09 Jul 06
06 Apr 09 11:29 pm
So many people get so worried about link hijacking, but the reality is that the only people who are going to be "hijacking" your commissions are fellow affiliates: They will notice that a link is an affiliate link, and they might be inclined to think "ooh, that's interesting, I can create an affiliate link myself and buy through my OWN link!"
To me, it seems like this is only going to be a problem if you're promoting products to people who know about affiliate marketing. The average person interested in a dog training product, or a learn spanish product, or a weight loss product... they're not going to know about affiliate marketing, and they're not going to know how to "hijack" your link. The thought won't even cross their minds.
The people who are most likely to "hijack" are people looking at products in the "make money online" niche: They're the ones who know about it, and if they're going to do it they're going to do it. They'll know what you're up to, link cloaker or no link cloaker. This is one reason why a lot of affiliates in this niche will offer "bonus" products for people who purchase through their links: To encourage people not to buy through their own links!
So that's a lengthy discussion on why you shouldn't be paranoid about this: Now for the practical part.
A simple redirect will do pretty much the same trick as a TinyURL address: You send people to your redirect, which might live at yourdomain.com/recommends/thisproduct and then that will automatically redirect to your affiliate link, which will send people to the merchant site.
The only way your visitor will know they've been through an affiliate link is if the merchant is a little lazy with how they create their affiliate links: There might be a little tell-tale reference at the end of the URL in the address bar. But there's no way you can fix that yourself.
We have a lesson on this in Affilorama. http://www.affilorama.com/site-building ... -redirects