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If you've been around for a while you've probably got banner ads running on all different sites for all different programs. 


Some of them might even be "lifetime" banners. 


Problem with this is, going back and changing them all when you want to promote something new can be hugely time-consuming


Recently, I've started going back through all my old 468 banners (expecially the lifetime ones) and changing the links... 


To Just 1 Link, and 1 Banner image. 


So at any given time I can just change a 301 redirect and upload a new banner and instantly point traffic to whatever I want... 


Here's a quick video splainin in a little bit better detail: 



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For those who don't want to mess with CPanel there is another option too. It is a PHP redirect which uses a simple text file. This can also be used for affiliate link cloaking or other uses and is pretty handy and simple to do. It can also be used for cheap and easy tracking too.


You create a text file with notepad or similar (it has to be plaintext or it will not work) file called whatever.php using the following as the model for the contents. The name of the file can be descriptive of the site or not. If using it for banner images, you can put the file in your "images" folder and call it banner.php. The following is all that you have to have in the text file.


**I had to add ( ) to the http:// so it wouldn't make real links - do not use them when doing this...




Where WEBSITE_ADDRESS is any website you want to direct traffic to. So if it was a banner the link would be (http://)www.mywebsite.com/images/banner.php using where the actual banner web address is located in the file. All you have to do is change the web address in the file to change the banner.


For an affiliate type redirect, you just put the site address you want the link to go to in the file.


So on a completed one, the second line will read header('Location:(http://)marketingcheckpoint.com');   (or whatever website you want)


For this to work, you upload it to your hosting and create a link to it. If it is in your main hosting folder just a link like (http://)mywebsite.com/whatever.php will be your new link. When you use this link the traffic will go to Marketing Checkpoint (in this example). To change where it goes is just a matter of editing the website name in the file. If you change the file name, you will also need to change the link you use.


If using for affiliate link redirects, I used a specific folder.


For example if you create a folder called "Recommends" or "my_best_stuff" and put the whatever.php file into it. The link would be:




When the link is used it will take people to whatever website is in the file. This way you can use the nice "super affiliate" looking link instead of an ugly ClickBank or long affiliate type link. It will also make it nearly impossible for someone to hijack your link and commissions. You are also directing all traffic through your site first. So you can just look into your traffic stats in CPanel or other webmaster tools to see the real traffic coming to it and from where. You could also name a different file (same content inside) for each traffic source you are using and track them this way too. This is good for solo ads and such to double check them.


The downside is if your site goes down - so do these.


If you start using them a bit and filling up your folder, make a master list of what each files name is and the actual site it goes to. Makes it much easier later to use them and so you don't forget what is already there. It does get addictive using them...


I LOVE simple and cheap! :D


Remember to always test the links to make sure they work first before you send them out.

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