Cloaking Using: Wordpress plugin vs php redirect

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For you guys who cloak your affiliate links, which method do you use?

I have found a couple of Wordpress cloaking plugins and I know that some people cloak their links using php redirect. Can anyone suggest which method is best? Thanks
#cloaking #php #plugin #redirect #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Abledragon
    I use the PHP redirect because I try to have as few plugins as possible on my sites.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Uebergang
      Php redirect seems to be working for me so far. Easy to set up and just makes the link a bit more attractive.

      David
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    • Profile picture of the author JerryGP
      I have used the PHP redirect in the past and it works great. I just build a new site with Wordpress 3.1 and it doesn't work. Is there somwthing different?
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      • Profile picture of the author JerryGP
        I found the problem, my error. http in the php twice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Holmes
    I prefer 'Prettylink' - mainly because it also tells me what links are being clicked on.

    I love stats!
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    • Profile picture of the author RichKent
      Originally Posted by Khadaji View Post

      I prefer 'Prettylink' - mainly because it also tells me what links are being clicked on.

      I love stats!
      I second Prettylink. I'm all for having fewer plugins, but Prettylink tells you what link was clicked and even WHAT PAGE it was clicked on - so if you have banners or links that run across multiple pages you can see which page is driving the most clicks.

      Reporting is super important, and a free plugin that gives you reporting is a no brainer.

      The upgraded version even enables frame redirects.

      You can get the free version here - Pretty Link
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
    I used a Wordpress plugin to cloak then the developer stopped updating it and all my links were DOA. And this was a paid plugin.

    It was a pain to go back and fix my dead links. Needless to say I know longer use plugins.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bozigian
      Ok if i was to use the php redirect.

      Do i put the affiliate link on my hyperlink text. And then do the php script on the ftp to get the new permalink?

      Or do i upload the php script to my ftp and then copy that http code to my texts on wordpress so that i can hyperlink it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    You seem to be quite confused about this...

    Let's say you have an ugly aff link:
    example.com/?something&affid=35241946&something-else=who-let-thedog-out?hah=12345677890
    (with the mandatory http... at the beginning, OF COURSE!)

    You can go different ways with PHP redirects:

    yourdomain.com/go/gizmored/ <-- here place an index.php file in the "gizmored" directory

    the index.php file should contain only this:

    PHP Code:
    <?
    Header( "HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently" ); 
    Header( "Location: http://YOUR-UGLY-AFF-LINK" ); 
    ?>
    And on the site your link would look like:
    HTML Code:
    <a href="http://yourdomain.com/go/gizmored/">Click here</a>
    Now, you can create a separate sub-sub-directory for each product

    OR in the /go/ directory instead of a single index.php, create multiple PHP files:
    redgizmo.php
    greengizmo.php
    ...

    and change your links (anchor tags) accordingly.
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  • Profile picture of the author atwellpub
    I recommended my commercial solution (WP Traffic Tools) for a feature rich option. For simple link masking pretty links will do too, and it's free so it might be the best way to go for your situation.

    Even though I'm able to easily use php and htaccess methods to redirect for the sake of convienence I still developed a plugin so I could set things up on the fly.
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    • Profile picture of the author MarketingTorch
      Originally Posted by atwellpub View Post

      I recommended my commercial solution (WP Traffic Tools) for a feature rich option. For simple link masking pretty links will do too, and it's free so it might be the best way to go for your situation.

      Even though I'm able to easily use php and htaccess methods to redirect for the sake of convienence I still developed a plugin so I could set things up on the fly.
      I'm in the market to buy a new link cloaker plugin. I'm looking for dynamic link generation so that existing links on old pages will be cloaked, as well as not being bothered with having to make my own links going forward, like some plugins require. As a result, I can therefore post the "correct" bare affiliate link on the page either myself, or through autoblog software (I'm a registered user of Carty's ABS), and the plugin will do the rest. And it must work on WP 3.1 multisite with subdomains and custom permalinks. Does WP Traffic Tool offer that? How does it compare with Eclipse Link Cloaker or Pretty Link Pro, which are two others I'm evaluating? Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author caesargus
    I'm not sure if you're familiar with a tool called Easy Redirect Script - easyredirectscript.com (not an affiliate link)

    It has several types of redirects built into it
    - Standard type redirects
    - SEO redirects
    - Stealth Redrects (for affiliate link cloaking)
    - Stealth Page Redirects (in case you wanted to rewrite copy)
    - Promo Redirects - In case you wanted to display an ad before the redirect

    It is not a wordpress plugin, and your links will survive if the company ever goes out of business (and you can install it on as many domains as you like)...

    Oh and if you want some additional reporting than what the tool provides, you can integrate with Google Analytics (this works with the Stealth Redirect, Stealth Page, and Promo Redirect)... (click on the links in the signature)
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    • Profile picture of the author bretski
      I just use a 301 redirect through a .htaccess file
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  • Profile picture of the author Metro123
    is there a software that will cloak all you links automatically? Non - tech friendly
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