw couple of link cloakers which require your FTP password to be revealed, dont know if I want to do that. Can someone help me with step by step link cloaking or point me to the right direction pls?

Thanks heaps
#main internet marketing discussion forum #cloaking #link
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  • Profile picture of the author abelacts
    If you are wary of disclosing your FTP details. try this:

    Affiliate Link Cloaker - How the Affiliate Link Cloaker Works

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Markus Wahlgren
    I am not sure how well it works these days, and supposedly it does not work if you have video on the page, but you can load the affilaite url in an iframe on your page. Known as an invisible pop. Then you can just link to the site's main page instead of teh ugly affilaite url.
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    • Profile picture of the author magentawave
      Originally Posted by Markus Wahlgren View Post

      I am not sure how well it works these days, and supposedly it does not work if you have video on the page, but you can load the affilaite url in an iframe on your page. Known as an invisible pop. Then you can just link to the site's main page instead of teh ugly affilaite url.
      I build my own sites but couldn't figure this out, and I don't even know what an 'iframe' is. :confused: Does this method work with Wordpress sites?

      Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author getsmartt
    get a free account at viralurl.com

    choose a "folder" name once you account is active (make sure it is short)
    login to viralurl
    create a new cloaked link - paste your affiliate link in the box, choose a name for the link (or let it create a set of random numbers)
    click ok
    it will generate a cloaked link that looks like
    Code:
    http://www.viralurl.com/yourfoldername/yourlinkname
    you can paste this anywhere you can paste a link
    you can also login into viralurl anytime and see you stats for that link.

    I put together an ebook you can get here
    http://www.scruffymind.com/products/viralurl.pdf
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    • Profile picture of the author magentawave
      Originally Posted by getsmartt View Post

      get a free account at viralurl.com

      choose a "folder" name once you account is active (make sure it is short)
      login to viralurl
      create a new cloaked link - paste your affiliate link in the box, choose a name for the link (or let it create a set of random numbers)
      click ok
      it will generate a cloaked link that looks like
      Code:
      http://www.viralurl.com/yourfoldername/yourlinkname
      you can paste this anywhere you can paste a link
      you can also login into viralurl anytime and see you stats for that link.

      I put together an ebook you can get here
      http://www.scruffymind.com/products/viralurl.pdf
      Yes I joined but didn't realize that 'viralurl.com' would appear in all my links and I don't want that.

      Thanks.
      Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author magentawave
      Originally Posted by getsmartt View Post

      get a free account at viralurl.com

      choose a "folder" name once you account is active (make sure it is short)
      login to viralurl
      create a new cloaked link - paste your affiliate link in the box, choose a name for the link (or let it create a set of random numbers)
      click ok
      it will generate a cloaked link that looks like
      Code:
      http://www.viralurl.com/yourfoldername/yourlinkname
      you can paste this anywhere you can paste a link
      you can also login into viralurl anytime and see you stats for that link.

      I put together an ebook you can get here
      http://www.scruffymind.com/products/viralurl.pdf
      Thanks but that "free" account at viralurl.com is now sending me TONS of spam even though I quit it two days ago and even deleted my account with them.

      Steve
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      • Profile picture of the author smothersb
        Originally Posted by magentawave View Post

        Thanks but that "free" account at viralurl.com is now sending me TONS of spam even though I quit it two days ago and even deleted my account with them.

        Steve
        I am getting the same thing. Apparently when you get your "free" cloaker the backend OTO is "send 1 email to 3,000 people a day" spam promo. It now I get crap spam emails by the dozen every hour or so despite killing my account.
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    • Profile picture of the author NewbiesDiary
      Originally Posted by getsmartt View Post

      get a free account at viralurl.com

      choose a "folder" name once you account is active (make sure it is short)
      login to viralurl
      create a new cloaked link - paste your affiliate link in the box, choose a name for the link (or let it create a set of random numbers)
      click ok
      it will generate a cloaked link that looks like
      Code:
      http://www.viralurl.com/yourfoldername/yourlinkname
      you can paste this anywhere you can paste a link
      you can also login into viralurl anytime and see you stats for that link.

