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    Hello all, I'm a bit new to this and was wondering if you might be able to recommend a link management program. I have been looking at the PHP resourse site and see so many that I am almost paralized. Should I get a free one? Is it worth it to pay for one?

    Bottom line, which one should I get?
    Thanks for you assistance.

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    I haven't found a free one yet that comes up to the features in Linkssql from Gossamer Threads. Go to http://ultranerds.com and take a look at the data import plug in and the other mods. It is what I am using, and clicks are increasing dramatically. Most likely due to using a jump.cgi that lets your links show up even if people have ad blocking software on.
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    loxly are your sales up as well? just curious bc i changed my links today so i hope i will see an increase in sales soon.

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    Changed your links how?

    Using LinksSql and the jump.cgi I have seen an increase in sales, yes.
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    thats great loxly! i hired a coder to do a script for me. providing similar cloaking to get around ad blocking software..

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    How exactly does the ad blocking software stop people from clicking on Linkshare or CJ links etc?

    So you are saying it is better to have
    http://www.mysite.com/jump.cgi?link=3235

    than a CJ link? Also, how do the search engines look at this?

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LarryMiller:
    How exactly does the ad blocking software stop people from clicking on Linkshare or CJ links etc?
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    They don't allow the link to appear on your site. So not only is there nothing to click, your page has nice blank space on it.
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>
    So you are saying it is better to have
    http://www.mysite.com/jump.cgi?link=3235

    than a CJ link? Also, how do the search engines look at this? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Yes, and the search engines appear to love the jump.cgi links, I have thousands in google et al.
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    I am interested in such a script also. Loxly, is there a place where I can download it?

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    If you use the redirect , do you add the ?afsrc=1 code to the end of that? So, for example it would be

    http://www.mysite.com/jump.cgi?link=3235/afsrc=1

    ??

    Thanks

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Anne:
    If you use the redirect , do you add the ?afsrc=1 code to the end of that? So, for example it would be

    http://www.mysite.com/jump.cgi?link=3235/afsrc=1

    ??

    Thanks <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    No, the afscr=1 is part of the link you jump too, not part of the jump.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ToddManning:
    I am interested in such a script also. Loxly, is there a place where I can download it? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    The software I use is not free, the link is in my sig. There are other free solutions, but I am happy with what I have.
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    Here is what I found from another thread on that coding question:

    afsrc=1 should be placed in a server side redirect.

    There is no need to place the afsrc=1 parameter in a Commission Junction tracking link of any type. No added protection will be provided by adding afsrc=1 to a CJ tracking link.

    A server side redirect is a script that executes a tracking link url.

    Example:
    http://www.yourwebsite.com/cf/redire...958214&afsrc=1
    or

    This would be acceptable.
    http://www.yourwebsite.com/cf/redire...ct.cfm?afsrc=1

    I am used to doing straight html and this is all new to me ( I am a bit late to the new, LOL)

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    Anne,

    You are correct. The afsrc=1 is appended to the link calling the server side redirect, not the link jumped to (ie the CJ link). In your first example it would be:

    http://www.mysite.com/jump.cgi?link=3235&afsrc=1

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    THANK YOU!!! Anne ;0)

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    Thanks for clarifying that. I haven't been using it in my CJ links actually. Just in my GoCollect and AllPosters links. Sales have risen since I added it.

    My CJ links are all cloaked and sales are way up, so I am not concerned at this point with adding afsrc=1 but would have assumed it needed to be appended to the CJ link directly.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BLFH (Ms. B):
    Anne,

    You are correct. The afsrc=1 is appended to the link calling the server side redirect, not the link jumped to (ie the CJ link). In your first example it would be:

    http://www.mysite.com/jump.cgi?link=3235&afsrc=1 <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Actually, this doesn't make sense to me because that link doesn't end up in someone's browser. It is clicked on, then redirects to the CJ (or other) link, isn't that the link that requires the protection offered?
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    Hi Deborah,

    I'll try to explain where it makes sense. The afscr=1 is protection for those applications which are being 'compliant' and not redirecting or overwriting on click-thrus from other affiliates. If a page is coded directly with a Network link (ie qksrv, bfast, cc-dt) their software is programmed to recognize it is another affiliate link when clicked on and their software remains inactive.

    However, when server sided redirect link is used such as http://www.mysite.com/jump.cgi?link=3235 in Anne's example, that is the link the software sees. Since the Network link (ie qksrv, bfast, cc-dt) is server side, the application doesn't 'see' it on the end users browser, thus it can't recognize that it is really an affiliate link not to redirect on and it will redirect.

    As a way for applications to be 'compliant', the Networks then said it was necessary for other affiliates who use server side redirect linking to add the &afscr=1 parameter to their link calls. The applications are supposed to be programmed to recognize that parameter and tell them it's an affiliate link not to redirect on.

    So 'cloaking' will give you protection from some ad blocking software application such as Nortons. However, it will make you more vulnerable to parasites who are being compliant. So to cover both possible revenue leakage, the afscr=1 parameter should also be used.

    And yes, there are applications out there that will recognize and respect the afscr=1 parameter and not interfere with a click thru from links like you use. And while afscr=1 is technically only supposed to apply to CJ, BF, and PFX links, I have seen applications respect it regardless if the ulimate link is to another Network or independent prograam. But then the software can't really know where a link using that parameter is ulimately going to wind up at.

    I hope that clears it up for you. And I do wish the Networks would do a better job of education affiliates about this parameter and the correct way to use it. Especially since it was their solution to compliance and it's been in effect for 2 years now. It really should be part of the instructions given out with the feeds.

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    I think that with most of us just getting into redirects the issue wasn't as important in the past.

    Thanks for the detailed explaination, I would have continued to think it needed to be a part of the direct link.
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    There is great info in here, info that I really needed but didnt know what to ask for,


    I'm going to re-read this a few times, but I thought I would say thank you to all for such great info.



    (this redirect scheme works for all the major affil networks?? ex: bfree, cj, lshare, performics, etc?)

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Just in my GoCollect and AllPosters links. Sales have risen since I added it. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Yeah. Especially seeing as AllPosters.com now have a new flatfile database format (I just had to reprogram a bit of the AllPosters_Import plugin I wrote for LinksSQL).

    However, my new site (http://www.buy-a-poster.com), is already getting quite a reasonable amount of traffic from Google (so it much be working =)) ... and, as you will notice, it doesn't even have a PR yet (like I said, its a new site).

    This forum really needs a "preview" function :|

    Cheers

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    BLFH's post above is a golden keeper!

    It takes a lot of digging to find ones are good as this one...

    Does Haiko have a way to mark certain posts so they show up in a "hall of fame" or something for easy reference?

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    Working on it Donuts.
    Continued Success,

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    it's easy donuts....

    Just do an advanced search and put Gordon in the "Author Name:" box every result will be a gem
    One day parasites and their ilk will be made illegal, I bet a few Lawyers will be pissed off when the day comes.
    Mr. Spitzer is fetching it nearer

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