I'm in the process of adding some pages to an existing content website to educate and promote products to my site visitors. So, I'm really a newbie at the affiliate issues.
I've been reading that people can steal your commission if your affiliate links are shown. Also, many resources say that site visitors are more likely to click on a link if the long, affiliate link doesn't show in the bottom left of the browser.
My site is well-ranked for my targeted keywords, so I don't want to do anything that will hurt that. I can't really find any credible resource that addresses whether hiding or cloaking links as I described above is against Google guidelines, for example.
I've seen a software program called Cloak n Rotate that creates cloaked and encrypted affiliate links, rotates where a particular link goes to (testing different affiliate results), and tracks click stats.
Does anyone know whether doing this type of a redirect is going to get me in trouble with the search engines?
Thanks for your help.