      I put together an ebook you can get here
      http://www.scruffymind.com/products/viralurl.pdf
      I see a problem with these types of link cloakers -

      I used offto.net when I started affiliate marketing - I setup all my links and spread them far and wide on the net - a couple of months later I clicked on one of my links and an error message came up saying that site had been marked as containing a virus - so did all my links.

      People use these sites to cloak their trojans and viruses and all sorts of nasty stuff - then the whole site gets marked as the same - not good!

      We've just brought out a fantastic software that's really easy to install and use - doesnt use MySQL or Databases etc - just upload using ftp.

      It also rotates up to 20 affiliate links so you can test which affiliate products convert and which ones dont.

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  • I need a cloaker that will work in an iframe and will not show the url of a download location in the status bar or address area. I've tried a few cloakers that didn't hide the link once it was clicked on. Anyone know anything that will work?

    Thanks,
    Barry
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    • Profile picture of the author Greg Cooksley
      Hey guys,

      Do a search for Andy Fletcher - he has a Free Link Cloaker
      tool available.....

      If I find the link I will post it here....

      EDIT: here's the link:
      http://www.freelinkcloaker.com/

      Regards

      Greg
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      • Profile picture of the author magentawave
        Originally Posted by Greg Cooksley View Post

        Hey guys,

        Do a search for Andy Fletcher - he has a Free Link Cloaker
        tool available.....

        If I find the link I will post it here....

        EDIT: here's the link:
        Free Link Cloaker

        Regards

        Greg
        I must be retarded because I've tried a few link cloakers like that one and I can't get it to work with Wordpress. And regardless of which one I've tried, they all seem to assume that I understand what they are talking about in their instructions...or...I'm leaving out a very important step. All I get is a 404 error page every time I've used it. I have a seohosting.com (hostgator) reseller account and the domain I'm trying to set this up with is a subdomain. Does anyone know where I can find DETAILED instructions for 'tards' like me...and it will work with Wordpress?

        Thanks.
        Steve
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        • Profile picture of the author Didi
          Hello Steve,

          I was looking for some post and information about link cloaker myself and I came across a few solutions on Yahoo Answers. Just go to Yahoo Answers and type in "free link cloaker". There will be lots of answers and when you click on the second solution (Free Link Cloaker Installation), click onto the DIY box.

          You will find detailed information about uploading html files onto Hostgator server. I'm not too sure about Wordpress (sorry, can't help you much there) but since you mentioned about having Hostgator, I think this could help you a bit. Most of them use Hostgator server as an example in their tutorials (not sure why) and they do include pictures in their tutorials as well which makes it easy for you to understand.

          I hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Didi
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          • Profile picture of the author mikeyh
            There is a free WP plugin which you can get here:

            ø Link Cloaking Plugin for WordPress | W-Shadow.com ø

            I can't vouch for it in any way as I use a different, more comprehensive (paid) plugin, but it might suit you.
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            • Profile picture of the author magentawave
              Originally Posted by mikeyh View Post

              There is a free WP plugin which you can get here:

              ø Link Cloaking Plugin for WordPress | W-Shadow.com ø

              I can't vouch for it in any way as I use a different, more comprehensive (paid) plugin, but it might suit you.
              Mike,

              Thank you very much for that plugin! I searched everywhere for a Wordpress plugin and the only one out there doesn't work with the latest WP version...and the one YOU recommended does work! Very cool!

              Everyone else: I will check out your information in case this plugin blows up. I think the problem I was having is that I need to create a subdomain like: mydomain.com/recommends in order to make those link cloakers work. I'm still experimenting here.

              Thanks again.
              Steve
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            • Profile picture of the author magentawave
              Originally Posted by mikeyh View Post

              There is a free WP plugin which you can get here:

              ø Link Cloaking Plugin for WordPress | W-Shadow.com ø

              I can't vouch for it in any way as I use a different, more comprehensive (paid) plugin, but it might suit you.
              That plugin worked great for about two days, and then it started sending the click to a 404 error page. Oh well. Back to the drawing board.

