Which url shortener is better for cloaking affiliate links?

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Hello

I was browsing some youtube videos and one them had in the video description a google shortened url when i clicked on it it led me to a page where it says the link had been disabled for spam.

I would like to shorten my affiliate link however I don't want it to get blocked by google.

Which url shorteners are better for cloaking affiliate links?

Thank you for the opportunity to connect with you all.
#affiliate #cloaking #links #shortener #url
  • Profile picture of the author sonicadam123
    I wouldnt recommend using any really.

    They're used a lot by spammers, which is most uncool.

    So a lot are being blacklisted by various major spam databases like spamhaus.

    Here's a post that you might find useful from Aweber - Are Blacklisted Link Shorteners Getting Your Emails Blocked?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by 568129 View Post

    Which url shorteners are better for cloaking affiliate links?
    Any one that you own and control yourself.

    In other words, something like "Prettylink" is good, and so is using a .info domain-name which you own and control as a redirection.

    The important mistake to avoid is to let your business be dependent on the continued longevity, reliability and terms of service of a completely unnecessary third-party service. That's all "downside only".

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...han-other.html
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    • Profile picture of the author Jorge Vidaurre
      is bitly a good url shortener?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by 568129 View Post

        is bitly a good url shortener?
        Anyone potentially interested in bit.ly might find this rather chilling reading: The .ly domain space to be considered unsafe | :Ben Metcalfe Blog

        As already mentioned above, the important mistake to avoid is to let your business be dependent on the continued longevity, reliability and terms of service of a completely unnecessary third-party service. That's all "downside only".
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        • Profile picture of the author Jorge Vidaurre
          i don't have a wordpress blog so I believe I can't use wordpress right? so if bit.ly is not recommended, which url shortener would be better?
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by 568129 View Post

            shorturl is better than bit.ly?
            It doesn't really matter whether it's better or worse. Both are a mistake.

            Shorturl isn't a link-cloaker, anyway.

            As already mentioned above, the important mistake to avoid is to let your business be dependent on the continued longevity, reliability and terms of service of a completely unnecessary third-party service. That's all "downside only".

            http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...han-other.html
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      • Profile picture of the author skibbz
        Originally Posted by Jorge Vidaurre View Post

        is bitly a good url shortener?
        bitly is one of the most popular url shorteners but i cant vouch for its reputation with regards to cloaking
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  • Profile picture of the author aaaa33030
    shorturl . com shortens the link but it doesn't cloak it
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I use Pretty Links. It's redirection from your own domain, so it isn't on the block lists that others are.
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    • Profile picture of the author yestyle
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      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I use Pretty Links. It's redirection from your own domain, so it isn't on the block lists that others are.
      I agree to sbucciarel, I also use this method in my affiliate pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author itsohsoeazy
    you can also use a php redirect script.

    <?php
    header( 'Location: http://www.yoursite.com/new_page.html' ) ;
    ?>
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    • Profile picture of the author saadi001
      Originally Posted by itsohsoeazy View Post

      you can also use a php redirect script.

      <?php
      header( 'Location: http://www.yoursite.com/new_page.html' ) ;
      ?>
      How about that solution? Just create a file like shortlink.php with above code in the root of your domain. Then simple call

      example.com/shortlink.php
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  • Profile picture of the author FreeMeal
    I used bit.ly to shorten an aff link and put it in a pdf the other night. When I clicked on it in the pdf I was taken to a warning page stating that the link may be malicious (it wasn't btw). I resaved the pdf, this time without the bitly link (just the plain aff link) and it worked completely fine. Never seen that happen before so maybe things are changing?
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  • Profile picture of the author aaaa33030
    For cloaking links you can try traffic-eruption . com where you can generate viral traffic and advertise at the same time
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    • Profile picture of the author Jorge Vidaurre
      i dont have wordpress i need wordpress to use pretty link right? short url displays a banner at the bottom of the page where you redirect. For this reason tinyurl or bit.ly are probably better.how do i set up my own link shortener?

      thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Use your own website to disguise your links into something that looks legit. But if you can't resist the temptation... go with TinyURL.
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    • Profile picture of the author Boogie40
      I have used tinyurl on several sites but not lately.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jorge Vidaurre
    i like that tinyurl has no advertising and redirects straight to your link however it has no tracking though.
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    • Profile picture of the author Valter B
      You can use redirect script or create your own url shortener:
      businessmindhacks . com/post/building-your-own-tinyurl-in-less-than-1-hour-using-wordpress
      If you are lazy to that than go to clicky . me

      (remove spaces)
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmilligan
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    Just do a redirect from your own site.

    For example: www.yoursite.com/x-y-z-offer/

    On the page post a redirect script (Just google it to find one)
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  • Profile picture of the author RichardDean
    Best to use your own from your own domain, Search WSO section I have seen some scripts that you install on your own server. One I think I remember is best damn redirect by warrior Richard Wing.

    It was a WSO not too long ago so might not be too deep in the system.

    Hope that helps
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    • Profile picture of the author Danny McConnell
      You could always throw a wordpress installation on your blog alongside your main site, or on a subdomain, and use pretty links.

