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What does it mean to cloak affiliate links?

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Posted 21st June 2017 at 04:08 AM by fersinc12

Cloaking an affiliate link just means that you are creating URLs on your website that redirect to an affiliate link. For example:

You don't have to use a plugin to create cloaked affiliate links. You can do so with this method detailed out by Yoast or by using your .htaccess file. However, you should never touch your .htaccess file unless you're well versed in using it because making an error within it could take down your whole site. Using .htaccess or the Yoast method for manually cloaking affiliate links means that you lose out on the additional features a link cloaking plugin can provide.

There are several affiliate link cloaking plugins on the market, but I use the Pretty Link Pro WordPress plugin to cloak my affiliate links. (Disclosure: I came across Pretty Link Pro years ago and paid for the plugin out of my own pocket. Pretty Link Pro has an affiliate program that I signed up for once I already owned and began using the plugin. I link to the plugin using affiliate links. This means that at no extra cost to you, I may receive a commission if you purchase the plugin.)

There is also a free version of the plugin called Pretty Link Lite, but the Pro version has features I won't do without – like being able to change the base slug in the cloaked links. Installing Pretty Link Pro Once you have purchased and downloaded the plugin you'll need to install it.

In your WordPress dashboard, head to Plugins > Add New

At the top of the next screen, click on the Upload a Plugin button

Choose the PLP plugin file from your computer and click Install Now

On the next screen, click Activate Plugin
The plugin is now installed and ready for setup.

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