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Sorry For Your Commission – Thank God You Don’t Use Link-Cloaking


Just the other day I was looking through the stats from one of my affiliate marketing campaigns and noticed that I was suddenly converting at under 5%. Considering I had been consistently converting over 30% – I was confused. I double checked all of the statistics and assumed it would pick up in a day or two. A week passed and it still stayed at under 5%. I just couldn’t figure out why it was converting so low. Does it sound familiar?

I’ll try to explain a bit of what’s happening to your sales in this article. Contrary to what you might be thinking – it is completely possible that your sales funnel is making numerous sales, but you’re seeing very little commission. Obviously this is a serious problem you’ll want to take care of as soon as possible.

Basically what’s happening is: the user is changing your affiliate ID to their own, or spyware on their computer is doing it. Both of these will stop you from getting credit for the sale even though you’re the one who made it. There’s no way that you can stop them from doing that, unless you cloak your link.

Link cloaking is when you program a redirect on your website that hides affiliate ID’s and makes it impossible for spyware or users to steal your sales.

I hope you realize the difference this could make, you could be giving someone else all of your sales already. Do you really want to continue with this involuntary charity?

Even if you make sales all the time without problems, some of them might still be stolen. If you aren’t positive of your sales being genuine and correct, it may be that someone is stealing your commissions. This is especially true if you’ve recently noticed a drop in sales, or if your campaigns are performing well under your expectations.

The better option is you can use one of the many link cloaking services on the Internet, but I wouldn’t suggest you just use the first one that you find. Many of these will still mess up the tracking cookies and you still won’t get credit for the sale. It isn’t hard to find a guide about link cloaking, but most don’t take affiliate marketing into account and might screw up the cookies so you don’t get commissions. The problem definitely isn’t a lack of available programs – it’s a lack of programs that actually work and get you the sale.

I have heard horror stories of people who used redirection services such as TinyURL and Bit.ly – apparently they are notorious for often screwing up affiliate links and not giving you credit for any sales. Most other link shortening services will have these problems as well.

The best link cloaker is one that you can put on your own site so you don’t have to worry about anything breaking down or not working properly. As I mentioned earlier though, this can be difficult to make if you aren’t a programmer – or willing to pay one.

Other than link cloaking there isn’t a definitive way to stop others from hijacking your affiliate links. You can split test your campaign a thousand times and set up brilliant sales funnels, but it won’t make a difference if you aren’t using a good link cloaking program or service.

I know a better place to get a report about link cloaking and the best services for affiliate marketers. I don’t know of any better place to learn what works, and what doesn’t.

I learned how to name your link whatever you want, how to stop advertisers from exploiting affiliates by not just paying for one sale but also for the one that follows.

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