Affiliate Link Cloaking: Why It Is Important For Affiliate Marketers?

Affiliate marketing is the best way to make money through blogging, you know it right?

Even if your blog is totally new, you can start earning. You don’t need to get huge traffic to start making money through your blog.

Even a blog with 10 visitors daily can make money through affiliate marketing.

You all need to promote other’s products on your blog and when someone buys products using your link, you will get some commission out of the company’s profit. It won’t add any extra cost in the original cost of the product for the customers.

For getting a partnership with the merchant, you need to signup for their affiliate programs. Once your application gets approved, you will be provided with a unique affiliate link that you can use to promote that product.

But the affiliate link you will get by the merchants whose products you are promoting looks spammy and they usually very long.

If you are adding those links directly on your blog and sharing them on social media for promotion, your audience will be scared of clicking those spammy links.

There are other disadvantages also…

This is where affiliate link cloaking comes to make them short and trustworthy.

What Is Affiliate Link Cloaking?

Affiliate Link Cloaking is a process of converting your affiliate links from long and ugly to short and easy to remember. It also helps you to remove your Affiliate ID from your affiliate links to make it trustworthy, this process will add your domain in links.

After cloaking the link, a redirect will be performed so that the marketer’s commission is well-protected.

Affiliate links are lengthy, difficult to remember, and display an Affiliate ID:

  • http://www.vendordomain.com/products/?product_id=xxx&affiliate=xxx

You can see how ugly the link above is. Link cloaking helps shorten this ugly link and convert it into a branded URL:

  • http://www.yourdomain.com/recommends/productname

Benefits of Affiliae Link Cloaking

By using Affiliate link cloaking, you can make your spammy looking affiliate links short and easy to remember.

Here are some other benefits of Affiliate link cloaking:

Eliminates the Chances of Commission Loss

Many affiliate programs warn their affiliates about the malware that can replace one affiliate link with another affiliate link in an attempt to steal commissions.

You might be aware of this warning message if you are in the affiliate marketing field from a good time.

I have seen people who think that affiliate links increase the total cost of the product, which is totally a myth. What they do is they copy the entire affiliate link and remove your affiliate ID just to purchase the product from the official site.

By this, you are losing your commission.

But if you’re cloaking your affiliate links, this risk will be eliminated. Because your link will look natural and affiliate ID won’t be displayed.

Affiliate Link Cloaking Lets Your Track Your Links

Affiliate Link Cloaking not only makes your links short and trustworthy but it also lets your track the performance of your affiliate links.

You can easily use those statistics to know which links are performing well and where they placed. It will also help you work on less working links to increase your conversion.

Link Cloaking

More Click-through rate (CTR)

Affiliate links that your merchant provides are very long and look spammy too, visitors usually scared to click on them.

A cloaked link looks natural and attached with your domain like yourdomain.com/go/product. Having your domain in the link makes it trustworthy and visitors don’t scare to click on them.

It increases the CTR rate for your affiliate links.

Easy Link Management

Affiliate link cloaking plugins provide you with a dashboard where you can manage all your links from. It makes easy to add a new link and remove all at once.

If any of the affiliate programs got stopped and now you need to remove the links which you added in your blog for promoting their product. You need to do it manually by going to all the posts and pages where you placed that link if you are not using link cloaking on your blog.

But with affiliate link cloaking, you can easily remove them just by one click from your affiliate link cloaking dasbhaord.

Save From Ad Blocker

As I said, Affiliae links that provided by merchants look spammy.

There are many adblocker tools available that people use to block ads while visiting websites.

There is a chance that your affiliate link gets blocked by adblockers your visitors use on their browser.

But if you are using affiliate link cloaking for your affiliate links, it will make your affiliate links natural and it will also eliminate the risk of getting blocked by ad blockers.

Best WordPress Affiliate Link Cloaking Plugins

If you are using WordPress as your blogging platform.

It makes easy for you to cloak your affiliate link by the use of WordPress link cloaking plugins. Here are some of the best affiliate link cloaking plugins for WordPress:

Shortlinks by Pretty Links

Pretty Links

Pretty Links helps you to shorten links using your own domain name.  It tracks each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from, the browser, os, and host.

Pretty Links is a killer plugin for affiliate marketers who wants to short up their affiliate links, track clicks from emails, their links on Twitter to come from their own domain.

Easy Affiliate Links

easy affiliate links

I am using Easy Affiliate Links to cloak my affiliate links, I recommend you to use this because It is very easy to use and has a simple interface.

Easy Affiliate Links helps you manage all the affiliate links on your website. Both cloaked and regular non-cloaked link.

Current features:

  • Create shortlinks to optionally cloak your affiliate links
  • Leave specific links uncloaked for Amazon compatibility
  • Easily access your links in the visual and HTML editor
  • Assign categories to your links
  • Tracking of monthly and lifetime clicks
  • Import affiliate links from XML
  • Ability to export your links to XML

ThirstyAffiliates Affiliate Link Manager

Affiliate Link Cloaking: Why It Is Important For Affiliate Marketers?

ThirstyAffiliates is another an amazing affiliate link cloaking plugin that you can use to cloak your lengthy affiliate links into short and trustworthy.

It is easy to set up, you just need to install & active by going to Plugins>Add New in your WordPress site. You can know more about ThirstyAffiliates plugin here…

These are three best plugins for link cloaking and both are free to use.

However, you can find many other affiliate cloaking plugin as well just Google “affiliate link cloaking plugin for WordPress“.


If you want to be a successful affiliate marketer and want to earn through affiliate marketing. Affiliate link cloaking is the common technique that you should start using from the day 1.

It helps in tracking affiliate links hit and increasing your affiliate sales.

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Ravi Dixit is a Blogger and Affiliate Marketer, He is the founder of StayMeOnline Who Loves to help others. Travelling and learning new things online are his first love. "I only want a life without any boundaries- Ravi Dixit"

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11 thoughts on “Affiliate Link Cloaking: Why It Is Important For Affiliate Marketers?”

  1. Thanks for sharing this amazing article, before that I was using bit.ly but it was not working good for me. It makes short URL but you are not able to add you domain name in the links. Now I will try Easy affiliate link, I will share my experience about this.

  2. Hello Ravi,
    Love your posts. I would like to know is there any social sharing plugin like social warfare which is free with share counters.


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