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CHD

Community Member, 219 Posts

8 March 2011 at 5:22am

hi,

I've been trying all day to find a method of using affiliate links on a clients site.
they want the URLs to be handled by a php file so that Google doesn't penalise them for having so many affiliate links.

Initially, i tried this:

<?php
$url = $_GET["affiliate"];
header("Location: ".$url);
exit;
?>

where the front end URL was: http://ultimate-casinos.com/exit.php?affiliate=http://imstore.bet365affiliates.com/Tracker.aspx?AffiliateId=37168&AffiliateCode=365_059963&CID=405&DID=72&TID=1&PID=74&LNG=1

this worked for affiliate links that didnt use ampersands "&"
but some of them do, which were ignored as the URL isnt encoded when added to the CMS.

so then i tried playing around with this:

function nullConverter(url) {
	return url;
}

in leftandmain.js
but obviously that just encoded the WHOLE URL, not just the variable, so then the front end URL was uselss.

now im looking at creating a new entry in HtmlEditorField for something like "Affiliate Link" which would automatically have the http://ultimate-casinos.com/exit.php?affiliate= at the start of the URL, and then have whatever is entered intot he field in the CMS as an ecoded variable.

can anybody help at all with this?
Am i making this WAY too complicated? are there any other solutions?

thanks in advance.