I'm sure most of you have done it.
You have no idea how to write a PPC ad, photoshop an ad banner, or even create a landing page. So you search far and wide, and voila! You simply rip that creative, and use it as your own.
A couple months go by, and you've clearly gained some REAL experience into what works, why, and what doesn't.
So you make your own ad, banner, and landing page, and let it rip! Revenue's start pouring in.
Yet, as you know, 2-3 days later, your conversion rates drop, volume starts to suck, and you might be breaking even at this point.
You find out that someone, just like yourself, ripped your entire funnel.
So Let's Steal Some Landing Pages
Let me show you some cool, unsecured landing pages, and how to find more!
Step 1. Google: url:t202id= and start having a look through the links. (if you use another tracking platform/advertising agency, try their tracking url)
Step 2. Copy a line from the landing page, and put quotes (“) around it, then Google that.
Step 3. Jump the fake hoops in some of these ‘qualifying, quiz, or survey' landing pages, and check out what network the offer is running on using WhereGoes.com
Step 4. Search the domain for even MORE landing pages on Google using site:www.domain.com
Step 5. Rip the landing page source code using your favorite method.
Step 6. Rinse and Repeat
Step 7. Profit!
Oh, and obviously just go through various mobile sites, and check out their LP's.
So How Do We Not End Up Losing Our Sh*t Like That Guy?
Prevent search engines from indexing your tracking platform & landing page domain.
Create a robots.txt in the top-level folder you do not wish any search engines to dig through, and put this code:
# Disallow Web Bots
# Disallow Archive Bots
This will ‘encourage' search-engine bots to not index your site. Some bots don't follow the rules, but generally, this works.
Create an Index.php in your Root Domain Directory
Example: You type in www.landingpagesnoob.com, and the owner forgot to include an index file. Thus, his directories become listed. An index.php file prevents someone from looking into your house and seeing your inventory.
There are some noob affiliates out there that simply right-click copy & paste your landing page. You can easily go around this (simply view the source code using your browser menu), but nonetheless.
Encrypt Your Code
Another noobish trick.
Prevent LP Hi-Jacking
So let's say someone steals your LP.
This script will check where the landing-page is being hosted, and simply redirect back to your original landing page.
Create a new “geoloc.php” in your landing page directory. Paste this script:
Replace domain.com, and domain.com/lander.php, accordingly.
Then run the script from your landing page using this:
But encrypt it using this
This will confuse your thief, and you will get free traffic back to your lander.
P.S. I claim no ownership for this script.
Prevent someone from Hacking your WordPress & Tracking platform
My tracking platform (prosper202) was hacked recently, and a back-door was implemented, allowing the hacker to see all of my campaigns & data. Luckily, this was a new installation, so not much was lost.
Nonetheless, we are going to prevent any one from accessing your login files, by only allowing our own IP-address.
Create a new/edit your .htaccess file in your domain FTP, and put in
deny from all
allow from 127.0.0.1
ErrorDocument 403 http://www.google.com
Change ‘202-login.php' to your appropriate login.php file, and change the IP to your public IP address.
Experimental Neat Tricks
Ad-creative with a Coupon-protection
Create an Ad copy/banner: “Get 30% off Hotels” “Limited Time. Use Coupon 1234”
User clicks on your ad, and is redirected to a password/coupon prompt, enters the password/coupon ID, and gets access to your LP.
You can now rotate your passwords on a regular basis.
Of course, you could simply do this with a generic landing-page that filters traffic based on the coupon 🙂 … and some complex PHP coding 🙁
Cloudflare Your Site (Advanced)
This method will place your landing-page and tracker on a CDN (content distribution network), thus increasing performance, while a the same time, decreasing hard-hitting hacker attacks.
Just in case, decrease the Cloudflare security to ‘LOW', and performance either CDN or CDN+Performance. This will ensure maximum compatibility with 3rd-world traffic.
Encrypt the URL (Advanced)
This involves having a VPS, that allows editing server files. This will really prevent URL-jacking.
For those that understand how to do this, feel free to share. This is for more advanced coders. Learn more on How To Encrypt Your URL Here
Pass Your Offer from the URL into the LP using PHP
I saw one particular domain where every landing page call-to-action button simply redirected to /clickhere , which went no where. Of course, this simply meant that the owner passes the offer link to the button, using the address-bar URL.
So for example:
Direct linking to landing-page:
Address bar: www.landingpages.com/offer.php
Link: Dead End
Landing-page with parameter:
Address bar: www.landingpages.com/offer.php?offerID=offer1234.php
Link: Advertiser Page
This prevents direct-linking to your LP, and stealing your offer funnel.
Seems simple, except this involves some PHP, which even confuses me sometimes. Here is a source to get your started, or perhaps share your knowledge, because at the moment, I have limited know-how on this.
The Obviously Needed Disclaimer
Nothing is 100% safe. People will be people, and steal your shit regardless. BUT, I 99% guarantee that 1 or 2 of these tips will prevent your next hi-jacker.
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Quote Of The Day
“I got a new car. I just need to put it together. They’re easier to steal piece by piece.”
~ Jarod Kintz, $3.33