One big problem online for many affiliates is the simple fact that people are hijacking your affiliate commissions.
Are Your Affiliate Commissions Being Hijacked?
Maybe you thought that this type of behavior was only happening in the real world and not in cyberspace, however given the chance whether online or off unscrupulous people will take money and merchandise and it isn’t any different online right now than it is in the real world.
The real world shop merchants use locks and alarms to deter thieves from getting their hands on any products that they have not purchased.
Internet business owners and affiliates need to use some form anti-theft software or purchase membership software such as WishList Members to protect their sales.
Here are some WordPress plugins and services that you can use right now to protect your affiliate business and any affiliate commissions:
MaxBlogPress Affiliate Ninja WordPress Plugin
Affiliate Ninja has been created by MaxBlogPress and is a very powerful affiliate link cloaking plugin that will convert all your affiliate links in to more user-friendly format while tracking every click. Another feature is where you can turn any word on your WordPress blog into an affiliate link automatically. Read more here on Affiliate Ninja.
Pretty Links WordPress Plugin
With Pretty Links you can do many different things such as shrink, track and share any URL on the Internet right from your WordPress blog. This plugin also allows you to create short links that are on your own domain! As well as tracking each click on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from, the browser and so on…
There is a free version and Pro version, read more about Pretty Links.
WP Link Engine WordPress Plugin (No Longer Being Updated)
WP Link Engine is a very powerful WordPress plugin that can help you manage not only your affiliate links and stop your affiliate commissions from being hijacked, but you can also manage many other aspects of your site links using this plugin. This is only a very brief explanation there are many more features available at the WP Link Engine Website.
GoTryThis Hosted Affiliate Link Cloaker
Gotrythis is an affiliate link management program that allows you to track every aspect of your affiliate campaigns. Your links work from your own site and help to brand your business keeping you in control of all your links. It’s easy to use and can handle millions of clicks.
It also makes sure your links are working correctly on a daily basis, and has loads of cool abilities designed for marketers, like split-testing affiliate links and time or quantity limited scarcity links.
Is suitable for static HTML sites and WordPress blogs, read more about GoTryThis.
Below you are going to find information on what you should not use to protect your affiliate commissions and the reason why it is not longer suitable.
Understanding What Meta Refresh Is…
So what is a meta refresh, it is a simple piece of HTML code which automatically redirects your site visitor to another page (usually your affiliate URL). It provides a convenient way of presenting your affiliate links in any newsletters you might be sending. It has in the past help reduce commission bypassing and commission hijacking.
The attraction to using meta refreshes was that if merchants changed their affiliate links, you could change links on dozens of pages quickly and easily by altering only one file.
This is now also available in every affiliate cloaking program that we have listed above…
What You Should Not Use Meta Refresh To Protect Affiliate Commissions
One issue that you will encounter with using meta refresh is that all the search engines don’t like meta refreshes because they have frequently been used for unsavory purposes (black hat).
When we say unsavory we mean that this technique has been used as part of phishing attacks that actually confuse your visitor as to what website they are actually on.
For anyone that does decide that meta refresh is right for them even after reading why it is not then make sure every link you create is attributed with “No Follow”
What ever you choose to do to protect your affiliate commissions make sure it is suitable for your needs, and remember that many of the redirect options that you might come across online have been used to fool the search engines in the past, so do your research first before using any techniques on your site.
Be aware that affiliate commission and product theft is a big problem for many online businesses and you need to take the necessary steps to protect your affiliate commissions.
Everyone of the programs or services listed above are currently being used on one of our websites, maybe you have others that you would like to let us know about that you are using to protect your affiliate commissions… If so please let us know in the comment section below and we will be sure to check it out.