Link bypassing is the number one trap affiliates fall into online. Also known as the "affiliate links theft". This "piracy" costs hard working affiliates promoting programs both time AND money. First, let's do some simple math if you please:
Say that you are a beginning affiliate. Your income may be $100 per month. Does this sound reasonable to you? It is an example anyway...
So, referring to the study case, you may be losing 100 x 0.30 = $30 per month in sales.
This is $30 in pure loss Each and Every month that's passing by without you protecting your links.
Or, let's say you are an active "power charged" affiliate. In this case, your income might reach $2000 per month.
Your loss in sales is 2000 x 0.30 = $600 per month. Hmm...
Finally, let's suppose you are one of those "super affiliates"! Your monthly income is at least $10.000. Let's do the math again.
Your loss is 10000 x 0.30 = $3000 each month! Ouch!
Get the picture now? It is up to you to estimate your own losses -- I don't mind if you send me your stats. So I can do the math for you ;-)
Seriously. You know how harmful "link theft" is for any affiliate, I have to tell what exactly it is.
So. What Is Exactly "Link-Bypassing"?
You definitely know that your earning commission is in the link you have received from the owner of the affiliate program -- a.k.a the merchant.
In other words, you get your money when you make a sale - Assuming you have joined a "pay-per-sale program". And precisely, you earn money when your visitor 'clicks' on your own link and make the purchase!
If done properly, the visitor hits your link. A cookie (or any other tracking system) will be deposited in their computer. After that, the merchant program rewards you as the sale referrer. So your account is credited immediately. And you receive an e-mail telling you that you have just earned a commission. Fair you said!
Well, that's the best scenario.
"Link-bypassing" happens when the visitor knocks at your website and notices the service you are promoting. And then she figures out the service "home URL" and specifies it into the web browser's address bar directly...
In this case, no cookie was deposited in the prospect's computer. And that means NO referrer... So YOU get NO MONEY.
You Have Just Been Bypassed!
Unfortunately, this happens everyday and it will continue for the years to come because most of the marketers are not aware of it. Note that this also applies to referring 2nd-tier affiliates. As people want to be at the top of the tree. And they just don't want to be another member in the downline. Even if it is fair because you worked hard to achieve that!
Am I right?
Don't get me wrong, "link-bypassing" may be the consequence of a deliberate action of a pirate. But it may also be an innocent action from a curious prospect.
It is a fact, curiosity is a human nature. And you, as an affiliate in the Internet, you have to work with it!
So if you please, let me take you by the hand, and show you how you can deal with link theft.
How Can "link-bypassing" Be Possible?
Because the link you receive when you join an affiliate program may look like one of these:
All of the affiliate links listed above have got a flaw.
Here it is. Your ID number (or username) is clearly mentioned and the merchant website is quite obvious! Right?
The average visitor can figure out the merchant website easily. And this is not good news.
In fact, the status bar from the web browser shows the URL link when the mouse cursor is pausing over your affiliate link. And it's at the reach of a "Copy & Paste" operation.
Here is the solution...
The alternative to this, is to add a piece of HTML code to your affiliate link. Actually, it should include this code inside:
You can see my website for more details.
What have we done so far? The web-browser's status bar will remain empty to protect the URL. Okay, that is a good one!
But there is still another dirty trick to get access to your affiliate link. Here it is:
Visitors can open the context menu from your link and hit the "Properties" command. Form there, a dialog box would appear and tell them your exact URL :(
And there is even another way to your affiliate link: Viewing the source code of your web page...
But, the most important thing to keep in mind is this:
In a "link-bypassing" case, you (the affiliate) are the ONLY losing part in the transaction! Because the merchant gets the payment in full and the customer receives the product he/she has paid for. BUT your commission is simply discarded... Will you continue to stand there and take it?
Don't you think it's time to take action and get your share of the profits you deserve?
All the links in this Article were checked and verified on
August, 10th 2005
Get a FREE Consultation with the Author to Help You Protect Your Website and Increase Your Sales. Download the Website Protection Software Tool. No Code Knowledge Required. And it's FREE. Request download links and instant detailed information! mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Choosing the Best Affiliate Program - What You Absolutely Must Know
Choosing the best affiliate program means that you are aware of what affiliate programs are and what their ultimate benefits and drawbacks are. To choose the best affiliate program, you will want to decide on one that has the most benefits with the least drawbacks.
22 Questions to Ask Before You Use Any Shopping Cart System
Many seasoned professional speakers agree that you can make more money selling your knowledge in the form of products than you can speaking.You can use traditional methods to sell products such as direct mail, catalogs and advertising.
