Affiliate link cloaking is essential!

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June 4, 2010 · 7 comments

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Welcome prospective affiliate,

Link cloaking as it is known, is one of the important actions that you must learn to protect your potential affiliate commissions and incomes from those who would deprive you of it.

However, the good news is that link cloaking is a very simple process which will only take you a few minutes at most to achieve, and we will come to the cloaking process in just a moment.

But first, why is link cloaking necessary?

You see, some people just hate the idea of you generating a little additional profit while they are not. It’s a strange mentality and has everything to do with jealousy, but it is an unfortunate fact that when some individuals see an affiliate link they immediately start to become envious. On some occasions this even leads to them bypassing your affiliate link to deprive you of your rightful percentage of commission. It’s not as if they generate or make any think out of such actions, or even get the product or service any cheaper, it is just a BLOODY-MINDED act which you need to protect yourself against.

Let me explain how this works…

Below is an affiliate link taken from one of our ‘Practical Profit Solutions’ affiliate programs at: if clicked upon it leads to a page that gives information about the ‘Fast Track’ membership.

This particular above example shows why affiliate cloaking is so important, you can see the destination of the link followed by the affiliate’s unique affiliate code. Anyone viewing this affiliate code could if they wish just copy and paste the address part of the URL, excluding the affiliate code directly into their browser meaning you would be deprived of your rightful affiliate link.

This second example link doesn’t allow the viewer to bypass your link, however, it is totally obvious that this is an affiliate link and this fact may well stop some individuals clicking on it. Neither is it attractive and informative in any way, and in my opinion puts potential prospects off completely which is something we need to avoid.

This is how you protect your links…

Link cloaking is really simple to achieve and only takes a couple of minutes if you use a tool such as:

This amazingly simple link cloaking facility can be accessed totally free of charge at: all you have to do is open a free account which just takes 30 seconds so, and then you’re free to use just as much as you wish.

It will even track how many people have clicked on your links which will give you an idea of how successful and profitable your promotional campaign actually is.

As you can see, you simply copy and paste your affiliate code into one box, and a shortened link immediately appears below.

Affiliate link cloaking success. The link gives nothing away, and in my opinion adds curiosity to link. I told you a simple, all you have to do now is cut and paste your new link into your promotional e-mails, webpages or blog articles, etc.

Do not think of sending out an affiliate link and see you have completed this action.

Link cloaking

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Josh June 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Thanks for this one Kevin! Was looking for something like this, also to hide the code behind your site if you right-click > “view source”…

Josh Louw June 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I am using this now on all my affiliate links…

Just wondering how this works?

Is the “long URL” stored on the site?

So basically, if you click on you link, it goes to the site where it is matched-up with the “long URL” for you affiliate link, and then from the out again to the product.

So my question then is, what happens if decides to stop the service, or the site just goes down or something?

Or is my imagination running away with me here? :-)

Kevin Martyn June 29, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Can’t imagine them stoping the service as too many people use it and they make a ton of profit from the stats they sell. They also sell advertising so I wouldn’t give that posibility a second thought!

Sue June 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

I agree with your observations but this appears on the surface to be counter to the new guidelines for greater transparency on blogs and websites. What advice do you have for making it clear that a commission is payable without turning people off (and away)?

Kevin Martyn June 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Hi Sue,

Thank you for your very valuable comment. It is impossible to cover every ramification of points made in articles otherwise they would become unmanageably large. On this occasion, I would suggest that anyone who generates an income as an affiliate makes this point clear in their website disclaimer. I personally make no secret of the fact that I generate a good proportion of my income from affiliate commissions, and even more by running my own affiliate program and paying commissions to my affiliates on sales which they have referred. I hope this brief reply helps and clarifies the situation?

Thanks once again to your comment.

Kind regards


Bruce July 5, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Stupid of me not to read this. I have been sending out stuff to people and not using this. Now that I have read it I have set it up.
Stupid Bruce

Kevin Martyn July 6, 2010 at 5:58 am

Bruce, its basic but wise wisdom which will make a MEASURABLE difference to your bottom line profits! Enjoy and prosper.

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