Archive for November, 2013

November 26th, 2013

Affiliate Link URL Masking

by Rahimah Sultan

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What is Affiliate Link URL Masking?

 

If you are an affiliate marketer you have links that look like the following examples.
1) http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Wireless-Reading-Display-Globa lly/dp/B003FSUDM4/ref=amb_link_353259562_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIK X0DER&pf_rd_s=center-10&pf_rd_r=11EYKTN682A79T370AM3&pf_rd_ …

2) http://secure.hostgator.com/~affiliat/cgi-bin/affiliates/clickthru.cgi?id=bcdefg

3) http://www.safelisttactics.com/?rid=118???

 

These links could and should be masked with shortened links like the following.

 

1) http://tinyurl.com/Kindle

2) http://tinyurl.com/6u9d26e

3) http://tinyurl.com/safelists-mktgg

 

Although there are numerous programs available, these are examples using tinyurl.com

 

Reasons for Link Masking

 

As with the first two examples above, sometimes your domain is too long and complicated to spell and/or write. Or you may be using free hosting that does not give you a dedicated domain but just a subdirectory of their domain. Using a shorter, more understandable and eye pleasing link will add a big boost to your online marketing.

 

Another big reason to mask affiliate links is to keep people from stealing your money. Anyone who is actively promoting other people’s products and/or services as an affiliate could be losing money from hard earned commissions because of those UGLY long affiliate URLs that target you as an affiliate, and scare away your visitors and/or potential customers.

 

Affiliate link masking sounds pretty obvious. All you’re doing is replacing that UGLY long affiliate URL with a nice cloaked (forwarded inside an invisible frame), professional domain name like the short ones listed in the above examples, that remain sticky.

 

Sticky simply means that the URL remains the domain name you chose, once your visitor has clicked on it, and it doesn’t redirect back to the UGLY long affiliate URL you started with. This makes you, the affiliate, look professional in the eyes of your visitors and/or potential customers. They don’t know if you are an affiliate or the actual web site owner. A web site’s stickiness is important to online advertisers because the longer visitors stay on the site the more exposure they have to potential advertising.

 

And lastly, people just don’t like to click on strange looking long links.

 

How does URL Masking work?

 

In case of URL Masking the Domain Forwarding server sends the client a Frames page where the Frame Source contains the destination URL you have specified. This ensures that the URL in the address bar of the browser does not change when the client sees the destination page.

 

As Web surfers become more knowledgeable of how affiliate programs work, more people will omit your affiliate ID or use someone else’s ID when ordering. Either way, you may lose commissions you’re supposed to get. Using full window frame page is probably the most effective (though not perfect) way to prevent such loss. In fact, practically all affiliate link cloaking software uses this method. The address bar won’t display your affiliate URL unless the affiliate site has a frame breaker (e.g.: Gmail). If visitors book mark the site, they will come back to your frame page. This means they use YOUR affiliate ID every time, and this could translate into sales.

 

Although masking your URL address can be very effective for marketing, in some cases it’s not necessary and disturbs the normal navigation of the user. So be sure to use URL masking only when it’s really necessary, and help convert more of your visitors into SALES!

 

There are many services online that offer this. Simply go to Google and do a search.

 

If you are a serious Affiliate Marketer and/or are just starting out online with affiliate programs then this is something you’ll definitely want to look into. Not only will you look professional in the eyes of your visitors and/or potential customers you’ll also be safe guarding your hard earned affiliate commissions with affiliate link URL masking. When visitors come to your site, the link is their first impression, and first impressions matter, especially when doing business online.

 
 

November 11th, 2013

5 Things Your Work From Home Business Needs

Operating a work from home business is the perfect opportunity for you to be your own boss provided you’re prepared to do so! Working alone can be very exciting however experiencing small business success at home requires 5 simple components or measures you must consider or take as reviewed below!
 

Structure

This is to say you’ll need to establish set working hours and not deviate from them simply because you’re working alone and can do what you please! Whether you work for somebody else or have decided to be your own boss, if you’re not productive your ‘paycheck’ will suffer as will your job security or business!
 

Self Motivation

Establishing the ‘proper’ environment is a well and good as mentioned above however without the proper motivation you’ll get little accomplished! Are you self motivated because if you’re not, trying to be your own boss will likely result in failure so this is something you MUST consider beforehand! Remember, when working alone you’ll need not only to plan your work on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, but you’ll also need to work your plan! Motivation will be needed to not only work through problems that may arise, and they will, but to also resist the temptation to ‘take time off’ whenever you please just because you can!
 

Focus

The degree of small business success you may or may NOT experience is dependent upon the quality of effort you… Click to read more
 

 

 

 

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