Update: Gocodes plugin is no more available in WordPress plugin repo. Here is the best alternative call PreetyLinkPro.
WordPress offers many ways by which we can hide our affiliate links and make them look pretty. In this post I will talk about one such WordPress plugin call “Gocodes WordPress plugin” which will help you to hide and keep a track of no. of clicks on your affiliate link.
Few days back I told you guys that I have taken blogging as full time profession. So I had to make sure, I have to make more money now and more over I have to remove my dependency from Adsense to multiple advertising network. With time, I have learned, Affiliate marketing is one of the best way to make money via Blogging and more over if you understand how affiliate marketing works, you can make more money with Affiliate programs.
Usually affiliate links look pretty ugly, For bloggers such affiliate links are normal, but for newbie’s or non techy people such links look like spam. So I was searching for any free WordPress plugin which will help me to hide my affiliate links, without editing .htaccess.
There are many tutorials which describe how anyone can hack .htaccess to edit affiliate link. Luckily I got my hands on easiest and simple Wp plugin. GoCodes wordpress plugins, is simple wordpress plugin which hide your affiliate link and make them look like a simple link.
How to use Gocodes WordPress plugin?
There are two main reasons, I recommend this plugin
- Make ugly affiliate links look pretty
- Helps in maintaining SEO of your site
- Download the plugin
- Unzip and upload the wordpress plugin to your wordpress plugins folder
- Activate the plugin from plugin folder under wordpress plugin option. (How to Install WordPress Plugin)
- Navigate to Settings >Gocodes Settings and change the default /go/ code to some thing like recommended.
Make sure nofollow box is checked. Nofollow tag will stop passing on the link juice to your affiliate links. I also recommend you to edit your WordPress robots.txt file and add your “URL trigger“, as disallow.
Remember, too many affiliate links can bring negative search engine impact, but Gocodes WordPress plugin makes this easy, as your links will be under your domain and with default Nofollow attributes.
Now, this was set up part. And now lets see how we can convert links into Gocodes link:
Under your WordPress dashboard, Navigate to Tools> Gocodes
- Redirect Key: Name of the product or your own imaginative name
- Example : AddmeFast
- Target URL : URL on which the user will be redirected
- Example : http://www.shoutmeloud.com/recommended/AddmeFast/
Final output : http://www.shoutmeloud.com/recommended/AddmeFast/
There is an option in Gocodes WordPress plugin, which let you count hits on your affiliate cloaked URL’s. By default, check box is not checked so you have to check it manually every time you create a link. Monitoring your link stats, will help you to analyze the effective-ness of your promotion. Here is a video tutorial to learn using Gocodes plugin:
If you are using SEO smart link, you can make it very effective by setting up auto linking feature. Though, I won’t recommend it so much, as it may give bad user experience. Anyways, I have been using this plugin to cloak affiliate links and make them look pretty. And so far, in free segment this is one of the best plugin for link cloaking.One feature which I always missed in Gocodes plugin is feature to import and export cloaked affiliate URL’s. This will be handy for bloggers like me who have multiple blogs running Gocodes plugin.
Do let us know which WordPress plugin do you use to cloak your affiliate URL? Have you used Gocodes WordPress plugin? Would you recommend it to other WordPress users?