By Thomas Benton
I'm so glad you're a Clickbank affiliate who doesn't know how to protect your Hop URL! You see, I just substituted my Clickbank nickname for yours in your link URL and now I get your commission.
What this amounts to is that I can purchase the product and save 25%, 40%, 50%, or whatever amount the merchant commission is. But, I robbed YOU! Ethical? No, but many unscrupulous people don't even consider whether a tactic such as this is right or wrong.
"I don't need to worry", you say, "I'm using a redirect URL". What if I click on your link, get redirected, and see your Clickbank Hop URL in the browser window? All I have to do is substitute mine for yours and click "Go". You just lost your commission.
So, how can you prevent this? Very simple. Use an "invisible" frame to hide your Clickbank Hop URL. This will keep your domain URL in the browser window. Here's a working example for you to try: http://www.webdesignwisdom.com/profitsvault
Now, here's the HTML for an invisible frame redirect page.
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=iso-8859-1">
<frameset BORDER="0" FRAMESPACING="0"
<frame NAME="top" SCROLLING="no" MARGINWIDTH="0" MARGINHEIGHT="0">
<frame NAME="main" SRC="main.html" SCROLLING="yes" MARGINWIDTH="0" MARGINHEIGHT="0">
(Note: SRC="main.html" - this is the page with the redirect URL that loads while the redirect URL page is being opened).
Copy and paste into your favorite text editor, change the URL, save as an HTML document and upload it to your server. Point your product link to your new web page. This may not be 100% secure, but it should eliminate 99% of the problem.
Clickbank is a super solution for managing an affiliate program inexpensively. It's a great way for beginning webmasters to offer their products and build an affiliate network. Get the details at clickbank.com.
Thomas Benton is the author of "How to Build a Magnetic Web Site: Accelerated Basic Training for the Internet Entrepreneur". Learn more about Thomas's unique web design strategies at http://www.webdesignwisdom.com