how can i cloak my clickbank affiliate link?

by fallenlight 56 replies
hello my friends,
i want to know how can i cloak my clickbank affiliate link without having my own site to do so, is there any sites or programs can cloak the link ?
#main internet marketing discussion forum #affiliate #clickbank #cloak #link
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    You can use any of the URL shorteners like bit.ly, goo.gl, tinyurl.com etc, but you really should use your own site because you ultimately have no control over what the URL shorting services will do to your links (including deleting them)
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    • Profile picture of the author Donimo
      Originally Posted by UMS View Post

      You can use any of the URL shorteners like bit.ly, goo.gl, tinyurl.com etc, but you really should use your own site because you ultimately have no control over what the URL shorting services will do to your links (including deleting them)
      Most URL shortners block affiliate links.

      I suggest if you are using Wordpress use Pretty Link Lite to cloak your affiliate links!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by fallenlight View Post

    i want to know how can i cloak my clickbank affiliate link without having my own site to do so
    With apologies for the dispiriting tone, if you don't have your own site (not even a one-page blog, not even a squeeze page) to do so, it isn't going to make a whole lot of difference how you do it, because the prospects for any ClickBank sales are minimal anyway. This post explains why: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post7110523

    But, to answer your question, a good way to do it is by using a registrars' redirect from a .info domain-name (no hosting or site needed - cost about $3/$4).

    Don't use an unnecessary third-party url-shortener/cloaker like bit.ly, tinyurl or whatever: that's all downside and risk, and no benefit. (There are 30+ threads here explaining why).
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  • Profile picture of the author fallenlight
    i just have a free blogger blog and i have no money to buy a domain and there is not any way to make link cloak with the blogger blog
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by fallenlight View Post

      i just have a free blogger blog
      Yes ... this is why you have the problem.

      Free hosting for a little site is easy (000WebHost.com, or Byethost.com, or Freehostia.com). It's going to be very difficult to make any ClickBank sales without one, for the reasons given in the thread linked to above. ClickBank probably isn't the right opportunity for you, with a free Blogger blog, which may, in any case, be short-lived, if you have a ClickBank link on it. Is there some way you can find the $3/$4 to register a domain? It would solve your starting problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Get your own website and redirect a blank page on your site to the affiliate offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stoudenmire
    You can use,
    bit.ly, tinyurl etc etc
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  • Profile picture of the author Rodney Gold
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    Use your own cloaking software on your own domain. It works a lot better plus you have full control of your links.
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    • Profile picture of the author hgustavs
      Thanks for this advice! Do you have any examples of such software? I would appreciate it!
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  • Profile picture of the author TheProgrammer
    Originally Posted by fallenlight View Post

    hello my friends,
    i want to know how can i cloak my clickbank affiliate link without having my own site to do so, is there any sites or programs can cloak the link ?
    Without having a website?
    Follow these 3 simple steps.
    1. Register a blog on blogger.com
    2. Create a blank page in blogger (see screenshot)
    3. Copy the below code into page html (see screenshot)
    HTML Code:
    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 TRANSITIONAL//EN">
    <HTML>
    <HEAD>
    <TITLE>Please wait while we redirect you ...</TITLE>
    <META HTTP-EQUIV="REFRESH" CONTENT="0;URL=http://www.google.com"></HEAD>
    <BODY>
    Please wait while we redirect you ... 
    <BR><BR>
    Click <A HREF="http://www.google.com">here</A> if your browser does not automatically redirect you in a second ...
    </BODY>
    </HTML>
    NOTE: Replace www.google.com with you aff. links
    Create as many as you want pages for your affiliate links.
    1 page = 1 redirect
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  • Profile picture of the author biggenius
    What type of cloaking do you need? More details needed.
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  • Profile picture of the author fallenlight
    i need a cloak type that make the visitors when clicking on my link do not see that its a hop link or an affiliate link
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  • Profile picture of the author biggenius
    What type of cloaking? Reviewer or SE cloaking?
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  • Profile picture of the author Tyler S
    Use this plugin. It free and its what use to cloak my affiliate links.

    WordPress › Pretty Link Lite « WordPress Plugins
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    There is one famous way to do this.

    Just go to:

    TinyURL.com - shorten that long URL into a tiny URL

    If I were you, I would get my own website and make sure to grab people's name and email for effective follow up.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    You can use free online link cloakers to do this, one is bit.ly or tiny.url. If you are using a WP blog, there's a WP plugin that can automatically cloak your links as you post them online.
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    • Profile picture of the author japaneseinked
      Originally Posted by YasirYar View Post

      You can use free online link cloakers to do this, one is bit.ly or tiny.url. If you are using a WP blog, there's a WP plugin that can automatically cloak your links as you post them online.
      for bit.ly or tiny.url - I heard that affiliate links are removed. Can you confirm whether or not it does?

