What is link cloaking?: 0:16
*Important words of caution: 1:56
How to cloak your (affiliate) links: 5:07
In this video, I wanted to show you how to cloak your affiliate links, or really any types of links you may have when promoting other products.
As you well know, when you promote products from ClickBank, Peerfly, Maxbounty, etc… you are given a pretty nasty affiliate link that you would hesitate to promote anywhere. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to share my promotions with anyone with the URL “www.mb104.com/afflakjsdlfjlkajskfkj12341234″…
Sure, you can use bitly or tinyurl… but that doesn’t help your problem. Those links still use ugly and still have a reputation of being nasty spammy and scammy affiliate links.
So what we do in this video is purchase a domain name from Namecheap, and then use that domain name on our ClickMagick tracking link. That way, when people click on your new cloaked link, that link stays in the browser URL… so if my domain name is www.mydomain.com, then this is the URL that will stay up in the browser URL window after I access this site. It won’t be anything else if I cloak it.
*A few considerations for you to note though before I start explaining how to do this:
1) You do not need to use ClickMagick. This is the only link tracking software I am familiar with, but you can use any link tracking platform that can get this job done the same. Use the same steps and logic I’m applying here to your own system to cloak your links. But I use ClickMagick because it has all the features you could possibly need and I haven’t had a single complaint since I started using it 8 months ago.
3) Some OFFERS you promote may not allow cloaking and state so explicitly. If that’s the case… don’t cloak. If you get caught, you will forfeit all your earnings and possibly get kicked out out of that network.
4) Some OFFERS you promote may not explicitly say that cloaking is not allowed, but will take measure to prevent it. In such cases, when using a cloaked link, you will see a white screen instead of a website. That means the seller doesn’t allow cloaking and you are only allowed to use the affiliate link, or mask a link but with a redirect, which isn’t that bad.
Now that we have this out of the way, I can show you how to cloak your affiliate links.
The first thing you would need to do is to have a domain name. If you already have one, great, just do the same steps I would take to set everything up with ClickMagick as I do on Namecheap. If not, you can purchase a very inexpensive domain name from Namecheap for as low as 66 cents (Canadian) per year…
After you do that, go to ‘DNS settings’ for that domain, and under CNAME DNS, type in ‘www.clkmg.com’, and for A record, type in the IP address 184.108.40.206, which is one of the two IP addresses provided to you by ClickMagick. You can use the other one if you prefer, which you can find in the ClickMagick FAQ upon looking up ‘CNAME DNS’.
Now all you need to do is head in to ClickMagick, and select ‘domain manager’ from the ‘tools’ dropdown. Input your domain name exactly as it is, and select ‘cloaking’ from the options presented.
Now, when you create a tracking link, select that new domain name that you just input, and select ‘yes’ to cloaking again. This new tracking link should now cloak the original link that you input!
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Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you in the next video!