Simple question on redirects?

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Is there like one particular 'preferred' script or system that
everyone uses to do the typical 'mysite.com/recommends/product
link redirects that you see in everyones emails?

I have a feature rich redirect script that supposedly
makes SE friendly 301 redirects, but of course all of the
links end in php. Doesn't look too hot in emails.

I know this can be done 'manually', but this is for
a site where I have to do dozens of these per day.
#question #redirects #simple
  • Profile picture of the author CurtisN
    I use affiliate link mask. All you need to do is type in your affiliate link and page title, then it creates an html file which you upload into your "recommends" directory. I'm not sure what the site is for it, but you can just do a google search of "affiliate link mask" with the quotes to find it.
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  • Profile picture of the author webpromotions
    Thanks for the quick response.
    Did a google search for that, but the results I found all seem to be geared towards writing some javascript, php pages, or modifying the .htaccess, etc...

    To clarify, I'm not trying to mask these links in an iframe or something - when the user clicks on the link, I don't want it to keep my site name in the url.

    Every email I get from any marketer seems to use this method:
    domain.com/recommends/thisproduct
    domain.com/loves/newguruproduct

    Just figured there was some popular software out there to automate this? Is this the kind of thing that something like Filsaime's PowerLinkGenerator does?

    The script I currently have works great, but it produces results like this:
    domain.com/recommends/guruproduct.php
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    • Profile picture of the author JonnyAndrews
      <!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>

      That's the exact code I use.

      Just put your link in the spot with that URL... save it as somethingsometing.html and toss it on your server.

      Easy as that!

      Or... if you want to trim off the "html" save that same page as index.html into a folder called SomethingToSell (or whatever)

      Then you toss the folder up and the entire link looks much cleaner.

      www.yoursite.com/whatever/

      Like that.
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    • Profile picture of the author CurtisN
      Originally Posted by Doug English View Post

      Thanks for the quick response.
      Did a google search for that, but the results I found all seem to be geared towards writing some javascript, php pages, or modifying the .htaccess, etc...
      "affiliate link mask" - Google Search

      This is the search result page for "affiliate link mask" with quotes. First link is a download page.
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  • Profile picture of the author webpromotions
    Sorry for my ignorance, but wouldn't that result in a link like:
    domain.com/recommends/somethingsomething.html - as opposed to:
    domain.com/recommends/somethingsomething ?
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    • Profile picture of the author JonnyAndrews
      Originally Posted by Doug English View Post

      Sorry for my ignorance, but wouldn't that result in a link like:
      domain.com/recommends/somethingsomething.html - as opposed to:
      domain.com/recommends/somethingsomething ?
      Not when you name the redirect "index.html" and place it in a folder.

      That clips off the .html part or the .php part if you like to use php
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    • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
      Originally Posted by Doug English View Post

      Sorry for my ignorance, but wouldn't that result in a link like:
      domain.com/recommends/somethingsomething.html - as opposed to:
      domain.com/recommends/somethingsomething ?
      Just create a new directory, domain.com/recommends/somethingsomething

      and save the redirect: as index.html instead of somethingsomething.html and upload the index to your somethingsomething folder.

      Make sense?

      - Jared
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  • Profile picture of the author webpromotions
    Jonny/Jared - thanks, thats the exact result I was looking for - but I just assumed someone had created a software package that does this automatically...in some sort of point and click fashion, rather than having to manually create and upload files.

    Curtis - I checked the video of that product, looks great, but its no different than what I already have, other than mine results in .php pages and this one results in .html pages.

    I was just looking to do the typical domain.com/recommends/product (notice that products does not have a file extension).

    Thanks for all of the responses so far - its obvious why this forum is such a popular place.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve MacLellan
      Originally Posted by Doug English View Post

      I was just looking to do the typical domain.com/recommends/product (notice that products does not have a file extension).
      Do a search on Google for .htaccess redirect

      If you know what .htaccess is ( providing you're on a hosting account running Linux and Apache)... download your .htaccess file in ASCII format and add your redirect like this:

      Redirect: /recommends/product/index.html somewhereelse.com

      Then upload it...

      Regards,
      Steve MacLellan
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  • Profile picture of the author webpromotions
    But wouldn't this require a seperate folder for each redirect?
    This wouldn't be the same as the typical emails I get everyday,
    where the folder is always the same (recommends, likes, loves, etc)
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    • Profile picture of the author Ken Shorey
      Originally Posted by Doug English View Post

      But wouldn't this require a seperate folder for each redirect?
      This wouldn't be the same as the typical emails I get everyday,
      where the folder is always the same (recommends, likes, loves, etc)
      Doug,

      It does require a seperate folder for each redirect.

      Just put the new folders in a folder called recommends to have it show up as /recommends/productname
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      • Profile picture of the author hometutor
        Here's a frame and redirect maker I wrote. I could never memorize that !@#$ refresh code so I wrote this for myself

        Not sure about the rules on personal links but since it's free I'll take the chance and post it

        Ricks FREE Web Page Frame and Redirect Maker WITH Resale Rights

        A frame is used to post information from one web page to another. A redirect will actually send your visitor to the destination page. Both frames and redirects are used in standard website design and affiliate marketing. This simple free program by NewbieServices.com will help you make frames and redirects....

        Ricks FREE Web Page Frame and Redirect Maker WITH Resale Rights

        Rick
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        • Profile picture of the author Gallery Sites
          I stumbled upon a frame & redirect recently myself, so I'll check our yours to see if it's the same.
          Plus, your domain name stays in the web address bar, correct?

          I'd love to know if you use this method on your own domain, do you get the traffic & SEO
          instead of passing it onto the affiliate?
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  • Profile picture of the author kentaiwan98
    I'm using redirection plugin on Wordpress. It works very well, and seamlessly. You get links as you need and you some simple stats, too.

    Kenneth
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