I am trying to understand how the paramater afsrc=1 works to prevent parasites from stealing one's commissions.
If you are using links from CJ, for example, do you need to append &afsrc=1 to each link in order to protect it from the parasites (those that 'behave', anyway)? Or do you only need to use that code when you are using a method of hiding the CJ url, for example by using htaccess redirects or by using php redirect scripts?
And if so, then where to you place the code? In the link that is used to hide the affiliate link i.e., http://example.com/mylink.htm$afsrc=1 (which then redirects to the CJ link) or http://example.com/jump.cgi?id=1&afsrc=1? OR do you put it in the actually CJ link?
I feel confused on the proper usage of this, and also stuck between a rock and a hard place in that I want to mask my affiliate URLs so that my sites are not devalued in the search engines, yet it seems I need to identify the links as affiliate links in order to keep the parasites away from them (those that are abiding by the COC, anyway)
Is this a catch-22? Get listed in the serps and raped by the parasites, or protect yourself from a handful of the parasites and be buried in the serps?
How are folks dealing with both of these issues?
Any help anyone can provide would be GREATLY appreciated!
[edited by: jcoronella at 10:44 pm (utc) on May 27, 2005]
[edit reason] please use example.com for examples. [/edit]