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7 good reasons to minify your links

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I designed this site to help those who want to do affiliate marketing, first, by offering a tool to hide affiliate URLs. I also plan to use this platform to give tips and tricks to help you make affiliate marketing an excellent source of income. This is a long and perilous learning, but with the right tools and the right advice, you will be able to reach your goals. I will start to explain to you why "minify" the URLs you share.

To thwart ad blockers

If a visitor uses a browser extension such as AdBlock Plus, they will not see any banners on your site encoded with direct affiliate links. This in itself is a great reason to download banners and host them on your own site.

To improve your search engine rankings

Cloaked affiliate links that point back to your own domain from social media sites, forums and other blogs might help improve your search engine rankings with Google.

To hide your affiliate links from social media sites

If you post affiliate links on Facebook or Twitter, your post either won’t get seen in the news feed (Facebook), or worse, you might get your account suspended (Twitter). Under Abuse and Spam in the Twitter Rules you will find the following statement – “If you post misleading links (e.g. affiliate links, links to malware/click jacking pages, etc.).” I wouldn’t trust the nice folks at Twitter enough to ascertain whether an affiliate link is truly misleading before they terminate your account, so best to avoid that problem before it begins.

To avoid search rank penalties

One of the methods Google uses to rank sites is popularity, which is the number of sites linked to that particular site. However, Google does not consider affiliate links as a good measure of popularity because these links point to sites for the purpose of making money. Google therefore wants all affiliate links to be coded with the rel = nofollow attribute, which is a direct pain in the ass if you have to code each link manually.

To prevent affiliate link swapping

Some affiliate marketers can be nasty too. A nasty affiliate will strip your ID and replace it with their own affiliate ID. This scenario seems to be more common when promoting Clickbank products, where affiliates (most often) don’t require an individual vendor’s approval to promote their products. Therefore, anyone with a Clickbank affiliate account can swap out your affiliate ID with their ID and then use their affiliate link to buy the product. You lose your 50 – 70% commission and the thieving affiliate saves that much on their purchase. These affiliates obviously know nothing about karma, or Clickbank’s policies.

To avoid stripping affiliate identity / commission overflow

Rather than risk winning a commission by buying a product through your affiliate link; Some people will copy your affiliate link, strip the affiliate ID, and then buy the product you recommended. Since the products do not cost more when purchased through an affiliate link, there is no good reason for this behavior - other than the fact that they are not nice.

To prevent your affiliate ID from appearing in the link

Many users will not trust you once they discover that you are an affiliate marketer saw an obvious affiliate link in the status bar of their browser, despite your product critics brilliantly written, informative and useful. You lose credibility with them just because you write comments for profit.