Have you seen cloaked URLs in a rebranded PDF ?

by Harvey Segal 22 replies
Are you aware of a PDF rebranding tool where the rebranded
fields can be cloaked ?

For example

1. You run the rebranding tool as an affiliate and are asked
to enter your ClickBank nickname, say 'abcdef'.


2. When you view the rebranded PDF if you hover over a link
you see a ClickBank affiliate link
http: //abcdef.publisher-id.hop.clickbank.net


You don't want abcdef to show so you want the whole link cloaked.


Harvey
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  • Profile picture of the author tj
    Harvey, one way to do it is to create a subdomain on your domain and point the link to it. Another way - for instance you can change the link appearance in Word and convert it from there into a pdf file.

    Also you can "mask" links in Adbobe pdf files with Javascript - however if you are using the Adobe pdf reader you will get a warning if a script is trying to start in the Reader. If you're using a other then Adobe's reader, java script is maybe not supported.

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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
      Originally Posted by tj View Post

      Harvey, one way to do it is to create a subdomain on your domain and point the link to it. Another way - for instance you can change the link appearance in Word and convert it from there into a pdf file.

      Also you can "mask" links in Adbobe pdf files with Javascript - however if you are using the Adobe pdf reader you will get a warning if a script is trying to start in the Reader. If you're using a other then Adobe's reader, java script is maybe not supported.

      Timo
      Timo

      Thanks ... however that is not what I am asking.

      The question is - whether a rebrander tool exists which does
      the cloaking for you for a rebrandable link.

      Harvey
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  • Profile picture of the author gcaine
    I've seen it, but can't tell you which program does it.

    I think it has to do with how the merchant sets up the rebrandable links
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
      Originally Posted by Flourich247 View Post

      from TJ experiences his right hope you follow the instructions he give you..
      ??

      But, as per my response to TJ, that was not the answer

      Harvey
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      • Profile picture of the author Sean Kelly
        It's easy to do with redirect links but the affiliate id is still visible. To work around that you could have your affiliates enter their id and have it scrambled.

        I answered this question from one of my ViralPDF customers on January 2007 (almost 2 year ago now)

        I even created a script (for free) that does this cloaking (without the scrambling).

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        ps: A PDF rebrander is a tool that rebrands PDFs, eg: changes existing PDFs
        A PDF rebrander is not a tool that creates custom pdfs from other formats.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alminc
          I am totally uninformed about 'stealing' CB commissions.

          Can someone explain HOW they can steal commissions
          if they see your CB affiliate id ?

          Besides, affiliate id is always seen in browser after redirection.
          Is even that harmful or not ?
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          • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
            Originally Posted by Alminc View Post

            I am totally uninformed about 'stealing' CB commissions.

            Can someone explain HOW they can steal commissions
            if they see your CB affiliate id ?

            Besides, affiliate id is always seen in browser after redirection.
            Is even that harmful or not ?
            Well this is a bit off-topic and I was just giving a CB link
            as an example but it so happens I have an explanation here

            How To Stop ClickBank Link Theft

            Harvey
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        • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
          Originally Posted by Sean Kelly View Post

          It's easy to do with redirect links but the affiliate id is still visible. To work around that you could have your affiliates enter their id and have it scrambled.

          I answered this question from one of my ViralPDF customers on January 2007 (almost 2 year ago now)

          I even created a script (for free) that does this cloaking (without the scrambling).

          Datagenn Software Forums
          Sean, it would be correct therefore to say that ViralPDF itself does not provide a cloaking feature ?


          Originally Posted by Sean Kelly View Post

          ps: A PDF rebrander is a tool that rebrands PDFs, eg: changes existing PDFs
          A PDF rebrander is not a tool that creates custom pdfs from other formats.
          OK, is there a term for a tool which creates pdfs from other formats
          and allows rebranding ?

          Harvey
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  • Profile picture of the author Glenn Grundberg
    OK, is there a term for a tool which creates pdfs from other formats
    and allows rebranding ?

    Harvey
    Harv- what format are you trying to convert?

    If it's a .doc file or the like, there's no reason to "rebrand". Just load the .doc or .txt, .html, etc. into Acrobat or NitroPDF, etc. and create a .pdf with your intended link- to cloak of course, just do a JS redirect from a page on one of your domains.

    Or am I not clear on what you are asking?

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  • Profile picture of the author ChristianM
    I don't know of one but if it were to work then it would have to either create a cloaked page on the fly - easily possibly, but, it would probably be best to just write a script which will take a variable, unscramble it, and redirect.

    Home Made PHP Encoder & Decoder <-- that should show you how to make something like what I think you want.

    Sorry, I don't actually know any rebranders which do what you want straight out of the box.
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
      Originally Posted by Glenn Grundberg View Post

      Harv- what format are you trying to convert?

      If it's a .doc file or the like, there's no reason to "rebrand". Just load the .doc or .txt, .html, etc. into Acrobat or NitroPDF, etc. and create a .pdf with your intended link- to cloak of course, just do a JS redirect from a page on one of your domains.

