How To Hide Affiliate Link And Also Forward Domain

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Im promoting this sweet offer I found on CB.

So I went out and purchased a domain to razzle dazzle my audience with and then forwarded it to my affiliate hop link.

... But, I hate it when my ugly affiliate "hop=****" part shows up.


Is there a way to hide this?
#affiliate #domain #forward #hide #link
  • Profile picture of the author goindeep
    No one got nothin for me? I make a sweet lamb roast and if your ever in town ill shout you a roast and a beer! =)
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  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
    Install the Pretty Link Lite plugin into your WordPress installation. (It's free.) Then just create a Pretty Link. Your affiliate link will go from some horrible monstrosity to yoursite.com/PrettyLink (and you choose what "PrettyLink" actually says).

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  • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
    Hi,

    I wrote my own little redirection script, it's quite simple but works just fine. I'm on my way out right now don't have time to post it but I'll probably put it up into one of my websites later today. You can see it in action on most of my external links at freeway2wealth.com

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  • Profile picture of the author Fredrik Aurdal
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      I use a redirected .info domain-name, myself (I like this method, because it keeps you in control).

      Prettylink is good, too.

      The important thing is to avoid using a third-party url-shortening/forwarding service which you can never own or control yourself. These are absolutely dreadful, and large numbers of people aren't even willing to click on them. One has to think about what's going to happen to one's affiliate links when tinyurl or bitly disappears and/or the links don't work for some other reason? Famously, it's has happened to tinyurl before, of course, and you can read about bit.ly here: The .ly domain space to be considered unsafe | :Ben Metcalfe Blog
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    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      I think yours is what i'm after.

      Im not promoting this offer via any website or even online

      I'll look into it and let you know how I go.
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  • Profile picture of the author Butazi
    I've been testing iframes, but I haven't done anything with prettylink. Is there any real difference in effectiveness between the two?
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  • Profile picture of the author TheProgrammer
    Originally Posted by Andrei Rotariu View Post

    Im promoting this sweet offer I found on CB.

    So I went out and purchased a domain to razzle dazzle my audience with and then forwarded it to my affiliate hop link.

    ... But, I hate it when my ugly affiliate "hop=****" part shows up.


    Is there a way to hide this?
    I think OP was talking about this to hide, You guys misunderstood.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by TheProgrammer View Post

      You guys misunderstood.

      Really? I thought we all understood that and answered accordingly. I hide that by using a redirected .info domain-name, which is what shows in my potential customers' browsers.
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    • Profile picture of the author zudierh
      Originally Posted by TheProgrammer View Post

      I think OP was talking about this to hide, You guys misunderstood.
      When i am as affiliate, this ?hop=xx still appear although i am using php redirect. But it depend on certain vendor. Some vendor when i am registered, that hop not appearing.

      When i try to put some code in a website (i am as a vendor), this hop not appearing anymore.

      Then, i think it depend to that vendor whether to put his code or not.

      Source of code:

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post2677947
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by zudierh View Post

        When i am as affiliate, this ?hop=xx still appear although i am using php redirect.
        Yes, it can. That isn't as reliable, but if you use a domain-name redirected with masking, that doesn't happen.

        Apologies for the repetition, guys, but in some conversations all you can do is give the same factual information again, in the knowledge that those who want to hear it will listen, while others will sometimes tell you that you've "all misunderstood", instead - it's all part of forum life's rich tapestry.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
      Originally Posted by TheProgrammer View Post

      I think OP was talking about this to hide, You guys misunderstood.
      I understood it completely. Go back and read my response again.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
    My intention is not to hijack the thread, but...

    a)If a url that ends with "?hop=affiliate_id" shows up in the potential costumer's browser, is that a turnoff?

    b)I edited the .htaccess file on my WP website, enabling a redirection which is something like this: mywebsite.com/mypromotedoffer, which is what they see if they hover over the anchored link. However, when thy click on it and the vendor's page loads up, the "?hop=affiliate_id" still shows up in their browser.

