One of the biggest problems facing Affiliate Marketers is an activity known as Hijacking! Hijacking in Affiliate Marketing is synonymous with the activity by the same name that involves airliners. Someone – or some group – forces the craft off of its intended route to achieve their own goals.

In our case, someone steals your affiliate id from your URL and claims a sales commission as his/her own. Or even worse, someone sees the affiliate Id in your URL by hovering on the link and instead of linking through your site to make their purchase they exit and visit the site on their own and bypass you to make the purchase.


The first scenario is definitely illegal. The second one not so much, but it is unethical by any standard and is designed to cheat you out of your commission.


Many times your website will have all of the makings of a great marketing website. You’ve got good content. You’ve got visitors. It just seems that no one is converting or buying from your site! Maybe it’s just an anomaly. Maybe it’s a case of being hijacked. You won’t know unless you do some research!


What’s an Affiliate Marketer to do? Especially when you read that there is no foolproof way to put a stop to hijacking! What you can do is take measures to minimize your risk. I’ve got three things in mind that you can put into use right now. In some cases use of one or more of these tactics will circumvent the issue. So let’s go over them.




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TomasB Premium
I use PrettyLinks because it was recommended in the Bootcamp training by Kyle. Nice job on this tutorial Michael.
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immistermike Premium
lol - I got started using it for the same reason! Now I know why!
Glad you found it useful!
MIke
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JimSullivan1 Premium
Thanks, Michael,
That is really good info.I am using the free Pretty Link program.Is that enough?

Jim
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immistermike Premium
You're welcome, Jim! The free PrettyLinks should work just fine!
Mike
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RikaSF Premium
Thank you Michael. This very good advice and I will start implementing immediately:)
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immistermike Premium
You're very welcome, Rika! Glad it was helpful!
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Triblu Premium
Excellent training Michael, Thank YOU!
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immistermike Premium
You're welcome and thank you, Trish!
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seconds2work Premium
Thank you for that very important information. I never thought about an affiliate getting hijacked, is sound like pretty links is the fastest way. only one problem, just make sure not to add to many plug-ins onto your site. it will slow it down and you don't want your visitors waiting too long.

I got a question. Using the PHP format, will I have to make a file for each affiliate link or just one for each affiliate program I'm a part of?

EG; Make a file for WA, make a file for AM Wealthy

Thank you and God bless you
LeNard
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immistermike Premium
You can do multiples in a single script as long as they are originating from the same web server. I'd google and make sure you get the format correct. Also, I've read where using the plug-in, like PrettyLInk, is preferable to PHP modification.
Mike
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seconds2work Premium
Ok, think I'm just go the easy pretty way.
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