      Originally Posted by shireen View Post

      I always use "redirect" to hide my affiliate links :-)
      When you say "redirect" you mean a 3rd party cloaker or one your hosting company provides?

      Originally Posted by biggenius View Post

      What type of cloaking? Reviewer or SE cloaking?
      Pardon my newbie knowledge of link cloaking but what's the difference between Reviewer and SE? What does SE stand for?
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  • Profile picture of the author fallenlight
    is there any free wordpress plugin can hide my affiliate link from the visitors ???
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  • Profile picture of the author Romeo Caporaso
    Add Twinbox an addin to your outlook that allows you to tweet from outlook. Then add your clickbank link there and hit the shrink url button and it will do for you. Copy and paste it to wherever you need it. Send the tweet if you want also.

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  • Profile picture of the author mrelk159
    I use tinyurl.com for almost everyone of my affiliate links, its not hard at all, copy and paste your offer link and paste it and then tinyurl will do the rest.
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    • Profile picture of the author fallenlight
      Originally Posted by mrelk159 View Post

      I use tinyurl.com for almost everyone of my affiliate links, its not hard at all, copy and paste your offer link and paste it and then tinyurl will do the rest.
      but tinyurl,com will just shrink the link but will not hide the affiliate link and the hop id and that will make the visitors know that the link is an affiliate link
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by fallenlight View Post

        but tinyurl,com will just shrink the link but will not hide the affiliate link and the hop id and that will make the visitors know that the link is an affiliate link
        Besides which, it makes absolutely no sense at all to rely on the continuity, survival and reliability of a totally unnecessary third-party url link-shortener. There are 50+ threads here discussing and explaining this in detail. Tinyurl is actually one of the very ones with which so many Warriors have had "accidents" in the past, but the principle is the same whichever one we're talking about.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshster
    Question, do Clickbank object to doing a passthrough (I'm using plugin Redirection) to an affiliate link?

    This is an iFrame I presume.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Joshster View Post

      Question, do Clickbank object to doing a passthrough (I'm using plugin Redirection) to an affiliate link?

      This is an iFrame I presume.
      It depends what you mean by "object".

      Here's what they say ...

      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.
      Source: All About HopLink
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  • Profile picture of the author fallenlight
    does any one know any free wp plugin can cloak my clickbank affiliate links???
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  • Profile picture of the author Azu Ifeachor
    You can use Bit.ly or Google URL shortener to cloak your link. I believe clickbank actually encrypts the hop link once you click generate anyway.

    However, you really want to personalise your links, then Easy Redirect Script by Rapid Crush is excellent.

    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeyLightning
    I'd recommend tinyurl.com, they will know that it is an affiliate link after the redirect of course though, if they still shield the link at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author fallenlight
    i tried tinyurl.com and the other sites to but it did not work out
    i need a wordpress plugin that make the visitor who click on my link and be redirected to the product website do not see that the link is an affiliate link on the address bar and that means he must not see my clickbank id or hop id
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Marcoux
    If you use Chrome browser, their is a extension for it called,>>> TWurl Url Shortener/Expander with QR codes <<< so if you ever need to shorten your url you can do so right in the address bar.
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  • Profile picture of the author sunray
    Using an online free URL shortner service is like playing the lottery. Sometimes it works, sometimes they remove the affiliate part, and sometimes they add their own affiliate code to it. Do you really want to play Russian roulette with your affiliate business?!
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  • Profile picture of the author sirtiman
    Try goo.gl, full tracking also.
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    • Profile picture of the author fallenlight
      Originally Posted by sirtiman View Post

      Try goo.gl, full tracking also.
      it did not work out and did not hide the hop is and the clickbank id
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  • Profile picture of the author Harry Nguyen
    Use smart.ul I think it was. Or you can use bit.ly. But, if you mean cloaking your affiliate from theft of commission which is why you want to cloak it, I would use pretty link it's a plugin.
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    • Profile picture of the author fallenlight
      Originally Posted by Harry Nguyen View Post

      Use smart.ul I think it was. Or you can use bit.ly. But, if you mean cloaking your affiliate from theft of commission which is why you want to cloak it, I would use pretty link it's a plugin.
      pretty link plugin is premium plugin which means that i need to pay to use it for cloaking and masking my affiliate link
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    fallenlight, did you read Alexa's comment?

    If you want to go down the cloaking route, then expect Clickbank to either revoke your commissions and/or terminate your account.
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  • Profile picture of the author Phil_t
    Invest in a little money by buying a domain and then use prosper202. You'll be better in the long run because you'll be able to track your links and see what kw are convertibng etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author franamico
    If you have a wordpress blog in the same niche, you can download a free pluging called "Pretty link". That will also help you with branding...
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  • Profile picture of the author fallenlight
    Pretty link plugin do not mask the affiliate link
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  • Profile picture of the author dannygnenerate
    Originally Posted by fallenlight View Post

    hello my friends,
    i want to know how can i cloak my clickbank affiliate link without having my own site to do so, is there any sites or programs can cloak the link ?
    So you don't want to have your own site to do so? I take it meaning you don't want your own domain to do redirect ($13 or less). I'd have to say a plug in called pretty link since you mentioned the platform WordPress. Pretty link does cloak your link.