    I understand Alexa that you use .info domains for redirection, but don't you encounter the same problem?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by larry1113 View Post

      (something you can't do if you just domain forward it)
      This is incorrect, Larry. There are actually ways of doing that, too.

      Originally Posted by canyon View Post

      My intention is not to hijack the thread
      That's a shame: I was hoping someone would. Oh well, someone else might come along.

      Originally Posted by canyon View Post

      If a url that ends with "?hop=affiliate_id" shows up in the potential costumer's browser, is that a turnoff?
      Yes, it is for some people - but the extent to which it's a problem depends on their expectations, which in turn depend on what you've told them by way of "affiliate disclosure". I think there are, potentially, two problems here: the first is just that it's a "funny-looking url" (not a big deal, perhaps?); the second, more serious problem is that many people assume, if they buy something through an affiliate link, that it's going to cost them more. This is why, in my opinion, you really gain by having a prominent and open affiliate disclosure and explaining in detail to your visitors/subscribers that you're an affiliate, and why, and what that means, and how it works, otherwise you'll lose people who worry that they're paying extra because they're buying through your link. To us marketers, it's obvious. To customers, it's far from obvious. This is one of the many reasons why "affiliate disclosures" are profitable to us (contrary to the opinions of people who like to complain about the need for them).

      Originally Posted by canyon View Post

      b)I edited the .htaccess file on my WP website, enabling a redirection which is something like this: mywebsite.com/mypromotedoffer, which is what they see if they hover over the anchored link. However, when thy click on it and the vendor's page loads up, the "?hop=affiliate_id" still shows up in their browser.
      I might not mind that, myself, but that's easy for me to say: my traffic comprises people who have had it all openly explained to them and are looking at the product because I recommended that they should.

      Originally Posted by canyon View Post

      I understand Alexa that you use .info domains for redirection, but don't you encounter the same problem?
      No. The name of the .info domain is what people see in their browser when they read the sales page.
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      • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        That's a shame: I was hoping someone would. Oh well, someone else might come along.
        We can talk about lemon pie if anyone is interested. I just finished watching Million Dollar Baby, and Clint had a really big appetite for such a dessert, and I think I now have too.


        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        the second, more serious problem is that many people assume, if they buy something through an affiliate link, that it's going to cost them more.
        I've picked up this advice earlier on, and that's why I include something like "My share is deducted, not added, to the price you pay. So rest assured, the price you see is the one you'll always see, no matter what".

        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        This is why, in my opinion, you really gain by having a prominent and open affiliate disclosure and explaining in detail to your visitors/subscribers that you're an affiliate, and why, and what that means, and how it works, otherwise you'll lose people who worry that they're paying extra because they're buying through your link. To us marketers, it's obvious. To customers, it's far from obvious. This is one of the many reasons why "affiliate disclosures" are profitable to us (contrary to the opinions of people who like to complain about the need for them).
        Hmmm, isn't it obligatory to use one, according to FTC?

        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        No. The name of the .info domain is what people see in their browser when they read the sales page.
        I've just learned that I can forward with masking, so I think this is what you're referring to.

        But doesn't it bother the vendor that you purchase the same domain, just with other extension?
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by canyon View Post

          We can talk about lemon pie if anyone is interested. I just finished watching Million Dollar Baby, and Clint had a really big appetite for such a dessert, and I think I now have too.
          Yes, I'm interested - I'm still trying to regain a few pounds. We have a thing called lemon meringue pie, and you can get orange meringue pie, too. Meanwhile, lemon and ricotta cheescake is also worth talking about. I had a chocolate muffin with chocolate chunks today (very English!), and gave it about 45 seconds in the microwave first - the chunks were melting and it was excellent ...

          Originally Posted by canyon View Post

          I've picked up this advice earlier on, and that's why I include something like "My share is deducted, not added, to the price you pay. So rest assured, the price you see is the one you'll always see, no matter what".
          Yes, this is good. (I normally say something like "my commission always comes out of the vendor's pocket and not yours", or explain the general principle and add "without it costing you a penny more, of course" or something like this).

