Affiliate marketing is an amazing way by which you can earn good amount of money by promoting products and services on your website, you can promote products like from smartphones and other electronic items to web hosting services. Basically, you can choose the product which you want to promote based on your interest or niche of your website.
If you are running a technology website then there are many products available on Amazon, Flipkart, and other online shopping sites. When it comes to making money out of the website or online content people go with Google AdSense but believe me you can earn more than Google AdSense by Affiliate marketing.
And this is the reason why many people are getting attracted towards affiliate marketing these days. If you are affiliate marketer then I am sure you have come across this word “Link Cloaking” if not then don’t worry I will tell you about this word.
What is Link Cloaking?
When you signup for an affiliate program like Bluehost then you will get a link which you have to promote on your website. When anyone visits Bluehost using that link and makes any purchase you will get some commissions from Amazon and every one of us knows this.
But the link they provide you are long in length for example
My Bluehost Affiliate link is: http://www.bluehost.in/great-hosting-deals?a_aid=2937e7e2
This is way long and difficult to remember, isn’t it? yes, it is long so I have cloaked my link.
bloggingchamps.com/recommends/bluehost/ is my cloaked Bluehost affiliate link which is very easy to remember.
So basically, Link cloaking is a method used to make a long affiliate URL link into a shorter and prettier one.
Contents of This Guide
Top 10 Free Affiliate Link Cloaking Plugins
So now let’s check out the 10 free affiliate link cloaking plugins which you can use and shorten your affiliate links and make it prettier and easy to remember.
I listed this plugin first in this list because I found this plugin very good and helpful when it comes to cloaking affiliate links and manage it from one dashboard. This plugin has many features and I have listed some of the features below.
- You can cloak your affiliate links easily with this plugin.
- All the affiliate links you cloak with this plugin are easily accessible from visual and HTML editor or your WordPres website.
- You can assign categories for your links.
- Track the number of clicks you get on your links based on monthly and lifetime basis.
- Import and export your links to XML.
This plugin can help you automatically turn your keywords into affiliate links sounds great right? Yes it does all you have to do is tell the plugin about the keywords which you want to convert into links and you are good to go. Check out the features below.
- You can get the clicks reports on any of your affiliate links which you have cloaked with the help of this plugin for any period of time.
- If you promote different products for different countries on your website then you can do that with this plugin.
- This can help you to replace existing links to merchant websites into affiliate links automatically.
With this plugin, you can cloak your affiliate links every easily but this plugin, I have listed the features of this plugin.
- You can setup 301/302/307 HTTP redirect codes to your links.
- Track the number of clicks you receive on your links.
- Just like redirect codes you can even add no-follow and noindex for your links.
- You can add or remove the base in the URL if you need.
This plugin is by Studiopress with this plugin you can cloak your links, and manage them all with ease you can find the features below.
- This plugin adds a custom post type in the admin area of your WordPress site where you can add new links.
- As the name of this plugin, it is very easy to use.
- Add 301 redirect to the links you cloak with this plugin.
With the help of WP Shorties you can create and track your links every easily, this plugin redirects your visitors very fast.
- This has inbuilt click tracking program. (dashboard)
- You can make multiple links open on single click.
- Time taken to redirect your users is very less.
With Affiliate Link Cloaking plugin, you can generate shorter and prettier links, you can find other plugin features below.
- Create short links for your affiliates easily.
- Track the number of clicks you are getting on the links.
- Modify or remove created links anytime.
This plugin is one of the best plugin used by many affiliate marketers who use WordPress as their content management system, this plugin has many features and many professionals too prefer using this plugin. There is a premium version of ThirstyAffiliates available too. I have mentioned main features of this plugin below.
- Inbuilt affiliate link shortening/link cloaking.
- Commission protecting affiliate link 301 redirections.
- Customizable link URL prefixes.
- Hierarchical link categorization to easily segment links
- The handy affiliate link picker tool makes it easy to insert affiliate links in posts, pages, and comments!
- Handy quick add tool lets you easily create new affiliate links without even leaving the post edit screen
- Show category slugs in link URLs
- DoFollow/NoFollow options.
- Open in new window options.
- Full importing and exporting support via standard WordPress tools
- Full backup compatibility via standard WordPress backup solutions
- Uses WordPress approved storage techniques – doesn’t bloat your database with extra tables!
- Using the link picker insert affiliate links as standard links, shortcodes (great for adding classes for link styling), or pre-linked images.
- Add your graphics, banners and other images to affiliate links for easy insertion.
With the help of WP Dynamic Links, you can convert your long affiliate links to short links easily from your WordPress dashboard and keep a track on the number of clicks you are getting on those shorten affiliate links. I have listed some of the features of this plugin below.
- Easily shorten your links from WordPress dashboard.
- Track the number of clicks you are getting on your affiliate links.
- You can easily geo-target the clicks you get on your links.
By using Shorten & Cloak Links – Shorty Lite you can easily cloak your affiliate links and convert the in content keywords in affiliate links which can help you get more clicks on your links. This plugin has a premium version too in which you get even more features you can find the features of lite version below.
- Shorten and cloak your affiliate URLs or promotional links.
- Use random tracking slugs or customize your own.
- Create no-follow links to boost your SEO.
- Add a prefix to all shortened links to avoid conflicts with your posts.
- Automatically convert keywords in post, pages, comments and other media type.
- Track clicks, visitors, visits, countries, operating systems and much more.
- Use campaign tagging to track specific ads or traffic sources.
- Compatible with Google Analytics UTM tagging parameters.
- Download your links and data in one click, or reset everything.
Pretty Link enables you to shorten links using your own domain name (as opposed to using tinyurl.com, bit.ly, or any other link shrinking service)! In addition to creating clean links, Pretty Link tracks each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from, the browser, OS, and host. I have listed the features of this plugin below.
- Generates random 3-4 character slugs for your URL or allows you to name a custom slug for your URL
- Tracks the Number of Clicks per link
- Tracks the Number of Unique Clicks per link
- Provides a reporting interface where you can see a configurable chart of clicks per day. This report can be filtered by the specific link clicked, date range, and/or unique clicks.
- View click details including IP address, remote host, browser (including browser version), operating system, and referring site
- Download hit details in CSV format
- Pass custom parameters to your scripts through pretty link and still have full tracking ability
- Exclude IP Addresses from Stats
- Enables you to send your Pretty Links via Email directly from your WordPress admin
- Select Temporary (302 or 307) or Permanent (301) redirection for your Pretty Links
- Cookie based system for tracking visitor activity across clicks
- Organize Links into Groups
- Create nofollow/noindex links
- Turn tracking on/off on each link.
- Pretty Link Bookmarklet.
So these are the top 10 free affiliate link cloaking plugins for WordPress websites what do you think about these top 10 plugins? have you used anyone of these 10 before then share your experience with the plugin by commenting below? If you are new to WordPress then follow this link to read how you can install plugins on WordPress and don’t forget to subscribe to Blogging Champs.