I understand that I can send a referral to anything I've authored in WA using just a "bare" link (not an affiliate link). WA will automatically append my affiliate information to that bare link, in the following situations:
- a link to a blog I've written
- a link to a tutorial I've made
- a link to a question I've asked
- a link to my profile
- a comment I've written. The link would be of the form https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/ [WA link info here]/comment/4822803 which lands at a specific comment on a page. Since it has no affiliate information on it, it is still a bare link. EDIT: No - this won't work. It's OK to link to other content you've authored, but it won't work if you're linking directly to a comment you made to someone else's content.

In addition, I understand that if I put a bare link in one of my social media shares (Google+, Twitter, etc), WA will similarly append my affiliate information to that bare link - even if it links to content in WA that I did not author. EDIT: This will work only if the link is to content you've authored, as indicated above!

If I'm mistaken about any of the above, please let me know.

Thanks for weighing in and clarifying!

Dennis

Is that your Final Answer?


Kyle just weighed in, saying:

It doesn't append your affiliate information for stuff you have created, but you get automatic credit. It will look like the raw link still, but anything without an affiliate link attached is granted automatically to the owner of that content.
So yes, you are correct here.
Another cool aspect is that when your content gets indexed in Google and you get traffic from that to your content, your affiliate link will also be set and you will get credit from those individuals that join as well. :)

... exactly what Robert had commented below.

Apparently there is no magic involved at all! If you have content on WA, whether blog, tutorial, question, or even your own profile - if you wrote the title of the article and got it ranked in Google, you'll get affiliate credit for anyone who clicks on a link to your content and signs up at WA. The same holds true if they click on a bare link to your content if the link is in an email or in a social share!

... and now I know!

Dennis

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MarionBlack Premium
Good question Dennis. I prefer to be sure about affiliate links so I use PrettyLink Lite to create shortened links which pass muster on YouTube and social media. It's just too important to leave to chance. PM me if you need more details. ~Marion
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Prestones Premium
It's official Marion. Someone clicking on a bare links in a social share or on a link that comes up in a Google search will be credited to your account if they sign up to WA after visiting the linked content you wrote.

Kyle's response is pasted at the bottom of the answer above. Aint that grand?!

Dennis
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AngelaHall Premium
ok, I took the url from above (address bar) for your comment and went to FB
http://screencast.com/t/rAE1bZ2DP
this is how it looked when I clicked post (changed settings to only me lol)
http://screencast.com/t/x3lRwjWVk2
you'll see that once posted, I hover mouse over link and below you see the same url I copied, no affiliate link
http://screencast.com/t/0qQBEROv0A
but if I copy the link from the affiliate box, it is the same url in address bar, linked to the comment but my affil ID is added at the end
http://screencast.com/t/bBoDcKyATA2y
I post it on FB, it looks exactly the same, but you can see my affiliate ID in the link
http://screencast.com/t/tyAUD9PoDXIb
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Prestones Premium
Great idea Angela!

I went to Google and searched for my profile in another browser using "link:http://wealthyaffiliate.com prestones" but when I clicked through I didn't get an affiliate link in the URL bar - I just got the popup to sign up after a moment or two.

I did the same thing for a blog I'd posted, and once again got a popup to sign up, but there was no affiliate link in the URL bar.

Time to ask the powers that be! Stay tuned here and I'll post back with whatever I find out. Given that it's Saturday, perhaps we'll hear back on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Dennis
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AngelaHall Premium
did you use incognito? I'm going to look at that now.
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AngelaHall Premium
guess I'm not quite getting what you are trying to discover. I went to an incognito window and pasted the link to your pofile ( https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/prestones ) in to search and got this
http://screencast.com/t/h7A1uoWmDIjs
so you want to know if you share your profile link, will it have your affil ID? without using the affil button?
I don't think that is possible. If you want to ensure your affil id is in it then you have to use the white button.
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Prestones Premium
Hi Angela -

No, I'm logged in using Firefox, so I checked using Chrome - where I wasn't logged in. I'm interested in being able to send folks to WA without an affiliate link on occasion.

For example, using an affiliate link in a social share is a good way to get your account banned! Being able to simply link to a target page and have "the system" here at WA know the link came from you would be great. You'd have a chance at a conversion (and commission), with no danger of a ban.

I'll let you know how it all works out...

Dennis
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AngelaHall Premium
oh ok, I think I am following you now lol. Thing is, it won't work. Without your affiliate ID in it, there's no way for WA to give you credit. I know social media has cracked down on affil links but there are ways around. For example, in private groups, I have shared links and they were not removed. I would imagine because it is a closed group and people have the choice to join or leave.
another way around it is to link to something you wrote on your site which has your WA affil link in it.
Is that what you were meaning?
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Prestones Premium
Correct. I'm still relatively new at WA, and I'm still exploring the nooks and crannies of the system. I've also got a lot of training (and blogging) in front of me!

