When you join an affiliate program, the affiliate links they give you are typically long and ugly. In fact they scream affiliate link.
These ugly links make visitors hesitant to make the click, and frankly, some people just don’t want to click on or make a purchase through a third party link. That’s lost revenue for you.
The best way around using these long ugly affiliate links is to cloak them or redirect them, and I’m going to show you in 3 easy steps how to cloak affiliate links yourself.
3 Steps to Cloak your Affiliate Link:
Step 1: Create an html page on your website and insert the following code:
<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”0;URL=insert affiliate link”>
Insert your affiliate link (complete with http://) where it says ‘insert affiliate link’.
Step 2: Save the file and name it something relevant to your product, for example if the product you are promoting is a bluewidget, you might name the file bluewidget.html
You can also create the .html file using your file manager on your host.
Step 3: When your .html file has been created and saved, you are ready to use it as a redirect.
Here’s what your new affiliate link will look like:
Now when a visitor to your website clicks your affiliate link, the code in the redirect file will redirect the user’s browser to the page with the URL of your affiliate link. Of course all of that happens behind the scenes. The only thing your users will see is the actual page you want them to see.
Congratulations! You’ve just created a cloak for your affiliate link.
If you test and track the results I think you’ll discover that you’ll see more clicks and hopefully more profits 😉
Got questions? Just ask.
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