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Using Mod Rewrite to mask affiliate URLs
so that ad blockers like Norton won't block my affiliate urls

10+ Year Member

Msg#: 1992 posted 10:57 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

We already know that google doesn't like affiliate URLs, and I can live with that problem. What I can't live with is the fact that all of the parasiteware out there, as well as programs like Norton Internet Security and Norton Firewall, by default, block affiliate links from Commission Junction, Linkshare, BeFree, etc (or, in the case of parasiteware, replace your affiliate code with their own).

I've searched all over the internet, as well as all over WebmasterWorld for 3 days now without finding a solution to my problem.

Can someone please help a newbie to mod rewrite figure out how to change my .htaccess file so that I can link to, for example, a CJ link so that it looks like it is on my domain?

I want the rewrite to do something like take:


and redirect it to:


Please, can someone help with this? (aside - Am I more likely to get a response if I post this in the private forum for WebmasterWorld subscribers? I also could have posted it in the Affiliate Marketing forum instead, but thought this was probably the best spot for it to reach mod rewrite experts...?)

Thanks SO MUCH in advance for any help that anyone can provide. It's been a nightmare watching my income gradually drop over the last year and a half as more and more people install software like Norton without even realizing that its default behavior is to block affiliate links & images -- most of these users will just think my website is broken and go elsewhere.

Is Mod Rewrite the way to go? Can this problem be solved with a correctly rewritten Redirect for .htaccess (which I couldn't figure out on my own)?

Writing to the affiliate programs like CJ and Linkshare themselves has produced NOTHING, which is surprising considering their income is as affected by this growing problem even more than mine!

anyone? does my desperation show? it's 'cuz I tried tackling this issue months ago to no avail, and now have spent 3 days straight trying once again to figure out a solution, all with no luck.




10+ Year Member

Msg#: 1992 posted 12:54 am on Aug 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

You have asked the right question in the right Forum!

See my post regarding this very issue, here: [webmasterworld.com...]


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