              Thanks anyway.
              Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Bogowski
    Hi magentawave... This is the simplest option in my opinion.

    Access your site via ftp and make a folder/directory in there called 'more', 'product-name' or whatever you feel like calling it.

    Inside that directory create a file called 'index.php' with the following code:

    <?php
    header('Location: http://YOURAFFILIATELINK');
    ?>

    From then on you'll be able to go to

    http://www.yoursitename.com/more
    http://www.yoursitename.com/product-name

    Or whatever you called the directory and it will redirect you.

    Its not the cleanest solution but its probably the easiest for you at the moment.

    Hope this helps
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    • Profile picture of the author 4morereferrals
      What else goes into the html of that index.php page? head elements?nada?

      Would this still work if you called a .php page directly, but had that in the header ...? Like

      http://www.yoursitename.com/go/aff-product-name.php

      with

      <?php
      header('Location: http://YOURAFFILIATELINK');
      ?>

      in the header of the page named aff-product-name.php Or is it only good on index.php pages?

      Will give it a go and see - I suspect yes. Im using a free cloaker/encrypter from Jarid ... affiliate niche monster site ? for most of my cloaked aff urls and its great - but I have one site where its not working. I like his because the link stays pretty much cloaked the entire time - even when the user gets to the destination URL - it shows as MY site in their browser nav bar up top.

      Originally Posted by Mike Benkovich View Post

      Hi magentawave... This is the simplest option in my opinion.

      Access your site via ftp and make a folder/directory in there called 'more', 'product-name' or whatever you feel like calling it.

      Inside that directory create a file called 'index.php' with the following code:

      <?php
      header('Location: http://YOURAFFILIATELINK');
      ?>

      From then on you'll be able to go to

      http://www.yoursitename.com/more
      http://www.yoursitename.com/product-name

      Or whatever you called the directory and it will redirect you.

      Its not the cleanest solution but its probably the easiest for you at the moment.

      Hope this helps
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      • Profile picture of the author 4morereferrals
        neither way is working for me at this time

        productnamedir/productname.php

        nor

        /productname folder with index.php with the recommend location syntax code in the page.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Fletcher
    Hi guys,

    Free Link Cloaker is completely free, I haven't even put any advertising on it. It's so free that people complain to me that they *want* me to run a mailing list associated with it telling them about other similar great stuff.

    Go to Free Link Cloaker
    Sign up
    Tell me about a domain or subdomain that you have spare to point to my servers (this is the step that gets everyone, so if you have a problem then support@freelinkcloaker.com and I'll help you get it up and running)
    Add the (sub)domain to Free Link Cloaker and start created cloaked links

    It's really easy once you know how and it won't cost you anything except the domain

    Cheers,

    Andy
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    • Profile picture of the author magentawave
      Originally Posted by Andy Fletcher View Post

      Hi guys,

      Free Link Cloaker is completely free, I haven't even put any advertising on it. It's so free that people complain to me that they *want* me to run a mailing list associated with it telling them about other similar great stuff.

      Go to Free Link Cloaker
      Sign up
      Tell me about a domain or subdomain that you have spare to point to my servers (this is the step that gets everyone, so if you have a problem then support@freelinkcloaker.com and I'll help you get it up and running)
      Add the (sub)domain to Free Link Cloaker and start created cloaked links

      It's really easy once you know how and it won't cost you anything except the domain

      Cheers,

      Andy
      Hey Andy,

      I'm sure Free Link Cloaker is a great product and its totally my fault that I couldn't get it to work. I suspect you are probably spending a ton of time dealing with the same "customer service" questions over and over again. I almost sent you some questions but said "screw it" and moved on to something else. So to save your time and make it a better experience for your users, I suggest you compile all the questions and answers you've gotten and put them on your website. Also, please put specific instructions for how those of us with cpanels and add-on domains (host reseller accounts) should set this up, and how to use it with Wordpress sites too.

