Cloaking Your Links

 

Cloaking your links means that you are hiding your “ugly” affiliate link from the eyes of the visitor.

There are several reasons why we advise our affiliates to cloak their links.

The first reason is that people are simply more likely to click on a link that does not look like an affiliate link. Simply make this test: Which of these 2 links would you rather click on?

http://makemerich.plantarem.hop.clickbank.net

http://yourplantarfasciitiscure.com

Now this might be a cheesy example and I’m sure you picked a more classy Clickbank nickname than this. However the point is that the first link looks somehow suspicious. Even worse, it seems to have nothing to do with what the visitor wants, to cure his plantar fasciitis.

It is only natural that he is less likely to click on the first link and more likely to prefer the second.

Another reason is what people often refer to as “commission theft”. It simply means that people can easily spot that you are an affiliate promoting a product and they can delete your affiliate cookie once they reach our site and replace it with their own.

This requires a savvy marketer to do and is thus far from being common.

However the that fact that people are more suspicious and less likely to click your link should be reason enough for you to cloak them.

There are 4 ways to cloak your links:

First way: Using HTML

This is probably one of the easiest ways to cloak your affiliate links.

Instead of your link people will see a generic link that you can select.

Use the following code:

<a href=”http://XXXXXX.plantarem.hop.clickbank.net”>www.PlantarFasciitisSystem.com</a>

While the visitor will think they go directly to our site they will in fact go over your affiliate link and thus earn a commission. Don’t forget to customize the code by replacing “XXXXXX” with your Clickbank nickname.

For further instruction on how to generate your affiliate link visit How To Use Your Hoplink.

Second way: Using “URL shortener”

URL shorteners are external websites that replace your “ugly” long link with a shorter one. All of these services are free and are also easy to use.

Here is a list of some of the most popular services:

Despite these advantages we do NOT recommend using link shortening services.

They come with two disadvantages that are impossible to ignore:

  1. These services come and go and you depend on them. It is possible that the service disappears one day and all your links remain dead.
  2. Visitors tend to click less on these since the link does not reveal where it takes them. It seems more “risky” than clicking on an “obvious” link such as http://plantarfasciitissystem.com

Third way: Redirection through your own domain

This is a very clever way that gives you a lot of flexibility over your links. All you need to do is register a domain name with registrars such as namecheap or GoDaddy.

While this will cost you around $10/year you can select a domain that looks appealing to your visitors.

Afterwards all you need to do is set the domain name to forward to your affiliate link. Simply look for the term “URL masking” and you will find detailed explanations on how to do this with your selected registrar.

Forth way: Special software

There are countless software solutions that offer to cloak your links.

If you run a wordpress blog or decided to have a WordPress blog setup for free for you at http://howtomakeyourownwebsiteforfreenow.com most of these solutions are actually free.

Here are two we recommend:

Once again I am here to help you.

Just contact me.

Sincerely,

Moe Unseld

Affiliate Manager

Plantar Fasciitis System

http://PlantarFasciitisSystem.com