October 6, 2007

affiliate link cloaker

Filed under: Internet,Marketing — Joe Brewer @ 6:17 pm

All affiliate marketers know the problem of commission theft – that is people altering the your url so that you don’t receive your commission from any sales. There are two kinds of theft – the thief can replace the affiliate id from a link with their own or remove it completely. Either way you lose out.This software allows affiliate marketers to cloak their affiliate links using either Mambo or Joomla! CMS to stop people from taking the commission themselves. Not only does this mambot turn the target url into unreadable rubbish like this:

h t t p : / / w w w . h y p n o s i s d o w n l o a d s . c o m ? 5 0 9

It also generates javascript so that the status bar doesn’t display the target url.

How to use:

1. Install the mambot in the usual way.

2. In the link that you want to cloak put the word affiliate. For example, with this link:

<a href=””>Rosalind Gardners Super Affiliate Handbook</a>

change it to:

<a affiliate href=””>Rosalind Gardners Super Affiliate Handbook</a>

or if you are using a WYSIWYG editor, change it to:

{mos_afflink href=””}Rosalind Gardners Super Affiliate Handbook{/mos_afflink}

That’s all there is to it! It couldn’t be simpler.

If you want to make the text in the status bar change when the user puts their mouse over the link, use the “statustext” tag in the link. For example:

<a affiliate statustext=”Rosalind Gardners Super Affiliate Handbook” href=””>Rosalind Gardners Super Affiliate Handbook</a>

or if you are using a WYSIWYG editor:

{mos_afflink statustext=”Rosalind Gardners Super Affiliate Handbook” href=””}Rosalind Gardners Super Affiliate Handbook{/mos_afflink}

The Joomla! Mambot will then take care of the rest.

If you don’t run Joomla!, this product does an excellent job of creating cloaked links for your affiliate site: Affiliate Link Cloaker.

Incidentally, if you haven’t got Rosalind Gardeners excellent guide on affiliate marketing if definitely worth a read. Even though it is full of affiliate links, the products that she recommends are high quality, it is full of good advice, and she offers excellent after sales support. Her book starts from the very basics – from how to setup a website, to choosing the subjects to use and selecting the right companies to affiliate with. Buy her ebook here.

Download the new Joomla version (version 2) of my affiliate link cloaker mambot here. This version should work with all WYSIWYG editors.

September 10, 2007

Another rewrite for my Lonely Hearts Column dating site

Filed under: General,Marketing,Software — Joe Brewer @ 5:14 pm

It’s time for my 6 monthly rewrite for my dating site. I feel I’ve really gone to town this time 🙂 Not only have I flattened loads of bugs, I’ve redesigned the look and even gone to the expense of commisioning some artwork.

I’ve also rewritten loads of the database queries as I’m now using MySQL 4.1.x – my old host (yes I’ve changed hosting providers as well) was on 4.0.x and didn’t have any plans to upgrade when I asked them a few months back, so now I can use sub queries 🙂

Now all I need is a ton of traffic. Let me know what you think of my updated lonely hearts personals site

July 4, 2007

Big Brother Love

Filed under: Marketing — Joe Brewer @ 4:21 pm

Well, my Big Brother experiment is going well. I’m learning all sorts of things about getting traffic and monitising it. The big brother sites that I have built are my most successful in getting traffic, not that that says a great deal as they are only getting a few hundred visits a day. However, I aim to get even more with some new domains that I have bought. The American big brother will be starting this Thursday, so it should be the perfect opportunity to apply what I have learnt.

The first of the new sites is here: Jessica Hughbanks. I have to make a few more changes to the style of it, but it’s pretty much there.

June 10, 2007

Big Brother site experiment

Filed under: Marketing — Joe Brewer @ 2:37 pm

I’ve just finished the artwork (yes, I know its pretty crap) for my big brother sites. Feast your eyes on the latest goings on for the Big Brother housemates Shabnam, Charley, Nicky, Emily and Amanda

June 7, 2007

Big Brother

Filed under: Marketing — Joe Brewer @ 2:05 pm

Well, here is the first of my Big Brother websites. I’ve spent a few evenings during the last week creating a basic CMS so that I can create the sites quickly. There is so much going on in the Big Brother household at the moment, so I need to get my skates on with the other sites – Emily got removed today for using a racist word, so I’ll be doing her site next I think.

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