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Best method for coding affiliate links

need advice on coding URLs from my affiliates



6:30 am on Dec 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I'm starting a project that will allow me to set up affiliates to sell my products.

I'm doing the code myself since I could not find good, low cost software, plus it gives me total control.

How should I code the link / URL that each affiliate uses?

I'd like to avoid using a "?" in the link so that search engines can spyder the links.

My site uses Cold Fusion and Javascript.

I will only have 100 or fewer affiliates.

Any advice?




6:18 pm on Dec 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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One piece of advice, avoid the use of phrases or strings in URLs that are associated with banner advertising (e.g. "/banner/"). Also avoid the use of query strings (e.g.?keyword=variable) within links to banner graphics. These are common things ad blocking software use to pick off banner ads. Using non-standard ad sizes is also a good ploy.


4:23 am on Dec 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Ben Forta wrote a simple to understand article on passing parameters in the URL without using a question mark.


Good luck!


5:03 pm on Dec 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thx Clay.

That is exactly what I was looking, a complete line by line explanation. And by Ben Forta too.

Think I'll spend more time searching the Cold Fusion archives from now on...