I've been on the Amazon Associates programme for awhile now, and my income have been steadily increasing for the past couple of months. Just, i wanted to check and delete all the spam comments on my sites.
So i went to a random Amazon affiliate site of mine, and tried to click on my affiliate link to see if they were working.
To my horror (really, horror), the links were all changed to
(note: this it NOT my affiliate link, this is the link the 'thief' changed all my outgoing links to.)
I then went back to my posts and checked my links, and they were all proper affiliate links tagged with my amazon tracking IDs. Yet when people go to my sites, the outgoing links were changed to that.
This is apparent someone messed around with my affiliate links right? My question is if some tech-savy warriors could tell me
1) how the **** did he do it
2) what can i do to change them back
3) and how can i prevent this from happening again.
I've heard of commission theft, but didn't figure it could be done this easily.
EDIT: So PeteWill is the creator of Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer Plugin. So if you don't key in your affiliate IDs for all of the countries, his own ID goes on your site. I didn't know that. Now i do, courtesy of Mattward.