Affiliate programs is one of our major online profit, and you may like to hide affiliate links to improve conversion rate. Besides, masking your affiliate url is also a search engine optimization (SEO) strategy. This is because you can use any keyword your desire for the custom affiliate url. For example, the default HostGator affiliate url is http://secure.hostgator.com/~affiliat/cgi-bin/affiliates/clickthru.cgi?id=coltter, honestly it’s really too long and not easy to understand. But if we install a URL redirect plugin, we can insert some keywords such as hostgator.com instead. GoCodes is the plugin that i installed on my blogs, it allows you creating shortcut url to mask affiliate links easily.

Nathan Rice of StudioPress latest released a new WordPress plugin Simple URLs, you can create a 301 redirect and keep track of how many people followed the URL as well. Simple URLs is a complete URL management system that allows you create, manage, and track outbound links from your site by using custom post types and 301 redirects. It adds a new custom post type to your Admin menu, where you can create, edit, delete, and manage URLs. It also stores click counts in the form of a custom field on that custom post type. You can see how many times the custom url has been accessed on the overview page.

Link: Simple URLs

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