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May 11, 2013

Free Link Cloaker Script

Category: Affiliate Programs, Internet Marketing, Webmasters/Web Design, ClickBank — Answers 2000 @ 12:56 pm

We are pleased to announce the release of “Quick Link Cloaker”, an easy-to-use PHP Script for cloaking your affiliate links. The purpose of this script is to hide your affiliate id in a link, so as to prevent other people substituting in their own affiliate id (so as to “steal” your commission), or removing your affiliate id (since some people wrongly believe that if an affiliate earns commission that they end up paying more).

The nice thing about this script, is that you can generate an unlimited number of cloaked links with virtually no effort. Simply log-in to the admin area of the script, paste in the affiliate link, and you immediately get a cloaked version of the link back.

Quick Link Cloaker script also has the advantage that you are not dependent on some third party service (like URL shorteners) that could be down, go out of business, have incompatible terms of service, etc.

Quick Link Cloaker works on pretty much any host that supports PHP. The installation procedure is basically upload the files to your webhost, go to the admin page and follow the instructions. No editing of text files or anything like that. So, in other words, it is very easy.

Example of cloaking a link….

Before cloaking, say your affiliate link could be something like

http://www.someaffiliateprogram.com/link.php?prod=123&aff=yourname

After cloaking your link might look something like

http://yoursite.com/lc.php?j=aC3-mt./mmmm_6_/2.ng4-74/mtcM6_5mrfIng4-8JOjijjim/mmmmJnp-945/mt.

or

http://yoursite.com/cloak/lc.php?j=aC3-mt./mmmm_6_/2.ng4-74/mtcM6_5mrfIng4-8JOjijjim/m

Please note: if you need cloaking and tracking of your links performance - then please check out our ad tracking PHP script - click/counter tracker.


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May 9, 2013

Legal Copyright-Safe Images for Your Website or Blog

Category: Affiliate Programs, Webmasters/Web Design — Answers 2000 @ 4:30 pm

Disclosure: Our company is an AllPosters Affiliate. We may earn a commission if you buy a product after following a link from AllPosters. We may also earn commissions from sales of other affiliates that we help AllPosters recruit.

Lots of people create websites or blogs, and then wonder where they can get images to put on them. There are quite a few different options, but sadly many people choose the worst option and end up getting into all sorts of difficulties as a result. In this article, I’m going to talk about the different options for getting pictures for your website or blog.

Please note: I am not a lawyer. This article is not intended as legal advice. This article is just my layman’s understanding of some of the general issues about using images on a website Please consult a lawyer if you want legal advice about your particular circumstances or particular scenarios that are applicable to you.

Okay what are the options?

  1. The first option, the worst option - and the option that I would not recommend is just to help yourself to images that you find online at other websites. The problem is that such images are usually protected by copyright (and possibly other rights), and if you copy them to your site, even with perhaps some modifications, you will be most likely infringing the owner’s copyright. The consequences when you get caught can be quite bad:
    • The owner/rights-holder may sue you
    • The owner/rights-holder may demand that you pay license fees for your infringement, and threaten to sue you if you don’t
    • The owner/rights-holder may get your web-host, domain registrar, etc. to shut your website down (for example by using the “DMCA”)
    • The owner/rights-holder may contact your partners, advertisers, affiliate programs, etc.. At best you may find yourself facing some awkward questions. At worst, these companies may no longer wish to work with you - for example, you could get terminated from affiliate programs.

    Will you get caught? Of course there is no guarantee that you will or won’t be caught - but the odds of being caught are substantially higher than you might think - since major rights-holders have automated software which can scan the web for infringing images. In other words, even if you aren’t caught immediately - you could be caught at any time - which frankly isn’t a position that you would want to be in.

  2. The second option is to photograph/create the images yourself. Generally speaking you will own the copyright of images that you create (although you will still need to be careful so not to infringe trademarks, people’s rights to privacy, etc.). Of course, the downside to creating your own images, is that even if you have the skill, you may not have the time.

    Moreover, as a practical matter, it may not be possible to get some of the images that you might want this way: If you need a picture of a particular Hollywood starlet, are you going to fly to Los Angeles?

  3. The next option is to use public domain images. Public domain images are images which are not protected by copyright, either because they are so many decades old that the copyright expired, or because the rights-holder has specifically chosen to release the image into the public domain.

