G-Lock Affiliate Link Cloaker is an advanced redirect tool which completely hides affiliate links using encryption! It makes the affiliate links invisible, while at the same time boosting click-through rates and commissions for everyone promoting affiliate products.

 

Affiliate Link:
Destination Link: (required)
File Name: (required)  .html
   

Page Source:

 

Field Descriptions

Affiliate Link – This is the actual URL (including the http://) of your affiliate link. For example: http://www.fastblogfinder.com/home.php?ref=XXXXX

Destination Link – This the URL of the web page where your visitor will be redirected through your affiliate ID.

File Name – The link cloaker creates a webpage you will add to your site. Enter the name you want to use for the actual file. To create a file with the name somepage.htm, you would enter "somepage". 

Page Source – This is the HTML source with your encrypted affiliate link. You can simply copy/paste it if you want.


How to use G-Lock Affiliate Link Cloaker

G-Lock Affiliate Link Cloaker works with ANY affiliate program. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Enter your affiliate link
  • Enter the destination link
  • Enter the file name
  • Click "Save to Disk". Your encrypted affiliate code will be saved to the .html file.
  • Upload the .html file on your website
  • Send your visitors to the new .html page. Your visitors will be directed transparently to the affiliate destination without revealing the affiliate coding.

Why did we create it?

Studies have shown that regular affiliate links dramatically decrease click-through rates and sales because:

  • nobody is secured from a commission theft (people simply chop of your affiliate code and add in their own)
  • affiliate links are usually long, unsightly and look confusing to normal people
  • people simply don't want you to get a commission

The solution is G-Lock Affiliate Link Cloaker!

With Affiliate Link Cloaker you can:

  • Encrypt and hide your affiliate links
  • Refer the visitor to any page on the site using your affiliate id
  • Skip the merchant's opt-in page and redirect the visitor straight to the sales page with your affiliate cookie being setup
  • Increase your sales and commission
  • No need to use external "short url" services like TinyURL
     

Examples of using G-Lock Affiliate Link Cloaker 


Method 1.  Redirecting visitors to the product home page through your affiliate ID

Affiliate Link: http://www.fastblogfinder.com/home.php?ref=XXXXX

Destination Link: http://www.fastblogfinder.com/

File Name: blogfinder

Click Save to Disk to save your encrypted affiliate link to the blogfinder.html file.

Upload the blogfinder.html file to your web site.

The link to the Fast Blog Finder home page on your web site can look like below:

"To read more about Fast Blog Finder, click here (http://www.fastblogfinder.com/blogfinder.html)"

 
Method 2.  Redirecting visitors to the product download file through your affiliate ID

Affiliate Link: leave it empty

Destination Link: http://www.regnow.com/trialware/download/Download_FastBlogFinder_setup.exe?item=2631-17&affiliate=XXXXX

File Name: DownloadBlogFinder

Click Save to Disk to save your encrypted affiliate link to the DownloadBlogFinder.html file.

Upload the DownloadBlogFinder.html file to your web site.

The download link of the Fast Blog Finder on your web site can look like below:

"To download Fast Blog Finder, click here (http://www.fastblogfinder.com/DownloadBlogFinder.html)"

 

Method 3.  Redirecting visitors straight to the sales page through your affiliate ID bypassing the merchant's opt-in page

Using this method you can skip the merchant's opt-in page and direct the visitor straight to the sales page with the affiliate cookie being setup. So, your visitors don't have to opt-in the second time if they have already subscribed on your mini-site. It's assumed that you know the URL of the merchant's sales page.

Affiliate Link: your affiliate link, example: http://affiliateid.merchant.hop.clickbank.net

Destination Link: the sales page URL, example: http://www.merchant.com/salespage.htm

File Name: OrderProgram

Click Save to Disk to save your encrypted affiliate link to the OrderProgram.html file.

Upload the OrderProgram.html file to your web site.

For more examples please see my article How to protect your affiliate links

Comments (16)

  • Austin
    May 5, 2010 at 08:27 |

    Hi Julia;

    Thanks for the reply. The problem with going straight to the sales page is that it will bypass the affiliate cookie πŸ™

    And the problem with going to the opt-in page first is that often the redirect will be coming from my own squeeze page so the user would have to opt-in twice.

    Jim Edwards covers this at http://www.igottatellyou.com/blog/bypass-the-merchants-forced-opt-in-page/

  • May 24, 2010 at 12:25 |

    Hello Julia, I’ve been a visitor of your blog, for a while now! And never noticed your link cloaker before. Gogvo tools and all other web master tools, I am a total sucker for! I have bought two link cloakers that were to put it mildly crap… and you had this little diamond sitting in the side bar! Of your blog, waiting to be used.

  • Austin
    June 6, 2010 at 09:52 |

    This would be even neater if it created affiliate links that bypassed the sellers opt-in page (going straight to to their sales page) but still registered the affiliate cookie from the opt-in page.

  • August 2, 2010 at 13:00 |

    Great tool you have here. I will be coming back to do this on a regular basis.

    Something I did was create a folder on my site called “recommends.”

    I make an .html file with my cloaked redirect link in that folder. The problem with my method is the affiliate link is visible if someone stops the page from completely loading. They can then see the redirect link I am using and place their own affiliate link in it if they have an account.

