Cloak & Track Affiliate Links Easily With LinkTrackr

by Mahesh Kukreja · 4 comments

in Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is a major source of revenue for most bloggers and webmasters. Marketing the products is carried out via forums, websites, commenting on blogs, email lists and social networking sites. With such large number of channels, measurement of affiliate activity becomes a difficult task. You don’t want to waste your time promoting affiliate products to the wrong audience by placing links on site that does not yield any clicks or has a very low CTR.

Also, hiding affiliate links from Google is essential to avoid getting penalized. There are couple of ways to do this. You can do this via modifying .htaccess file, using WordPress plugins or using some kind of server side softwares. I don’t use any kind of WordPress Plugins or server sided softwares, just the .htaccess method.

To try something new, I recently registered at an affiliate tracking site called LinkTrackr. It is a tool which monitors every affiliate link of yours. With this tool you can create affiliate links and measure every affiliate link to understand which affiliate products are doing well and which are not. The site also provides URL shortener to promote your links on websites.

A shortened URL of your affiliate link may look something like this:

As you can see, the initial part is your username and the part after ‘/’ is the shortened part.

Here are some of the features of LinkTrackr:

  • Link cloaking and link tracking
  • Viral bar – helps you to share your cloaked links on FaceBook/Twitter
  • Custom domain names (one for free account and  the limit increases for Premium plans)
  • WordPress plugin – for easy management of links on WordPress blogs

The new features of LinkTrackr include A/B Split Testing and Conversion Tracking.

With A/B Spliting you can choose different landing pages for the same affiliate links. You can set the amount of percentage for different landing pages. This is a very nice feature.

With Conversion Tracking feature you can track multiple sales conversions (and sales amount) with just a simple code that you need to place on your website. You can check the traffic sources and manage your campaigns.

Here is a screenshot of an affiliate link cloaked by me. You can edit the link to include customized title, meta keywords, and also a viral bar, which includes social sharing options, etc..

LinkTrack - Edit Link

Then, you can check how many times your link has been clicked.

LinkTrackr - View Links

I have registered for a free account. Premium accounts are also available with higher tracking links and more branded domains.

LinkTrackr Plans

The Pro plan is the most popular one and the Xtreme includes unlimited features.

LinkTrackr also contains User Guides which help you in cloaking links, using their WordPress plugin, using the Custom Domain feature, etc.. LinkTrackr can increase productivity levels to give you a good picture of which affiliate campaigns are working and which are not.

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James March 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Hi, love the article – concise and to the point but I do have a query about Google penalising aff links. Is this really true? I have a number of bare affiliate links on one of my sites and I’ve never been penalised. I admit that it’s been a little harder getting certain pages to rank but I’ve never had a page knocked out of the SERP’s. Admittedly, I do have a lot of unique text around my links which might be the saving grace. What do you think.


Admin March 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Yes. Unique content is very necessary. Google hates affiliate links being spammed all over without any quality content. Google doesn’t mind if you do share some affiliate links with your unique articles. But, if you have loads of links and less-quality articles, you can surely come in danger..


James March 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Cool. Thanks for the clarification. I guess my unique content goes some way to balancing it out.



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