      Thanks very much.
      Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author AskJesusLeon
    There is a cloaking function built into my tracking software, I can't remember the name of the software right now off the top of my head.
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    • Profile picture of the author 4morereferrals
      would gocodes plugin work fo the wordpress user who was requesting?


      what about the .htaccess method?
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  • Profile picture of the author clarissa25
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    It's easy to redirect with godaddy.com. They have this place on the domain menu called "forward" . It's te simplest redirect I've ever seen.
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  • Profile picture of the author RichOnlineCEO
    <html>
    <head>
    <metahttp-equiv="refresh"content="0;URL=insert affiliatelinkhere">
    </ head>
    <body>
    If youarenot redirected, <ahref="insert affiliatelinkhere">clickhere.</ a>
    </ body>
    </ html>
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  • Profile picture of the author Max Soto
    I had this on my mind for awhile about Link Cloaking. All the information here is great.
    The only problem I found with Fowarding feature with godaddy which I do use is it puts the Name of the Sub Domain first then the website. which would look like Example.website.com
    If you can do a script that fowards the domain to look like website.com/Example looks more professional IMHO.
    If you just have the domain name and no hosting you can Foward your affiliate link and mask it to look like they never went to another site. But if you have hosting with them it won't work unless you do a subdomain or Setup link cloaking with scripts .
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    • Profile picture of the author michellegreen
      I use Andy's Free Link Cloaker and found that moving the .htaccess file (in accordance with the instructions) caused all sorts of problems, so I left it where it was and it works, although I am unable to create words at the end of my url instead of a number (hard to explain).

      I vaguely remember Andy telling me how to fix it but it was too much effort, and I use hyperlinks anyway, so it really isn't an issue for me. So what I get is something like http://myurl.com/link.php?id=1 and it works fine.

      Once it's installed it is really easy to use and I've received emails from Andy directly in response to my questions, so am happy with the support I received.

      It's also hosted on my own server, so I have no issues with signing up to dodgy stuff either.

      I hope that helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author CPAmethods
    A simple redirect will do most of the time.
    Try tinyurl or dwarfurl.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zubair Zm
    Hi
    There is WSO on link cloaking script at http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...ack-stats.html
    rgds
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  • Profile picture of the author jon99
    You guys should be careful because certain type of cloaking will damage you seo rank.
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    • Profile picture of the author magentawave
      Originally Posted by jon99 View Post

      You guys should be careful because certain type of cloaking will damage you seo rank.
      I wasn't aware of that. Please tell us more.

      Steve
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      • Profile picture of the author jon99
        Originally Posted by magentawave View Post

        I wasn't aware of that. Please tell us more.

        Steve
        I am not really sure too and looking for advice on this.

        You can track any answers here in future
        warriorforum.com/main-internet-marketing-discussion-forum/60201-what-type-affiliate-cloaking-will-result-google-ban.html#post557174

        Waiting for replies now..
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  • Profile picture of the author TimRobinson
    Check out Cloak N Rotate (http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...easy-fast.html)

    Cloaks Links
    Rotates between offers
    and tracks stats

    Doesn't hurt your SEO rank
    Doesn't require mysql / databases
    Doesn't require htaccess modification

    Only one upload required, no uploading for every single link like other solutions.
    All your links are stored in the one easy to use location.

    AND cloaks behind a frame, full stealth.

    Cheers, Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author teleam
    Has any one tried Affiliate Cloner? I hear that is pretty good.

    Tom
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Cunningham
      Here's what i use for clickbank; a simple redirect.

      Open notpad/wordpad:

      paste:

      Code:
      <html><head>
        <meta http-equiv="Refresh" content="0; url=http: //warriorforum.com/">
      </body></html>
      Save as example(.html)

      -> upload to your directory. examplesite com/example(.html)
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  • Profile picture of the author spoiledpups
    I use Power Link Generator from Mike Filsaime, it works.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bad-Boy
    Hey guys,

    Why you all worrying...Just search the Warrior forum and look for Cloak-n-Rotate job done. It's Link Claoking and affiliate/product rotation software all in one and it's at a special Warrior price too ;-)

    Alan B.
    @ Red Rocket Marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author michellegreen
    I use acloaker and it's free.

