Proper Domain Forwarding Masking a Clickbank Affiliate Link.

by BeautifulGratitude 4 replies
I have a godaddy domain name and it has the option to forward and mask an affiliate link which is great. When I posted the original hoplink into the url bar in the forwarding section on godaddy it notified me that I could not use that link...

it in effect would look like this /wiuwef8723n234jn238fnwe9 etc.

however, instead what I did was put in the link it actually goes to which looks like

//ww.realxyzproduct.cm/__xyz123___and then has an = sign with my clickbank username at the end.

My question is will this link I have put in work properly to earn me the commission provided the customer follows through etc. in other words it does not have to be the full hoplink which won't actually be accepted by godaddy in the forwarding section, or does it? if so what is the workaround?

please note I was not able to include the full http and so forth for clarity's sake as the forum would not let me post as such until I have posted more than 15 posts.
#website design #affiliate #clickbank #domain #forwarding #link #masking #proper
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  • Profile picture of the author ALicenseToCode
    My easiest solution for you going forward would be to just make a quick redirect on your actual site.

    Setup your domain so it's actually hosted and then make an index.php file in the root directory so you will have a site that has http://www.your-example-domain-name.com/index.php as an existing file

    In the index.php put these EXACT contents and nothing else, there can not be any SPACES before the <?php tag. You also must change the link after location: to your affiliate link.

    Code:
    <?php
    
    header('location: http://YOUR_REDIRECT_LINK_HERE');
    
    ?>
    This will make it so that anyone that goes to your domain they will be automatically redirected to your affiliate link. Once you can do this you can create any amount of redirects on your site. For example you can copy the index.php and change the link so you can have http://www.yourdomain.com/redirect2.php.

    If you try this and have any questions let me know!
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    Got to love GoDaddy for making things hard.

    To check if your Clickbank affiliate link is working, use your forwarded domain and click on the Buy button (or whatever the sales page uses) to bring up the Clickbank payment form. At the bottom of that page it will show you if your affiliate ID is being used.
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    • Thank you both for the advice. This is why I love warrior forum, quick useful replies! :-)

      AlicensetoCode: If I do this redirect in the way that you mentioned will that be acceptable for adwords? I am thinking that it won't be as they seem pretty strict, I am looking at something else called adbrite that I've never used before, I am just looking for suggestions if you have any on where I could do PPC advertising or any other suggestions for where to promote, perhaps some ideas that you yourself have used successfully. I have some other ideas as well but anything you might suggest would be appreciated if you care to share.

      Thanks again!
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      • Profile picture of the author ALicenseToCode
        Originally Posted by BeautifulGratitude View Post

        Thank you both for the advice. This is why I love warrior forum, quick useful replies! :-)

        AlicensetoCode: If I do this redirect in the way that you mentioned will that be acceptable for adwords? I am thinking that it won't be as they seem pretty strict, I am looking at something else called adbrite that I've never used before, I am just looking for suggestions if you have any on where I could do PPC advertising or any other suggestions for where to promote, perhaps some ideas that you yourself have used successfully. I have some other ideas as well but anything you might suggest would be appreciated if you care to share.

        Thanks again!

        Adwords has really clamped down on any sort of affiliate promotion, you usually need to be the actual vendor to sell stuff on there these days.

        Although I'll tell you a little secret, Microsoft Adcenter (Now merged with Yahoo) has basically no quality control. They just make sure that your ad and eventual destination page have relevant keywords on them. Lots of volume there, and buyers too, I've been doing alright with them
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