If you’re trying to make money with affiliate marketing, I’m going to let you in on a little secret that could make you more money. It is really easy and simple to do and by the time you’re finished reading this, you’ll wish you would have thought of it sooner. So what is this simple secret? Forwarding and masking your affiliate links, especially if you sell Clickbank products.
I’ll first show you how to do it and then I’ll explain how it could make you more money. The easiest way to show you is with an example. I write a blog about lotto winners. If you check out my blog, you’ll see that at the end of each post is an affiliate link to a Clickbank product. However, you would never know that it is an affiliate link because if you hover your mouse over it, you’ll see that the URL is lotteryblackbook.com; there’s no weird tracking codes there, so it doesn’t look like an affiliate link. If you click on it, there’s still no tracking codes. How did I do this? The product I’m promoting is lottoblackbook.com. I registered a similar domain, lotteryblackbook.com, through GoDaddy. Then I forwarded my affiliate link to my registered domain and ‘masked’ it.
What this means is that a user that clicks on my link is actually taken to the affiliate link, yet it still shows my domain in the address bar. And, the best part is that GoDaddy actually let’s you create your own page titles and meta tags for your forwarded and masked domain. Take a look at the page titles in lottoblackbook.com and my domain, lotteryblackbook.com. You’ll see that they’re different, yet everything else on the page is the same.
All you have to do to do this is go into your Godaddy account and click the ‘Forward’ button. Then you just fill in the fields, like I did (See screenshot above).
Now, how could forwarding and masking affiliate links make you more money? Consider this example – Let’s say you come across the Lotto Black Book sales page. You look at it, think it’s interesting, but you don’t buy the product. A few days later, you have a change of heart and decide to buy it, but you don’t quite remember the name of the product. While trying to remember, you might think it was Lottery Black Book instead of Lotto Black Book. So you type lotteryblackbook.com into the address bar and, presto, that’s my domain and it forwards to my affiliate link. If you buy, I get the commission. So, if you register a domain name that is similar to the domain name that you are promoting, you could get ‘typo’ traffic.
Did you know, also, that many sites don’t allow you to post affiliate links? But they do allow you to post forwarded and masked affiliate links. For example, if you do article marketing, EzineArticles.com will not allow affiliate links, but they will allow forwarded and masked links.
Of course, there are many more reasons why forwarding and masking affiliate links could make you more money like, for example, many web-savvy consumers don’t trust affiliate links and so they don’t click on them. If you could think of any more reasons of how forwarding and masking can make you more money, leave a comment – I’d love to hear your ideas.