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    Link cloaking on datafeed sites
    Link cloaking is great, nice etc. and it boosts our bottom line. That's a known fact.

    What I'm concerned with is the attitude of major networks towards cloaking. Are they OK with this practice? Are there any exceptions/rules here?

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    All the large sites do it like Bizrate, Shopzilla, Shopping.com, Pricegrabber, etc. I don't see why we can't. Especially when networks like CJ are actively trying to cloak their links as best as possible. I think it's in everybody's best interest except maybe the affiliates who are trying to copy your links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snib
    I think it's in everybody's best interest except maybe the affiliates who are trying to copy your links.
    "Copy my links"? What do you mean?

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    When you expose your links, affiliates can easily copy your pages and content and do a string replace on your tracking code. Each link will go to the proper destination on the merchant's website. If you cloak your links, they have no way but to log into the networks to find a link that leads to each particular landing page. It also shows them where to go to join the programs you're promoting. I believe exposing that information opens us up to site copiers.

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    Link "cloaking" as you call it (I prefer not to call it that since the word "cloaking" does have other uses and negative connotations in SEO), is a common practice.

    I don't think there's any affiliate network who has an issue with putting a link behind a redirect URL. There was certainly no ill-will toward the practice in my time at the networks.

    Of course if you're using it to hide some other activity that violates network terms, all bets are off.

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    Thanks for clarifying, that's good news for me.

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