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Thursday, May 22, 2008

How to make affiliate links look better

Today, more and more people tend to explore the arena of online marketing. So quite obviously, more and more people are taking interest in affiliate marketing as well. Recent research on online affiliate marketing claims that the better the affiliate links look, the higher is the chances of its effectiveness. So it is really important to keep the affiliate links look clean and better. Setting up redirects can help you to make your affiliate link look better and clean. With the help of this guide, you will discover the tricks how to make affiliate links look better.

Why Is It Necessary to Set Up a Redirect Link?
When you registered for any affiliate program, it will provide you a link. This is also known as an upline code that helps in tracking the number of clicks or registration and offers you a credit for the sales or leads generated from your site to others. Now in most of the cases, the affiliate links are assigned in an alpha-numeric value. This may make any new user scared of clicking, since it seems a really complicated URL to them and they fear of going to an unknown site. So they resist themselves from clicking it and the purpose of putting affiliate links in the website is left unresolved.

Another reason is bit technical. Redirects actually help in managing affiliate links in a better way. Let us assume that you have registered to an affiliate program and you put your affiliate link to hundreds of blog posts. Quite common, one day your affiliate authority alters your affiliate link. This means you need to visit all the blog posts and change them manually, the condition can not be resolved under some circumstances. This is where you desperately need redirects. All you need to change and set up your redirect and it will automatically route the rest.

How to Set Up a Redirect Link?
Setting up a redirect link is not a daunting task. In fact, it is fairly simple. All you need to do is to create a new .php file and upload it to your web server. Follow these steps:
1. Open Notepad. Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad

Notepad Affiliate Redirect Code

2. Now you type the following code in the notepad. It must be exactly the same, but you must replace the purple text with your affiliate link.

Windows Notepad Program

3. Save this file as “myaffiliateredirectlink.php”. Obviously, you don’t need to put this name, it can be anything of your choice.
4. Upload it to your web server.
5. Now at the page of the your website where you have written the affiliate link, you may write down the code as follows: my affiliate
In this way, you can make a better looking affiliate link in your page

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