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    Securing Direct Links!
    Hello everyone,

    First post here at abestweb! Sorry if it comes off a little amateur.

    I started a blog-style marketplace with coupons that has started to gain a little traction and bring in some sales. I am using direct linking to retailers and shared hosting on a relatively popular hosting service.

    I always hear horror stories about fraud/hackers hijacking links and i'd rather be safe than sorry when it comes to security of my site. Wondering about some early precautions that might be useful, especially in terms of protecting my direct affiliate links throughout the site.

    Also, what kind of hosting in necessary to ensure safety?

    Thanks!

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    OPM and Moderator Chuck Hamrick's Avatar
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    Its not necessarily hosting. Look up creating an internal redirect or router. Look at popular coupon sites and see what they are doing.

    When you say direct links do you mean you are not using affiliate links?

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    Hi chuck,

    Thanks for the reply.

    Yes, I am using embedded affiliate links that go from my site directly to the affiliate's web store. No redirects or anything of that sort yet.

    Looks to me that sites like RetailMeNot have some pretty advanced redirects just not sure where to start or even how to implement a simplified version.

    just getting my feet wet, thanks again!

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    ...and a Pirate's heart. Convergence's Avatar
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    Yeah, there's always going to be some sort of "stealing" going on with affiliate sites - but for the most part, one would have to be a helluva popular site for the bad guys to even notice and to bother to try and do something with a naked link. More likely to have your cookie overwritten by another affiliate or channel before someone actually manges to do something with your link. Know what I mean?

    Search on the forum for 'creating a redirect', should come up with some useful posts. The technology is actually pretty simple - even then, there are scripts and even websites out there than can pull your affiliate info from a 'jump' or 'redirect'...
    Salty kisses, Sandy toes, and a Pirate's heart...

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    If you do link shortening/cloaking, make sure you check each network and merchant TOS as some do prohibit it.
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    Covergence - Thanks for the tips. Yeah, guess I'm a little paranoid. Will search the forum and look into redirects

    Phil - Will keep in mind if I implement some of these things.

    Thanks again for the replies you guys

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    OPM and Moderator Chuck Hamrick's Avatar
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    As Convergence advised its worth looking into but you need to focus on generating traffic and conversion first.

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