          Originally Posted by canyon View Post

          Hmmm, isn't it obligatory to use one, according to FTC?
          Yes, but there are always people who don't realise that it's an advantage anyway, and like to complain about regulators as a matter of principle ("go figure"). :rolleyes:

          Originally Posted by canyon View Post

          I've just learned that I can forward with masking, so I think this is what you're referring to.
          Yes, indeed. That will stop the funny-looking url from showing. Take no notice of Zudierh's comment above: this has nothing to do with how the vendor has set up his sales page.

          Originally Posted by canyon View Post

          But doesn't it bother the vendor that you purchase the same domain, just with other extension?
          Didn't say I used the .info version of the vendor's .com (and you can't often manage to register those, anyway). :p

          I admit I have actually done that, on occasion, with permission.

          But seriously, it doesn't really matter too much what you use - if you're only using it as a redirect: it can be any old niche-relevant/product-relevant thing with a couple of hyphens in it, or whatever you want, really.
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          • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            Yes, I'm interested - I'm still trying to regain a few pounds.
            I have about 10 of those to give away, so everyone's invited, including you. (Now it would be a nice time for PayPal to open a new division called EasyAndSafeFatTissueTransferPal)

            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            I had a chocolate muffin with chocolate chunks today (very English!), and gave it about 45 seconds in the microwave first - the chunks were melting and it was excellent ...
            If those were from Tesco, then I envy you - I remember the explosion of chocolate flavor in my mouth when I had a bunch of those like it was yesterday... But mine weren't warm because they were microwaved, they were warm because they've been just taken out of the oven...
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  • Profile picture of the author larry1113
    Either domain forward it (with masking turned on) or better yet like JaRyCu said > use pretty link pro because not only can you forward your affiliate link and mask it you can also track clicks (something you can't do if you just domain forward it)
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  • Profile picture of the author casablancas
    Pretty links is your best bet.
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    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      Canyon & Alexa ...

      sitting in a tree ...

      H - I - J - A - C - K - I - N - G

      my thread ...

      lol
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      • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
        Originally Posted by Andrei Rotariu View Post

        Canyon & Alexa ...

        sitting in a tree ...

        H - I - J - A - C - K - I - N - G

        my thread ...

        lol
        Sorry! We didn't mean it, but we couldn't help ourselves (you know how muffins are!).

        On a more serious note, I've just applied the domain forward tip with the advanced option of masking turned on, and I must say, it's a great alternative.

        I just wonder if one needs the vendor's permission to do this, because although it looks like forwarding, some vendors might get angry because their domain is not what shows up in the browser, and might even be put off by the domain name selection. :confused::confused:

        And Andrei, you have a very uncommon name for Australia, are you sure you're not from the country where its president sold the country's entire military marine fleet? (hint: it starts with R)
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        • Profile picture of the author goindeep
          Originally Posted by canyon View Post

          Sorry! We didn't mean it, but we couldn't help ourselves (you know how muffins are!).

          On a more serious note, I've just applied the domain forward tip with the advanced option of masking turned on, and I must say, it's a great alternative.

          I just wonder if one needs the vendor's permission to do this, because although it looks like forwarding, some vendors might get angry because their domain is not what shows up in the browser, and might even be put off by the domain name selection. :confused::confused:

          And Andrei, you have a very uncommon name for Australia, are you sure you're not from the country where its president sold the country's entire military marine fleet? (hint: it starts with R)
          Good points. But at the same time the vendor should not complain if he/she is getting sales and or say that they do not want people to mask. If an affiliate thinks he or she will get less sales because of the hop text in the url then he she as an affiliate should be able to do whatever they can to increase their advantage so long as it is legal and not against the vendors terms.

          You must have googled my last name, its the "smith" of Romania.

