See updated post below for 2 steps- easy peasy :)
How to turn a domain name into a Wizzley affiliate sign up link that's cloaked.
- Purchase a domain name from godaddy (the one I use anyway)
- Once it's propagated go into your accounts page and click into the domain settings there will be an option for "Forward Domain"
- Set the forwarding url to your Wizzley "recruit new members" token url
I went to my profile page (you can go to any page in your account, any article, yours or anyone elses) then scroll down to the bottom links at the footer of the page under "Earn Royalties" then click the "recruit New Authors" link.
Whatever page your on will show up in the list of choices for affiliate links that will embed a cookie on your visitors computer.
Choose the one with the page/article title in the url.
Mine is: http://wizzley.com/authors/Jerrico_Usher/?pr=3390
- Plug that url into your domain forwarding url box (where it will send visitors to your root domain i.e. if someone types in www.JerricoUsher.com they will land on my Wizzley profile page but the url will be: http://wizzley.com/authors/Jerrico_Usher/?pr=3390
- I have it cloaked (a check box) so they only see "www.JerricoUsher.com"
Wait up to 24 hours for it to propagate, I'm noticing it takes about that long. Test it the next day, if you type your domain name in and the page that comes up is the page you linked to your done.
You never have to touch it again. When you send friends to check out your articles just give them your domain name or link them to your domain name and it will take them to your profile page, AND upon arriving on Wizzley they will be cookied and if they sign up you get credit and earn 10% of their page views (so if your currently at 50% you'll make 50% of your own page impressions (with your ads on them) but 10% of your friends impressions/page views with your ad codes on it).
It's an easier way to send people sign up links, because you only have to remember your domain name, it looks more professional, and people won't cut the affiliate link off the url because they can't see it... so you get credit for every visitor.
It also doesn't look like an affiliate link but rather just a link to your profile page so if you put it in other sites i.e. your signature in forums (where allowed), facebook, or where ever- it just looks like your sending them to check out your articles/profile... easy peasy.
No hosting is required to do this- everything you need is built into the domain name and service you buy it from (they all have forwarding but godaddy does it free, some charge).
Hope this simplifies it better :)