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#1 rpsmith

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 02:45 AM

Hi,

can anyone out there who knows anything about wordpress help me? I am trying to provide my members with the means to promote affiliate links. I have tried to use the text area coding to display the code they are to edit and use on their site. It is not working correctly and I am looking for an alternative means to the same end.

 

Is there another way to display the code without it showing the image?

Thanks,

Ryan


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#2 mrclean0325

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 05:17 AM

There is a post somewhere in the forum about WordPress changing the way the text editor uses links to correct a vulnerability. It unfortunately strips off the affiliate information from the links which is a bad thing. The post also has the way to fix this. The bad part is to fix this problem opens it back up to the vulnerability which is also not a good thing. The fix does require you to mess with the code which will more than likely be undone every time there is an update. Not something most people want to mess with.

 

Not to get too technical, but any HTML link that use the "_blank" when opening a new tab in a different window can be hijacked with some code to go to any site. WordPress has a lot of known exploits to allow such a thing so the editor changes this command to something else to do the same job but also strips off any affiliate info in the process. So if you site gets hacked with a code injection exploit, your links will still go to the right sites and not the ones the hacker wants.

 

Anyone with WordPress and affiliate links will have this problem with ALL affiliate links, even the ones that were there already - they aren't working. The easiest hard fix is to probably use a link shortener to replace all of your affiliate links which won't require you to mess with the code - it also means you will have to change each and every affiliate link in your site or sites. I am not sure if changing the text editor will fix it or not. I am also not sure of all the SEO implications because of the way it handles links now. I personally don't use WordPress which this is one of many reasons - not much control of your own site and too many ways your site can be broken and you don't know it.

 

Sorry it wasn't better news... :(


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#3 weblord

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Posted 01 May 2019 - 10:13 PM

oh you want to post affiliate links without removing the parameters on them so they will be credited. i think it's already resolved since is old thread but for the sake of the readers, you may use pastebin and register there, paste a line of text you may even password-protect it and give them the password, it will not subtract to what you post. hence it's pastebin


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