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Specialized Hosting Needs and Services => Lunarpages Affiliate Program => Topic started by: RickJ on July 14, 2005, 04:07:17 AM

Title: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: RickJ on July 14, 2005, 04:07:17 AM
Currently, when a user hovers my affiliate link, it shows as
http://www.lunarpages.com/?id=myusername (in the field at the bottom of the page in IE)

Is there any way to hide the "myusername" part?

Thanks!
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: Pete on July 14, 2005, 04:15:24 AM
In a word ( ok 3 words but you know what I mean )  I don't think so..

I never think thats important (other than people ask me what mine means.) as its of no benefit to anyone but you
Akuma



Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: RickJ on July 14, 2005, 04:20:03 AM
Thanks, Pete.

Am I right to say, then, that if I find a website with a link to Lunarpages on it - and when I hover over the link and see only http://www.lunarpages.com, then that link is not an Affiliate link?

...like the Lunarpages links at the bottom of these pages?:
http://captainnapalm.com/balg_laun.shtml
http://www.stareat.us/eric/archives/2005_02.html
http://www.2dcomics.com/extras/hate.php
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: Pete on July 14, 2005, 04:56:51 AM
lol. surprising as it may sound rickJ not everyone is or wants to be an affiliate, they are just happy to say who they are hosted with. ( And aren't we all. I have 2 "LunarPages.com" T-shirts that dont get me any affiliation payments when i wear them )

Check the sourcecode and you will find they are just direct links.

I must admit I'm sure I've seen a link somewhere that didn't seem to be a link to LP but went there anyway.( which I did think was a little like cheating )

I suppose you could create a redirect link page then link to that instead of your affiliation link itself

Or use a tinyUrl instead
 ( I just used my affiliation  tiny Url and I could naturally see it going to through my affiliation login URL to LP )
Speaking personally I'm glad it shows me where im going as otherwise I could create pishing links that seemed to be going where they dont. !!
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: RickJ on July 14, 2005, 05:03:06 AM
So you think, then, that rather than the three examples above being Affiliates who have successfully hidden their username, that they are just not Affiliates?

If so, you're right:  If you're going to refer folks to LP anyway, why not make a buck if they decide to choose LP?
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: RickJ on July 14, 2005, 05:07:39 AM
Ran into this weird one:
Check out the LP banner link here:


*****

*****

sorry RickJ I removed those links as they  contravene the forum rules

Pete (mod )
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: Pete on July 14, 2005, 05:15:41 AM
you will probably find many companies that have their own logging methods for link generation
The one you quoted in your last post being one of them.
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: RickJ on July 14, 2005, 05:19:07 AM
Thanks for fixing it for me so folks don't get cookied with the links. :)
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: GarveysIT on July 14, 2005, 06:41:08 AM
if you had a logo or something on your page you can convert it to an animated gif or a animated gif and then the link wouldn't show, alternatively as pete said you could have the link going to 'yourdomain.com/lunarpages' then have it redirect to lunarpages.com instantly
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: Pete on July 14, 2005, 06:48:17 AM
Garvey. RickJ's Point is whats seen in the status bar.
My 'blinking'  link here on the forums directs you to www.x-visions.com ( or is it co.uk ( I have both) ) using my animated banner, but you still see where your going to go to in the status bar.
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: GarveysIT on July 14, 2005, 08:15:12 AM
you could try this then:

http://www.codearchive.com/code/0300/0303-status007.htm

:D
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: RickJ on July 14, 2005, 09:58:27 AM
Yes, the status bar is what I was referring to...and thanks for the link.  That site's got alot of cool stuff on it.
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: Nicki Faulk on July 14, 2005, 10:59:15 AM
You know, you could take this route:

Code: [Select]

<A HREF="http://www.lunarpages.com/?id=myusername"
onMouseover="window.status='http://www.lunarpages.com/'; return true">This
is your link text, or image, or whatever.</A>



That way, when the user puts his/her mouse over your link, they see just the plain lunarpages.com in the status window.
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: Lupine1647 on July 14, 2005, 10:59:40 AM
What I do, for my won tracking purposes, is that, whenever someone clicks on a link it says, You're now Leaving InfoSharkz.com, and below it it says the company name and logo. Then it does a meta redirect.
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: Nicki Faulk on July 14, 2005, 11:02:26 AM
You know, you could take this route:

(((Code snipped.)))

That way, when the user puts his/her mouse over your link, they see just the plain lunarpages.com in the status window.


You could take it a step further and add "onmouseout="window.status='';" so that when the mouse leaves the link the status returns to blank.
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: BuckyBob on July 16, 2005, 09:01:00 PM
Heya Rick - I use a page that makes a redirect url to my lp affiliate thingie.

feel free to study what it looks like at http://efgroup.net/efglunar.html

I'm not saying its the BEST way to do it, but its a way that works for me, and IMO, it LOOKS cleaner to the end user experience, and its MUCH easier for entry into Search Engines.

When I put out my link - its always MY html page ref, and not the lp one.
I also use it for tracking on my side, but if you study it - you can get the idea as well.

If you want to look at standard graphics click/link stuff - you can take a look at http://efgroup.net/vfug.html
warmest regards [Bill]
Title: Re: How my affiliate link looks to others.
Post by: RickJ on July 20, 2005, 02:52:30 AM
Thanks for the ideas, all!
I don't think I'll get rich in the Affiliate program, but I do think I can probably at least cover the cost of my own sites by taking advantage of it.