Dennis
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AngelaHall Premium
no worries. I'll be the first to admit I don't know everything (wouldn't want to either - who wants all that responsibility lol)
and I'm still learning too, it never stops :)
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AngelaHall Premium
you dont share the url, you share this
http://screencast.com/t/QB3IrbFbRSns
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Prestones Premium
Yes, that was exactly my question Angela. I just found that Kyle's mention that you DO get affiliate credit for any content you create (posts, questions, or tutorials) - even if they click through on a bare link. See his comments at Still researching and polling for answers...

Dennis
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ChrisGooden Premium
I've just read the article several times, and at no time did I see anything different from the stated "earn affiliate credit for this by default (as the content creator)". It is clear to me, from the content and context, that it refers to MY post about MY article using MY affiliate link.

The wording is "content creator", and no mention of "bare link".

Not a hint about anything being automatically added to a non-affiliate link.
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Prestones Premium
Hi Chris -

It's the graphic in Kyle's lesson that gives me the impression that there is some affiliate connection. In fact, that seems to be the point of the lesson.

Kyle indicates that Google has given WA status as an authority site, and indexes WA frequently. He goes on to say that by contributing to the WA community (through posts, questions, and tutorials), we benefit when someone clicks through to our content after finding it in a Google search.

Given that Google's links wouldn't have any affiliate information associated with them when the surfer clicks on the WA link, it seemed reasonable to assume that Kyle and Carson had worked some magic. The nature of that magic would ensure that any incoming traffic to content you author is credited to you - if the surfer signs up for membership at WA.

I understand that the system may track the surfer's click and subsequent activity using something other than affiliate information tacked on the end of the link, but it's also possible that the capability has been deprecated or broken during ongoing system updates - so I thought I'd ask.

I'll post back here when I hear back from Kyle - stay tuned!

Dennis
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AngelaHall Premium
Thanks for the more detailed info. Excellent question (now that I completely understand it lol - took me a bit). I look forward to hearing the answer.
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Prestones Premium
The verdict is in Angela - Kyle's response is pasted at the bottom of the question above.

If we have a bare link in a social share, or someone clicks on a link that comes up in a Google search, the author of the linked content gets credit if the visitor signs up for WA.

How excellent!

Dennis
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AngelaHall Premium
cool, thanks for letting me know :)
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ChrisGooden Premium
Aha! I think I see where you are picking up the inference. It's in that magic little phrase you used "... we benefit when someone clicks through to our content after finding it in a Google search."

The key, I think is in that bit of the line that says "clicks through ... to OUR content".

Once they are on "OUR content" (not someone else's content) then, naturally, our affiliate info is already in it. It does not need to be "picked up".
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Loes Premium
I don't know about the comment, if that's also will tranfer into an affiliatelink, the profile does, and further the affiliate buttons on top.
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Prestones Premium
Hi Loes!

Just to make sure I understand you - are you're confirming that a bare link back to my profile will have my affiliate information put on it, and that bare links in social shares will get affiliate information too?

My apologies, I'm just not clear about the affiliate buttons on top.

Thanks for jumping in!

Dennis
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Loes Premium
Yes, but only the bare link from your profile, only this link https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/prestones
for blogs and tutorials you need to use your affiliate button for links
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Prestones Premium
Hi (again) Loes

I just ran across this from Kyle in Level 4 Lession 7 "If someone clicks on this [pictured in the Lesson] and joins Wealthy Affiliate because of this post, I earn affiliate credit for this by default (as the content creator). Over time this could add up to a significant amount of income if you are regularly contributing to the community with posts, questions, and training content."

It seems Kyle is telling us we'll get affiliate credit for those that come to our content from an external link.

<sigh> Now that I've got my teeth into it, I won't be able to put it down until I know...

Dennis
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Loes Premium
I will go over this training, thanks Dennis
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Prestones Premium
Hi Loes -

Kyle just confirmed that we do get affiliate credit for anyone that clicks through to content we've authored (blogs, tutorials, etc) - even if the link they clicked has no affiliate information on it. I pasted Kyle's response below the question at the top of this page.

Certainly great news for linking from social media!

Dennis
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Loes Premium
Thanks for biting your teeth in the matter :)
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NickelSEO Premium
Sharing outside if WA use your affiliate link. But yeah inside of WA you're solid.
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Prestones Premium
Thanks for jumping in Benjamin!

Loes added to the thread here too, and I just found a bit from Kyle that seems to indicate that if someone clicks on a Google link for content you created (Kyle's words - post, questions, or tutorials), you'd get affiliate credit for that site visitor when they clicked through. See Stay tuned right here for more...

Dennis
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Prestones Premium
Kyle just weighed in Benjamin. If someone clicks on a bare (non-affiliate) link that lands on content you authored, you'll get affiliate credit when they sign up at WA.

I posted Kyle's response at the bottom of the question above.

How great is that?!

Dennis
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