Hijacking and what you can do about it
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.