How to Cloak Affiliate Links

If you’re building a review site of any kind that you intend to monetize, the best way to do that is to add affiliate links of products that you recommend. It’s a great way to make money online, and if you take this seriously, you can make a tremendous living this way.

I’ve always felt that affiliate links need to be cloaked and redirected through some type of a redirect script. Knowing how to do this is not necessarily the easiest thing to accomplish if you don’t have proper instructions. So I’m going to teach you how to cloak affiliate links the easiest and simplest way possible. But before I get into my explanation, let’s look at why you should be cloaking these links to begin with.

Why Cloaking Affiliate Links Is Important

In all honesty, there are many reasons why people decide to redirect affiliate links. All the super affiliate marketers do this.  Historically speaking, one of the biggest reasons to cloak affiliate links was to hide the fact that you are an affiliate from Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines. Although, the search engines have to know that affiliate links have been cloaked anyway. It would be kind of ridiculous if they didn’t figure this out. But, the reason why affiliate links were cloaked at the start was because these links were intended to be hidden from search engine bots.

Truth be told, there are a number of other reasons why we should all cloak our affiliate links. The top three reasons include the following:

  • Creates a “clean” link – have you ever seen an Amazon affiliate link? It’s huge, has about 1000 characters, and it’s really ugly. The easiest way to eliminate this ugly looking affiliate link and create a clean one is to cloak it using a redirect script.
  • Stops page rank leakage – instead of wasting time no following every affiliate link, an easy and less painful way to accomplish the same thing is to create a cloaked affiliate link.
  • Makes them easy to manage – you may need to change affiliate links for one reason or another from time to time. Instead of physically having to go into your content to change the link, it’s a lot easier to do this from a centralized location.

How to Cloak Affiliate Links Using a Redirect Script

The process is simple and includes the following three steps:

  • Create a redirect folder. A simple one to remember is /redirect/.
  • Add the following to block the folder from your domain’s robots.txt file: Disallow: /redirect/.
  • In the/redirect/ folder, use a script like Pretty Link Pro and redirect your affiliate URLs.

At the end of the day, you’ll appreciate using redirected affiliate links for many reasons. We shared three reasons with you already and redirects honestly make your life so much easier. It’s a lot easier to swap out an affiliate link in one central location than it is to physically go back to hundreds or even potentially thousands of links and change them manually. This saves a lot of time, effort, and energy, and you’ll definitely appreciate this option once you begin using it.

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OMG Live 2016 Orlando

OMG (which stands for “One Man Gang”) Machines has been a driving force in helping me achieve goals. It’s the most comprehensive Internet Marketing program money can buy.  With a focus on search engine optimization (SEO), the course also covers selling on Amazon.com, building e-commerce businesses, and lead generation.  While it doesn’t stop there, it covers those topics (in my opinion) better than any other course of it’s kind.

OMG Live is their annual live event, and this year it was in Orlando, