The easiest way to understand link cloaking is to think of it as a security system. A security system functions as protection from intruders, whether it’s your home or car or place of business, a security system keeps you protected. A link cloaker functions in the same way – only it protects your links from intruders.
Why do you need to cloak your links?
Imagine this for a moment – you work long and hard on some incredible advertising campaign for a product or service. You write some great blog posts, maybe even do some paid advertisements. Send your links out on Twitter and Facebook. All in all, you market it well and all your hard work is paying off, you are earning commissions!
Well, some other unscrupulous marketer sees your success and decided to copy it, but not just copy as in duplicate, copy as in steal. You see, the one thing you didn’t do in this campaign is the one thing that will ultimately destroy it – you didn’t cloak your links. So this unscrupulous marketer takes your affiliate link that you’ve been using and erases your id and puts their id in. Boom – all of your hard work on sales copy, marketing, traffic, etc. is down the drain.
So how do you cloak your links?
To prevent this from happening, you have to disguise your links from view. There are several ways to do this. But I like to do things the easy way…
Affiliate Camo has a free and a paid version, as does Pretty Link.
With Pretty Link, to get the actual link cloaking, you need the paid version. The free version just disguises your link.
Affiliate Camo offers a paid version which embeds your affiliate link on other blog posts as well. It’s basically advertising without having to do all the work that comes with finding the targets.
Both are great options for link cloaking.
Why can’t I just use a link tracker?
Link trackers like bit.ly, linktrack.info, linktracker.com, clickmeter.com only track the links. Yes, the link appears to be disguised, but it is not. In fact, here is a link using linktrack.info –
It appears to be cloaked. But, what happens when you mouse over it? You see the link revealed.
The point of link cloaking is to make it so that others cannot see your actual link. And both Affiliate Camo and Pretty Link Pro will of course, track the links for you as well.
Feeling confident about link cloaking?
Cloaking your links is not just for marketers, it is a must for any online business owner. And with these two options, it is made even easier.
The process is very simple:
- Decide if Affiliate Camo or Pretty Link is the one you want to use
- Download it
- Upload it to your desired domain in the plug-ins folder
- Create links!
Just remember, use a cloaked link anytime and every time you give out a link.