URL Masking – 3 Ways To Hide Your Affiliate Links
URL Masking refers to the process of hiding the actual domain of a website from the address bar of a users web browser. This is commonly done by affiliate marketers to prevent site visitors from removing affiliate tracking codes from a URL to ensure the affiliate earns their responsibilities. Another reason affiliates do this is to keep other affiliates from replacing the tracking codes from the URL and "stealing" or "hijacking" the commission.
There are multiple ways you implement URL masking for your links. Some methods are very technical and require basic programming experience while other methods use software tools called link cloakers. For most affiliates, link cloaking tools are the preferred method because they are simple to use and offer more features then just masking a URL.
In this article I'll cover three of the most common types of URL Masking:
1. Using iFrames
2. Using FRAMESETS
3. Using a Link Cloaker
Using iFrames – This technique is fairly easy and can be implemented by most website owners. Here's how you do it: Make a web page and add the necessary iframe html coding. You will need to change the URL of the src attribute to the URL of the domain of the web page to be displayed in the browser. Then, upload this file to your web server and you're done. There are many downsides of this method including you will not get click tracking, sales tracking and you'll have no way to meaure how well the link is converting. In addition, you must own the website because you'll need to upload this page to your web server for it to work. Next, just copy the link that goes to this page and then you can distribute it on blogs, social marketing sites, emails and any other location you typically place your links.
Using FRAMESETS – this technique is also easy, but like iFrames, it lacks any features like sales or click tracking, reporting and requires you to own the web page which hides the link. Here's how you do it: Make a web page and add the required frameset html tags and change the src attribute URL in the URL of the web page to be displayed in the browser. Then, upload this file to your web server. Like iFrames, you'll need to have access to the web server to post this file. Next, just copy the link that goes to this page and then you can distribute it on blogs, social marketing sites, emails and any other location you typically place your links.
Using Link Cloaker Software – this is by far the easiest way to hide your URL because you usually will not need to edit code directly. When choosing a link cloaker, you'll want to find one that includes critical features including Intelligent cloaking, click tracking, sales tracking, a link command center to edit your links and has multiple cloaking methods to address all your masking needs. There are several popular tools you can get including SafeLinkCloaker.com which is very popular super affiliates.
Now that you've learned about three of the most popular URL Masking methods, you'll need to determine which method or combination of methods work best for you. If you're struggling to choose which method may be best for you, I encourage you to consider a link cloaker tool. These are by far the easiest and fastest ways to mask your URLs.