    As with your own photographs, you need to be careful of rights other than copyright - for example, the privacy rights of people in the photographs. Additionally, you should also be aware that copyright durations last different amounts of time in different countries - an image which is public domain in one country may still be copyrighted in another.

    That said, public domain can be a great choice if you can find the image you want - public domain collections tend to be heavily biased towards historical photographs from many years ago, etc., rather than commercially orientated images.

  4. Another option is to use permissively licensed images. These are images where the rights-holder has allowed very broad usage, with few restrictions, usually without any associated charges or fees.

    Again, it can be hard to find commercially-orientated images this way, but if you do find what you need, great! Be sure to carefully read the license terms - as some licensors may not allow use of their images on websites that generate revenue (commercial web sites), etc.

  5. The next option is to commercially license the images. You can license images from stock photo companies. Additionally, some clip art collections include photographs with a grant of rights that permits the use of the images online.

    Again, be sure that you do carefully read the license terms!

  6. Finally, one option that I think you should consider is to join the AllPosters affiliate program.

    Joining the affiliate program is free, and once you join you can link to any one of thousands of posters (using a thumbnail or full-size image link). Moreover, you even earn commission on sales of the posters!

    In other words, this is a way to legally and affordably (or in this case free) get a wide choice of images that you can incorporate on your websites or blogs.

    Here are some example images:


    Singer Christina Aguilera


    Singer Christina…
    Dave Allocca
    Buy This at Allposters.com
    Dinosaurs - Cretaceous Period


    Dinosaurs -…

    Buy This at Allposters.com
    Hawaii


    Hawaii
    Kerne Erickson
    Buy This at Allposters.com
    Star Wars- Return of the Jedi


    Star Wars- Return…

    Buy This at Allposters.com

    Do you know anywhere else I could get such a great choice of celebrity images, travel destinations, educational images, etc., without paying royalties?

    And don’t forget images such as these can earn money - if click on and buy one of these posters, my company earns a commission (so please feel free to buy one of these posters :-) )


   

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May 2, 2013

Open Source and Derivative Works

Category: Webmasters/Web Design, ...Everything Else — Answers 2000 @ 8:35 pm

Many software programs, including WordPress, the popular blogging software, are released under open source licenses such as the GPL. When programs are released under an open source license, you are generally allowed to not only use them, but modify them for your own purposes (creating what is known as a “derivative work”), and in most cases, distribute either the original or modified program to others.

Of course there are terms and conditions that apply even with open source licenses. For example, the terms and conditions may specify that when you distribute to others, you must do so under a particular license. The exact terms and conditions vary depending on which particular open source license applies.

In our new video, open source and derivative works, we discuss what is a derivative work of a software program, and what sort of terms and conditions apply to derivative works with three of the most common open source licenses: BSD, the GPL, and the LGPL.


   

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May 1, 2013

ClickBank Payment Button Graphics

Category: Company Announcements, Internet Marketing, Webmasters/Web Design, ClickBank — Answers 2000 @ 12:27 pm

Disclosure: Our company is a ClickBank Vendor and Affiliate, and has been for more than 14 years. We earn money by selling our own products through ClickBank, as well as earning affiliate commission on other products sold by ClickBank, including ClickBank’s own products/services.

Regular readers of this blog, will know that our company offers two great packages of graphics for webmasters:

  1. Internet Marketing Graphics Pack - A great package of graphics and web-design elements for eCommerce and small business websites.
  2. ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack - A collection of graphics and web-design elements, especially designed/chosen for ClickBank vendors, that is people/businesses who are selling their own products through ClickBank.

We are please to announce a major enhancement to the ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack:

Our company (Answers 2000) has just signed a special agreement with ClickBank (as an Addendum to the standard ClickBank Client Contract). This agreement allows us to include ClickBank’s trademarked logos, as part of the graphics included with the ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack.

The result of this is the package now includes some really cool ClickBank-specific payment buttons as shown in the examples below (obviously the real payment buttons included in our ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack are not watermarked).

And don’t forget as well as well as payment buttons like these, the ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack includes more than 300 different payment/download/join/action buttons, and more than 1,000 graphics in total. The graphics also include guarantee logos, money graphics, check marks, bullets, arrows, price stickers, badges, and tons of other stuff that can enhance your ClickBank pitch pages.

Check it out! ClickBank Vendor Graphics Pack


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