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3 Simple Way To Stop Affiliate Link Hijackers
There are many ways to earn an honest buck using the Internet, while others just try to find the best deals possible. There was a time when people that were surfing the Net were more prone to click on the affiliate links and buy stuff without thinking too much of it. Not it seems that the things are a little bit different, due to the fact that the prices are higher than they were before and some people try to "Hijack" the commissions by replacing the ID of the affiliate links with their ID.
Letís suppose that you have an affiliate link such as www.productdomain . com/?affID, and the hijacker will replace your link with his ID, which is "newID": www.productdomain . com/?newID. This is how he manages to take the money that is rightfully yours.
There are also cases when the hijacker will replace your ID from the link. The visitors will be redirected to the plain URL and buy the products they find there, without even seeing your ID (it would look like www.productdomain . com). In both cases, you will loose your commission.
Here are few tips that could help any affiliate business to fight back those "hijackers" and prevent them to ever "chop" your affiliate link. Those are great tips, but if someone really tries to steal your commission, it might succeed, finally.
Here is an example of how cans this be done: http://productdomain . com/productA.html , and the ID can be seen in the address bar Ė "productdomain". Even if the hijackers can finally access your affiliate link, they will not access it directly from your websites or newsletters. The free redirect scripts are available usually with free java scripts.
Therefore, never send a "naked" link through the affiliate programs. There are always hijackers waiting for this, and they might take your commission without you eve being aware of it.
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