A couple of months ago, I received an email from Guy Kawasaki which went to registered users of his Alltop.com website, asking if there was an interest in getting a free copy of his upcoming book titled Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions. The book is catered towards business owners and it sounded interesting to me so I filled out the necessary information to have a copy shipped to my house.
LinkTrackr describes itself as a link cloaking and tracking software. I think in the internet marketing industry the word “cloaking” has negative connotations, but for affiliate marketers, this is a good thing. If you’ve ever signed up for an affiliate account somewhere, you’ve probably noticed that they give you long, ugly URL’s. They might have numbers, id’s, and often look a little sketchy. This is why you want to cloak your links.
Usually I set up redirects in my htaccess file so that my affiliate links look something like alexjuel.com/friendly-url which is much easier on the users eyes. You’re probably posting your links all over your site and on Twitter, guest blog posts and other places, so if your real affiliate link changes you can easily fix it in your htaccess, instead of trying to figure out where you posted that link all over the internet. And if you can’t update it or remember where you’ve posted it, you’re going to lose commissions.
Qirina is a new service which allows you to enter either a domain name or a keyword and will return site stats, keywords and a set of domains that are in relation to each other based on what you’ve entered. Anyone doing keyword research and competitive analysis should be able to see the benefit here.