Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways of earning money online. Most of the popular bloggers use this way to make money online. Main reason is that this pays more than you can earn via ads. You only need to promote products and get commissions when someone buys the product. 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:
But it redirects to bluehost.com with my affiliate. 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.
But I use link cloaking to make it look like below URL.
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.
5 WordPress Plugins for Affiliate Link Cloaking
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 WordPress dashboard. You can cloak links from post/page editor of 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 single click.
2. Affiliate Link Cloaking
Affiliate Link Cloaking is one of the most popular WordPress plugins to hide affiliate links. You can change affiliate links to be anything you like. Clicking on this link will redirect users to your affiliate links. You will not lose your any single sale. It also tracks clicks. So, you can check what affiliate link is performing well.
3. Affiliate Link Cloaker
Affiliate Link Cloaker is another nice WordPress plugin which generates geo targeted cloaked affiliate links. You can use cloaked links directly in content. It also add links automatically based on geographically location.
4. Hidden Affiliate Links
Hidden Affiliate Links is another nice WordPress plugin which automatically replace keywords with cloaked links. You can select keywords for every single affiliate link. This plugin will replace that keyword with the cloaked link of that affiliate link. So, you do not need to manually add links in your blog posts. It can be used to hide the affiliate links and redirect users to your actual affiliate URLs.
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.
These are some affiliate link cloaking plugins which you can use to hide your affiliate URLs. Thirsty affiliates plugin is most popular among bloggers due to many features it offers. If you are new in blogging or do not want to invest, you can try other available plugins. I personally use ‘Affiliate Link Cloaking’ plugin which is at number 2 in the above list. I started using this 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.