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Puzzled by hop redirection on Mark's websites

pbamarketing
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Puzzled by hop redirection on Mark's websites

I've noticed that when clicking on an affiliate link at www.wowblackbook.com (eg zygorguides) the link initially connects to a php page within the domain, but then redirects to the affiliate website. The url at the affilate website then terminates with hop=enterid, appearing as if there is no affilate ID. What is actually happening here?
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faradina
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You do not see the affiliate ID because that's how the merchant Zygor Guides set up their website
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pbamarketing
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So is it necessary to first create the php pages I see in the link?
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bizbop
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I do redirects on all of my links its not hard. just google php redirect and you'll get your answer.

Also I heard that clickbank won't give you credit for any sales made from affiliate links embedded in images. So the way to get around this is to do a redirect. Plus I think it looks better "yoursite.com/loves/youroffer" over "2131sjosfwiej.hop.clickbank.net".

maybe a mod can tell what they do for images these days?
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aletta
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I'm pretty sure that there's no problem with affiliate links and images. A link is a link, regardless of whether it wraps around text or an image. I don't even see how ClickBank would know which one you're using.

And this got me for so long.... one of Mark's clickbank IDs is "enterid". Hah! For so long I thought he'd forgotten to put his affiliate ID in there, just like you did.

Redirects are a good thing. They hide your nasty affiliate links (which are even nastier now that clickbank have included that encoding thing) and let you include friendlier URLs in your newsletters etc.
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