There are a number of different affiliate link cloaking options available; including self-hosted scripts and plugins for WordPress. Read this article for a list of 10 reasons to cloak your affiliate links.
I use a php redirection script to cloak my affiliate links. However, on 2 of my blogs, I am using Pretty Link PRO to not only redirect and cloak my affiliate links, but to track the number of clicks.
Although there are dozens of options available, I've listed only 4 here as these are the most popular link cloakers used by professional affiliates. Check out the list below to see which solution suits you best.
Affiliate Link Cloakers
- Pretty Link Pro
Shorten links using your own domain name. Pretty Link tracks each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from, the browser, o/s and host. You can also track clicks from emails. The professional version is a significant upgrade to Pretty Link Lite that adds many tools and redirection types that will allow you to create pretty links automatically, cloak links, auto-tweet links, replace keywords though-out your blog and much more.
Thirsty Affiliates (free version) lets you administer your affiliate links, assists you with inserting them into your posts, pages and comments and gives you a central location in WordPress to manage all of your affiliate links. They offer a number of add-ons for click tracking, location tracking, importing affiliate links from Amazon and more.
LinkTrackr is web-based, easy to use, and helps you track your ad campaigns & affiliate links in real-time.
Powerful conversion tracking identifies the source of every signup or sale on your website, whether it's from a paid marketing campaign or other channels. Improvely shows you what's working and what's not. Monitoring systems inspect every click for signs of suspicious activity. Get alerted to potential click fraud instantly.
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