There is no doubt Affiliate Marketing is a great source of income.
You simply have to start a blog, drive traffic and generate sales.
But affiliate marketing is not easy as it sounds.
Managing affiliate links is a boring and time-consuming task. Each time you have to sign in to affiliate dashboard to get links and have to update it manually.
If in any case, your affiliate link got broke you may miss lots of cash.
Another bad thing is that affiliate links look very ugly and are very hard to remember.
So what is the perfect solution to it?
It will save your time and make your affiliate links visually nice and easy to remember.
What is link cloaking?
Link cloaking or URL cloaking is a method to convert long and bulky links into short and pretty links.
And when someone cloak affiliate links with help of link cloaking software, tools and plugins this is known as Affiliate Link Cloaking.
You may have heard about URL shorteners like Google URL shortener and Tiny URL. These are the best example of Link cloaking Tools.
Above you can see the length of link get reduced but still is not look pretty and not easy to remember.
So at the end of this post, I will share 2 Best WordPress Plugins which you can use to Cloak Affiliate Links properly.
But before that, you should know about working of link cloaking.
How does link Cloaking work?
Cloaking is just another name redirecting. When you cloak a link tool/plugin creates a new link with the redirect (Temporary and Permanent redirect).
When you click on that link your browser will redirect you to original URL.
When you click on cloaked URL your browser will redirect to the original URL.
Why is Affiliate Link Cloaking a Must Practice?
As I have already discussed few benefits of cloaking affiliate links with you but here are some other benefits.
How to clock affiliate link in WordPress?
If you are advanced WordPress user you can use scripts to Cloak affiliate links. You can use this guide.
But if you are a newbie and want an easy solution you can use WordPress Plugins.
Some of the Best WordPress plugins to cloak affiliate links are:
Thirsty Affiliate Link manager is my personal favorite. I am currently using Thirsty Affiliates on my blog.
It is a simple and effective solution to cloak your affiliate links. Its link categorization feature makes it easy to manage.
You just have to add an affiliate link to the dashboard and Thirsty affiliates will cloak it automatically.
While adding affiliate link you can change redirect type, No Follow/Do Follow setting and Open in new tab settings.
Shortlinks by Pretty Links is another great WordPress plugin for cloaking your affiliate link.
It helps you to make your affiliate links clean and short. Its tracking feature allows you to track the clicks record.
If you are an affiliate marketer then link cloaking is a must practice for you.
If you are not cloaking your affiliate link you should start it from now. You can start with Thirsty Affiliates for free.
Cloaking not only protect your commission from fraudsters but it will also make your life lot easier.
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