Cloaking Affiliate Links

by ecopac
26 replies
Hi all

What plugins do you guys think are the best for cloaking affiliate links on a wordpress site?

I am happy to pay for a plugin, but there seems to be a lot of choice and I'm not too sure which one to choose

Thanks
#affiliate #cloaking #links
  • Profile picture of the author Dino Aiello
    Hi,
    I am currently using a free Wordpress plugin called "Affiliate Link Cloaking". If you type in Affiliate Link Cloaking in the "search plugins" area, it will be the first one that comes up. I think there is also a plugin called "Affiliate Link Cloaker". I haven't tried that one yet. Affiliate Link Cloaking is also really easy to use. I hope this helps you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Austin E Anthony
    I use Pretty links wordpress plugin. It does the job!
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  • Profile picture of the author tac88
    Pretty link light is one of the best free ones with tracking ...
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  • Profile picture of the author ActionToCash
    If you are looking for a free, self hosted solution for link cloaking that has a decent level of tracking, and great control over your links, which you can load on your own domain, check out Yourls at YOURLS: Your Own URL Shortener I use it and love it!

    If you are looking for a non self hosted solution, I use bit.ly , which is common to many users of Twitter who want short links that aren't eye sores... They have decent tracking stats as well. Easy to use...

    Keep in mind, however, that often people will be less inclined to click on a cloaked link as they don't know where it will go. Another cloaking option would be to register a domain, and have it forwarded to your affiliate link so it doesn't look so questionable.

    Hope that helps - happy cloaking!

    Randall
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    • Profile picture of the author ejullya
      Hi,

      I am using Link Supercharger. It cost 15.97 and I found it the best solution for me. You can cloak (some of the affiliate links, for example Clcickbank, you are not allowed to cloak,) or not cloak your links. You also get information on how many clicks your links, it is easy to split test your links, plus a variety of other options.

      It was very simple to set up so it is suitable for anyone, including newbies. I have looked for other alternatives but this one suited me the most.

      Hope this helps.

      Dita
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by ActionToCash View Post

      If you are looking for a free, self hosted solution for link cloaking that has a decent level of tracking, and great control over your links, which you can load on your own domain, check out Yourls at YOURLS: Your Own URL Shortener I use it and love it!

      If you are looking for a non self hosted solution, I use bit.ly , which is common to many users of Twitter who want short links that aren't eye sores... They have decent tracking stats as well. Easy to use...

      Keep in mind, however, that often people will be less inclined to click on a cloaked link as they don't know where it will go. Another cloaking option would be to register a domain, and have it forwarded to your affiliate link so it doesn't look so questionable.

      Hope that helps - happy cloaking!

      Randall
      Be careful with Bitly as they have a habit of killing links. When they
      do, they throw up a warning to people click on your links that they
      are potentially harmful.

      I do also recommend hosting link tracking on your own domain
      because that brands you rather than some link cloaking service,
      generally gives you more control over year links, and if the link
      contains your domain name that's recognized by your subscribers,
      it probably instills a little more confidence.

      Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author khooster1
    This is the best free plugin to use for wordpress site.
    for non-wordpress site, I use Cloak N Rotate.

    Originally Posted by eglassman88 View Post

    This is easy. Pretty Link Lite (IMO) is hands down the best link cloaking / masking plugin available and it's free.
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    • Profile picture of the author matze
      You may want to try rl.tl

      Your links will look sth like this: [your subdomain].rl.tl/[product]
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  • Profile picture of the author abdoue
    pretty link gets my vote also
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemeth
    Yeah I also use pretty links, very simple and elegant
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    • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
      First you need to decide why you're cloaking links.

      If it is just to have a "pretty" looking link then you can use anything. There are a zillion options.

      If you want to avoid having Google follow the link and recognize it is yet another affiliate link, then you will need a better solution.

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  • Profile picture of the author Igor Fridrihs
    Pretty links lite is probably the best on the market.
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  • Profile picture of the author GDW
    Pretty links looks very popular i am using it too
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  • Profile picture of the author mastertushar
    I used Pretty links. Working good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Clark
    i'm using Linktrackr (not spelling mistake). Allows cloaking, tracking and also conversion tracking.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie
      My vote is for Pretty Link. I only use the free version - Pretty Link Lite and find it's fabulous. So easy to use and works extremely well. Everything I need!
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  • Profile picture of the author CBusiness
    I used an .htaccess 301 redirect prior
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  • Profile picture of the author RockNRolla
    I'm in the Pretty Links camp too, great free plugin. I also have the Pro plugin one a health site that I own and it's great for setting up split tests on offers.
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  • Profile picture of the author samjaynz
    I use a free WP plugin for this, or the cloaking function on AffiloTheme for sites of mine that use that particular theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hostgator Coupon
    I have been using "Affiliate Link Cloaking" and it seems to work great with Wordpress.
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    • Profile picture of the author cragbriggs
      I use Pretty Link lite within Wordpress and YOURLs as a self hosted option on a short domain name.
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      • Profile picture of the author Nomanblog
        I have been using "Gocodes" and it seems to work great with Wordpress.FREE Plugin
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