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How to protect Landing pages and get FREE conversions from the thieves

Discussion in 'Guides, Case Studies and Tutorials' started by crysper, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. crysper

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    How to protect Landing pages and get FREE conversions from the thieves

    Virgil from AffKit.com here. We just released a new awesome tool on AffKit(which you can access for free as a Dojo member) and I want to tell you more about it and guide you on how to use it. I'm very proud about this tool because I couldn't find anything similar on the web, free or paid, and what it achieves is pretty awesome considering how huge and delicate the problem is. This would bring you extra conversions for free from the thieves who steal your landing pages, or will just make them stop using the LP by themselves, without you forcing them in any way.

    Protect you Lander

    To see how important this is, before going further, I just want to say that a friend who recently got his adult LP stolen(and convinced me to make this tool), by his calculation, this tool would have brought him 2x -3x times the Dojo price EXTRA profit per DAY... no messing around. The thief was a big fish used with stealing entire pages by copy-paste and by redirecting just 30% of his traffic would have brought my mate this nice amount extra cash for free. Make a calculation how much this tool is worth...and you get it for free inside the Dojo :)

    So is this guide/tool for you or not?
    This guide and tool is mostly for the ones who are dealing with landing pages, but even if you currently don't use LPs, in the near future you probably will, so it's better to keep reading and be aware about this threat and how to protect from it when it's needed.

    Landing page stealing is one of the most frustrating aspect on affiliate marketing, because it happens so often and there is no real way to stop it. You are spending money and time to optimize a LP and suddenly you see it all over the spy tool. That's when you know why the costs got higher and ROI decreased. A few thieves are enough on a small niche to outbid you. So not only that your work gets stolen, but your campaign will also die...it's a nightmare and it happens all the time.

    Unfortunately there is no real, 100% protection from this. Taking legal action? No way, doesn't worth it. Protecting from thieves' eyes? Not really, if the LP is available for public, thieves can see it and can make another one the same. Spy tools can be stopped? Not at all. They are smart enough to act like a normal visitor on the page. The ip blocking protection doesn't work since they change the proxy IPs very often.

    What's the solution then?
    The biggest advantage we have over thieves is that most of them are lazy and instead creating a new design by themselves, they copy-paste the source-code or saves the entire page. For the ones who create from scratch the same LP design and content, you can't do anything about, but many steal because they are inexperienced and it's simply much easier.

    There are a few traditional ways to protect from viewing the source, but they are effective only for noobs, the browsers reveal everything and they can only be stopped temporary. If it happens to know about Developer tools, View source and Save page as from Browser's menu, you can't do anything about it. You can read more about these techniques on my blog post.

    Instead of trying to hide the source, let's take another approach and let the thief steal the entire page, just like it is. Once the page is uploaded on the thief's server, with some scripts hidden inside the page we can take full control over his traffic. So instead of getting mad, you can take advantage of the whole situation and start sending FREE traffic and FREE conversions from the stolen LP. How cool is that?

    The new AffKit tool implements a very smart way of getting traffic back, without the thief knowing that. For him it shows just low CTR and eventually will think the landing page is not good :) and he'll take it down by himself. It's pretty smart, isn't it?

    The Landing Page Protection tool hides the redirection code inside a non-harmful, non-detectable script that's injected on the LP. It uses a clever method to drive only the "good" traffic, the visitors that already clicked on the Call to Action, sending them directly to your offer instead of thief's offer...so you'll get free conversions from his traffic. You can also set what percent of the traffic you want to redirect from the thief. If it has very high traffic you may want to send a lower percent so he won't get suspicious, but you can also set to redierct a higher percent, making him think the page is worthless. Another great stuff is that you can use a tracking link so you'll know how much traffic/conversions you get from the stolen pages and the thief won't know, only if he changes the offer.

    Below is a walk-trough of how to use this tool. Even if your LP is new and you are working on optimizing it, you can still use this tool. Just make variations of the patched landing page and don't touch the javascript.

    Step A
    Go to AffKit.com > Landing page protection

    Step B
    Complete the next steps as you see in the image below(more details below the image):

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    For step 1) Set the domain where the landing page is hosted. If the link to your LP is http://www.mydomain.com/landingpage1.html use www.mydomain.com

    For step 2) Open you landing page with notepad or your normal text editor. Search for the Call To Action button, the one that has your affiliate or tracking link. It needs to be inside the <a> </a> tag, something like <a href="your link"> an image tag or text</a>. Once you find the <a> tag with your affiliate/tracking link add a custom id, it should be something like <a id="call-to-action" href="your link">an image tag or text</a> . Save the page than put the custom id set earlier on the corresponding field inside the tool.

    For step 3) Get the offer's affiliate link from the tracking(if you have one) and paste it on that field OR just copy the affiliate/tracking link from call to action you edited on step above. If you know how to work with sub-ids, set one, like in the image, to track the traffic from stolen page. NOTE: this should be the direct link to the offer, not to your LP or other offer that is not related to the page, otherwise it won't convert.

    For step 4) Set the amount of traffic you want to redirect to your offer. Check the note on the tool to know what amount to set.

    Step C
    On 'Use source-code encryption' select the option 'No encryption' . The other protection methods are up to you if you want to use or not.

