Are you an Affiliate? And Wondering to increase your Affiliate income? So you are in the right place.
Affiliate income totally depends on the links you are sharing with your users. Usually, an affiliate link looks ugly and long which is not clickable from the users perspective. So this is the reason why you are not getting sales.
As I’ve discussed in the URL Shortening post that long URL looks ugly and spammy, and your users scared from these spammy links.
And it is same with the Affiliate links, they also look ugly and spammy that’s why they are not getting clicks and sales.
Link Cloaking is a process of converting your affiliate links from long and ugly to short and good looking, it also helps you to remove your Affiliate ID and make it trustable, Because it shows your domain.
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:
You can see how ugly the link above is. Link cloaking helps shorten this ugly link and convert it into a branded URL:
Benefits of Link Cloaking
There are many reasons why should you use Link Cloaking for your Affiliate links, and some of the mentioned below.
Eliminate the Chances of Commission Loss: Many affiliate programs warn their affiliate about the malware that can replace one affiliate link with another affiliate link in an attempt to steal commissions.
And maybe you are aware of people who copy affiliate link and edit to remove the affiliate ID for purchasing the product directly, so in this case, you will not get any commission for that sale.
If you are using Link Cloaking and cloak all your affiliate links then you can be safe from these situations. Because after cloaking your affiliate links it will be tough to identify which one is affiliate link and which one is not.
Tracking: Link Cloaking not only makes your links good looking and short rather you can track the clicks your cloaked affiliate links getting.
It will help you to understand which page’s or post’s affiliate links are getting more clicks.
More Click-through rate (CTR): As I mentioned above that affiliate links look ugly and spammy so they don’t get the click because your users may be scared of clicking the link.
Link Cloaking makes your links pretty and trustable so they will get clicks and they CTR will be increased automatically.
Easy Link Management: Imagine, You are using any particular affiliate program and suddenly one day, they stopped their program so in this situation, on it will be easy for you to remove all those links from your blog at once.
Save From Ad Blocker: Do you know AdBlock plus and other ad blocker extensions? These are the browser’s extension to block affiliate links and the other ads on your website/blog. Maybe many of your users are using that, but if you clock your affiliate links then your links are save from these extensions.
Plugins For Link Cloaking
There are tons of plugin for WordPress users to cloak their links, I have mentioned some of them below…
Pretty Links enables you to shorten links using your own domain name (as opposed to using tinyurl.com, bit.ly, or any other link shrinking service). Pretty Links 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 people who want to clean up their affiliate links, track clicks from emails, their links on Twitter to come from their own domain, or generally increase the reach of their website by spreading these links on forums or comments on other blogs.
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 simple interface.
Easy Affiliate Links helps you manage all the affiliate links on your website. Both cloaked and regular non-cloaked link.
- 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
These are two best plugins for link cloaking and both are free to use.
Link cloaking is very important for you if you want to earn from affiliate marketing, By cloaking links you make them more trustable and short. It will also increase CTR and it will also increase your earning.
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If you have any more plugin suggestion from link cloaking then leave a comment below.