If you use WordPress for your blog or website, I highly recommend using the Pretty Link plug-in. It has saved me so much time and is an awesome way to cloak links when you are promoting.
This is a super easy plug-in that you can install on your blog in a flash and not have to deal with any complex settings to configure before using it. Here are some different things I like about it.
Benefits of the Pretty Link Plug-In
So why should you use Pretty Link? I’ll tell you!
You Can Shorten Your Links
One thing that gets super annoying when you are using links in your blog posts or emails is that the links are always so long. These can be complicated and make your emails look messy if you are not hyperlinking text. Plus, affiliate links are even longer! Have you seen the length of Amazon affiliate links? It is long enough just with the product link, but then all that extra text is added to the end when you are promoting something.
With Pretty Link, you are choosing what you want the link to be, so that it is going to be a lot shorter.
It Helps You to Cloak Links
Both the lite version and Pro version of Pretty Link will give you options for cloaking links. The lite version lets you choose how you want the links to look, so if you add a link to one of your emails or blog posts, they don’t see the affiliate link, but instead the link you created.
For example, my link for Pretty Link now looks like this: http://healthandwellnessplr.com/deals/prettylinklite
Much better, right?!
Then if you choose the Pro version of Pretty Link, there are some other features, like cloak redirecting.
It Can Help With Targeting Your Website
This is something you might not have considered. When you create a Pretty Link, it usually starts with the domain of whatever blog or website you are using it on, as you saw with my example. So every time you add this link to something, regardless of what it is, your website domain is going to be in there. This is automatic backlinking and targeting for your site. YES.
Pretty Link Helps You Organize Links
This is actually the reason I got Pretty Link in the first place. I was losing track of my affiliate links, and then links fo rmy different PLR product pages. It was becoming a major headache. So I asked a friend, who pointed me toward this plug-in. You can create different Groups and name them whatever you want, helping you to organize and keep track of all your links. If you use it often enough, you won’t have to keep a spreadsheet with your links because they are all right there. There is a search function in Pretty Links to find a link super quick.
It is Easy to Use
I don’t know that it could be any easier to use! You have the quick version of adding links right on your dashboard:
This is my main WordPress dashboard, with a little box letting me quickly add a link. Or you can follow the directions below for the standard version.
Basics of Using Pretty Link Lite
Here is the basic method for adding a link to Pretty Link. Once you install the plug-in and choose either the Lite or Pro version, you will activate the plug-in. Go to your dashboard on WordPress, and look on the left-hand side for Pretty Link.
If you hover over it, the following box appears.
It shows you some different options, like creating a new link or viewing the current ones. Go to Add New Link.
Now you will see this screen. As you can see, I have filled in my information to create an affiliate link for Pretty Link, so I can show you how it works.
Add the URL of the link you are using to the top box, then create your link text. I originally started just naming the link what it is, but it got confusing. So I recommend using a sub-category, then the name of your link. I use ‘Deals’ for all affiliate links because it is easier for me to keep track.
At the bottom, you will see some other options:
This shows Advanced Options, like choosing a Group or adding one. I have a few groups, but you can see I selected Affiliate Links for this one. Go ahead and create as many groups as you want!
You will also see the Pro options at the bottom if you choose that version of the Pretty Link plug-in.
When you’re done, just click the blue Create button and you will see this screen.
This shows you a list of all the links you have created. How easy is that!
What You Get With Pretty Link Pro
You can get started with Pretty Link just by installing the free plug-in and use the basic features. That is what I used for this example. Or you can get the Pro version. Here are some additional pro features of the plug-in:
More redirection types
Alternate Base URL
Automation features like importing/exporting links and rotating URLs
.. lots more!
Check out Pretty Link Pro here or comment on this post for any questions!