Hmmmm…. I understand that technically it’s not a click but… since it redirects to the destination site, it really should be counted as a click.
I know that I always check out an affiliate link by pasting in the browser to make sure it works. If I were to use TinyURL of some other method of cloaking I always test that too my pasting in the URL bar.
If my potiential affiliates do the same and see how it sends the person to my site but doesn’t show up a click for them, they won’t like that, and may think that I’m being dishonest so they won’t promote my products. That’s very bad. Or I will be constantly having to explain this problem to them. That’s also a hassle.
I know you’ve been getting lectured on affiliate marketing in this thread
But having nearly 10 years experience on both sides of the game, it would be great if you could do the following:
1) Pasting a URL should be counted as a click since it sends the visitor to the destination.
Double clicks make it look like an affiliate’s traffic is only converting half as well. This could cause him to stop promoting my products
2) To avoid double clicks, only record a click from the same IP/Referral URL if there has been a 15 second time or greater difference. This would get rid of most of them
Does that make sense?