As a blogger or small business owner, you likely have a bunch of affiliate links that you like to use. The only problem? The links are a series of random characters a mile long. Who can remember that? Luckily there are WordPress plugins out there that can help you create easy to remember affiliate links, which means you can quickly share them without hunting down the original link.
Below I’m going to show you 3 ways to create easy to remember affiliate links in WordPress.
1 – ThirstyAffiliates Plugin
The first method for creating affiliate links in WordPress is with the ThirstyAffiliates plugin, so go install it and then activate it.
Once installed, go to Affiliate Links > Settings. Under the drop down labeled link prefix, select the prefix you want to use. The default is recommends, which means your affiliate links will look like this: http://yourdomain.com/recommends/affiliate. Other options to choose from include go, endorses, get, and many more.
When you’ve selected your link prefix, you can take a look at the other settings and adjust accordingly. I usually just check off use no follow links and I make sure my links open in a new window. The rest of the settings you can forget about unless you want to further customize your links.
After you’ve saved your settings, it’s time to create an easy to remember affiliate link. Go to Affiliate Links > Add New. In the link name field, give your link a name. I recommend using the actual name of the product/service you’re linking to for obvious reasons.
In the destination URL field, enter your actual affiliate link.
If you have a bunch of affiliate links and want to categorize them for your own sanity, you can create a category in the same way you would categorize a blog post.
Then save your link. You’ll notice that a new field appeared: cloaked URL. That’s your new affiliate link. You’ll notice that it took your affiliate link’s name and created a slug based on that. If your link isn’t to your liking, click on Edit Slug to change the link. Then save again.
Your link is now created and you can use it in your blog posts. The great think about ThirstyAffiliates is that the plugin adds a button to your visual editor so you can quickly insert affiliate links.
To add an affiliate link to a post, highlight the text and click on the Add Affiliate Link button.
Sidenote: ThirstyAffiliate adds 2 buttons to your visual editor: Add Affiliate Link and Quick Add Affiliate Link. Quick Add Affiliate Link adds a new link, while Add Affiliate Link allows you to link text to an affiliate link.
A window will pop up with all of the affiliate links you created. To select on, click on the link icon next to the link (it’s the first icon, labeled insert plain link). Your affiliate link has been linked to! That’s it!
2 – Redirection Plugin
The second way to create easy to remember affiliate links uses the Redirection plugin. First, install and activate it, then navigate to tools > redirection.
Before we add any redirects, we’ll first have to create a group. So click on Groups (at the top) and go ahead and create a group. Enter a name into the name field (something like “affiliates” works well!) and make sure the dropdown field next to it says WordPress. Then click add.
Now it’s time to add the redirect. Go back to the Redirects tab. At the bottom of the page, under the add new redirection heading, you’re going to enter a source URL and a target URL.
The source URL is going to be the custom link. So if you want the link to be http://yourdomain.com/affiliate, you would enter /affiliate into the source URL box.
The target URL box is where you’ll put your actual affiliate link.
When you’ve entered both the source and target URLs, check to make sure affiliates (or whatever you named your group) is chosen in the group dropdown. Then click add redirection. That’s it! Now you can use your new custom affiliate link to quickly and easily link to products you’re an affiliate for.
To add them to a blog post, go to Tools > Redirection. Right click on a link and select Copy Link Address. Then add the link to a post like you would any other link.
3 – Pretty Link Lite
The third way to customize your affiliate links is to use a plugin called Pretty Link Lite. As with the other two methods, go ahead and install and activate it.
Once installed, click on Pretty Link > Options in the side menu. Expand Link Options and check the box next to add nofollow to link. Then click update options.
Now we’re going to create a link, so go to Pretty Link > Add New Link. In the field labeled target URL, enter your affiliate link. Then, in the Pretty Link field, enter the link you’d like to use. Give your link a title and click create.
And you’re done! To use the link in a blog post, go to Pretty Link and copy the link provided. Then add it to a post like you would any other link.
Those are 3 ways to create easy to remember affiliate links in WordPress. Now keep in mind you should only choose ONE of these, don’t use all three as they might not work well together.
Also, make sure you review the terms of any affiliate programs you are a member of before creating an easy to remember link. Some affiliate programs do not allow you to use cloaking, so keep that in mind.
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