How to Make Money with Affiliate Business Programs
There are thousands of affiliate business programs on the internet today that offer wonderfully lucrative opportunities. The majority of business opportunities require zero overhead and once set up, will generate income with little or no maintenance on your part.
Ebook Review: The Super Affiliate Handbook
Rosalind Gardner's 270 page ebook "The Super Affiliate Handbook" is the "Holy Bible" of affiliate marketing. It's also surprisingly well written (I've seen some real junk passing as informative writing) and logically steps through each of the 15 chapters, all but the Introduction building on the previous in an easy to understand style.
6 Critical Rules When Building An Affiliate Website
There are 6 rules you must use when building any affiliate website if you want the website to make you any money.Building Your Site Rule #1
Always have a strong headline.
6 Things to Increase Your Affiliate Income
So you've signed up for affiliate programs, posted links around the
net but you're still only making pocket change? Wonder what others are
doing that you aren't? Below you will find 6 things that every
affiliate marketer needs to increase their income.#1 - Your own Website:Build a website to promote the product.
How to Write an Effective Product Review
How do you choose the products you buy? Do you simply accept as gospel truth all the good things a merchant says about their own product? Or, do you ask your friends' opinions and look for independent product reviews before opening your wallet?If you're a savvy consumer (which of course you are), then you put more stock in your friends' opinions and independent product reviews.As affiliate marketers, we become much more successful when we approach our site visitors as friends and take the attitude that they too are savvy consumers.
Affiliate Programs... Whos Really Making The Money?
There will be a million and one affiliates out there who will tell you that the affiliate program they promote is going to be the best one for you.But have you considered who is really making the money and who gains the most out of affiliate programs.
Are Your Affiliate Programs Eating Away Your Money And Time
So many times I have heard this. So many examples I do remember.
12 Ways To Promote Your Affiliate Program
Hundreds of people sign up for affiliate programs everyday because they look at this partnership as an easy way of having their own business. Although you don't have to worry about the many factors that come from owning other types of businesses, one factor that is important with an affiliate business is marketing and promotion.
Grow Your Business with Affiliate Marketing
To generate additional business income, consider
expanding your business through affiliate marketing.
Here are three ways of boosting your business income
with affiliate programs.
Affiliate Program Basics
Affiliate Program is a ground floor opportunity. All you have to do is send visitors to your affiliate web site by placing a textlink or banner on your website and receive a commission on each sale, without the complication and expense of selling anything yourself.
Finding the Perfect Affiliate Program
Finding a good affiliate program can be sometimes daunting and overwhelming task, but it doesn't have to be. Luckily the web is filled with excellent resources for identifying the best affiliate programs.
Keeping Your Sub-Affiliates From Quitting
One of the biggest if not the leading problem for internet marketers is keeping your affiliates from quitting. The time and effort that has been put forth to get your affiliates can seem like a waste of time if soon after joining your program they either opt-out or become inactive.
5 Tips If You Want To Be A Reseller
If you are planning to be a reseller for a product or many products, here are five great tips you can use for your own! A good way to source for quality products with great demand is to purchase a yearly (or even lifetime!) access to membership websites dedicated to resale rights. These membership sites offer products such as E-books, software, templates, and audio/video with resale rights.
Making Money Online
If you are a webmaster, you will see this everyday if you are searching for a profit in the online world. Now I am not speaking of opening up a store or selling something.
Vital Things To Check At Any Affiliate Program
Affiliate programs are now one of the most popular ways for webmasters with lot of traffic to their sites to earn good money.There are many factors which influence the amount of money earned by an affiliate.
Affiliate Programs : Golden Opportunity or Waste of Time?
Now that the idea of doing business over the internet has been firmly established, many potential internet businessmen are searching for the best way to do business. Usually the choice comes down to whether you want to set up your own business and online store, or sign up for an affiliate program.
How to Join Affiliate Programs - Affiliate Marketing
The first thing you may be wondering before you join an affiliate program is how much is it going to cost you? Well most of them are free to join! Affiliate marketing can be a great way to earn a little bit of extra cash on the side and some people actually make a full-time living from it. And you have some guru's in the affiliate marketing industry that will earn more then the average person in one year compared to their 20 years.
Affiliate Marketing - Make Big Bucks Through Your Internet Home Business
Affiliate marketing has become a booming industry thanks to the increasing popularity of the internet. Marketing is defined as the getting and keeping of customers.