    Step D
    Click 'Next' than click on the 'Choose file' button and select the page you saved earlier. After the select dialog closes you can click the 'Download' button to grab the patched version with the protection script hidden inside your LP.

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    Upload your LP on the server, test... and that's all :)

    Note: if you are changing the offer or domain that hosts the page, you need to use the tool again with the new variables and patch the initial page source(the one un-patched) again.

    I'm hoping you'll put this guide into practice and start protecting your LPs from thieves ASAP, you'll thank me later ;)

    Cheers,
    Virgil
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 29, 2014
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  3. boussakka

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    haha that's really cool, thanks Crysper.
     
  4. theazzy

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    Is this for PPV?
     
  5. crysper

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    It works for any kind of LP, for PPV, dating landing pages for PoF, Facebook, adult, media buying.
     
  6. adidam

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    Thanks a lot :) :)
     
  7. Andy Haskins

    Andy Haskins Well-Known Member affiliate

    That's smart! I'll dig a little deeper later and implement it on some of my pages. Thanks Virgil :)
     
  8. T J Tutor

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    This has been a problem for me this year. I've had many campaigns ripped and actually had a couple hi-jacked. I'm putting this tool to work right away to see how well it works. There are thieves everywhere, if only they could understand they could earn more by getting it done honestly.

    Thanks Virgil,
     
  9. crysper

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    Yea, indeed.

    Let me know how it goes.
     
  10. T J Tutor

    T J Tutor Administrator Administrator Marketplace Seller

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    Hey crysper,

    I am getting ready to give the Landing Page Protection Tool a try on several landers, but I have a question about the link inputs on the tool's page. I use Bevo for tracking and the system that I use there requires I put my unique identifiers in prior to it giving my modified affiliate link to me. In addition, the links on my landing page go to a 'php" file which has the link to the vendors site. Below are screen shots of what I use from Bevo and the tools link integration page. How do I integrate with the codes I get from BEVO?
    T J

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  11. crysper

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    You need only to care about the offer link from the bevo media lp tracker. Follow exactly the steps in the tool and use the tracking as you normally do for any LP. The offer link is the one that points to php file you create on your server.

    For simple usage that's all you need, the stolen traffic will have as referrer the thief's LP domain and it should show on the reports, but I don't know bevo so I'm not sure where it will appear. However if you want to track stolen traffic more precisely you have multiple options to choose from:
    1. create a new tracking link for the offer like youwere direct linking
    2.use directly the link from your affiliate network with a sub-id, you can see the stolen traffic from you aff network sub-id reports
    3. use a url shortner service to track the url clicks

    Use the link you get above on Step 3 on the tool.
     
  12. nsilvacr2013

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    Hi, thanks by the tool, using prosper202, is there something to take in consideration ?

    Thanks again
     
  13. crysper

    crysper Service Manager Service Manager affiliate

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    No. It's the same for every tracking. Just make sure you put the correct id of the offer link so it can change.

    Don't forget to test before uploading it. Click refresh multiple times and check to see if the offer link changes the address.
     
  14. fernandoch

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    There is no way to verify it? I just see some Layout Compatibility Fix :) There is neither a mention to my domain neither to the id I added in the head section...

    Is that normal?
     
  15. crysper

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    Yes. The id, your domain and code to change the the link is obfuscated so the thief won't figure it out...they should think it's just a script to fix the layout in some browsers. That's the whole idea, to HIDE the script from the thief so he won't get suspicious and remove it. Does it make sense?

    They should look at the page source and say: Oh, I see this layout script...if I delete it, the page may not work in other browsers...so i think I better keep it there. If the thief would even spot your domain or link id on that script source....it;s over. I spent some time on this strategy to make sure is pretty good.

    To verify it, just click refresh multiple times and move the mouse over the CTA link. Depending on what percentage you set, on some times, instead of his CTA link yours should appear.

    Btw, I just saw a tool that does something like this and costed about 50$/month....and frankly, the code they add was very suspicious.
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2014
  16. fernandoch

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    It is so good that it even confused me. I am now scared of moving this file from one domain to another without noticing and getting myself trapped :)

    There is no way to un-obfuscate it just to verify it?
     
  17. crysper

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    How do you get yourself trapped if you are sending traffic back to you???? The redirecting link SHOULD be the one you normally use on the CTA link, just with a subid or something to differentiate from the normal traffic.

    It's so simple, according to your percent the thief link is changed with yours :)

    Please help me understand what you don't understand or what you are trying to do.

    If you are afraid that i'm hiding something else in that code, just use the javascript unescape function for the encoded variable and you can see the whole source.
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2014
  18. crysper

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    use this tool URL decoder (unescape) with charset - decode online

    copy the code between
    var _mobSafariFootprint=eval(unescape("

    and "));


    and put it on the tool above.

    Later edit: I assume that you don't change domains everyday, so you can simply delete that javascript and use the tool again for the page, specifying the new domain.
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2014
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  19. fernandoch

    fernandoch Affiliate affiliate

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    I have no words...

    Just awesome, it worked great!
     
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  20. fernandoch

    fernandoch Affiliate affiliate

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    One more question, what if instead of id= I have a class= does that work too?
     
  21. crysper

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    Currently no, but this week I'll update it to support class instead of IDs since i got some requests on that and makes sense since a LP can have multiple call to actions.
     
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