onepointone - 12:18 am on Aug 17, 2010 (gmt 0)
I've tried some informal 'tests' over the years and never saw any noticeable bump in conversions when using redirected links
Most people aren't familiar w/affiliate marketing and don't care about your commission.
The ones that are can always steal or negate your commission anyway regardless of what your link looks like. But I can see where people that market products designed for affiliates would have a problem...
People say google doesn't like affiliate links. But I also think they don't like excessively redirected links. Keep in mind that most affiliate links already redirect at least once.