How to cloak affiliate links in WordPress
How to cloak affiliate link this is the main topic of this blog. Before starting this tutorial I want to discuss some point why you should cloak affiliate link.
Cloak affiliate link to increase click rate
As a professional blogger we have to insert affiliate link to our blog to earn money. But affiliate links look like ugly and spams. Those links are very irritating to newbie’s or non-techy people. For this reason generally visitors ignore to click it. For example, my Genesis Frame-work affiliate link is http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=932406&b=241369&m=28169&afftrack=&urllink= and I easily cloak it into http://bloggingexpress.com/go/Genesis/. Now cloaking link is looking elegant.
Cloak affiliate link for email marketing
If you sent ugly affiliate link to your subscriber it may triggered by spam filters. You may not reach to your reader to prevent it you should cloak affiliate link.
Cloak affiliate link for SEO
Cloaking affiliate link you can easily hide affiliate link from search engine. Affiliate link juice may prevent your blog ranking in search engine.
Now I should go through main topic how to cloak affiliate link
How to cloak affiliate link
There are free nice plugin in wordpress named “GoCodes”. I personally use this plugin to cloak affiliate link in my blog.
Follow this step by step tutorial
Step.1- Install “GoCodes” plugin and activate it.
Step.2- Click on setting from your wordpress dashboard and you will see GoCodes in setting menu.
Click on GoCodes.
Step.3- Write on URL Trigger like “go” or “recommended”.
Step.4-Select Nofollow GoCodes and save settings.
Step. 5- Click on “Tool” menu from dashboard.
Step.6 – Write redirection Key. If you want cloak your sharesale affiliate link then write sharesale on it.
Step.7-Put affiliate link as a target URL which would be cloaked and click on “Add Redirect”.
Now your cloak affiliate link is ready to use your blog. Your sharesale ugly affiliate will be look like yourdomain.com/sharesale. So you should use redirected affiliate link instead of raw affiliate link.
Update on 30/08/2015: GoCodes plugin is no more available in WordPress. You can try PreetyLinkPro.