          But I bet I can down more beers then most regular aussies. I've lcalled Australia home since I was 3
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by Andrei Rotariu View Post

            You must have googled my last name, its the "smith" of Romania.
            You mean we're related, after all?
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          • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
            Originally Posted by Andrei Rotariu View Post

            You must have googled my last name, its the "smith" of Romania.
            Nope, it just happens I'm from that country too, and it looked very familiar, so I guessed, and my guess was half right.


            Originally Posted by Andrei Rotariu View Post

            But I bet I can down more beers then most regular aussies. I've lcalled Australia home since I was 3
            If you can down more than 2 in one hour, then you're definitely better prepared than me.
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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    The good thing about using a redirected domain is that you are flexible, in that you can choose to switch out the redirect to a land page and or even switch the whole product around to a new similar product should the old one fall over or become stodgy.

    lets say you promote cb product get my exxy back and that all of a sudden nose dives as a crap product, there is no need to change 100 links on 100 articles blogs or ads, just change the one redirected URL to a new product and bang all links are updated. / or just direct it to a page if you want to test that out.

    A cheap easy to use and flexible option.
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  • Profile picture of the author Delta90
    For affiliate link I use this php script
    <?php
    header("Location: AFFLINK");
    ?>
    And name the page after the product so I get something like mysitecom / product.php instead of the afflink
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  • Profile picture of the author CMartin
    Andrei,

    Originally Posted by Andrei Rotariu View Post

    So I went out and purchased a domain to razzle dazzle my audience with and then forwarded it to my affiliate hop link.

    ... But, I hate it when my ugly affiliate "hop=****" part shows up.

    Is there a way to hide this?
    There is, but it must be done by the vendor.

    The "trick" is to setup the "HopLink target URL" for the product [in ClickBank] in a different way. Instead of setting the "HopLink target URL" directly to their sales letter page, they would instead setup to a page/file that redirects visitors to their sales letter page.

    What they need to do is this:
    1. Create a new file/page on their domain that redirects to the sales letter page;
    2. Setup the "HopLink target URL" to the newly created file/page. Assuming they would create a php file named "cbhop.php" and uploaded it to the root of their domain, the "HopLink target URL" would be: http://www.example.org/cbhop.php

    With this setup, when ClickBank receives a HopLink it redirects visitors to "http://www.example.org/cbhop.php" and then they are redirected to the sales letter page. This way, the "hop=xxxxx" part is not shown in the Web browser's address bar.

    The new page [referred on 1.] can be a simple php script, like:
    PHP Code:
    <?php
    // Redirect visitors to the following URL
    header("Location: http://www.example.org/");
    exit;
    ?>
    The vendor would just need to change the URL "http://www.example.org/" to the correct URL of the sales letter page.

    This is the way I setup my first product on ClickBank 9 years ago to not show the "hop=xxxxxx" in the URL.

    Try to ask the vendor to do these modifications and explain the advantages.

    ...

    Originally Posted by Fredrik Aurdal View Post

    You just use domain masking where you bought the domain.
    ClickBank recommends to NOT use domain masking for HopLinks, because it's unreliable.
    From CB: Affiliate Dos and Don'ts
    Don't mask or store your HopLink in a frame. For your HopLinks to be properly tracked, they must not be stored in a frame. If your domain is masked, your HopLink will be stored in this manner, and therefore will be unreliable.
    Also make sure to read the following from ClickBank that is also applied to domain masking:
    From CB: All About HopLink
    Invalid HopLinks
    To ensure proper tracking of your HopLink referrals, your HopLink needs to open into the top level of a new or existing window. For most affiliates, this is not a problem. However, some affiliates attempt to hide their HopLinks by having them open into other types of sub-window objects, such as frames, iframes, layers, applets, or images. These types of HopLinks are considered invalid, and can result in lost affiliate referral credit, incorrect display of your website, or, in the case of abuse of the HopLink system, could result in account termination without notice.
    Carlos
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