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    What is cloaking
    Hi all...
    Im a bit confused about link cloaking... what exactly is it and why is it good to cloak our affiliate links?

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    A cloaked link is a short-form URL to the affiliate link.

    Do a search here on the forum, it has been discussed extensively..

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    A cloaked link is a short-form URL to the affiliate link.
    My understanding was that it routed internal to the site so that an outsider could not scrap it. It cloaked for two reasons. Either to protect the links of an affiliate from the afore mentioned or to keep G from indexing it i.e. penalizing the site. Or to hide it as the webmaster is doing something underhanded, like cookie stuffing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    My understanding was that it routed internal to the site so that an outsider could not scrap it. It cloaked for two reasons. Either to protect the links of an affiliate from the afore mentioned or to keep G from indexing it i.e. penalizing the site. Or to hide it as the webmaster is doing something underhanded, like cookie stuffing.
    That's how I have always used it and understood it. You mask the links so they appear to be part of your site. Hit them with a nofollow so they don't pass pr, and you are set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kassemEzz View Post
    Hi all...
    Im a bit confused about link cloaking... what exactly is it and why is it good to cloak our affiliate links?
    Well simply link cloaking is the technique of replacing your long url (might contain your affiliate id and other information if you are an affiliate) to short one. See its not good to give such a long url to people when you want them to buy your products (long urls intimidate people (my experience) ). So we shorten URL. Simple
    Google "url shortener" if you want to cloak your links.

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    One form of cloaking you may see a lot is PPC cloaking. Basically, when the URL displayed on the ad and the URL of the actual landing page doesn't match, it means the advertiser is cloaking what they are telling the ad platform.

    People do this in Adwords/Adcenter as a (black hat) way around non-compliant landing pages.

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