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How To STOP Affiliate Link “Hijackers”

Almost everyone online today is looking to make or save a buck any way they can. In the past, most of the people who clicked on your Affiliate link used to purchase without a second thought… but, as times get tougher online, it seems a growing number won’t!

As money gets tighter and product prices rise, people who know how to manipulate the system will sometimes replace your affiliate ID with theirs and “hijack” your commissions.

Hijackers Attack
Hijackers Attack


The bottom line: the hijacker puts your money in his pocket.

In other cases, they can’t stand the thought of you “making money off them” . So they bypass you by simply chopping off the end of your affiliate link that contains your ID.

How to stop Affiliate Link Hijackers

To help you fight these  hijackers I offer a couple of my best (proven and battle tested) tips. Which will at least confuse these “hijackers” and, in many cases, often defeat and disarm them completely.

Side Note:

If someone really, really wants to steal your affiliate commission, they will find a way; however, most hijackers are just opportunists who will only act if they see an easy buck.

The first and cheapest way to hide your affiliate links is using a JavaScript redirect page. This is where you hide your affiliate link in a page on your site using a simple JavaScript that redirects people to your link.


Affiliate Link or Hijackers
Affiliate Link “Hijackers”


It works great not to expose your “naked” affiliate link in your actual email messages and ezine ads, but, once people get redirected to the true affiliate link, many affiliate programs expose the affiliate link along with your ID in the browser address bar.

A better way to hide your affiliate links is using a zero-frame or “invisible” frame that masks the affiliate link by making it appear you are sending people to a page on your website. In reality, you are actually sending them to your affiliate link

Currently the best way to protect your affiliate commissions from ruthless hijackers is to use a combination of a zero- frame page along with URL encryption. This involves sending someone to URL that looks like a page on your site, but actually pulls in your  link like those “sub- domain” services. However, there’s one critical difference…


Encryption and Decryption

If someone does a “view >> source” in their browser, you have added protection in that all they will see is a jumble of computer code instead of your naked affiliate link.

Side Note:

Beware of cloaking scripts that use JavaScript to mask your affiliate link because they could malfunction in some web browsers.

Here’s the bottom line: if you are going to sell through other people’s affiliate programs, never send a “naked” affiliate link.  you’re just asking for people to hijack or bypass you if you do.

If you want to get paid more often through your affiliate links. Then  make sure it’s not obvious you’re referring people to an affiliate link. If they can’t easily see how to hijack or bypass your link. A lot more people who would have taken the money out of your pocket will just go ahead and buy through your link – which is, after all, the whole point.


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