Protecting Yourself From Affiliate Link Thieves

Written by Stephani Richardson

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Link hijacking comes in various forms... not just from downloads. Let's say your affiliate link looks like this: , where 123456 is your affiliate ID. A link hijacker is interested inrepparttar product and wants to purchase it. He also wantsrepparttar 105872 affiliate commission fromrepparttar 105873 product. He takes your ID 123456 and replaces it with his ID 999999 to look like this: . The result? He getsrepparttar 105874 commission fromrepparttar 105875 product purchase. He modifiedrepparttar 105876 link to benefit himself. You lose.

Here is another example of link hijacking: A customer comes to your website and sees a link torepparttar 105877 product that he wants to buy. When he movesrepparttar 105878 mouse over your link information, he sees your affiliate url inrepparttar 105879 status bar of his computer. Instead of clicking your affiliate link, he decides to manually type it into his address bar, leaving offrepparttar 105880 affiliate referral code: This results in no affiliate tracking information and no commissions for you. You lose again!

So how much money could you be losing? I have read that an estimated 10-30% of commissions are lost due to affiliate link hijacking. Can you imaginerepparttar 105881 kind of potential revenue that you might be losing right now?

Take Action by Protecting Yourself From Revenue Loss

Inrepparttar 105882 constant search for new scripts and software to improve my websites, I have run into several affiliate cloaking devices. Most of them cost around $50 or more. However, I did run into one cloaking script that is free. It is called Affiliate Link Cloaker (ALC). The site owner simply asks that you subscribe to their newsletter. By golly, I love free stuff, don't you! If you are interested in learning about this script and how it works, you can visit their site at . They have other scripts that you might find useful as well. Now, get out there and protect those links!

Stephani Richardson is a work at home mother of 4 who has been actively involved with affiliate marketing and home business opportunities since December 1999. She owns and operates several business related websites including 1 Work At Home Dot Com and Business-Oppurtunities.

Putting Workplace Violence In Perspective Following September 11, 2001...

Written by Felix P. Nater

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The risk of violence comes in a variety of different forms. Following September 11, 2001 threats escalated torepparttar use of potentially harmful chemical and biological agents, directed targets of violence, bomb threats and an increase in threats against businesses. The ASSE survey also revealed that 74% ofrepparttar 105871 750 respondents had not under-gone any formal risk assessment or management ofrepparttar 105872 potential for violence inrepparttar 105873 workplace. To keep it simple and for a later discussion, if you work in an electrical or gas plant you should knowrepparttar 105874 risks.

What Others Are Saying About Workplace Security...

The landscape of workplace security has changed following September 11, 2001 andrepparttar 105875 subsequent threats. Once relegated torepparttar 105876 back room of IT and facility management departments, corporate security issues have risen to such prominence overrepparttar 105877 past three years that security concerns now have truly become corporate concerns. Robert Hahn, VP, Strategy & Secure Mail for Pitney Bowes Management Services, asks, "how does one calculaterepparttar 105878 loss to a company if an office building is shut down for two to three days due to a false alarm?". For example, to clean buildings like inrepparttar 105879 case ofrepparttar 105880 two Anthrax infected Post Offices onrepparttar 105881 east coast required $150 million dollars and 30 months-time during whichrepparttar 105882 facilities were shut down to all butrepparttar 105883 clean up crews and law enforcement, said, Robert Hahn. The threat is real along with a host of other potential threats; Terrorist demands, Business discontinuance, Theft of sensitive data and intellectual property, malicious computer viruses and intranet attacks, Key personnel taken hostage, Travel security concerns and Sabotage by disgruntled employee.

In a July 2004 on-line survey conducted by Pitney Bowes, they askedrepparttar 105884 participants to define whatrepparttar 105885 term "security" meant to them. 89% ofrepparttar 105886 409 respondents viewed security in broad based terms: protecting company information, protecting business systems and competitive intelligence. Between 65 - 71% viewed security as issues of physical and people security and privacy of employee information. Only 31% believed that their security was connected to neighboring facilities, roads or telecommunication systems. The responses in this particular survey correspond torepparttar 105887 ASSE Survey wherein 44% or 335 of repparttar 105888 750 respondents said they had established or changed emergency response procedures. I can not reflecting on my age old adage that "Security is everyone's business and that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound in cure".

Felix P. Nater is the President of Nater Associates, Ltd. a Security Management Consulting Practice specializing in Workplace Violence Prevention and Security Awareness Issues.

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