Affiliate Link Bomber Review By The Realistic Marketer
Affiliate Link Bomber Review
The reason for taking a look at Ben Shaffer’s Affiliate Link Bomber was because I have bought previous products from him and also I think that affiliate commission theft is a very real and growing concern for anybody who is affiliate marketing whether as a serious business or just earning some holiday money. I mean, why lose 75% or more of your income to commission thieves?
It’s unfortunate that Ben is using, like an increasing number of marketers, a video on the home page, where you have no control other than pause or play. You are FORCED to sit through the entire production and with a 22 minute video that is a big chunk of my time.
To be honest, as it was Ben I was prepared to watch but I don’t like this. Usually I load an entire video whilst doing something else and then skip past the usual big houses, fast cars and inflated ClickBank statements, (YAWN!), to get about 2 minutes of what the product is all about – if we are lucky. If this Forced-To-View trend continues it looks like I’ll be recording the videos with Camtasia for later viewing.
Fortunately, with the Affiliate Link Bomber video most of the content is very good and informative even if you don’t buy the product. Certainly newbies should take a look just to see what they are up against. http://www.affiliatelinkbomber.com
So What Does Affiliate Link Bomber Do?
In a nutshell it masks your affiliate link in several different ways so you get to keep a lot more of your affiliate commissions.
Yes, people do steal your commissions!
Yes, people do strip your affiliate link!
Yes, people really do hate affiliate marketers and go to great lengths to stop you being paid what is rightfully yours!
How Does Affiliate Link Bomber Protect Your Links?
Basic link redirect and masking: This is common to all masking products.
Subcampaigns: This is not new but not often seen. Affiliate Link Bomber allows you to use a hyphen and keyword combination appended to the end of the redirect so you can see exactly where your clicks are coming from.
For instance, if you set up a redirect for a product called Project X your link may look something like www.yourdomain.com/s/projectx. Now, you could use /projectx-soload so now you can see exactly how many clicks your Solo Ad campaign received. You could also use /projectx-soload2, /projectx-email1 or whatever you want to use. Very useful. In fact essential.
Using Cookies: Otherwise known as cookie stuffing some people regard this a black hat. Personally I think it’s a great way to protect your commissions. It also stops people who are not favorably disposed towards affiliates from getting angry when they see an affiliate link because they never actually see it. Think of it as your way of reducing the stress and anxiety on affiliate haters which is a good thing!
Using Popups: Whether you like them or not, they are effective and definitely have a place in your affiliate toolkit.
Viral Bars: I have to admit this was a new one on me. I know the concept because it’s used all over the Internet, (Google Images use this method), but I hadn’t made the connection with using them to protect your affiliate commissions.
Affiliate Link Bomber lets you insert a top frame with whatever html you want. The main window opens up your affiliate program main page and the top bar could contain, for example, an optin box for you to grow your list. Powerful Stuff.
Would be very handy to call up your video review of a product and have it load on the affiliate product main page.
The downside to this, unless I am missing something, is that your visitor can not close the video.
It sits there all the time. Clicking on the title in the video insert opens a new window to YouTube but really, after someone watches the video you want them to buy from the affiliate page and this is a big chunk of virtual real estate obscuring the sales page so I am still on the fence as to the usefulness of this.
Installation: It is a server side script so you need to install this. It’s quite easy as long as you have a basic knowledge of scripts but installation and setup videos will help you out.
Little Frustrations: 1. The tutorial videos do not expand full screen. Tried it on FF and IE.
2. It would be less frustrating to have a longer login time. It seems that if I go to make a coffee and come back I have to login again.
The advantage to this is that you can easily do minor editing on the fly in the larger text box which is quite difficult with a one liner!
Unfortunately with regard to the “Embed Type” tool tip instead of jogging your memory it sends you off on a time consuming task to find out the information. This could be better.
BIG Frustration: Logging into the members area brings up yet another FORCED-TO-VIEW video with no controls. Sorry, I just have thing about these videos!!
Export Function: This is really worthwhile. Not only do scripts stop working for their own unfathomable reasons but also your webhost is often making server tweaks which can destroy all your information. It happened to me using another masking script and was a sudden learning curve. You have to back up your data and this is just a 1 Click operation to save a CSV file to your PC.
Support: Ben Shaffer has always been good with customer support.
Cost: Ridiculously Inexpensive One Time Payment.
Is Affiliate Link Bomber Worth Buying? If you don’t have an effective affiliate link masking solution then you must at least take a look at this. As I said earlier, even if you don’t buy you can grab some useful information that you may not already know.
Go grab a drink and snacks and take a look at Ben’s Affiliate Link Bomber over at:
UPDATE: April 20th
Looks like Josh Spaulding has just released a full featured FREE affiliate link masker called Clever Cloaker which is looking good. Here