What is the best free link cloaker out there today?

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In your experience, what is the best free link cloaker out there today?

Thanks in advance Warriors.
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  • Profile picture of the author globalpro
    Here's the one I use. Free and Premium version.

    Powered Exclusively by the scrnch.me URL Shortening Service

    Thanks,

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author Jagged
    Free Link Cloaker

    One of the best & most popular is from a fellow warrior...
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  • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
    I've also got a quick & easy free link cloaker service you can try, no signup required:

    AffiliateNicheMonster.com/affiliate-link-cloaker

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  • Profile picture of the author Glenn72
    For Wordpress blogs try the 'Simple Link Cloaker' or 'Pretty Link' plugins. Pretty Link will even track the number of clicks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Salespectus
      Hi,

      Best free link cloaker out there today?

      Do you just need simple URL shortening and redirecting or do you also want tracking features?
      This is because nowadays you have a lot of options for cloaking your links. With that in mind, here we go:

      cli(dot)gs
      Packed with a lot of features.
      Short URLs with analytics, social media monitoring, and geotargeting.
      Free registration.
      Current length of shortened URL: 20 characters

      is(dot)gd
      Simply shrinks URL and redirects.
      Free with no registration.
      Current length of shortened URL: 18 characters

      tinyurl(dot)com
      Simply shrinks URL and redirects.
      This the first popular free URL cloaker.
      Most people are familiar with it.
      Current length of shortened URL: 25 characters
      Free with no registration.

      bit(dot)ly
      Shortens, shares and tracks links.
      Free registration.
      Current length of shortened URL: 20 characters

      snipurl(dot)com
      Simply shrinks URL and redirects.
      Allows you to shrink a lot of URLs in one step with the multi-snip tool.
      Free registration.
      Current length of shortened URL: 25 characters

      All the best.
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      • Profile picture of the author barbling
        You can also simply create a php file in your directory that has the contents:

        Code:
        <?php
            header ('Location: http://affiliate.vendor.hop.clickbank.net');
             ?>
        That's how I cloak a good number of my affiliate links.

        Additionally, if you want to direct someone to a domain, you can buy said domain name and include a redirect that automatically embeds your affiliate link.

        Ninja Affiliate is a paid Wordpress plugin that makes monetizing past, present and future Wordpress links very easy indeed...you might want to consider that in the future.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Forey
      Originally Posted by Glenn72 View Post

      For Wordpress blogs try the 'Simple Link Cloaker' or 'Pretty Link' plugins. Pretty Link will even track the number of clicks.
      If you're using Wordpress pretty links is the best. If you want to make a keyword linked you simply add the pretty link to SEO Smart Links.

      Mike
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      • Profile picture of the author dollarware
        I dont know if this is the best cloaker, but it is free and easy with screenshots and instructions.

        Free Download http://ultimatelinktracker.com

        Shortens
        Cloaks
        Counts hits.

        It is a script that you install on your webserver.
        You get a twenty-three page pdf file that give you all the instructions.
        It has lots of screen shots so that you can just follow along in the process.

        The installer is automated.

        If you never installed a script on your webserver, you should try this one.

        You have to Create a database.

        That shouldn't scare you off. In reality all that you do to create a database is enter a name you want to use.

        You have to Create a User. Again, just create a name.

        If you have CPanel hosting, especially with Theme X, there is a silent video that shows you the simple steps. If you make a mistake, you just delete the user or the database and go again.

        The automated installer file creates all the database tables automatically for you in the install process.

        Then you learn the location where you login as administrator and create your links. You come back to add more or edit them or check the link hit counts. Everything is together in one are.

        You get to use "recommends" links also likes, uses, prefers, suggests if you like one of those better. Start with the recommends because that is the default that the installer file creates to begin with.

        If you are familiar with installing scripts, then this is a piece of cake.

        Pass it on to other newbies in your downline.


        http://ultimatelinktracker.com


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  • Profile picture of the author muteki
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  • Profile picture of the author abelacts
    I used to create my own PHP redirect files but I find it troublesome. For my blogs that use Wordpress, I now use Pretty Link. I like it as it has the click stats.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Mount
    Free Link Cloaker - Been using it since day one, and it's still the best as far as I'm concerned.
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  • Profile picture of the author reynic
    If you want to maintain control of all your affiliate links, here a free one. Just Google "Cloaker Buzz".
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  • Profile picture of the author gcintermed
    A lot of the sites mentioned above simply do URL redirection, which just shortens and redirects the link without hiding where the browser ultimately lands. Then there is "link masking" which hides the destination link from humans (good for affiliate links) and finally "link cloaking" which hides the destination link from search engines for SEO purposes.

    Here's a good article which explains the differences and suggests some solutions....
    Guide to Link Cloaking, Masking, and Url Redirection - ShoeMoney®
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  • Profile picture of the author GautamSaha
    Hi Jared:
    Why are you specifically recommending this WSO to me in your sig?
    Did anyone bought your WSO and what result they got?

    Any feedback from fellow warriors?

    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author AnnaHamer
    Is a link cloaker different from a php redirect?
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  • Profile picture of the author Gerardas Norkus
    You can create a PHP file in your directory that redirects to your affiliate site, like barbling suggested:

    <?php
    header ('Location: http://affiliate.vendor.hop.clickbank.net');
    ?>

    However, my experience has shown that it is still possible to steal your commissions if you choose to use the redirect like this.

    What I do is I use the .htaccess file in my directory. And in it I type the following:

    redirect 301 anyofyourfilesthatyouwillpromote.html your_affiliate_link_like_http://affiliate.vendor.hop.clickbank.net

    If you do so, there's no way to see the vendor ID for your visitors and steal your commissions.

    Hopefully, this will help you!
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  • Profile picture of the author divinewind
    i like bit.ly for doing cloaking... short as hell and they provide live tracking so great for twitter
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  • Profile picture of the author KatyaSenina
    Originally Posted by Terry Kyle View Post

    In your experience, what is the best free link cloaker out there today?

    Thanks in advance Warriors.
    I use Pretty Link. I think it's great.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gobala Krishnan
    We offer a more professional cloaking / tracking software at Link Cloaking and Tracking Software That Works - LinkTrackr

    It's not free however. It really depends what you are looking for. There's a wordpress plugin as well that converts keywords into affiliate links automatically.
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