Mask Affiliate Links
If you are running an affiliate blog then it makes sense to mask your affiliate links. Partially because people are sometimes hesitant to click on them when they see the affiliate data in the URL and another reason is because affiliate links are hideous! In this tutorial I will show you how to install the free WordPress plugin “Pretty Link Lite.” This is a great plugin which allows you to create custom masked links with your own domain and track clicks on those links.
In WordPress under Plugins click on “Add New.” Search for Pretty Link and click on “Install Now” under Pretty Link Lite and then click “OK.”
Then click on “Activate Plugin.”
Now go down to “Pretty Link” and click on “Pretty Link.”
Go ahead and click on “Add a Pretty Link” and I will show you an example with my Infolinks affiliate URL. I choose 301 for permanent redirection as I won’t ever be changing this. In the Target URL box I put the affiliate URL. Then choose a short and easy URL on your own site that the visitor will see. So for mine, I made http://brianleejackson.com/infolinks. And give it a title. Then click on “Create.”
I also check the ‘Nofollow’ this link option. I highly advise you marking your affiliate links as nofollow so that Google will not see them. People have gotten penalties for using too many affiliate links.
You can now use your new URL anywhere on your website and it will redirect to the actual affiliate URL. You can view hits on the link within the Pretty Link dashboard.
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