      Dan
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  • Profile picture of the author AnneE
    I asked this question a short while ago and all I got was everyone telling me to make sure I owned the site doing the redirecting.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...han-other.html

    Funny how threads take on a life of their own even when they are the same question that's been asked a bunch before. While some of the posts to this thread are similar to the other, the responses are much more varied.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by AnneE View Post

      I asked this question a short while ago and all I got was everyone telling me to make sure I owned the site doing the redirecting.
      That was on a Tuesday, though. There are different Warriors online on a Saturday (I'm not altogether joking, either).

      Originally Posted by AnneE View Post

      Funny how threads take on a life of their own even when they are the same question that's been asked a bunch before.
      It's true. It's most unpredictable. I often look at an OP and find myself thinking "I bet this one runs and runs" and then find it still unresponded to the next day; and sometimes I imagine there'll be little interest and/or even a deletion, and find it well into its second page a few hours later. It really is very difficult to predict!

      This one perhaps had a slightly artificial run and more bumps than expected because of the combination of my (and others'!) futile persistence at repeating that third-party url-shorteners are extremely unwise and the OP's apparent reluctance - both here and in another thread - to listen to that perspective or to take any notice of it - I really wasn't expecting to make five posts in the thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan92
    I much prefer gocodes, a wordpress plugin for cloaking and tracking clicks.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    URL shorteners are a waste of time and effort. FB has already banned .ly and probably will ban the rest. Google is also out to kill them, so think again if you want to use them.
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  • Profile picture of the author PAH Tim
    I've personally used TinyURL in the past, but I like the idea of using a simple redirect script to create my own. It isn't very hard to create your own redirect script and as Alexa said, why rely on a third-party when you don't have too?
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  • Profile picture of the author KnightOnboard
    It is really unnecessary to use a third party tool to cloak your affiliate link if you can make it in house thru PHP script or the barbling method stated on her website. You need to have more control over your business.
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    • Profile picture of the author jthenry55
      So I'm new to this.
      Are you saying URL shortening is not good at all and should not be done and you should just use cloaking?

      Can you do cloaking if you don't have your own website?

      I was trying to promote clickbank affiliate links on twitter using bitly and the links just all say WARNING! and I tweeted a bunch before I actually tested my link before i realized it was doing that.
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  • Profile picture of the author samjaynz
    If you're using affiliate links it's much better to register some cheap domain names and created proper redirects from there. Then you never have to worry about checking up on your links in case they get deleted or blocked.
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  • Profile picture of the author Help Me Candi
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  • Profile picture of the author VivekThakur
    I am using bitly.
    its good
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  • Profile picture of the author leoj888
    you can use bitly,but they disable some links sometimes
    the safest way to do this is get your own domain,then set redirect to your destination link
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  • Hey friends, I like socialmediabar as you can customise your URL. MrG Freedom Fighter
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  • Profile picture of the author waynewalters
    I like using pretty links or buying a 5-letter domain name and adding affiliate links there using pretty links or redirect.
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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    I use a service called Ninja Affiliate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vortex
    I use a product called "Elf Links" on my websites. It's pretty good as the links produced don't even show up when people use the "View Source" functions of the browser. It basically hides the links from Google when it crawls your site, so you don't get penalised for having affiliate links.

    It's a Wordpress Plugin though, so your site would need to be built on Wordpress - and also cannot use them on external sites like Youtube etc.

    Not a problem though, as I just use normal urls on external sites, that then get redirected to my websites and then "Elf Links" takes over from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author quain88
    buy a short name domain and use it as a shortener, thats what i do
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    I set up my own.

    Also don't forget to add nofollow to your links so Google knows it's an advert... or something.
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    • Profile picture of the author pawandave
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      Best way is to buy one general domain and use it for all link
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  • Profile picture of the author opti900
    Try snagoffer. It's pretty sweet because it integrates with google analytics.
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    i use google url shortener

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  • Profile picture of the author keshavjha
    Please use clickmagick.
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  • Profile picture of the author zdebx
    In my opinion, the best way to do it, is to get a generic domain, something like "clickhere.com" and then use sub-folders to create product related names, where you will be re-directing your affiliate links with HTML or PHP, whatever you prefer.

    So if the product was called Warrior Forum, then you would have "clickhere.com/warriorforum", which would re-direct the user via your affiliate link.

    Simply look up html/php re-direct in Google to learn how to do it.

    P.S. Obviously this is all assuming that you have a web host.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Originally Posted by zdebx View Post

      P.S. Obviously this is all assuming that you have a web host.
      Who knows? The OP hasn't come back to this thread since February 2012.
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  • Profile picture of the author amuro
    I will recommend bit.ly and tinyurl.

    Been using this for years and have no problems so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Clifton
    Most of the url cloakers out there are for Wordpress specifically, for example: https://prettylinkpro.com/
    But a good independent shortener and cloaker is TinyURL.com - shorten that long URL into a tiny URL
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  • Profile picture of the author friedrich88
    There is this open source repository on Github, that implements a distributed url.shortener. It seems that it misses a web interface anyway, it can be used by command line right now
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    • Profile picture of the author friedrich88
      The repo is here: https://github.com/Balzu/url-shortener.
      Googling I also found a lot of discussions and repositories, it seems that url shortenig is still a hot topic!

      Also this repo should implement a distributed url shortener, but i didn't tested! https://github.com/shamaeia/url-shortener"
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      • Profile picture of the author pawandave
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        Clickmeter is good but many more listed here is also doing well
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