13 Jun 06
25 Mar 07 10:22 pm
Hi Ai Li,
I'm not sure why you're worried about your web designer seeing your affiliate links. The reason to cloak your affiliate links is so that people clicking on your affiliate links don't immediately notice that it IS an affiliate link, and think "oh, maybe I could sign up to this affiliate program, create my own affiliate link and by purchasing through my own affiliate link I'll essentially receive a discount".
When they do this, it means you don't get the commission you deserve. This can be a problem in certain markets, where people understand how affiliate commissions work. Most people don't have a clue, so it's not something to be VERY worried about.
The only other reason to cloak a link is so that it looks more professional when people click on it. Again, nothing to be VERY worried about at this point.
There is absolutely no reason to be nervous about your web designer seeing affiliate links. Just make sure that your web designer knows that you're using affiliate links to go to certain sites... in this case it's a good idea to provide your designer with a list of your affiliate links and the sites they correspond to. If you're worried that your web designer might insert his/her own affiliate links into your site, it's very easy to check after the site has been made. And it's very unlikely to happen!
I hope that helps,