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Best Way To Hide Affiliate Links

How many of you reading this are affiliate marketers?  I am guessing that almost everyone reading this post has some affiliate links out there, whether it is for Web Hosting, Purchasing a Domain, Some Kind of Software, etc.  The list can go on and on forever.  
 
I came across a WordPress plugin this past week and I wanted to share what I think is the “Best Way To Hide Affiliate Links.”
 
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Pretty Link Lite and Pretty Pink Pro

I’m sure you have heard of Pretty Link Lite and Pretty Link Pro.  Well I’ve know about it for quite a while but I assumed (which you should never do, especially online) that it was some frilly plugin to make your links look “Pretty” and couldn’t have any real value. 

 

Boy was I totally wrong. 

 
Each day you can find an article or a post about a new link shortener that you can use to “cloak” your links.  You ask me, “What does cloaking your links mean?”  In short, it means to hide the actual link with something that looks “Pretty” and not a link with what seems like a thousand characters. 
 
For example the raw link to a previous post of mine; Find an Affiliate To Get Your Sale – Affiliates Helping Affiliates; as you can see below has 92 characters and isn’t “Pretty” at all. 
 
 
Using Pretty Link Lite, this same URL would look like this, using my branded name of my blog:  http://monnaellithorpe.com/m6ft  and this displays only 32 characters.  I might add that this is also a great space saver when posting to Twitter. 
 
There are lots of shorteners out there but the three most popular shorteners are:  Bit.ly – Google URL Shortener – Ow.ly – TinyURL – IBOToolbox, etc. 
 
There are many mixed reviews on each of them such as;
1.  They expire after a while.  Can you imagine having your links out there and then realizing they expired, who knows how long ago? 
 
2.  Some social sites have banned certain URL shorteners and you cannot use them; giving way for “Black Hat Marketers” to change your affiliate link to their links and cutting you out of your commission.
 
3.  Some are not secure which means other people can see what your original link was before it was shortened. What good is that?  Aren’t they supposed to hide your affiliate link?  
 
You just have to work with each of them and make your own decision as to what will work for you.  

As for me, I think I should have taken a look at Pretty Link a LONG time ago. 

 

I have made a short video that you can see below on how easy it is to use Pretty Link Lite and the features of both the Lite version and the Pro Version. 

 

 

The Pretty Link Lite version is free to use, but of course doesn’t have all of the features of the Pro version.  There is also a developers version for people who work with clients who use WordPress; this would be a great addition.  

 

Click on the banner below to see which version is right for you.

 

 

 

 

Blogger Edition
  • Use of Pretty Link Pro on one website
  • Shrink or Cloak links using your domain name
  • Access to members only training
  • Lifetime Automatic Updates
  • 1 Year of Premium Support
  • Perfect for someone who only has one website
 
Developer Edition
  • Use Pretty Link Pro on an Unlimited Number of your websites and client websites
  • Shrink or Cloak links using your domain name
  • Access to members only training
  • Lifetime Automatic Updates
  • 1 Year of Premium Support
  • Perfect for Developers and Marketers who need to shrink or cloak links for themselves and/or clients  
 
For the PAC (Power Affiliate Club) Members, you will especially be interested in the fact that the Pretty Link Pro version comes with a URL Rotator. You know what kind of fun and results we are having with the rotator!
 
Here you will find a complete list of features for this WordPress Plugin https://prettylinkpro.com/features/ 
 
For the Pretty Link Lite free version, go to your WordPress Dashboard and click on plugins on the left sidebar.  Click to add new plugin and enter pretty link lite.  Make sure that the plugin is compatible with your WordPress theme and ALWAYS make sure you have a backup of your WordPress site.  
 
Best Way To Hide Affiliate Links
 
I use UpdraftPlus Backup / Restore / Clone plugin for WordPress by David Anderson.  Updraft Plus will back up your files to Dropbox for added safety but you have to set that up from your WordPress Dashboard.
 
I will be doing a review on UpdraftPlus Backup / Restore / Clone plugin for WordPress, so look out for that.
 
 
You can get a free account at Dropbox (Aff.) but the commission is not money. I will receive more storage space should you decide to upgrade.
FYI:  I haven’t had to upgrade so far. 
 
 
 
I hope that I have provided some valuable information to you and I will be looking out for more WordPress news, information, plugins, etc. to make YOUR life online a little easier  
 
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Leave a comment and let me know what you think of Pretty Link and have you used it or planning on using it.  I’m sure you have other blogger friends and associates that you can share my post with if you found it helpful.  
 
 
 

Best Way To Hide Affiliate Links