In response to one of my posts, David Lovelace sent me the following note:
Dear Rosalind, Do you have 2 minutes to confirm something for me? I just looked over your post and saw something that I had never heard or thought about before. I use (a specific product) to make sure my affiliates' links are cloaked throughout the process. But I've been thinking of opening a CB account without the script. So when you said:
1. He should do the quick fix to prevent his affiliates' ID's from showing in the address bar which consists of creating a page that redirects to ‘http://www.wahumorway.com/index.html'. 2. That redirect page gets listed as his sales page in the Clickbank interface.
… a light came on. Great tip for those not using a 3rd party affiliate script. I would never thought to do it that way. Let me run this by you to make sure I understand this. Could you confirm if this is correct? I use re-directs all the time when promoting affiliate products, so I understand that (and the code used). I have used both .php and .html code to do this.
In your experience, does one cloak better than the other? Which do you use? If I'm translating your tip correctly..
I'll create a re-direct page (ie, www.myproduct.com/sales.html) making sure that it directs to www.myproduct.com Then put www.myproduct.com/sales.html as the home page inside the CB admin. Then when anyone clicks on a CB generated link, the re-direct process will cloak the affiliate ID so that only www.myproduct.com only appears in the browser?
I appreciate your time in confirming this.
You got it exactly right, and thanks for spelling it out! 🙂
I created a redirect to the home page from the URL superaffiliatehandbook.com/cb/and placed it in my .htaccess file.
Then that URL is listed as the “Hoplink target URL” in my Clickbank account.
The same thing happens when someone clicks on one of my affiliate's CB links for the Super Affiliate Handbook. The visitor doesn't see the affiliate ID, but the cookie is preserved… which makes everyone happy! See how easy that is?
As a Clickbank affiliate, I thank all CB merchants who take the time to hide our affiliate links.
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