I decided to try the new redirect feature and created a page called Thesis and entered the affiliate link into the 301 redirect url field with the understanding that I would be able to use wptechguy.com/thesis as my link, now if you go to my site at http://wptechguy.com it redirects to DIYthemes. I have unpublished the page but have not deleted it yet.
Nothing in htaccess, or index.php or wp-blog-header.php referencing the redirect. Any ideas? This is really not good.