    Just type in your affiliate link, click on the top button and save the item to a folder on your computer (it defaults to "redirect.html", so you might want to change it to "productname.html" or whatever.

    Upload this file to your root directory.

    Using the example above, the new URL will be www.yourdomain.come/productname.html

    Easy peasy!
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  • Profile picture of the author TheWealthSquad
    I started using Pretty Link last week. Using the free version though considering the paid version. Works with wordpress, easy to create, can block the final site address completely. Can create a toolbar as well.

    For an example of the tool bar Make your First $1000 on the internet

    Takes you to Mark Joyner's recent offer. I have liked it so far. Lets me track hits as well and I can change the address later when something else comes along to take advantage of the backlink I have created.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sylviane
    As mentioned above Viral URL's is a great FREE tool, fast to use and gives you stats as well. I love it. You can read more about it here:
    ViralUrl - Cloaking For FREE And Cashing On Your Commission!
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  • Profile picture of the author bettersocial
    If you use Hostgator, you can set up redirects from the cPanel itself.

    Otherwise, just use the .htaccess file
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  • Profile picture of the author Raphael1
    there are many out there - just check some and go with the 1 that you like... - Cloaking isn't complicated, but you should definately do it
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    • Profile picture of the author warfore
      I use the pro version of Pretty Link. It tracks hits and allows you to set up links to your keyword phrase throughout your blog. Blair Williams is the developer and he provides great support for the plugin. I've been happy with the performance so far.
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      • Profile picture of the author confetti
        I'm new to IM, and I'm trying link cloaking for the first time.

        I've build WP sites selling Halloween costumes. My affiliate links go to BuyCostumes.com (from C.J.).

        I tried the Pretty Link plugin, and really like it. However, I'm concerned that the plugin might be cloaking my links too well - and hiding my affiliate ID (my PID#) from BuyCostumes too.

        If my PID# doesn't show up in the address bar when the customer gets to the BuyCostumes site - then I'm not cookied or credited for the sale. Right?

        If the Pretty Link plugin doesn't work for my purposes, then I need a really newbie-simple link cloaker that works with WordPress. Any advice appreciated.

        Thanks,
        Lisa
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  • Profile picture of the author Courage
    The very best way to cloak links if you're using a wordpress blog is to use the plugin called "pretty link" look it up its excellent
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  • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
    I use Wordpress for all my sites and to accomplish cloaking and redirecting - I had to use multiple plugins. After having number of problems and compensate for missing features I decided to write my own plugin - AFLinker that has long all-in-one features list:
    • Affliate link cloaker
    • Immunity from Search Engines slap / Adwords slap feature. This makes your affiliate links totally "non-existing" for search engines. It is accomplished by utilizing intelligent conditional redirects. No other plugin has these powerful feature to my knowledge.
    • You own private URL shortening service for your domain/site.
    • Ability to wrap relevant keywords of your choice (defined by patterns) in your content with links (or cloaked affiliate links) automatically.
    • Ability to make images clickable automatically - same as above (by matching "alt" and "title" tags for relevant keywords).
    • Extra SEO features - adding custom title tags with your keywords to created links.
    Check my signature - and it's free fully featured download for AFLinker.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Park
    I think the best link cloaking method is a simple
    html redirect.

    [This is just for noobs who don't know how to do this...]

    You can simply create a html page where you
    type in

    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
    <html>
    <head>
    <title>Your Page Title</title>
    <meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="0;url=http://www.the-domain-you-want-to-redirect-to.com"></HEAD>
    <BODY>
    Optional page text here.
    </BODY>
    </HTML>

    and save it as index.html.

    Then create a folder in your server and put this index file
    in that folder.

    So it's going to be like

    http://www.yoursite.com rfoldername

    Then it's going to display your index file in
    yourfoldername folder.

    Simple, eh?
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  • Profile picture of the author Trieu
    I don't bother with any tools. I just create an index.php file in notepad and insert this

    <?php
    header("location:http://placeyouraffiliatelinkhere.com");
    ?>

    upload the file to any directory you want
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