Why Cloak Affiliate Links?
So you are one among the guys who want to use pretty links instead of the ugly-looking and clunky affiliate links in your posts or reviews. Well, who doesn’t want to cloak their affiliate links nowadays. Many people want to cloak their affiliate links so that it looks neat on their reviews & posts, to track the number of hits their affiliate links are getting or even to hide the fact that they using affiliate links to monetize their site.
Cloaking affiliate links in WordPress nowadays is literally as easy as installing a plugin. There are several affiliate link cloaking plugins available on the market of which I prefer the Pretty Link Lite plugin to cloak my affiliate links.
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Pretty Link plugin comes in two versions – the Lite version and the Pro version. The Pretty Link Lite version is available for free to download and install while the Pretty Link Pro version costs either $47 or $97 depending upon which edition you prefer – the Blogger Edition or Developer Edition. The only difference between the Blogger and Developer edition is the number of sites on which it can be used. Blogger edition allows you to use it on one site whereas the Developer edition allows you to install it on an unlimited number of websites (including client sites!).
Using the Pretty Link plugin you can shorten the affiliate links using your own domain name instead of other services like bit.ly or goo.gl which raises suspicions among the readers. Also, you will be able to track the number of hits on your affiliate links, including stats such as where the hit came from, the browser & operating system used to access the link, etc., all from within your Dashboard. Pretty Link is a must have plugin for beginners as well as advanced bloggers and affiliate marketers who want to clean up their affiliate links, track clicks from various sources such as emails, social media, blog posts, reviews, other form of advertisements, etc.
At the time of writing this article, the Lite version of this plugin has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars in the WordPress.org plugin directory.
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The Pretty Link Lite version is enough for beginners like people who have just started blogging and jumped into affiliate marketing. If you are a pro marketer, then you must surely go for the Pro edition of Pretty Link.
Hope this posts helps you in cloaking and tracking your affiliate links. Happy marketing! 😀
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