Affiliate links are always a long URL with tags and numbers at the end. Biggest benefits of link cloaking are to make URL clean & look good.
WordPress is the best blogging platform & so many bloggers are using WordPress. There are so many bloggers are monetizing their blogs using Google Adsense to make money from their blog. Some use Sponsored blog posts while some use Affiliate marketing for their blog.
Creating Redirection with RankMath WordPress Plugin
I have recently switched to Rankmath plugin from Yoast SEO, as I can get both redirection + SEO in one plugin. Here is the quick overview of how you can create redirection/ Cloak Affiliate Links using the RankMath plugin.
On Source URL, you will need to need to write how your link should be & on Destination URL, you will need to paste your affiliate link. Redirection type should be 301 permanent move & Status should be active. Click on Add redirection button will generate your masked link.
Suppose you have added Source URL as https://www.ehowportal.com/affiliate-link
& Added Destination URL as https://www.affiliateprogram.com/r/?id=28187dsd
You can use your source URL in your post and when someone clicks on that link, it will be redirected to your Destination URL. It’s quite easy to use an option to add 301 Redirections on your WordPress blog.
Link Redirection For SEO
You can use this feature when you are updating your old post and want to change the permalink of your blog post but don’t want the traffic getting down on that post.
Adding redirection from the old URL to a new URL using 301 permanent redirections will help you to move traffic from the old URL to new without affecting your existing traffic.
Affiliate Links Cloaking Plugins
There are so many FREE as well as a paid solution to link cloaking in WordPress post. We will be discussing both the solution on how to cloak links on the WordPress blog.
Here are some of the best plugins you can use to cloak your affiliate links on your blog.
Usually, you will need to enter your affiliate link (long URL), & shortened URL and create it. You can manage your affiliate links easily with such a plugin.
Benefits of cloaking affiliate links
- To track the number of clicks on links
- Make it short & simple
- Hide affiliate links from visitors
- Mask affiliate links & customize the way you want
Paid link masking Plugin
If you are investing in your blog, you can go with Prettylinks Pro WordPress Plugin, which helps you to shrink, cloak, track, organize, and share short links using your domain name and brand.
Do you cloak your affiliate links? Let us know which plugin do you use to cloak affiliate links on your blog?