Affiliate Link Cloaking : How to do it on your WordPress Website

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(Last Updated On: March 11, 2017)

Affiliate Marketing is probably the most efficient method to start making money through online ways. And Affiliate link cloaking becomes important for your campaign to prevent phishing and for managing number of link clicks.

For start earning through affiliate marketing, all you have to do is to start referring customers to a firm. In return of which these companies pay you your cut out of the total amount.

And in case of recurring subscription based affiliation you can even get lifetime share until that customer cancels its subscription.

Why do we need to do Affiliate Link Cloaking ?

There are several illegal, phishing attackers that by using their unusual, dishonest methods hack the earnings of an affiliate by hacking the referal link. Which means these phishing attackers will steal your earnings right from your uncloaked affiliate link.

Thus I advise all the readers, who are using the affiliate links to start using the affiliate link cloaking ASAP to prevent this phishing of their links.

Now let me tell you what exactly is Affiliate Link Cloaking or simply the link cloaking..

What is link cloaking ?

In simple words, link cloaking is like a safety cloak or safety jacket to your affiliate links which prevents it from phishers and hackers.

Through link cloaking you can add the words of your choice in the visible url on the website content.

Another thing it does is, it helps you to make the affiliate link short, branded and credible.

For Example-

This is how the original link looks like:

This is how the cloaked link looks like:

This newly created (cloaked) link looks clickable since it is showing the product name itself and increasing the relevancy. Whereas the original link full of those uneven characters in a long seried looks more spammy for a new reader.

Moreover, with link cloaking you can also keep the count of affiliate link clicks from your website, which will thus help you make better planning and projection of your content and ads.

How to do Affiliate link cloaking in your wordpress based website ?

For cloaking a url the best and the easiest way is to use the wordpress plugin for your wordpress based website.

1). Easy Affiliate Links
Easy Affiliate Links for affiliate link cloaking


You can create shortlinks to cloak your affiliate links and easily access your links in the visual and html editor.

It provides you an option to assign categories to your links, furthermore tracking of monthly and lifetime clicks can also be done.

You can Import affiliate links from XML, in addition it gives you an ability to export your links to XML

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2). Pretty Link Lite
Pretty Link Lite


It gives you the ability to create clean, simple URLs on your website that redirect to any other URL (allows for 301, 302, and 307 redirects only)

It generates random 3-4 character slugs for your URL and allows you to name a custom slug for your URL.

You can track the Number of Clicks per link, in addition you can also track the number of Unique Clicks per link

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3). WP Shorties
WP Shorties

It’s a professional url shortener therefore you can use it for tracking your clicks and for doing affiliate link cloaking for your wordpress based blog or website.


Since it shortens your urls (in no time), it provides proper cloaking to your original url to prevent any phishing.

WPShorties tracks your link clicks in a detailed way, since it provides you an overview of the person who have clicked the link.

In addition it also provides you the ip address, date and details of the link clicks.

Another important feature WP Shorties provides you is, you can open multiple pages with a single click.

Hence your facebook page, your twitter page, your youtube channel and your subscription page all of them can be opened at the same time and with one single click.

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You can start using any of the above mentioned plugins, since they are free to use and can be installed in your current wordpress installation easily.

Aditya Singh
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Aditya Singh

Managing Partner at Aaditthya Websolutions LLP
Founder and Owner - Aaditthya Websolutions LLP.
Co-Founder and Owner - Mibrand Overseas LLP
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