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Link Cloaking: Cloak and Dagger in Affiliate Marketing

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Summary:
Cloaking your affiliate links will protect your affiliate earnings and
save you time and trouble in the long run.


Keywords:
link cloaking,affiliate marketing tips,Kathryn Beach


Article Body:
"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: http://www.traffichoopla.com/cgi-
bin/update.cgi/13196/ it would be very easy for you to just cut it off
after http://www.traffichoopla.com

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://www.selfseo.com/story-13929.php 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.

				
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