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.




Join the Discussion
Write something…
Recent messages
BShafferman Premium
Great information. Thanks for sharing. I heard about hi-jacking when I first started but didn't really understand it.
Thanks again for sharing
Reply
immistermike Premium
You're welcome!
Reply
Fashionholic Premium
I am worried . Its too technical . How can i even understand it ? Hardest for Newbies to dive into this web development. I hope i can get some outcome.
Reply
immistermike Premium
As you get into the training you will learn how to link to the Wealthy Affiliate starter and premium account creation sites. For you to get credit, you're affiliate id has to be in the link. When you get to the training that uses PrettyLinks, you'll now know what it is for. It's a cloak to protect your affiliate links.

Hope this helped
Mike
Reply
JewelCarol Premium
Thanks for sharing, Michael, great training.:)
Reply
immistermike Premium
Thank you, Jewel! I appreciate the support!
Mike
Reply
RDoren Premium
A good blog, but too technical for this newbie!
Reply
immistermike Premium
Thank you, Robert! Hang in there - you'll get it!
Reply
SadieChan Premium
Thanks for the info. Good to know there are ways to prevent hijacking your affiliate commissions.
Reply
Gerlinde Premium
Interesting topic! Thanks for letting us know...
Reply
immistermike Premium
You're welcome, Gerlinde! Thank YOU!
Mike
Reply
brooksbode90 Premium
Thanks for the necessary updates, Michael.
Reply
immistermike Premium
Thank you, Sheila!
Mike
Reply
brooksbode90 Premium
You're welcome, Mike.
Reply
iZED Premium
Interesting read Michael! I just asked a question in the platform about cloaked links being prohibited by, in this case, Amazon. So what do you think?
Also, I asked about the EasyAzon plugin, which fit the Prettylink description, but it's not free, though getting good reviews.
Reply
immistermike Premium
You may be right about Amazon. I truly don't know because I live in a Nexus state so I cannot use Amazon at all because my state considers me to be a brick and mortar entity which requires Amazon to collect/distribute sales tax, which Amazon refuses to do. I also read that Amazon wants users to know where they are being sent to. It's a bit of a catch-22. Naked links or cloaked links.

I'm not familiar with EasyAzon and have stuck with PrettyLink, though I did upgrade to Pro.
Reply
iZED Premium
Yes, I heard about, like, 5 states are excluded, now I know why. Some marketers say they cloak and redirect links and they're just fine, others say you'd get banned.
Anyway, if you dig and find some trustful info, please share with us.
Reply
immistermike Premium
I just read a rather lengthy article on this subject on a website called marketing with sara dot com. Basically, the people getting banned do not identify themselves as Amazon affiliate (no Affiliate Disclosure) and visitors are not being told that they are being sent to Amazon. They are also using Amazon links within iFrames.

This supposedly came directly from Amazon Affiliates. The user asking Amazon about the issue uses PrettyLink, too. Part of the article concludes:

3. Cloaking your affiliate links with software such as pretty link is ok with Amazon, as long as you don’t do anything malicious, such as framing the Amazon site or automatically tagging sessions with your Associates ID (also known as cookie stuffing).

Having said that, I'm not going to say one way or the other because I am not an associate and I doubt they would even speak with me about it. However, you might want to contact Amazon Associates to clarify.

Mike
Reply
OrenL Premium
Thanks for sharing this important issue! I've been using PrettyLink from start on my website. I've never liked naked affiliate links.

An extra tip: Change the affiliate link embedded in the Wealthy Affiliate banner codes you download from WA to a PrettyLink link, too.
Reply
immistermike Premium
You're right! I always make a point of doing that! Thanks for pointing that out - I'll add it it into the Tutorial!
Mike
Reply
theresroth Premium
Thank you, Mike, for showing us these defence strategies, always suspected there was more value behind Pretty Link, than immediately meets the eye!
Reply
immistermike Premium
You're right! I remember thinking, "Why hide the links?" Now we know! Thanks, Therese!
Mike
Reply
reanna1 Premium
Thanks for sharing! I didn't have a clue about hijacking in affiliate marketing!
Reply
immistermike Premium
It's something I don't hear much about but according to some of the dates on the reference material I used, it's still an ongoing issue.
Mike
Reply
DreamAngel Premium
Great information Michael! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!


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

Jim
Reply
immistermike Premium
You're welcome, Jim! The free PrettyLinks should work just fine!
Mike
Reply
RikaSF Premium
Thank you Michael. This very good advice and I will start implementing immediately:)
Reply
immistermike Premium
You're very welcome, Rika! Glad it was helpful!
Reply
Triblu Premium
Excellent training Michael, Thank YOU!
Reply
immistermike Premium
You're welcome and thank you, Trish!
Reply
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
Reply
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
Reply
seconds2work Premium
Ok, think I'm just go the easy pretty way.
Reply