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Hyperlink at top of page shows my affiliate info. (23 posts)

  1. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Do I need to do any programming? At the bottom where it shows the link I am going to, it is cloaked, but when I click to get onto the site, it shows all my affiliate info in the address bar. What did I do wrong?
    Thanks
    Janie

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-urls/

  2. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Oh. My website is essentiallydogs.com

  3. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I tried uninstalling and then reinstalling Simple URLs. It still displays my affiliate link in the address bar. I went over all the settings. PLEASE HELP!!! :o((( I took out the links for now. Could the issue be the way my permalinks are shown? I hate that it shows the month and year of the post. I really don't like that. I clicked on the post name only, but it gave me errors so I put it back because it only works on the setting with the year and month.
    Thank you.
    Janie

  4. Ron Rennick
    MultiSite Guru
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Is your affiliate info in the link you are entering as the simple URL? Simple URLs just redirects to the link you provide.

  5. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I am having so much trouble with this.

    This is what I did:

    PERMALINK: http://www.essentiallydogs.com/go/barfworld/
    That is how I want the person to see after clicking onto the link.

    REDIRECT URI: My Affiliate Link:
    http://www.barfworld.com/cgi-bin/product.cgi?category=abecef=12345
    (This is not the real affiliate link, but it is similar)

    LINK IN BLOG POST: In my blog I can't remember what I put. I think it was the permalink: http://www.essentiallydogs.com/go/barfworld/

    What did I do wrong?

    Thank you for your your help and of course you patience is greatly appreciated. I am a beginner.

    Janie

  6. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I just tried to do a redirect using my c-panel - sub-domains & redirects. Even that doesn't work :o(

  7. It cloaks the link in your post and redirects to the link you give it.

    It will wind up showing the user the actual link in the end.

  8. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    CLOAKING ISSUES:
    I set up correctly, but my links are still not cloaked and my affiliate account info comes up in the address bar. I tried using other plugins which gave the same result. I even tried to work in my c-panel with subdomains & redirects, but that also didn’t work. I deleted those afterwards. I NEED HELP PLEASE!!!

    When I tried the link, I got this notice:
    Index of /barfworld
    • Parent Directory
    • cgi-bin/
    Apache Server at http://www.essentiallydogs.com Port 80

  9. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    My brother just tried it and this is the result:

    Index of /barfworld

    Parent Directory

    cgi-bin/

    Apache Server at http://www.essentiallydogs.com Port 80

  10. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Wait... I saw part of the issue. It is now going to the site, but it is NOT cloaking!!!! How do I get this to work???

  11. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    It is NOT cloaking. I have tried uninstalling, using other cloaking plugins, uninstalling those, reinstalling simple urls... The other cloakers gove me error messages. Simple URLs sends me to the page, but does NOT cloak the URL. I had other people click onto it from other computers... Not working. All settings are correct. Why is this happening? I am sooo upset because I wanted to start a business and I am unable to as things stand. PLEASE tell me what could be the problem. I even tried to get advice from my server. I contacted them twice so I got 2 different people helping me. Nothing is working.

  12. ArielCamilo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Wait... I saw part of the issue. It is now going to the site, but it is NOT cloaking!!!! How do I get this to work???

    WordPress version you have??

    the plugin work with version 3.7, I upgraded to wordpress 3.8 and the plugin stopped working: (

  13. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I don't know what to do... I have tried so many plugins for cloaking. Simple URLs did not render any errors. It just did not cloak.

  14. ArielCamilo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have also searched, but none really hides the url in the address bar, I http://iframe.lukepeerfly.com/ use is not very nice, but if you hide the url on a subdomain

  15. Simple URLS was never meant to hide the URL in the address bar. It was for hiding the URL in the WordPress post.

    What you may need is something not even WordPress based. You're trying to affect behaviour on a URL to a site that you do not even own.

  16. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    But the whole point is to hide my affiliate account number. Isn't that what cloaking is???

  17. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi-
    I think I miscommunicated. I am still confused. I am a newbie and I thought that cloaking was the used to hide my affiliate account information from the address bar. I don't understand. I thought that it would have the capability to hide my affiliate account information that shows up in the address bar. How could I accomplish that? I don't want others to see my personal affiliate account identification codes. I tried Simple URLs and I wanted to know if there is any prior preparation necessary like transferring files using ftp in my cpanel to make the plugin work. I am a newbie and I don't know how to do that stuff. I set up your plugin, but it just did not cloak the affiliate link. It showed the entire account link in the address bar. Please help me :o(
    Thanks again
    Janie

  18. Daan Kortenbach
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Why would you ever want to hide your affiliate id's? The whole point of affiliate links is that your affiliate ID gets tracked so you get paid if someone follows the link and buys something. It sounds to me that you need to read the manual from your affiliate program and read up on what SEO is and how it can work for your benefit.

    Simple Urls only hides the affiliate link on your site. If a user clicks on it, they get redirected to the original affiliate link (this is good because your affiliate id gets tracked). It has nothing to do with cloaking, which is a bad practice on its own. You do not want to cloak. You want great SEO and Google not punish you for having affiliate links. That is why you should use Simple Urls, not for cloaking.

  19. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I thought that hiding the id from visitors would protect my account. I heard that when people see the id account info on their address bar, it can be hacked and then my commissions can be re-routed. Is there a way to protect my affiliate identity and account information? I am a newbie. How would the link be presented differently through the plugin? Is there a plugin that does what I am describing? How safe is my affiliate account if it is revealed in the address bar for everyone to see? I just want my account info to be masked NOT removed. I am sorry, but I just want to be safe. Thanks.
    Janie

  20. It is safe as it is presented.

    I heard that when people see the id account info on their address bar, it can be hacked and then my commissions can be re-routed.

    Not quite accurate. People can see your affiliate ID int he url and IF THEY KNOW HOW just .. change the URL to not have it. That's not hacking.

  21. princessnyny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My question is: How do I accomplish that? I just want to hide the id number. How do I change that URL? Does Simple URLs do that? It is not working that way for me. My affiliate info is still showing. Please... How do I fix that? Do I need to adjust something in my cpanel in order for the plugin to work? I want to be positive that a hacker will not be able to hack into my account. I don't want to mislead anybody. I only want to protect my account.

  22. ArielCamilo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

  23. Does Simple URLs do that?

    No, it does not.

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