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  1. #1
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    Link Redirection Okay?
    I am still pretty much a newbie in the field of affiliate programs, but I am wondering if link redirection services (a.k.a. link shortening services) affect credit for an affiliate click?

    For example, say I want to link to a particular book on Amazon's site and I create my affiliate link to that product. Instead of using that big long ugly link in emails or printed material, I would prefer to use a URL shortening service (like snipurl, tinyurl, or others) to create a short, more-intuitive link. I like this approach because I could then include the link on printed material (like a paper-and-ink newsletter) and people could type in the link more easily than the direct link.

    However, I am concerned that credit might go to the referring site (i.e. - snipurl or tinyurl) instead of me. Are my concerns legitimate?

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    Link cloaking is fine, as long as you use a good service.

    I would suggest, however, if you intend to do print media, that you buy a domain and forward that through to your link.

    Example: CoolDomainName.com ->LongUglyAffiliateLink.com/affiliateid/YouGetTheIdea -> your destination page.

    I have a few items I promote using this method, and it allows me to use offline media to promote them, ex. newspapers, magazines, billboards, etc.

    Best Of Luck!

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    P.S. Make sure that anything you do is O.K. with your merchant, first, especially if it isn't specified in your affiliate agreement.

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    Link Redirection Okay?
    Quote Originally Posted by Thess
    I am still pretty much a newbie in the field of affiliate programs, but I am wondering if link redirection services (a.k.a. link shortening services) affect credit for an affiliate click?

    For example, say I want to link to a particular book on Amazon's site and I create my affiliate link to that product. Instead of using that big long ugly link in emails or printed material, I would prefer to use a URL shortening service (like snipurl, tinyurl, or others) to create a short, more-intuitive link. I like this approach because I could then include the link on printed material (like a paper-and-ink newsletter) and people could type in the link more easily than the direct link.

    However, I am concerned that credit might go to the referring site (i.e. - snipurl or tinyurl) instead of me. Are my concerns legitimate?
    Hello Thess FWIW I used tinyurl and about three other sites to cloak my links and then to my horror I discovered that they tried to hijack my traffic. When the person clicks through the shortened link they get shown a huge add for tinyurl or whoever and a tinyurl link to click on. Also they take their sweet time about redirecting them.

    I was aghast! it is just a clever marketing spin to get you to send traffic to their site?
    The customer either clicks on their link or- they get annoyed by the long delays. Either way you lose your traffic. Great links though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stratplayer1
    Hello Thess FWIW I used tinyurl and about three other sites to cloak my links and then to my horror I discovered that they tried to hijack my traffic. When the person clicks through the shortened link they get shown a huge add for tinyurl or whoever and a tinyurl link to click on. Also they take their sweet time about redirecting them.

    I was aghast! it is just a clever marketing spin to get you to send traffic to their site?
    The customer either clicks on their link or- they get annoyed by the long delays. Either way you lose your traffic. Great links though
    I am not sure why you got anything that looked like ads or a delay, but as a *user* people can turn on or off an option to preview a link expanded. Other than that there isn't any type of advertising or redirecting other than the link you shortened.

    I know a number of affiliates that use tiny url to shorten their affiliate links without having tracking issues.
    Deborah Carney
    TeamLoxly.com BookGoodies.com ABCsPlus.com

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    yeah okay ..but make sure with your merchant first

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