Affiliate links Cloaking

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Anyone has recommendation for good and effective affiliate links cloaker?
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  • Profile picture of the author Isaiah Jackson
    You can use GoPages or you could use Redirect Code | Meta Refresh Code | Javascript Redirect

    you could also just make it yourself, you can google search that
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  • Profile picture of the author msu
    If you have WordPress there's Pretty Link.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by Playwerks View Post

    Anyone has recommendation for good and effective affiliate links cloaker?
    If you have a Wordpress blog, I recommend "Pretty Link."

    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author knish
    I'm not a huge fan of link cloaking. I would be too afraid to get caught but if I ever change my mind the above recommendations might come in handy.
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    • Profile picture of the author joseph7384
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      • Profile picture of the author onSubie
        Originally Posted by joseph7384 View Post

        Get caught what, it's not like it is unethical this is common practice in internet marketing.

        Lets say your promoting a clickbank all someone has to do is remove your ID and insert their id.

        It is also useful if a link is going to be around for a long time and the offer could change.

        So if you release a free ebook with affiliate links you can cloak them. Then if the product changes or a better one is available all you have to do is update the cloaked link and all the ebooks that have been floating around still have viable links.

        For example, you launch an ebook years ago on building niche sites and promote "Google Sniper" with cloaked affiliate links. Later when "Google Sniper 2" comes out you could change the redirect to your new affiliate link.

        Anyone picking up a found digital copy somewhere will have current links that still pay you rather than outdated links to expired offers.

        Mahlon
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    • Profile picture of the author Greedy
      Originally Posted by knish View Post

      I'm not a huge fan of link cloaking. I would be too afraid to get caught but if I ever change my mind the above recommendations might come in handy.
      There nothing wrong with cloaking, most networks could care less.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    It's probably a good idea to set all such links to nofollow. Also, if you use the PHP redirect code, use directories and set your robots.txt file to disallow crawling/indexing of those directories. No sense giving Google an easy path to all those aff. links on your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marcus Rockey
    I have found Cliopad to be very good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mindthepap
    What about cloack pig for wp?
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  • Profile picture of the author atwellpub
    Wp Traffic Tools provides a free link masking & cloaking module. It also provides a premium version and a handful of other modules.


    But it should be noted that cloaking denotes preventing spiders from realizing the redirect destination while masking denotes changing the URL structure (similar to shortening)
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    • Profile picture of the author matze
      If you're not using wordpress and you don't feel like implementing your own php thing you might like cloaker.codegeckos.com

      You can pick your redirect method (301, js, frame, meta refresh, ...) and brand your links like so:

      red.irect.me/ YOUR BRAND / PRODUCT

      or

      red.irect.me/ YOUR BRAND / CATEGORY / PRODUCT
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  • Profile picture of the author bbradford71
    Pretty Link works really well I have found
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  • Profile picture of the author lukedidit
    Keep in mind all those who are referring to 'pretty link' are not mentioning that you will have to buy the pro version for 40 bucks, as pretty link lite (the one on wordpress.org) does not cloak links. I found that out the hard way and had to change all my links.

    Its well worth the price as its a good quality plugin, but if you want to go a for free option, then I posted up the following method as a few people ask about this:

    Affiliate Link Cloaking for Wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author Plaskass76
    if you use wordpress there plugin for that, e.g. pretty link.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Chadwick
      I re-developed a link cloaking software which I now offer for free. There are upgrades but the free version does everything you need it to and you can set a redirect option to satisfy finicky affiliate programs. You can also edit, delete links, track clicks etc etc. The upgrades are for branding etc etc.

      Affiliate Cloak Wizard

      The software was re-developed for a membership one of my buddies is running and I have had no complaints so far. Its also backed by an extremely comprehensive user area and support desk.

      There is a live demo on the sales page so you know exactly what you are getting......FOR FREE!

      Cheers

      JohnChad
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  • Profile picture of the author Viramara
    I use acloaker.com
    You copy and paste the aff link, they'll give you a ready-made HTML file. Just cut and paste the HTML file to your cpanel folder, i.e. folder "recommends". It only takes less than 3 minutes to cloak
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  • Profile picture of the author Muhsin Aziz
    I suggest that you don't really worry too much about
    link cloaking.

    Just keep it simple.

    The most that I use was pretty link on wordpress.
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    • Profile picture of the author lukedidit
      Originally Posted by Muhsin Aziz View Post

      I suggest that you don't really worry too much about
      link cloaking.

      Just keep it simple.

      The most that I use was pretty link on wordpress.
      What if OP wants to avoid SERP loss through non cloaked links?

      The pretty part is the least useful part of link cloaking.
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  • Profile picture of the author rprieto60
    I like using BudURL.com as a link shortener and cloaker. It also allows me to make tracking links, see how many clicks I'm getting and exactly where they come from. I even get the IP address, so I know where the visitor is geographically. Pretty cool in my opinion. It's a couple of bucks a month, but totally worth it to me for what I'm getting.
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  • Profile picture of the author cogapartments
    You can visit clickfire.com for good and effective affiliate links cloaker.
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  • Profile picture of the author warezQQ
    WP Cloaker. Been using it for ages and it works like a charm!
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  • Profile picture of the author imkaren
    I am thinking...if using link tracking (like clickmeter, hypertracker...), will be the same function as cloaking?
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  • Profile picture of the author TheProgrammer
    Try wordpress Simple URLs plugin. I am using it on all of my affiliate sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyborgX
    For Wordpress 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 alexgold87
    To cloak links you need to write down how you want to do this and what you want to get in result.

    There are 2 types of links cloaking.

