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    Cloaking Without a Website?
    I'm just using adwords at the moment to send people straight to the main website and I've heard a lot about parasiteware and people changing affiliate links to take peoples sales, I'm just wondering whether its possible to use cloaking software or something similar without having a website? and if there are any products in particular that would do all these things for me

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    Adwords won't allow you to cloak affiliate links in your ads, they would have to go to a website landing page first.

    If you really want to do affiliate marketing you really need to invest in a website. You will run out of merchants that allow direct to merchant bidding.
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    yes I agree the next step is a website, I'm still learning how to build one. For a temporary solution would something like tinyurl help?

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    I'll repeat, AdWords won't let you cloak your links. TinyUrl is not an option.
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    TeamLoxly.com BookGoodies.com ABCsPlus.com

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    Forgive me but whats "cloaking"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    I'll repeat, AdWords won't let you cloak your links. TinyUrl is not an option.
    Umm... yes they will. As long as your display URL domain matches the landing page domain, Google is fine with a different destination URL that redirects to the actual landing page. As it says at http://adwords.blogspot.com/2008/02/...rl-policy.html :
    Display URL: www.google.com/adwords
    Destination URL: www.trackingurl.com/google123
    --> Landing page URL: www.google.com would be acceptable
    But more importantly, it won't do anything to combat the problem of "parasiteware and people changing affiliate links to take peoples sales". So don't bother with redirects unless you have another reason to do it.

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    I am not an expert on direct to merchant PPC but I believe most merchants frown on it.

    I believe successful AMers do 1 of 2 things:

    1. They build a site that becomes an authority on a topic and then direct their loyal following to appropriate merchants that they vouch for.

    2. They build more attractive main sites or sites with much stronger and more targeted SEO and win traffic that the merchant is failing to win directly. They then take that traffic and send it off to the merchant.

    I am sure there are other models but I would believe the majority of success would fall under one of those two categories.
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