Using affiliate links on your blog then you must cloak your links because it is a good practice. But don’t know what is it and how to do it? then don’t worry and refer this post.

Cloak your Affiliate links in WordPress

What is Link Cloaking?

Link Cloaking is nothing but a technique which is used to make long affiliated links into short ones. By default, Affiliate links appear lengthy and it contains product id and user name. Such links appear ugly and are not professional ones. So converting process of such links to short and professional is called Link Cloaking.

Affiliate link

http://www.affiliatesite.com/product/?product_id=103&affiliate=754

After link cloaking process link will appear like this

http://www.yoursite.com/refer/productname

Here for referral links you can use any word like /refer/, /out/, /recommend/, etc. To manage all affiliate links properly, this process is very important. Such links are easy to understand and also can easily track all clicks on those links. Cloaked links are providing you facility of managing all affiliate links from WordPress admin interface.

How to cloak affiliate links in WordPress

There are basically two methods of doing so

  1. Using WordPress Plugins
  2. Using .htaccess file

Here we will see only WordPress Plugin method and will discuss some useful plugins for the same.

Pretty Link Lite

This is a free plugin for cloaking links and it allows you to easily manage all affiliated links. You can add no follow tag to these links and can also track it. This plugin provides analytics with an easier way to remove older hits from the database.

Also read: Cloak your Affiliate links without Plugin

Thirsty Affiliates

This is the premium plugin and one of the best affiliate link manager and link cloaking plugin. From a single dashboard, you can handle all affiliate links. You can automatically replace keywords with affiliate links. You can choose no follow option and can also get analytics for such links.

Apart from these WP Wizard Cloak, Easy Affiliate Links and Links Auto Replacer are also popular plugins.

So this is all about link cloaking and using these plugins you can easily cloak your affiliate links in WordPress. If you find this info helpful then kindly share with your friends also and help us. You can also share your views with us through comments.

Cloak your Affiliate links in WordPress

2 thoughts on “Cloak your Affiliate links in WordPress

  • May 28, 2015 at 8:14 pm
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    Hello Jay !

    Link cloaking is a simple but very important procedure . Without it , it would be very difficult to make affiliate sales as visitors would not like to see our content . Also the url should be meaningful .

    I use blogger so we have to cloak link through other online services . But for wordpress bloggers , This is an awesome way to cloak their links .

    Awesome post !! It was worth reading !! Rocking !!

    Happy Blogging !

    Reply
    • May 29, 2015 at 11:29 am
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      Thanks once again Nikhil

      Reply

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