How to use WordPress to hide your affiliate links

Published December 24, 2015   Posted in Blogging

Affiliate links can be long and difficult to manage, especially if they are prone to changing over the course of time. In this video screencast, I will demonstrate how I use WordPress and a simple plugin to help manage my links.

But first, why bother hiding affiliate links? First and foremost, affiliate links can contain somewhat sensitive information (like usernames) that you may not want to publicize. Other times, these links are quite long and you’d rather not display a link of that size. And other times, you may truly want to obscure the fact that the link is an affiliate link.

Also, if you have a link that might change a lot, using this WordPress plugin to help you manage those changing links can save you a bunch of administration and maintenance time.

 

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6 responses to “How to use WordPress to hide your affiliate links”

  1. Jim Wang says:

    Another reason to use redirects is if you want to change the link, you can change it in one places vs. all the places you use the link. A common use case is when you change networks. This will save you a ton of time and also provide tracking.

    The people who care about affiliate links will know it’s an affiliate link, whether or not you obfuscate it. 🙂

    • Steve says:

      True that, Jim – that’s definitely another benefit to using a linking plugin like this one. Blog maintainability for sure. 🙂

    • I converted to using Pretty Links after spending an hour or more swapping out links when an affiliate decided to suddenly pause their network. Very annoying, and now I can redirect with a couple clicks in 10 seconds.

      Lesson learned.

  2. I just started using a plugin call pretty links to do the same thing. Very useful.

    • Steve says:

      I think I’ve heard of Pretty Links, but don’t think that I’ve used that particular one. Looks like it does pretty much the same thing, though. Good deal!

  3. Evan says:

    There is a way to COMPLETELY hide all affiliate links meaning you link directly to the product website and still get commissions. Its called stealth affiliate links http://www.affiliateswitchblade.com/stealth-affiliate-links/

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