Today we’re going to show you an easy and bulletproof way of masking affiliate links.
There are two possible ways how one can do it:
The first option is quite easy and can be done in just a few minutes, while the second one requires FTP access and more precision of yours.
What’s a link (masking) cloaking? It’s a method of turning long and ugly affiliate links into shorter and branded.
This means that something like this:
...can be transformed into this:
Among all affiliate cloaking plugins, we’re going to choose the ThirstyAffiliates plugin. It’s super-easy to use and with its help, you’ll be able to transform all your ugly affiliate links into user-friendly ones.
Just copy and paste it where it was.
In case you’re the kind of a person who’s not following some easy ways, an .htaccess method is for you.
Affiliate link cloaking via .htaccess method is executed via 302 temporary redirect, your redirected page will still retain its PageRank, MozRank, Page Authority.
## AFFILIATE LINKS ##
Redirect 302 /recommends/your-affiliate-name http://your-ugly-affiliate-url.com/?ref=your.affiliate.id
Please note: this is an example you need to replace values your-affilite-name, http://your-ugly-affiliate-url.com/?ref=your.affiliate.id via your real affiliate name, and your affiliate link.
.htaccess redirection is a bit faster than thу one ThirstyAffiliates plugin offers. But still, it’s a bit longer to complete. Anyways it’s up to you to decide which method to use.
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