Not only it saves your hard-earned affiliate marketing commission, but it also makes your links pretty good-looking and branded.
From the last year, I have been seriously cloaking my affiliate links.
Doing so has saved me a lot of time and money. Every time I write a post, I don’t have to worry about adding my affiliate links to monetize my content. Neither I need to remember the links, nor I have to log in to my affiliate marketplace to copy and paste these links into my content.
In this post, I will show you 3 WordPress plugins, I tried and tested to cloak my affiliate links.
Another simple plugin you can use to cloak links on your WordPress site is Pretty Links.
This plugin is much small when it comes to features, but for beginners, it’s super user-friendly.
Pretty Links shortens and makes your affiliate links look beautiful (as the name already says).
All you have to do is allot a keyword to a specific link, and the ThirstyAffiliates plugin will link that keyword to your affiliate link. It also helps you to attach affiliate links to images.
Let’s say I have a post on the best WordPress plugins for performance optimization, and in it, I have written about the WP Rocket plugin.
I have cloaked my affiliate link to WP rocket with PrettyLinks, and I have also assigned this plugin to add a link to this keyword. Now, every time I write the word WP Rocket anywhere on my blog, My affiliate link will be attached to it without any effort.
This is a plug and plays plugin, you don’t need to do anything after activating it on your WordPress blog. Simply enter your long, ugly link and give a name to it, and you are good to go.
From the last year, I have been using the ThristyAffiliates plugin to cloak and manage all of my affiliate and non-affiliate links on BforBloggers.
This plugin is actually the best in the market when it comes to features and performance. With ThirstyAffiliates, I don’t need to leave my WordPress editor to find my links. All I need to do is to click on the plugin icon in the editor itself, search for an affiliate link by entering the name and that’s it.
ThirstyAffiliate also has a pro version with which you can easily automate the whole process.
With the automation add-on for ThirstyAffiliates, you can assign a keyword for every affiliate link you create. It will then automatically link the keyword with your affiliate links across all your blog posts.
I’m genuinely impressed with this plugin. The best part of this plugin is it’s very beginner-friendly and easy to use. I have made a tutorial on how to cloak your links with ThirstyAffiliate Plugin, you should check that out if you choose this particular plugin.
3. Easy Affiliate Links
If you keep adding features such as slug selection and smart management aside, The Easy Affiliate Links plugin is the best option.
Easy Affiliate Links is a simple plugin that lets you:-
- Create short links
- Leave specific links uncloaked for Amazon Associates
- Assign categories to your links
- Tracking of clicks
- Import & Export affiliate links from XML
The plugin is actively monitored, and if you are looking for any specific features, just ask the developer, and he might add it in the future!
Bonus (+1) Auto Affiliate Links
Although this list was about the 3 plugins, I couldn’t keep myself from adding this particular plugin that is Auto Affiliate Links.
Auto Affiliate Links, as the name suggests, is a straightforward plugin that automatically cloaks adds the affiliate links to your posts and pages without you doing anything. The best part, It’s free to use!
If you prefer to select your keywords and add your links manually, you can do this by going to the “Auto Affiliate Links” menu in your administration panel.
In General Settings, you can set if you want the links to be cloaked if you want them to be added into content your homepage or not and several other options as well.
If you use Clickbank, ShareASale, eBay associates, Amazon associates, Evanto Marketplace, Commission Junction, and Walmart to earn money from affiliate marketing, this plugin will become a boon for you.
If you use any or every given network, this plugin will automatically convert your keywords into affiliate hyperlinks. You don’t have to worry about anything once you finish the setup.
That’s it. These are the only WordPress plugins that make cloaking affiliate links easy. Other options are just too old and haven’t been updated. Once you’ve chosen a plugin, the next step is to learn how to use it.
There’s a new plugin launched called DAEXT autolinks manager. It allows you to enter a keyword and automatically link it to a specified URL everytime the keyword is mentioned across your blog post. Read about Autolinks Manager here.
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