Sailing the seas of online marketing and plundering the riches as an affiliate pirate.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Unauthorized URL modification message from ClickBank

If you are using TinyURL to mask your ClickBank affiliate URLs and suddenly start getting 'Unauthorized URL modification' message (well, actually it says 'Unauthorized URL Modifiction' - oh my god, ClickBank, learn to spell) - that's probably because you are using a browser plugin or some software that causes this to occur. Rest assured, other people will still be properly redirected to the merchant's website through your link, unless they use that software as well. The most common case is using a Firefox plugin called NoScript. If you turn it off temporarily (click the 'S' on your status bar and then 'Allow scripts globablly (dangerous'), you will notice that ClickBank affiliate URLs are once again redirecting properly through TinyURL. Alternatively you can just disable its XSS cross-site sanitizing function (although that will prevent NoScript from protecting you against XSS attacks).

If you want to make absolutely sure that redirects work for everyone, you will be better off using your own website and creating a .php file with a redirect. For example, create a file named affiliate.php and put the following code on it:
<?php
header('Location: http://www.your-affiliate-site.com/?affiliateid=123');
?>
Now link to yoursite.com/affiliate.php, and it will redirect you to the affiliate link. This redirect will work properly in almost all cases.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Yuwie down

Yuwie.com is down right now for me. It wouldn't be such a big deal if I weren't running advertising campaigns by using the banners hosted on their site. There's one on my blog, too, and it's causing the whole thing to load really slowly. Annoying. It is certainly not the first time that Yuwie is down, but I don't think this is how a trustworthy social networking site should be.

Hopefully it will be up soon. Perhaps I should host the banners on my site instead? Not that it makes a difference since people won't be able to register anyway, but at least it wouldn't slow down the loading times where your browser tries to download information from an unresponsive server.

Friday, August 1, 2008

IrfanView sucks

You're probably wondering, why the harsh title? Well, the program itself might not be so bad, and above all, it's free. I've been using it for a long time. IrfanView resized picture quality, however, is simply terrible no matter what settings I use. I got much better results when using other software to resize pictures or photos.

A good alternative is XnView - like IrfanView, it's a free multimedia viewer, and it allows you to view no less than 400 hundred graphics file types!