Check Out Noob Affiliate Tip #1: Start Making Lists
Check Out Noob Affiliate Tip #2: Use Google Webmaster Tools
I’ve got a simple question for you. Do you often hover over a link just to see where the link is sending you before you actually click it? You too? Well, congrats. You’re not the only one. As a matter of fact, tons of people (especially the more experienced internet users, give yourself a pat on the back) often test a link before clicking it.
credit: Señor Codo
So let me ask you another question.
Would you be more likely to click a link that lead you to this URL:
Or this one:
The choice seems obvious to me.
The second option is much cleaner, and I’d be much more likely to click it than the former. Wouldn’t you? It just has a trustworthy ring to it. You could actually say it out loud in one breath without fainting.
There are two ways to hide your links and make them look more attractive like I did above. One option is free, and the other will cost you money, but it’s well worth the price.
Option 1 (FREE) PHP Redirect:
I did it this way for the first few months until one of my sites started making some money, so you shouldn’t feel any pressure to pay for the product that I’m going to suggest in “Option 2” (below) until you feel like you can afford it comfortably. The option that I’m about to describe works just fine, and if you’re broke like I used to be, use it.
Even if you have a very limited knowledge of how to code stuff, as long as you know how to upload files to your server, you should be able to do this very easily.
1. Open your favorite html/code editor. (This could be notepad; doesn’t matter).
2. Copy the following code:
header( ‘Location: http://your-messy-affiliate-url-goes-here.com’ ) ;
3. Paste the specified code into your code editor.
4. Remove: “http://your-messy-affiliate-url-goes-here.com” and place your affiliate link in it’s place.
5. Save the file as “whatever.php”. Make sure that it is saved as a “.php” file and not an html file.
6. Upload “whatever.php” to the root of your server, and now link to the “whatever.php” file.
Now, assuming I really did this, I could send you to the whatever page (note: when you hover over this link with your cursor, it shows the nice clean URL in your browser URL preview: http://eliteeternity.com/whatever.php) and it would really (redirect) take you to: http://your-messy-affiliate-url-goes-here.com.
Does that make sense? If not, comment and I’ll help you out.
Option 2. Max Blog Press Ninja Affiliate WordPress Plugin.
$97 Bones. Worth Every Penny. (Buy It Here)
You know, the free, manual process shown above works fine and dandy, but it sure gets old busting out the HTML editor, plugging in the link, and uploading the file to your server every single time you want to promote a new product! With Max Blog Press Ninja Affiliate, you can take care of everything within your WordPress Admin panel. In other words: It takes about a quarter of the time it used to take me to crank out a pretty (hidden) affiliate link. Max Blog Press Ninja Affiliate is awesome!
Now, before I say anything more about this plugin, be aware that I bought and have tried (and still use) this tool, have found it extremely useful, and would recommend it to anybody that can afford it without breaking their bank account. I use this tool on my website that is currently making me anywhere between 6K – 8K a month in pure profit.
Digression: Yes, that’s $6,000 to $8,000+ a month on one site – consistently.
You should definitely use this tool if you promote any products on a WordPress blog. I heard about this product every day for nearly 2 months before I broke down and bought it. You should too when you can afford it.
– Professional redirects.
– Promote links all over the web with no fear. You can always redirect the link to a similar offer if your best advertiser closes up shop.
– Easy, Flexible link management.
– Manage your links by groups.
– Make your links No-Follow.
– Cloak links. (Note: a lot of affiliate companies don’t allow this)
A Quick Preview:
The below image is what you will see when you need to create a new (pretty) affiliate link. Beats the heck out of creating a new .php file every single freaking time!
- The “Link Name” Field is just for your records. Doesn’t matter. Nobody will see it but you.
- The “Affiliate/Destination Link” is the link that you want your users to ultimately end up at. Don’t forget your subid for tracking!
- The “Ninja Link” is the URL that you want people to see when they hover over the link.
- “Cloak It” allows you to specify a URL that your users will see in the actual address bar after the user clicks your link. Be advised: Most advertisers do not allow this, and it will most likely break your affiliate link if you try to cloak it. A broken affiliate link = zero commission. Keep that in mind. 😉
- “Convert Keywords to Ninja Links” is an awesome feature. If you tick this box, you can specify keywords that you want to always be linked to the URL that you just created. This comes especially in handy, say, if you talk a lot about a certain hosting company on your blog and you don’t want to go back to your old posts to manually add your affiliate link. Max Blog Press Ninja Affiliate will automatically take care of it for you!
That should pretty much wrap up the awesomeness of this plugin and why you may find it useful. It has saved me tons of time, and it has made me more efficient overall. Hiding my affiliate links is no longer a hassle now that I’ve got this bad boy installed!
Do you already use this plugin? Do you like it as much as I do? Share your comments!