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Does cloaking affiliate link still work?

don't want to waste a lot of time at the very beginning...

3:27 pm on Aug 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi, folks,

I am new to affiliate fields. As G impose the one display URL restriction, there can only be one affiliate that can direct link to merchant website.

Just wandering if cloaking the affiliate link in one file on my own website and use my own website as display URL. Does this workaround the display URL restriction? By clicking on the cloaked url, the web content of my merchant is 'framed' into the web browser....

I heard that G has included quality score for landing page. But what if the content of my landing page is from my merchant website? Or Will G penalize this for having this kind of 'cloaking'?


9:57 pm on Aug 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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No, you can't. They don't want ads all going to the same place. That is the reason for the policy. They won't penalize you, but they will simply not allow your ad to run.

So even if you site has a different display url, you are still trying to push traffic to that same merchant as the other ad. This would fall under creating a bridge page most likely and that is not allowed. You may get the ad approved if they dont really pay attention, but if the other advertisers says something, your ad will get disapproved pretty fast.

If you think about it, what you describe is a trying to get around their rules. Trying to find loopholes in their policies is a pretty quick way to get your account in trouble.

[edited by: Soze at 10:00 pm (utc) on Aug. 19, 2007]


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