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Ok so I'm trying to figure out the difference between the link that clickbank provides you when you hit the promote button, and the ones that affiliates usually provide you, where all you do is insert your clickbank ID. Do you still get credit when someone clicks on the affiliate link with the inserted clickbank ID? I don't know why, but I've always been leery of this.
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  • Profile picture of the author LooseChange
    No question is a dum question. In fact yours is very valid.

    I'd personally recommend using the actual link that Clickbank provides.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mr Kevin
      Originally Posted by LooseChange View Post

      No question is a dum question. In fact yours is very valid.

      I'd personally recommend using the actual link that Clickbank provides.
      It is definitely not a dumb question..good reply, loose change..
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    • Originally Posted by LooseChange View Post

      No question is a dum question. In fact yours is very valid.

      I'd personally recommend using the actual link that Clickbank provides.
      Agree with both points. I was also about to give you the 'no question is a dumb question' speech
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  • Profile picture of the author webapex
    The link that Clickbank provides is supposed to provide a degree of commission theft protection, it's an encrypted version of your ID, often when a visitor reaches the sales page it will show your regular ID in the url.

    Looks like in order to use internal page links some products provide, you have to include your unencrypted ID.
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  • Profile picture of the author simplewealthmaker
    That is a great question. I agree with webapex about using the link clickbank gives you. However, if you can only find the link that the affiliate provides you with, you can always us a short url to mask it so it will still be somewhat hack proof.
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  • Profile picture of the author bdyer61
    Not a dumb question at all. I have that same question myself. I'm sure that we'll both have many, many more before too long. Perhaps soon, we can be qualified to answer some of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian E Adams
    I wish there was some way or utility for CB product owners to generate the encrypted link directly for you. All they can do is offer the older method of inserting your own CB affiliate name. Typically this is given out on their affiliate info page. It's easy for them, however less security for you.

    One of the issues of using the old method is that the prospective product buyer can simply swap their CB name with yours and steal your commission.
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    • Profile picture of the author adamj2
      Originally Posted by beadams View Post

      One of the issues of using the old method is that the prospective product buyer can simply swap their CB name with yours and steal your commission.
      Surely that would only be a problem in the IM niche where people buy a product via their own affiliate link?

      But if they are IM savy and wanted to get some sort of percentage off then they would just buy from their own affiliate link either way.

      And will still do so now even with the encrypted link as they will just create their own affiliate link and click that!

      As obviously a non IM savy person buying a dog training product is not going to be stealing any commissions!
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