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My site currently has an affiliate program in place, using iDevAffiliate software. My main competitor has their own in house software and their affiliate links look like this:
123= their unique affiliate number.
I want to have a similar system rather than the way that my software currently links. I understand that this method would use the http request parameter. I'm not a programmer so I'm wondering how best to set up a new affiliate program. Should I:
a) Get a programmer to develop a completely new system with features I like from a variety of programmes.
b) Get a programmer to make some modifications to an exisiting piece of software such as iDevAffiliate?
I want to steer clear of the affiliate networks, because I don't like the 20% fee they take and the other costs. My site is in a niche area so I don't feel I need to be on a network, although I do see some of the benefits.
Does anyone here have any experience with building an affiliate system? Where did you find the programmers? Are there important factors I should consider?
Thanks in advance.
[edited by: encyclo at 3:03 am (utc) on Mar. 18, 2007]
[edit reason] switched to example.com [/edit]
Nearly all the programs I come across use either redirects or long and ugly looking links.
http://www.example.com/?old_system_id=8294 -> http://www.example.com/?123
So, a text link to one of my pages currently looks like this:
I donít understand why the second option would be classed as duplicate content, if the first one isnít? Could you explain a bit more about that please?
I also donít really understand the 301 redirect suggestion. Could you expand a bit more on that please? Would it mean having to make a 301 redirection for each new affiliate? Are there any disadvantages to this method?
I'm not quite understanding you properly.
Let's say I have one HTML page called widgets.html, which is located here:
And I have two or more affiliates linking to this page with their own affiliate ID, such as:
Are you saying that this structure will be classed as duplicate content?
One of my current affiliates ranks no.1 spot on a few different search terms in the natural listings, particularly on Yahoo and MSN. And this is with the longer php type link. I pay him on these sales. I guess it means he is just better at promoting than me.