      Or am I not clear on what you are asking?
      Glenn,

      I'm not trying to rebrand/change a document of my own.

      I am simply asking the question - does a PDF rebrander
      exist which can cloak a rebranded link

      Harvey
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      • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
        Originally Posted by ChristianM View Post

        I don't know of one but if it were to work then it would have to either create a cloaked page on the fly - easily possibly, but, it would probably be best to just write a script which will take a variable, unscramble it, and redirect.
        But where would you put the page or the script ?

        It would have to be done outside of the PDF rebranding tool.

        So it could not done with the usual tool where you rebrand
        and upload the PDF to your site.

        I can only see it possible with a rebranding script which
        runs on the server and rebrands the PDF on the fly.


        Originally Posted by ChristianM View Post

        Home Made PHP Encoder & Decoder <-- that should show you how to make something like what I think you want.
        Thanks. I currently use the built-in functions base64_encode and decode.

        Harvey
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        • Profile picture of the author timbrock
          Harvey... in response to:

          I'm not trying to rebrand/change a document of my own.

          I am simply asking the question - does a PDF rebrander
          exist which can cloak a rebranded link
          We are writing this very thing into our MVS online rebrander and will have a solution for our hosted members with the next version - coming soon.

          And because all the rebranding is done online, users can edit their cloaked links any time and the ebook will pick it up automatically: makes rebrand and pass-on really simple.

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          • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
            Originally Posted by timbrock View Post

            Harvey... in response to:



            We are writing this very thing into our MVS online rebrander and will have a solution for our hosted members with the next version - coming soon.

            And because all the rebranding is done online, users can edit their cloaked links any time and the ebook will pick it up automatically: makes rebrand and pass-on really simple.

            World Leading Viral Marketing Software, My Viral Spiral.
            Tim is this myviralpdf.com ?

            I went to the site and it said "Hacking attempt" !

            Harvey
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            • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
              Originally Posted by Richard HAN View Post

              Harvey

              This rebrander (Viral Document Toolkit V1.4-Pro) allows you to specify the entire link field as rebrandable. Hence, you are not restricted to only changing the "Aff ID", but the entire url.

              Hope this is what you're asking about.
              Richard

              Most rebranders allow a field to be rebranded (changed).

              The field can be a full affiliate link or just the affiliate
              id part. It's up to the author of the PDF to decide.

              If it's a full affiliate link then the affiliate is able to
              enter a cloaked version of his link but he has to do the
              cloaking himself. What I am after is a feature in the
              rebranding tool itself to do the cloaking

              Harvey
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        • Profile picture of the author Richard HAN
          Harvey

          This rebrander (Viral Document Toolkit V1.4-Pro) allows you to specify the entire link field as rebrandable. Hence, you are not restricted to only changing the "Aff ID", but the entire url.

          Hope this is what you're asking about.



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  • Profile picture of the author timbrock
    Harvey - not myviralpdf.com, no - myviralspiral.com

    Its on limited release right now, but there's more info at the blog:
    Viral Marketing Software
    (Thats myviralspiral.com/blog)

    Hope this helps...
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
      Originally Posted by timbrock View Post

      Harvey - not myviralpdf.com, no - myviralspiral.com

      Its on limited release right now, but there's more info at the blog:
      Viral Marketing Software
      (Thats myviralspiral.com/blog)
      Tim

      Just to clarify: is MVS online rebrander a tool that
      you sell or it just for your own site ?

      Harvey
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  • Profile picture of the author Andres
    Hello Harvey,

    I had that same problem until I contacted the webmasters and asked them to switch my CB link with my cloaked link and they said, "sure".

    It was that easy.

    All I did was email the webmasters and asked can you rebrand the PDF with my cloaked link so it doesn't look like http: //abcdef.publisher-id.hop.clickbank.net

    The only draw back is if you have a lot of rebranded PDF's to cloak - that will pose a problem.
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
      Originally Posted by Andres View Post

      Hello Harvey,

      I had that same problem until I contacted the webmasters and asked them to switch my CB link with my cloaked link and they said, "sure".

      It was that easy.

      All I did was email the webmasters and asked can you rebrand the PDF with my cloaked link so it doesn't look like http: //abcdef.publisher-id.hop.clickbank.net

      The only draw back is if you have a lot of rebranded PDF's to cloak - that will pose a problem.
      That's not really what I am after. You can cloak any link and put it in
      a rebrandable field, what I am looking for is a rebranding tool
      which does this for you.

      Harvey
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  • Profile picture of the author mikecowles
    Hi Harvey,

    You can use Affiliate Link Magic- The Most Powerful Cloaking Software On The Planet! to create a cloaked link that will look like www.yourdomain.com/link and it will also allow you to add a pop up with audio/video, etc. on their site and an exit pop up as well.

    Hope that helps!

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