Affiliate links at Ezinearticles?!

by Mike Williams 26 replies
I just read an article over at ezines and the guy signed off with an affiliate link. Not a link to a site with an affiliate link but a direct link to the affiliated website.

I thought this was against their policies. Have they changed the rules, gotten lax in enforcing them, or did this guy just get lucky that an editor didn't catch it?

Thanks in advance.

Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author BenShaffer
    He got lucky.
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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Yep, I'd agree that he got lucky, unless he has some "in" with the editors over there - or maybe he IS one of the editors.

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      • Profile picture of the author lincolnn
        can you send it to a redirect page that takes them to the affiliate page? i have seen this also.
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Ellis
          Originally Posted by lincolnn View Post

          can you send it to a redirect page that takes them to the affiliate page? i have seen this also.
          Redirects work fine.

          I'd be interested to see the article with the affiliate link in it.
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          • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
            Originally Posted by Michael Ellis View Post

            Redirects work fine.

            I'd be interested to see the article with the affiliate link in it.
            EZA only allows redirects from top level domains (example.com), but not sub pages (example.com/page or example.com/recommends/wso).

            Though I have seen both types of redirects slip through. I think I accidentally got 1 sub page redirect to go through when I first started(way back in the day), but then they told me not to so I have stopped after I learned their policy.
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            • Profile picture of the author sylviad
              Some people put up their articles with proper, allowable links and after the article is approved, they go back in and change the link to an affiliate link. If no one reports them, the editors at EA probably won't pick it up. In fact, I've seen this suggested somewhere with a warning that it's not a good idea.

              Why take the risk when blogs are cheap? Set up a generic blog, ie: "product reviews" or "product recommendations" and list the links you want to redirect to affiliate products. Use it for all those articles that you want to link to affiliate products.

              I'm not sure that redirecting with a script is allowed. I know EA does say, send them to your own site and redirect from there, but my understanding is that you have to offer some representative site, not just jump the link.

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              • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
                When you edit your bio, the article goes back into the review queue, so there's no way to "slip it in under the radar"

                And yes it's in their TOS: Redirects from top level domains are allowed.
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                • Profile picture of the author Andy Fletcher
                  Originally Posted by GuruGazette View Post

                  When you edit your bio, the article goes back into the review queue, so there's no way to "slip it in under the radar"

                  And yes it's in their TOS: Redirects from top level domains are allowed.
                  You don't have to edit the bio. You leave the link as is and change where it ends up.
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                  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
                    Originally Posted by Andy Fletcher View Post

                    You don't have to edit the bio. You leave the link as is and change where it ends up.
                    Wow... how's that for an AH HA moment?

                    Somehow in all these years that just never occurred to me! (And no I'm not being sarcastic LOL! )
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                      • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
                        Originally Posted by BuddyT View Post

                        This is the most widely read article on weight loss in EZA for the last 90 days (not mine):
                        How I Lost 15 Pounds in 5 Days!
                        To me it looks like it links directly to a sales page (there is a PayPal button). If it's a re-direct it's faster than I could see.
                        My guess is it's either their own product or a white label site.

                        White label is like PLR, you get a pre-made site with all the backend programming in place for order processing and even running affiliate programs too. JoeBucks/MarketHealth has these for all their products.
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                              • Profile picture of the author Bob Monie
                                50% of the time Ezi doesnt even accept my own domains and urls, mistakes them as affiliate sites when im using a redirect to the affiliate site. Pisses me off coz then i have to wait another few days to proccess it. So dont know how they would have got an affiliate link through.
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                                • Profile picture of the author Mike Montgomery
                                  An old trick that people often use is to submit the article
                                  without the affiliate link and after it gets approved the
                                  go back and edit the article and put the affiliate link in.

                                  It often works because the editors don't take the time
                                  to check over these edited articles very well since they've
                                  already been approved.

                                  This is asking to get your account banned though if you ask
                                  me.

                                  There are better ways to do it.
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                                  • Profile picture of the author star007
                                    Mike,
                                    I don't know about that one. I submit to EZA quite frequently and they are pretty good about "catching" things. Although I do use redirects all of the time without any problem at all.
                                    You are limited to the number of "self-serving" links you can include in the body though--I know because I just had to edit one of my articles and remove a couple.

                                    That directory has such weight with the search engines, that you certainly want to stay on their good side.
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                    • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
                      Originally Posted by Andy Fletcher View Post
                      You don't have to edit the bio. You leave the link as is and change where it ends up.
                      Originally Posted by GuruGazette View Post

                      Wow... how's that for an AH HA moment?

                      Somehow in all these years that just never occurred to me! (And no I'm not being sarcastic LOL! )
                      That is some serious black/gray hat thoughts. I was kind of thinking about that the other day but didn't want to risk going down that path.

                      Use a link directly to your site (example.com/review-page) which is an actual page at the time and then after the fact make that page redirect to an affiliate link.

                      Interesting. I bet EZA would shut down and delete your account if they found that out. That would stink to lose all your articles in one swipe.
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                • Profile picture of the author sylviad
                  Originally Posted by GuruGazette View Post

                  When you edit your bio, the article goes back into the review queue, so there's no way to "slip it in under the radar"

                  And yes it's in their TOS: Redirects from top level domains are allowed.
                  I have changed my articles after they've been approved and not once have I seen it go back through the review process. My individual bios are submitted with each article, rather than my main bio on EA, so I don't know if this makes a difference re what you're saying.

                  While it might be more difficult getting an affiliate link through via this method, it did work in the past. In fact, not long ago I came across an article with an affiliate link in the bio.

                  BuddyTRight, but it still goes directly from the article to the sales page.
                  I do not see anything in that guy's sales page that suggests it's an affiliate product. I did a short run-through to order, and on the Paypal order page, it shows several related products that you can pick. This tells me he's using the shopping cart feature at Paypal, which I know (well, pretty sure) you cannot do with an affiliate product. Affiliate products have to be purchased through the affiliate product's own payment process and I don't see how that's possible if you have a shopping cart and can order more than one product along with the affiliate product. I'd think it would be too complicated for the payment processing system to figure out who gets what payment.

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        • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
          Yea, that confused me also, but EZA never allowed me to submit articles with direct affiliate links. It took me a long time to figure this one out.
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    • Originally Posted by BenShaffer View Post

      He got lucky.

      Haha! I agree he has got a tad lucky! This seems to be a one-off success. The editors at EZA are pretty overwhelmed so it is understandable that they sometimes overlook things like plr articles, affiliate links, etc.

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  • Profile picture of the author Zach Booker
    He isn't supposed to do that. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure you can't.
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    • Profile picture of the author chill123
      in my experiance a few articles slip under the radar. i've got articles approved that contravine their rules. maybe he/she got lucky.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Fletcher
    This is pretty easy to do. I thought everyone new how.

    Submit a link using a redirect script. Wait for it to be approved. Then change where it redirects.

    That's what pretty much everyone uses FLC for.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Bruno
      Actually even if there was an affiliate link that was accidentally approved for the article, I wouldn't want that to show in my article and I would go back and change it unless it's a clean redirect.

      Not only are affiliate links ugly, but they're really obvious.

      The best thing to do is redirect through Cpanel, masking, or using a script.

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