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    Could you please share your experience on using those service that can cloak affiliate links?

    What are the pros & cons?

    Are there any SE Indexing problem?

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    I don't have any answers, but I'd like to bump this to the top.

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    I could probably give you a definitive answer if I knew what services you were talking about and how they work. At the moment, not enough detail to give an answer.

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    there are a few websites offer this service target for clickbank affiliate links users.
    i am particularly refer to such offers.

    There could be others too.

    i think if the sole purpose is just to prevent webmaster to purchase product without bypass your refer link. This is not the perfect solution.

    Webmaster know how to find actual site url to purchase products directly.

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    For link cloaking I usually use a blank html page (on my web host) with meta refresh 0 in head tag. When visitor clicks on this link he is redirected to a merchan site.

    Oskars
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    I'm not sure if this is what you want, but ...

    If you just want to hide your affiliate links you can use some simple redirection and/or click coutner script.
    Instead of all those qksrv.net's you will have http://www.yourdomain.com/script?ID or something similar.

    I am using a very simple Perl script on my site:
    Instead of http://www.qksrv.net/click... (and other networks of course) I use http://www.mydomain.com/go.cgi?ID (ID is a uniqe number). The script counts clicks and then redirects to the affiliate link.

    I haven't seen any problems with SE rankings because of it's use. I still have good rankings and have use it for more then half year now.

    If anyone wants it let me know. It's a SIMPLE Perl script and requires MySQL. I wrote it for my use so it realy is very simple (also comes with a simple admin interface), but it does the job. But of course, there are many others, try http://cgi.resourceindex.com and http://www.hotscripts.com



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    Oskars, did you consider what happens when a visitor goes through your setup to the merchant and then they try to get back to your page? If they press "Back" after being redirected, they are taken to the META refresh page. Then the refresh is activated sending them back to the merchant's page they just tried to leave. I think that's too much frustration. I'm still looking for another answer too.

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    Ah, if you're referring to what C4 is talking about, then there are no problems with search engine rankings at all. I thought you might be talking about a different kind of 'cloaking' altogether.

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    for META refresh page

    will SE not indexed that page or penalize the whole site?

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    Hi C4

    Do you have more than one link for each merchant?

    Then you have to set up many more links too.
    If you link direct to dept. or products

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    Well basically I have to go to tadmin panel, enter each link I want to "hide" and then change it on my site to "go.cgi?ID".

    A lot of work if you have many links, that's true.



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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>for META refresh page

    will SE not indexed that page or penalize the whole site?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Well, what Oskars is doing isn't spam. He ain't trying to trick the search engines, so there is nothing to be penalised for. As the pages that the meta-refresh is on are blank, then there's nothing for them to index. Personally, I would robots.txt exclude them just to be certain that they don't turn up in a search engine as a result of link analysis, but that's just me.

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