Here are some software tools you can use to protect your affiliate links from getting hijacked. Unfortunately once an affiliate link is hijacked by a bum your cookie is then overwritten with theirs permanently. Therefore, it is important to always make sure you protect your own PC from spyware/adware and utilize a link encryption tool to maximize and protect your hard earned leads/profits.
*Here are some of the more popular tools in no particular order. There are probably dozens more though.
I've heard many favourable reviews of GoTryThis. Personally, I haven't tried it, but it seems extremely feature rich and definitely a must for serious affiliates.
If you're looking for something basic, I've actually written a lightweight link management script called Simple Link Manager. If you'd like a copy (it's not available to the public yet), just send me a PM. It's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.
Every forum I have been to has this exact same question posted, with similar replies to this question. My take on this is this: I believe the only niche this is a problem is in the IM niche. And theres no protection. For instance: Lets say Im an idiot..... (up for debate I know) I click on a masked aff link. I'll look at the destination url opn a new browser type in the url and go sign up for the aff program and by through my own link.
I havent done extensive research, yet I have asked my friends and some family who buy stuff online. And the HAVE NO IDEA what a hoplink is, or an affiliate program. They dont even get what google adsense is. I watched my girlfriend surf one night, she found an adsense landing page about las vegas and happily referered back to it numerous times.
I still think the only place hoplink theft takes place is in the IM niche, probably where most of the theft takes place. So dint think it really matters what extent you go to hide or mask your link, if someone wants it as theres, there isnt anything you can do. Sorry to sound grim, but I believe its the case.
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