Hello dear ClickBank affiliates. You may be interested in knowing that ClickBank just recently (2009-04-27) introduced a new feature called “HopLink Shield.” What this feature allows you to mask your clickbank affiliate id safely and securely without the end user knowing about it. For example the following clickbank hoplink:
http://xxx.fapturbo.hop.clickbank.net (xxx would be whatever your clickbank id is)
gets transformed into this:
As you can see the end user you’re advertising your clickbank hoplink to won’t know what your affiliate id is or the id of the clickbank product you’re promoting. However, if the clickbank vendor does not mask your clickbank id it WILL still show up in the website address (it http://www.blahblah.com/?hop=xxx ), so if you want to be 100% stealthy make sure you promote products whose creators are smart enough to hide your clickbank id. I don’t know why all vendors don’t do this as ClickBank has a very useful guide on how they can prevent your clickbank id from showing up in the website’s URL – I guess it’s lazyness on their part. Anyways, here is the brief news release from ClickBank in regards to this:
Encode Your HopLinks with HopLink Shield
ClickBank is proud to introduce HopLink Shield, a free tool that encrypts the affiliate and vendor nicknames in HopLinks. This adds an extra layer of privacy and anonymity to HopLinks, keeping affiliates’ promotional efforts and techniques hidden from others. This tool represents another step in ClickBank’s continuing dedication to HopLink tracking and security.
Please note that all older formats of HopLinks are still valid and will continue to be tracked.
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Best of luck with your affiliate promotions!