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Link Cloaking and Affiliate Marketing – Why You Aren’t Getting The Sale

So you made an amazing auto-responder email series, you wrote tons of brilliant articles, and you have an extremely catchy landing page that sucks in the leads. Yet somehow you’re getting almost no sells and you don’t understand why. Sound familiar? I know this is a pretty common problem, but it’s unfortunate that people still haven’t figured out what’s causing it.

I’ll try to explain a little of what’s happening to your sales throughout this article. Contrary to what you might be thinking – it is completely possible that your sales funnel is making tons of sales, but you’re not seeing any of the commission. Obviously this is a pretty big problem that you’ll want to take care of as soon as possible.

Basically what’s happening is this: the user is changing your affiliate ID to their own, or spyware on their computer is doing it. Both of these will stop you from getting credit for the sale even though you’re the one who made it. There’s no way that you can stop them from doing that, unless you cloak your link.

Link cloaking is when you program a redirect on your website that hides affiliate ID’s and makes it impossible for spyware or users to stop you from getting sales.

I hope you realize the difference this could make, you could be giving someone else all of your sales already. Instead of making money from your sales funnel you might be just handing it off to someone else.

Even if you make sales all the time without problems, some of them might still be stolen. It shouldn’t hurt anything to start cloaking your links so you lock in the sales. The problem is that it can be hard to make a good link cloak, unless you’re a programmer (or something of that nature).

Instead you can use one of the many link cloaking services on the internet, but I wouldn’t suggest you just use the first one that you find. Many of these will actually mess up the tracking cookies and you STILL won’t get credit for the sale. You need to make sure that you’re using a cloaking service designed for affiliate marketing – and there aren’t nearly as many of those.

I have heard horror stories of people who used redirection services such as TinyURL and Bit.ly – apparently they are notorious for often screwing up affiliate links and not giving you credit for any sales. Most other link shortening services will have these problems as well.

The best link cloaker is one that you can put on your own site so you don’t have to worry about anything breaking down or not working properly. As I mentioned earlier though, this can be difficult to make if you aren’t a programmer – or willing to pay one.

I recommend you go here and get this free report about link cloaking and the best services for affiliate marketers. I don’t know of any better place to learn what works, and what doesn’t.

Discover more about link cloaking in the free Cloak and Dagger Affiliate Secrets report. Feel free to distribute this article in any form as long as you include this resource box. You can also include your affiliate link if you sign up at Clickbank Pirate.

About the author: Andrew is a scientist who happens to know a lot about the technical aspects of blogging and listbuilding. If you have an issue with wordpress or your autoresponder and setting up squeezepages please get in touch via email / twitter or hire him on fiverr.

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