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Does anyone use Pretty Link or another plugin to hide your links?



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Does anyone use Pretty Link or another plugin to hide your links?

I was advised a while back to use the Pretty Link plugin to make all my links on my website well pretty.

Do any other affiliate marketers use a plugin for this too?

I know some websites don’t allow link cloaking though, like Amazon so I don’t use Pretty Link for those links.

What do you do and what do you recommend?

Can a link shortening service like bitly work for affiliate links on your website?

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anwebservices

I use Pretty Link plugin in one of my WordPress website and never had any problems with that. Look like good idea to hide affiliate links or any other. I also use public link shortener like is.gd goo.gl or bit.ly They all work the same i guess like Pretty Link.



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Everett

Why wasn't this plugin available when I had a Wordpress blog?! This would have saved me so much time! I used the Bit.ly links, before Wordpress had any addons or plugins for bit.ly. I had to manually create the links, and post them in the article, it was a time consuming and monotonous process.

I love the fact that the plugin uses your domain, however I'm wondering if you can create a subdomain like "go.website.com" and create Pretty links that way? I don't see any documentation, however I believe this can be done by switching up the plugin code..



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Lynne

Well I use my Pretty Links wherever I want to. It is easier to remember a Pretty Link that your affiliate link... so for example my Pretty Link for SeoClerks is just my website domain with /seoclerks

This makes it so easy to just type it out when I need it instead of finding my affiliate link and copying it.

Very convenient.



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Everett

Well I use my Pretty Links wherever I want to. It is easier to remember a Pretty Link that your affiliate link... so for example my Pretty Link for SeoClerks is just my website domain with /seoclerks

Oh, that is very neat. Does it automatically redirect to the SEOclerks marketplace with your affiliate link?

How is the Pretty Links plugin in regards to SEO? Do you think it'll have a negative effect or positive?



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Lynne

Yes that is right Everett, so if anyone clicks on my pretty link they come straight here, but I can track the clicks on my website Does anyone use Pretty Link or another plugin to hide your links?

I am honestly not sure about the effect on SEO but I am sure it is not negative at all simply because my posts usually rank really well.



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idealmike

Yes link shortners work when people recognize them! Certain link shortners like Bit.ly and Goo.gl work best because people recognize them for what they are. A way to shorten a terribly long and ugly link. But a lot of people use them to hide/mask affiliate links as well.

I wrote about this a while ago on the CD on which cloaker do you use and provided my preferred suggestion for masking or cloaking affiliate links using the hidden directory method. I prefer to use that method as the link used is the same as my sites domain. I've found that it has a better CTR than using a link shortner like Bitly or Googl which is actually an external link and if you use a lot of them on your site, you basically end up with all these external links that don't really link to anything valuable or related and that's never good for SEO! Does anyone use Pretty Link or another plugin to hide your links?



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Lynne

Yeah Pretty Link uses your site domain which is cool and you can also track how many clicks are going through each Pretty Link which I enjoy.

Yes I never thought about link shortening services being external links, that is a great point Mike!



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bobjoehax3

I hadn't heard of Pretty Link. Thanks for the heads up! Sounds pretty cool.

I do love me some bit.ly. Does anyone use Pretty Link or another plugin to hide your links? I've used it for years.. It's my go-to.. I love the stats!!

I've never used Googl. I'll have to try it out. I have actually seen plenty of googl links out there. Just never thought to use it myself.



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Lynne

Yeah I use bit.ly too sometimes for shortening links that I share on social media, especially Twitter where my links must be as short as possible.

Just so you know with Pretty Link you can check your link clicks. You don't get detailed tracking like with bit.ly though.

Like Mike said link shorteners like bit.ly count as external links, whereas Pretty Link uses your domain which is good.



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varleysheen

Whats the advantage of making links pretty?



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anwebservices

Well "Pretty links" is the name of WordPress plugin which shortening you URL addresses, similar to what you get on Goo.gl or Bit.ly



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varleysheen

whats the advantage of using a plugin to make your links prettier



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Lynne

Well firstly it will cloak your link and make it pretty. An affiliate link is usually a long, ugly link.

The other thing is that using a Pretty Link means you can track the amount of clicks easily and measure your links performances.

Another bonus is that affiliate links are not easy to remember so if you want to add it to your content it is not like you can just type it out. With a pretty link you often can just type it out easily, plus all your affiliate links and your pretty links for them are stores in one easy place in the plugin Does anyone use Pretty Link or another plugin to hide your links?

Well those are the benefits as I understand them and experience them.



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