    Thanks for this tool.

  • mike
    August 9, 2010 at 11:00 |

    When i upload the file to my website, the link ends up being, h**p://www.mywebsite.com/document/salespage.html? is there any way to upload it and not have /document be in my link?

    • Julia
      September 13, 2010 at 15:03 |

      When i upload the file to my website, the link ends up being, h**p://www.mywebsite.com/document/salespage.html? is there any way to upload it and not have /document be in my link?

      You just need to upload the salespage.html file to the root directory on your website. You can do this using cPanel -> File Manager.

  • mike
    August 19, 2010 at 12:50 |

    hi julia, read the reply. should i upload as a file on the srever and that is it? do i have to put the info in the html file on a page i created for the redirect or does it not have to be on a page at all?? thank you.

    • Julia
      August 26, 2011 at 15:21 |

      Hello Mike,

      After you used the Link Cloaker, you should have got a .html file, for example, mysite.html. Now you need to upload this .html file to your web site using a FTP client. The path to the .html page will be h**p://www.yourwebsite.com/mysite.html. Then, you direct your customers to the h**p://www.yourwebsite.com/mysite.html page. When they click on the link, the Link Cloaker will redirect them to your actual cloaked page.

  • December 17, 2010 at 17:45 |

    Julia,

    I would definitely say that your method of naming the links “download” is pure gold! This is sure to not look like an affiliate link and will help increase conversions like crazy.

  • July 31, 2011 at 14:58 |

    Hi Austin,

    Affiliate Link Cloaker cannot find the sales page for you. If you know the URL of the sellers’ sales page, you can enter it into the Destination URL field and after the affiliate link is encrypted, it will lead directly to the sales page bypassing the opt-in page.

  • Darin
    September 1, 2011 at 17:55 |

    Hi
    I new to all this and I was just wondering to you insert the img src they used for tracking into the affiliate link area?
    Or do you leave that out and leave it on the same page as the link your using to send to the redirect page?

    Thanks

  • Jayen
    September 11, 2011 at 09:55 |

    Hi

    I’ve been trying to get your redirect files to work on two of my wordpress V2.8 blogs using Method 3 (bypassing a squeeze page) but I’m afraid it’s not working!

    The file was put in a sub folder off of the root directory (both blogs are root installs). When i navigate to the file, my blog just comes up with a 404 not found page. Interestingly thou the very first time i uploaded the file to the first of my blogs it did indeed work and redirect me to the page i told it to (the product’s sales page), but ever since it has always come up with my blogs 404 not found page on both of my blogs.

    From what i’ve read so far on the net, I am assuming at this point that this is caused by my blogs .htaccess file (although it is the same .htaccess file that comes with wordpress with no edits) and I have have been trying to figure out how to add a command to get it to leave the directory alone or put a .htaccess file in my cloaked links folder to get it to be separate from the blogs .htaccess files rules, but i don’t no what I’m doing so I’m not having any luck πŸ™

    Have you got any idea why this might be happening? Am i on the right track with the .htaccess files? I’m literally pulling my hair out right now πŸ˜‰ Any help would be much appreciated πŸ˜‰

    Thanks

    Jayen

    • Jayen
      June 3, 2010 at 14:59 |

      Ok, now i really feel stupid!

      Your code works fine, it’s me that’s at fault. I was testing the outputted files from a desktop application (which really doesn’t work) and your free tool, side by side. I some how mist the fact that your code is outputted in a .html file where as my desktop apps file is a .htm file.

      I had 3 tests, 2 with the desktop apps code and one with yours, all with the same name except for a number 1, 2, and 3 at the end of each. So what i was doing was going from one to the other just changing the number at the end of the url in the address bar, which is why when i got to your file i was forgetting the missing “l” from the end of .html and naturally as a result my blog was coming up with the 404 page not found error lol

      And to think i was just about to give up πŸ˜‰

      Anyway thanks for the great tool.

      Jayen

  • mike
    November 3, 2011 at 17:01 |

    tried doing this but cannot figure it out? tried placing the code in my meta tags on my site page so it would redirect to my affiliate site but did not show up the page i wanted? also tried putting it directly on the page as html but didnt work?? is there a way i can put this info into a link or image i have for an ad??

    • Julia
      December 17, 2010 at 13:09 |

      Hello mike,

      You should upload the .html file generated by the Affiliate Link Cloaker to your web server. And then give your customers the URL to that .html page.

  • November 20, 2011 at 10:52 |

    Hi Austin,

    I watched Jim’s video. This is exactly what you can do with G-Lock Affiliate Link Cloaker. I suppose that you know the URL of the merchant’s sales page. So, you just enter your affiliate link, for example, h**p://afffiliateid.merchant.hop.clickbank.net into the Affiliate Link field, you enter the URL of the sales page, for example, h**p://www.merchant.com/salespage.htm into the Destination Link field, enter the file name and click Save to Disk. In this case the visitor will be directed straight to the sales page bypassing the merchant’s opt-in page. The cookie with your affiliate ID will be set on the visitor’s computer. You can check this out yourself with real URLs to know how it works.

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