How to Cloak Your Affiliate Links

Link cloaking. Everyone should do it but not every does, or even knows how. Now since I’m lazy, I’m not going to tell you the hard way to cloak links, that involves redirect scripts, fiddling with htaccess files, and the like.

I don’t do hard stuff here. No, I’m going to simply point you to the wp plugins that easily do it for you. You’ve got better things to do than fool with scripts and software.

Here are 5 free WordPress plugins that cloak affiliate links.

Pretty Link Lite

Pretty Link enables you to shorten links using your own domain name (as opposed to using tinyurl.com, bit.ly, or any other link shrinking service)! In addition to creating clean links, Pretty Link tracks each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from, the browser, OSĀ and host.

Pretty Link 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. Note: I am using this plugin on my blog for link cloaking.

WP Cloaker

WP Cloaker gives you the ability to shorten your affiliate ugly links and keep track of how many clicks on each link.

Simple URLs

Simple URLs is a complete URL management system that allows you create, manage, and track outbound links from your site by using custom post types and 301 redirects. It adds a new custom post type to your Admin menu, where you can create, edit, delete, and manage URLs. It stores click counts in the form of a custom field on that custom post type, so it scales really well.

Easy Affiliate

This plug-in is the fastest, simplest, and easiest way to turn your product review blogs into a source of income -without the hassle and frustration of an affiliate back-office. Use it on your WordPress blog or website. The plug-in automatically turns all of your links into affiliate links to make you cash from over 3000 affiliate partners.

Link Cloaking Plugin for WordPress

This is a plugin for WordPress that can automatically cloak outgoing links in your posts and/or pages.