How to Protect Your Affiliate Commissions

Posted by on April 3, 2018

In any business, thieves pose a real problem to business owners. This is true for online home based Internet business owners too. Thieves will take money and merchandise and it isn’t any different online. The real world merchants use locks and alarms and other security features to drive away thieves. Internet business owners use anti-theft software to protect their commissions.

In this article, we look at some things you can do to protect yourself and your commissions:

1. Use Meta Refresh: A meta refresh is a piece of HTML code which automatically redirects your visitor to another page (your affiliate URL). It provides a neat way of presenting affiliate links in newsletters. It probably helps reduce commission bypassing and commission hijacking. A big advantage of using meta refreshes is that if merchants change their affiliate links, you can change links on dozens of pages quickly and easily by altering only one file.

However, do note that some search engines don’t like meta refreshes because they’re frequently used for unsavory purposes. So do exercise caution if you use this technique.

2. Use a URL redirection service. These services may come free, or you can buy a unique domain name for each affiliate program you join. This technique of URL redirection reduces some commission thefts because the affiliate links become less obvious and therefore safer from theft.

3. Use a web-based ad tracking service. This service will hide the affiliate link, therefore reduce thefts.

4. Use an ad tracking script. Good ad tracking scripts hide the affiliate link as well as being useful for tracking. The advantage is that it does not promote someone else’s domain.

5. Use JavaScript redirect. Similar to web-based ad tracking service, this hides the affiliate link, and so it should reduce commission thefts.

Do note that you must take every necessary step to protect your commissions because thievery is a problem for all online businesses.

Source by CW Teo

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