17 May 12
13 Sep 12 4:46 pm
Affiliate link cloaking is about creating redirects instead of cloaking your site to fool the search engines. I don't even know why people call it cloaking. Actual cloaking is a different practice than creating redirects.
You just create a link that redirects users to the affiliate link you use to promote a product. Affiliate marketers do it because it is:
- prettier than standard, encrypted affiliate links
- supposedly safer (difficult to hijack links)
- easier to track clicks
- and perhaps other reasons I am unaware of
There is no point in fooling the search engines with that technique because they ultimately know where the link is pointing to. You also don't fool the users because it points to the product you are reviewing.
If you point a redirect to a completely unrelated page/product, then it becomes a problem.
Redirects also become a problem when you redirect people without their permission to other sites.
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