Joined: 09 Jul 06
25 Nov 08 3:56 am
It helps if you tell us how your site is set up.
Am I right in assuming that you're writing articles for article directories rather than for your own site? And you're placing links in these directories that send people to a .info address, which then redirects to the affiliate product through your affiliate link?
The first thing to do is check your various points of failure:
1) Perhaps your articles aren't appearing very highly in the search engines anymore. Perhaps they were initially picked up by a lot of other publishers and got you a lot of traffic at the start, but now they're old and not getting so much interest.
2) Check that your redirects are still working, and that they're still using your affiliate link.
I really don't see how a "parasite" can come in and steal commissions. Commission hijacking is just where people see that you're linking through an affiliate link, and think: "Hmmm... I could just put my own affiliate link in there..." and you don't get the commission. It's not an automated process.
I think it's much more likely that you're just not getting as much traffic through to these articles as you were before. You might have experienced a bit of a bump when you changed your products because it looked to the search engines like you'd updated your page and you got "freshness" points?
Since they're not hosted on your own site you can't watch the stats and see for sure.This is another good reason to build your own affiliate site, rather than relying on this "bum marketing" kind of tactic. (If that is, indeed, what you're doing....)