The thief is a problem in bricks and mortar is for business owners and thieves concern for business owners’ cyberspace. Out in the brick and mortar world, thieves will take money and merchandise and not any different online. The real-world merchants use locks and alarms to deter thieves. Internet business owners need to use anti-theft software to protect their commissions. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself and your commissions:
- Use Meta Refresh: A meta refresh a simple bit of HTML code that automatically redirects your visitor to another page (your affiliate URL). It provides a neat way of presenting affiliate links in the newsletter. This may help reduce commission bypassing and commission hijacking. A great advantage of using a meta refresh is that if merchants change their affiliate links, you can change the links on dozens of pages quickly and easily by changing only one file.
One problem is that some search engines do not like meta refresh as they are often used for a bad purpose. So, if you use this technique, use it with caution.
- Use a URL redirection service. You can use a free service or purchase a unique domain name for each affiliate program you join. URL redirection makes affiliate links less obvious, so this will reduce some commission thefts.
- Use web-based ad tracking services. Ad tracking link initially hides the affiliate link, reducing thefts.
- Use an ad tracking script. Good ad tracking scripts hide the affiliate links as well as being useful for tracking. This has the advantage that it does not promote the domain of others.
Be aware that theft is a problem for online businesses and take the necessary steps to protect your commissions.