This is the reason I use redirects in all my affiliate links. I’ve received an email from Text Link Ads saying they are changing their link structure to tinyurl.
As a Text Link Ads affiliate we’re pleased to let you know that we’ve begun using tinyurl.com to shorten and secure our affiliate referral links. We encourage you to update your affiliate links using the following:
** Please note that our old affiliate urls will no longer work in one week so please update today.
Personally, I think this is the dumbest thing in the world. TLA affiliates who don’t hide their links behind a redirect file will have to update every single page that has the old affiliate URL in it. That could potentially be a lot of work. Another problem is many web surfers don’t trust Tinyurl because they don’t know where it may take them.
Luckily for me, I link to my Text Link Ads affiliate page using a redirect file. All I have to do is update the URL on that file and every link to Text Link Ads on this blog will use the new URL. I hope you guys did the same thing!