5 WordPress Plugins for Affiliate Link Cloaking

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Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways of earning money online. Most of the popular bloggers use affiliate marketing to monetize their blogs. The main reason for using affiliate cloaking is the better and recurring payout. It also earns better than display ads. You only need to promote products and get commissions when someone buys the product. In some SAAS tools, you get a commission every time the person you referred pays for the subscription. Now it is up to you how you can promote your product. But you may have seen most of the blogs using cloaked links in place of original affiliate URLs.

In my blog, I usually post about some plugin or paid theme. But you can see that I usually add URL like:

https://www.usethistip.com/recommend/bluehost

But it redirects to bluehost.com with my affiliate link. This process of changing the affiliate link is called Link cloaking.

What is Link Cloaking?

Link Cloaking is the technique to hide link affiliate URLs into a shorter, branded and meaningful URLs. Affiliate links are generally lengthy, with parameters to pass affiliate username and tracking variants.

For example, below the affiliate URL for monarch plugin.

http://www.elegantthemes.com/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=26561&url=20362

But I use link cloaking to make it look like below URL.

https://www.usethistip.com/recommend/monarch

There are many benefits of doing this. You can easily remember your affiliate URLs for different products. It helps management of affiliate links easy. This is for the hiding the affiliate for the search engines. You are not passing the PageRank juice to advertisers. So, I recommend the use of cloaking process to post affiliate links.

In this post, I am posting 5 best affiliate link cloaking WordPress plugins.

Affiliate Link Cloaking WordPress Plugins

1. Thirsty Affiliates

Thirsty Affiliates is one of the best affiliate link cloaking and link manager plugin for WordPress. It lets you easily manage your affiliate links from the WordPress dashboard. You can cloak links from the post/page editor of the plugin’s admin section.

Another great feature of this affiliate plugin is that it can automatically replace the selected keyword with affiliate links. You can make these links dofollow or nofollow in a single click.

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2. Pretty Links

Pretty Links is another good affiliate link cloaking WordPress plugin. This plugin also enables you to shorten links using your own domain name. You can create clean links and also track hits on each link. You can set 301, 302, and 307 redirects for links. The plugin offers tracks Clicks per link and unique clicks per link. The reporting interface is nice and shows proper charts. You can also filter data. The click detail also includes the IP address. This data can also be exported.

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3. Easy Affiliate Links

Easy Affiliate Links is also a good plugin that lets you create and manage affiliate links. You can create cloaked pretty links and also get tracking data. The plugin is compatible with both Classic Editor and the new Gutenberg Block Editor. For affiliate links, it also adds ugc and sponsored attributes automatically. You can also manage affiliate links in categories. If you want advanced analytics, this plugin offers that in the premium version. The Premium version also offers conditional geo-targeting or device targeting. This feature is useful for promoting amazon associate products in different countries.

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4. WP Auto Affiliate Links

WP Auto Affiliate Links is also an interesting plugin that lets you associate words with an affiliate links. After that, this plugin automatically turn those words into affiliate links. If you have several old posts and you don’t have enough time to edit posts to add links manually, this plugin automatically adds links. You can also limit number of links show in every article. At most, it can automatically inset 5 links.

This plugin can also use APIs of several affiliate programs such as Amazon, Clickbank or Shareasale to put links of these affiliate links in your blog posts automatically.

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5. Simple URLs

Simple URLs is the complete management system that lets you create cloaking links and track the performance. Your every single sale will be counted even if you use this plugin. You do not worry about the sale. You can edit and manage your affiliate URLs from the dashboard. Track the performance of your affiliate links and see which is working better. This plugin has not been updated for long time. So, check compatibility issue soon after installation.

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Final words

These are some affiliate link cloaking plugins that you can use to hide your affiliate URLs. Thirsty affiliates plugin is most popular among bloggers due to the many features it offers. If you are new to blogging or do not want to invest, you can try other available plugins. I personally use the ‘Affiliate Link Cloaking’ plugin which is at number 2 in the above list. I started using this a long time back and I am still using the same plugin without any issue. It helps in cloaking links and tracking click performance. You can also use that plugin without any second thought.

What affiliate link cloaking plugin do you use? Share it with us via comments.

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Deepanker Verma is the founder of Techlomedia. He is a tech blogger, developer and gadget freak.


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