    Sounds like you're looking for something to where it doesn't read the affiliate link and only reads the main site therefore you can get credit for your affiliate re-direct and not be penalized (recognized) for using an affiliate link. I'd suggest you just hyper link your link to say click here or whatever your keyword is; as hyper linking is a form of cloaking.
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    • Profile picture of the author fallenlight
      Originally Posted by dannygnenerate View Post

      So you don't want to have your own site to do so? I take it meaning you don't want your own domain to do redirect ($13 or less). I'd have to say a plug in called pretty link since you mentioned the platform WordPress. Pretty link does cloak your link.

      Sounds like you're looking for something to where it doesn't read the affiliate link and only reads the main site therefore you can get credit for your affiliate re-direct and not be penalized (recognized) for using an affiliate link. I'd suggest you just hyper link your link to say click here or whatever your keyword is; as hyper linking is a form of cloaking.
      i got my own site and its a wordpress blog and i want away to mask my affiliate link using my wordpress site but all the plugins which can do that are premium and iam broke right now so that i can not buy any of it so that i am asking for a free way
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  • Profile picture of the author fallenlight
    is there any solution?
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  • Profile picture of the author LeadGenie
    What is wrong with getting a link tracking account form a site like clickmeter.com? I think you really want to be tracking your links anyway. You get 1000 clicks for free when you sign up with them. Check it out ClickMeter: Click tracking, Link tracking, AD tracking
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  • Profile picture of the author Captain Kent
    you can use lots of different sites mate, and still you can use sites on your own with cms install. I personally recommend you use services that track everything for you so you know what happens
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  • Profile picture of the author JDIZM
    The most basic way is to just create a simple php page with a redirect script, but if you want to get more technical choose some of the paid services.
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  • Profile picture of the author intknight
    I set redirect via my cpanel and it works.thanks for all tips above
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    • Profile picture of the author Ian25
      Since 2009 I have used a Free tool called acloacker.com to hide my affiliate links.
      The good thing about acloaker is it hides the affiliate link in the browser bar , -which had previously been a problem with other methods I had used such as php redirects.
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  • Profile picture of the author yakim1
    The problem isfallenlight is still going to fall without his own domain. He can use free services like tinyurl but when I get an email advertising a product without mentioning the name of the product and uses a redirect like tinyurl, I just delete the email. Marketers are so lazy with their emails that they give no information or preselling in their emails.

    Some people don't like to read long emails. In that case just put a link to the product at the top of the email but go on to explain why I should look at the product you are recommending.

    I'm sorry for the rant when the question was for a cloaking software, but the kind of redirect fallenlight will need because of no website are bad to use because many have been black listed.

    So fallenlight is looking for a fix to a problem that is by far a the cause for a new problem.

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  • Profile picture of the author JasonBennet
    There are many different ways to cloak your affiliate link but my favorite is using the Adtrackz Gold script. The main reason is that I can cloak my affiliate link and I can track the traffic too.
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  • Profile picture of the author tomerep
    bit.ly and tinyurl.com are two of the most commonly use url shortener. However, I would suggest you get your own website. You can install wordpress and use prettylinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrrightme
    Cloaking is serving different page to adwords & visitor. It's not about hiding your affiliate link.

    Why cloaking ?

    Use landing page that google doesn't allow. Promote something that google doesn't like. Direct linking to your affiliate offer. Your imagination is your limit.
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    • Profile picture of the author SunilTanna
      Originally Posted by mrrightme View Post

      Cloaking is serving different page to adwords & visitor. It's not about hiding your affiliate link.

      Why cloaking ?

      Use landing page that google doesn't allow. Promote something that google doesn't like. Direct linking to your affiliate offer. Your imagination is your limit.
      Cloaking actually simply means hiding a link.

      Who you hide it from is a different question.

      1. Some people "cloak" affiliate links from humans, so that humans can't substitute in their own affiliate id and "steal" the affiliate commission.

      2. Other people "cloak" website pages or links from search engines. The idea is that humans see a different page/link from search engines. This is often regarded, at least by search engine owners, as a black hat technique, since it lets people list pages in search engines that they search engines might not otherwise want to list.

      My previous post, and I think what the OP was talking about was scenario #1.
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  • Profile picture of the author muffty
    There is a Video on my Site which will show you how to use a Free WP Plugin which also tracks your Links!

    Link to watch video here:-

    >>>> FREE WP PLUGIN called - Affiliate Link Cloaker 1.3.2

    Hope you find this useful.
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