Link Cloaking Works
people don't really understand how link cloaking actually works, so
this page is
to helping you to understand the basic concepts of cloaking.
of the most common forms of cloaking are done through the use of
disguise your link info that is displayed in the browser's taskbar
when you "mouse over" the
is pretty effective for eliminating the "bare link display"
problem in the task bar of your
however this method has some drawbacks.
of the drawbacks are:
- A viewer can simply view your page source and get all your link info
- Your visitor must have java script enabled on his browser, or it won't
is the most effective type of link cloaking and the method used by
is done by creating a "re-direct" page. A re-direct page is
a web page that
an invisible frame inside the main viewing window.
of this invisible frame as another web browser window. Or a browser
a browser window.
I know, it sounds confusing! Let me try to clarify this with an
say that your affiliate link is
you click on this link, your web browser opens up the destination
page in your
window and you see all its content displayed on that web page.
let's say that you have created a re-direct page on your website, and
re-direct page "Cloaker.html". When you open
"Cloaker.html", you are viewing
web page from inside your own web site.
inside your browser window, is another window that is pointed to
which is displayed inside the main
the content from the target page "amazingcloaker.com" is
being displayed inside
web page at "yoursite.com/Cloaker.html".
you're looking at appears to be located on your own web site even
is really coming directly from your merchant's site.
you might be thinking "Won't the merchant be angry if you're
disguising the link
his/her web page?" I have to say that I have NEVER seen a
merchant object to
referrals to his/her web site along with the sales that follow.
bottom line is that you are sending them traffic and generating sales
at your own expense and effort.
are certainly not going to complain about a cloaked link, unless they
loose or something. In that case you're better off without them.
a re-direct page, everything looks the same. All the content from
your target site
displayed exactly as it would be as if you clicked on the bare link
itself. The actual
is completely cloaked. In this example the "address bar"
pages can also be created with PHP or ASP scripting without using
re-directs relay you straight to the destination site and you leave
page is not displayed inside your own web page, nor does it give the
illusion that it is
of your web site. If you don’t like the idea of your merchant’s
product page appearing to
a part of your own website, this could be a good alternative.
AmazingCloaker supports this feature as well.
either case, you would now you simply replace your bare affiliate
link in your
web page to your cloaked link, ie -
works because your affiliate info is already embedded inside your
in this example the status bar would display
when you mouse over your new link.
AmazingCloaker encrypts your affiliate link in the source code of the
for extra security.
you get the added bonus of using the "auto cookie". This
allows you to cookie
visitor even if he/she bypasses your affiliate link and goes straight
to the vendor
Now you will still receive credit for the referral!
a result, you have the peace of mind that your links are secure, your
increasing, and your merchant is happy because he/she is not losing
because of other ineffective or flawed cloaking methods.
see what a cloaked re-direct page generated by AmazingCloaker looks
see some examples of cloaked links Click