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Should I cloak my aff links

Discussion in 'General Affiliate Marketing Forum' started by T J Tutor, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. T J Tutor

    T J Tutor Administrator Administrator moderator affiliate

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    In the Bevo interface, when setting up a campaign, I am asked whether or not to cloak my links. Should I be cloaking my aff links in my ads and on my pages?

    Thanks, T J
     
  2. Andy Haskins

    Andy Haskins Affiliate affiliate

    Personally I always do. There are many great reasons why you should, potential for increased clickthrough, cleanliness, easier for tracking and amendments etc, the list goes on!
     
  3. T J Tutor

    T J Tutor Administrator Administrator moderator affiliate

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    Thanks Andy,

    Do you know if any of the Networks, like Peerfly, have any objections to cloaking links?

    T J
     
  4. Marc

    Marc 武士- Spamurai moderator affiliate

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    Not only cloak your aff links, but also set them No-Follow.

    (Google mustn't know everything ;))


    Although I'm not Andy: never heard of.
     
  5. T J Tutor

    T J Tutor Administrator Administrator moderator affiliate

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    Thanks Marc,

    How do I set them to no-follow?

    T J
     
  6. Marc

    Marc 武士- Spamurai moderator affiliate

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    I use the WordPress plugin "Pretty Link Lite", which enables cloaking and also provides the no-follow option.

    + I forgot to mention: There is also the possibility to enter the appropriate snippet into the code.
    (The plugin is more comfortable.)
     
  7. T J Tutor

    T J Tutor Administrator Administrator moderator affiliate

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    Thanks Marc,

    Yeah, I do have no follow attribute customization in my WP installs, but my Landing Pages for current campaigns are all HTML.

    I found this on Google, I just need to figure out where to append it to an aff link.

    T J
     
  8. dtdwaff

    dtdwaff Affiliate affiliate

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    I'm just starting out and always curious about cloaking.

    When i cloak, does it mean they do not know which link or site i'm using? While cpc networks is unavoidable, but cpa is allowed?

    In what circumstances that networks will ask for the actual site?
     
  9. T J Tutor

    T J Tutor Administrator Administrator moderator affiliate

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    Hey dtdwaff,

    Sometimes you have to have custom landing pages approved by your AM before running traffic to the page. One of the networks told me not to cloak my links until the vendor had approved the LP.

    As well, cloaking will protect you from hijacking. I don't know much about it yet, I do know that affiliates have had their campaigns hijacked in the past and that cloaking is an insulator against this theft.

    Here is a link that can give you some basic information. What is Affiliate link cloaking definition : The digital marketing glossary : illustrated terms and definitions

    T J
     

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