Affiliate Link Protector/Cloaker

Sometimes, when customers see the link has some affiliate code, they can remove it and follow only a simple link to prevent the affiliate to get his commission. You can protect your affiliate links using our Link Protector/Cloaker.
For example, instead of the standard affiliate link: http://www.merchantsite.com/?a_aid=12345&a_bid=54321

you would use: http://www.yourdomain.com/myredir.html where myredir.html is the file generated by the cloaker, that will automatically redirect you to the original site (url).

The affiliate link protector is available in the affiliate panel in Promotion -> Advanced tools -> Affiliate link protector / cloaker.

How it works
The cloaker works very simply.
The settings of export to a file are there because of hiding the links of affiliates in the background. 
 
With the PHP solution the server reads the code, finds the link the affiliate defined (it can be a simple http://www.google.com but also http://www.yoursite.com/shop/cart.php?prod=12&lang=en&a_aid=12345678&chan=miansite) and automatically redirects to this address via the header()  function.
 
HTML works in a similar way, however, it doesn't use the header() function, but the meta tag that immediatelly redirects to the site defined by the affiliate.

Let's say an affiliate enters the following link into the "URL to protect / cloak" field:
http://www.merchantsite.com/?a_aid=12345&a_bid=54321 

When the affiliate clicks  "Generate", the a "file.php" file will be generated and offered to be downloaded. 
After downloading the file the affiliate can rename it e.g. as discount.php

Now, the affiliate uploads that renamed file (discount.php) to his own server to the following location:
http://mysite.com/

so that he can provide anyone the following link:

http://mysite.com/discount.php

Now, if any customer clicks the link of "
http://mysite.com/discount.php", then he/she will be redirected to http://www.merchantsite.com/?a_aid=12345&a_bid=54321 


That's it.