Affiliate links comes with many inherent issues and some of the major issues are
1. Affiliate links are not user friendly
My Clickbank affiliate link looks something like http://943abcf7xdqjjx1d4yy-2k5obd.hop.clickbank.net/ or http://sbhimani.npclass.hop.clickbank.net. Encrypted link are not user friendly and links with usernames can be manipulated very easily.
2. Affiliate links are Redirects
All affiliates links are redirects to the sales page of the vendor. It means you cannot do much on for SEO nor you can run Google Adwords text ads very effectively. The reason I say very effectively is because Adwords Text Ad requires final destination URL to be displayed in an ad and many a times people try to do you a favor by typing the URL instead of clicking it thinking clicking on an ad can cost you money but in reality they saved you few cents at the cost of a big affiliate commission.
Setting up a domain prevents all of the above problems. In fact, now you want people to type the domain name instead of clicking on the an ad to not only save you from PPC cents but also get affiliate commissions.
How to cloak domain in Godaddy
I use Godaddy for domains and so I will share first how to get the domain cloaking done in Godaddy. Godaddy provides free domain forwarding options for your domains.
Select domain forwarding with masking to forward your domain to your affiliate landing page. You can add a title for the page, meta keyword and meta description to your domain name. See my example IMakeMoneyOn.net. Unless you know, it’s almost impossible to tell if a domain is just a normal site or a cloaked affiliate landing page.
How to cloak domain with HTML
What if your host does not allow domain forwarding like GoDaddy? Don’t worry. You can still do the same with few lines of HTML code.
<html> <head> <title>PAGE_TITLE</title> <meta name="description" content="META_DESCRIPTION"> <meta name="keywords" content="META_KEYWORDS"> </head> <frameset rows="100%,*" border="0"> <frame src="YOUR_AFFILIATE_URL" frameborder="0" /> <frame frameborder="0" noresize /> </frameset> </html>
Use the above HTML to create an index page for your domain.
Issues with cloaking
Cloaking domains are not completely white-hat. They are ideal for Clickbank products because most of the advertisers won’t have any issue with you using your own domain name but if you try to create a domain name for well known brands, you can be in trouble. So before applying the above method make sure you have the permission from the advertiser.