    1. You just want to pass visitor to destination URL. Usually you use two codes: 301 and 307. Using any of it means that search bots (Bing, Google and etc.) will not index your website.

    2. You want not only to pass visitor to destination URL, but want to build an authority brand. In this case you can pass all your links through one single domain. Visitors will pass to destination URL and will visit your website. It means that visitor originally will visit your website, you will get traffic and you will pass visitor through. To do this you need code 200.

    I prefer second option, because this method increase my positions in Google (code 200 is good for SEO) and visitors will see destination URL.

    I didn't find any cloaking software that will allow me to create redirection with code 200, so developed my own - onRedirect.

    Have a good day
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  • Profile picture of the author Chronic IM
    Hello! There's lots of sites with this kind of service. You just gotta find them yourself. You can try GoPages. it's very easy to use and it has great services. But I wouldn't say it's the best, but it's really good. I hope that helped you in a way or so. Best of luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    Hi pal,

    You might want to check LinkTrackr as well.

    LinkTrackr can help you to:

    - Cloak and mask affiliate links easily with our web-based link cloaking software
    - Track hundreds of banner ads, PPC campaigns and other advertising clicks
    - Accurately track sales conversions and make smarter advertising choices
    - Track affiliates sales and performace with pixels and postback URLs
    - Split test your landing pages to dramatically improve your conversion rates
    - Get free, viral traffic and ready buyers from popular social media sites
    - Automate blog monetization with our simple yet powerful WordPress plugin

    I have personally used it and it works like a charm.

    Hope that helps!

    Cheers,
    Louie Tugas
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  • Profile picture of the author thester
    It actually says in google webmasters that they dont like link cloaking and you should not do it, just my 2 cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author Glad Warrior
    I use PrettyLink.

    It cloak affiliate links very well and super easy to use.

    P.S it's free and also track clicks
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  • Profile picture of the author JudyKarmann
    I vote for pretty link as well, they have a free version that is enough unless you use tons of them and want to fully automate cloacking.
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  • Profile picture of the author timmylang
    There are so many....

    I'd suggest pretty link.. they have a free version.

    This works on wordpress, and is the grand daddy, if you simply want to change the link people click.

    Some more advanced cloaking options where you can hide page source and things like that, samauri stealth cloaker... but if you're just starting out, go with pretty link.
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  • Profile picture of the author shadowarrior
    I personally use php redirect ...
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  • Profile picture of the author loi77
    Pretty Link Lite, which is the free version of Pretty Link Pro, is great.

    It is so easy to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author biz_online
    Options +FollowSymlinks
    RewriteEngine on
    rewritecond %{http_host} ^domain.com [nc]
    rewriterule ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com/$1 [r=301,nc]


    You can use this ONLY if you are redirecting at the domain level, because this script is used ONLY in the .htaccess file.

    If you want a simple Javascript redirect for redirecting just one page, then you can use this:

    FREEAFFILIATELINKCLOAKER.COM
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  • Profile picture of the author CrossHash
    Its a bit hard to stop page scrapers from disclosing your links .. and if anyone is really going to go to that extent .. well hmm ..

    But, stopping your standard php curl is easier.
    You could go with your own brand of 64 bit encode with secret key for your link/s but the links wont look 'pretty'

    just a thought!
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    • Profile picture of the author Birdi
      if your using a wordpress site, then prettylink is good, gopages is good and also wp cloack wizard.

      with wp cloak wizard you can track your cloaked links , same with prettylink.

      birdi
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  • Profile picture of the author Eldon
    For WordPress, Pretty Link Lite is extremely easy to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author gax13
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    I use WP Stealth Links.
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  • Profile picture of the author eman1
    My top 2 recommendations would be affiliate profit guard and ninja link cloaker.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamk
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    I have used pretty link for wordpress and it works well for me. If you need something more strong then go for URL forwarding but it is more costly in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author AuthorityRush
    Redirect Bacon | short URL | 301 Redirect | Professional Affiliate Link Cloaking Software A self hosted software is really great when you have more than just one website or anything other than WP.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan2525
    Originally Posted by Playwerks View Post

    Anyone has recommendation for good and effective affiliate links cloaker?
    Here is a 'little known' plugin that kicks ass all over Pretty Link

    "Smart Affiliate Links."

    The big difference is that it also tracks seo keyword sales
    at the same time.

    Very valuable.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    Another great tool is Easy Redirect Script.

    PRO: It shows the product's link without showing our affiliate ID... so it looks very natural to the visitor.

    CON: We cannot see the performance of all of my affiliate links from all of my websites from 1 dashboard.

    Cheers,
    Louie Tugas
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Roberts
    I have heard of ninja affiliate link cloaker but I have only heard of one recommendation in this thread so I'm wondering how good it really is? I'm having the issue with trying to find the best solution for cloaking and tracking of my links. The problem you have with services like linktrackr is that if you decide to use another service or method you loose all your affiliate links that you have promoted in the past.
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  • Profile picture of the author smodha
    Pretty Links Lite for WP. Does the job every time with basic analytics.
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  • Profile picture of the author nefsan
    Hi i just make an easy tool for link cloacking, it is very easy. It is in spanish but it work.

    I hope this help. International Prepaid Phone Cards: LINK CLOACKING ONLINE
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  • Profile picture of the author Dorsch
    Most of the time I will create a website with a redirect, so it would be like warforum.com if I could have that domain and was referring to warrior forum, rather than warriorforum.com/ref=1.

    Other times I just use goo.gl, it has nice tracking and is simple and fast and free.
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  • Pretty link with the "Now Follow" button checked is my preference.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Mak
    I found pretty link for wordpress is the best and it is very simple to use.
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