Cloak Affiliate Links using Simple URLs for WordPressDecember…

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Cloak Affiliate Links using Simple URLs for WordPressDecember 17, 20132 Comments3 Min Read Narender Singhsingh_nsk2 Comments Share This! Facebook Twitter Google Plus Pinterest WhatsAppBe it Affiliate Marketing or just regular blogging, there’s always a need to cloak the affiliate links or shorten some outbound links to make them shorter and more trustworthy. At the same time, there’s no better way to shorten and cloak links other than using your own domain in the process. In simple words, how about using a link such as domain. com/go/DreamHost than using a URL shortener such as bit. ly. This will ensure reader’s trust in the link and at the same time makes sure that the affiliate identifier in the link remains safe. (adsbygoogle = window. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Use Simple URLs to cloak links using your own domainSimple URLs is a WordPress plugin developed by StudioPress which adds a custom post type to store your custom affiliate links and provides a shortened URL of the form domain/go/keyword. The process to use the plugin is fairly simple. All you need to do upon installation of the plugin is to re-save your permalinks settings (settings> Permalinks) without making any changes to the structure and then head to Simple URLs menu item and choose Add New. Here enter the keyword at the title and fill in the full URL into the next column. Hit publish when done and the short URL will be ready to serve. Link Manager and StatsThe plugin includes a built-in counter which counts the number of times the link was accessed. This can be checked from the Simple URL’s menu item in the dashboard and previously created Short URLs can also be edited or deleted from here. The plugin rightly serves as an alternative to the GoLinks plugins which has not been updated since a long time and hence opens up changes of vulnerabilities. However, one downside of Simple URLs is that you can only use /go/ as the intermediary prefix before the keyword. If you want to use recommend, refer or anything else as the keyword, you’re out of luck here. Download Simple URLsUse Robots. txt to make the Shortened Links nofollowAs we know that Google asks publishers to not to make sponsored or referral links as do-follow, there is a need to make sure such rule is not broken. For this purpose one can add the following code to their robots. txt file which will make sure that the search engines don’t follow the links and hence don’t penalize the website. User-agent: *

Disallow: /go/Although the plugin is pretty decent and serves its purpose well, it does add some extra burden on your WordPress install and the database. So we are using this Redirect Script created by Yoast which serves the purpose very well without putting any additional load on WordPress. Not to mention that it’s faster than using any plugin. (adsbygoogle = window. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); (adsbygoogle = window. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Share Tweet +1 TagsAffiliate Marketing Link Cloaker URL Shortener WordPress PluginsYou may also like GoDaddy to BigRock Domain Migration (Transfer) GuideJune 25, 2014 Adsense Users in India can now Change their Payee NameMay 17, 2014 Receive AdSense Payments in India via Wire Transfer to Bank (EFT)March 5, 20142 CommentsClick here to post a comment Cancel replyCommentName * Email * Email me when somebody replies to my comment. Knut says: January 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm Hi, i have got a malware problem with a blog and i think it could be from this plugin. Did anybody else have this? Reply Narender says: January 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm The plugin seems clean. So maybe something else was wrong with your install. ReplyConnect with UsYou can follow us on these social media networks and stay updated. facebooktwittergoogle-plusrssRecent Posts How to Disable News Feed & Notifications in Opera Apps for Android Pin Chats in WhatsApp to Keep Them at the Top of the List Check if Your Windows 10 PC is Updated to the Creators Update or Not The Difference Between Windows 10 S and Windows 10: Which is Better? Download ShareIt for Windows PC Running Windows 10, 8 or 7 (adsbygoogle = window. adsbygoogle || []).push({});Recent Commentsmanzz on 8 Issues Frequently Faced by YU Yureka Usersmanzz on 8 Issues Frequently Faced by YU Yureka UsersMunnu on How to Use Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE SIM in Intex Aqua Fish (Sailfish)Narender Singh on How to Download Songs or other Audio from TumblrMr. Right on How to Clear All Messages from WhatsApp Group without LeavingPopular Posts Fix – Apps Not Downloading from Play Store in OnePlus 3/3T After Nougat Update3 Min Read Unlock Bootloader & Get Root Access in Lumia/Windows Phone2 Min Read How to Downgrade Asus Zenfone 2 from Marshmallow to Lollipop3 Min Read Xiaomi Mi Pocket WiFi USB Router/Adapter Setup Guide in English4 Min Read How to Manually Update Zenfone 2 ZE551ML & ZE550ML to Marshmallow6 Min Readfacebooktwittergoogle-plusrssGet more stuffSubscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Thank you for subscribing. Something went wrong. we respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously

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