Cloak and Dagger in Affiliate Marketing by betterluckbetterluck


									"Cloak and dagger" sounds like a joke, but it's truer than you might like: if you don't cloak your affiliate
links, you may get stabbed in the back. If I were to advertise this link

It wouldn't necessarily need to be a malicious act, maybe just laziness on your part, but if this were a
program where I got paid per click on my affiliate link...I wouldn't get paid. If you slipped your own
affiliate username in the link, you would get paid. If I earned a commission on a purchase, I wouldn't get
it and you might.

There's another reason to cloak your links. If you're half the affiliate that you should be, you are
promoting your link all over the internet. But as we all know, affiliate programs come and go, and so
does our interest in any particular program. What happens when you drop a program? You have to
scramble to find all the places online where your defunct url is residing, so you can change it or remove
it. Chances are they won't all be found.

You can use one of two ways to cloak a link that involve creating html files, or you can use one of many
services that cloak links for you. The advantages to creating html files on your own domain is that you
only need to edit them when you drop an affiliate program, you get links back to your domain, and you
get page views that improve your Alexa rank.

You can go here to find the two kinds of html code to choose from: http There is also a list there of
cloaking services if you decide to go that route.

No matter how you do it, cloaking your affiliate links will protect your affiliate earnings and save you
time and trouble in the long run. Look for providers that allow you to: create multiple lists, add
prospects via a web form, email, or manually through a management console, send out an unlimited
number of autoresponder messages, send out an unlimited number of email broadcasts, set up and
distribute a newsletter.

When setting up your autoresponder system, create one list for your "prospects" and another one for
your "customers". Now, here's where you come in: when a person orders your product, you will have to
perform the extra task of logging into your autoresponder system and manually remove them from the
prospect list and add them to the customer list. This action will then trigger your customer
autoresponder series of messages to be sent.
Remember, the key to building a successful e-commerce web site is to automate your marketing engine
as much as possible and drive your prospects and customers back to your web site. This will certainly
create a money magnet e-commerce web site for you!

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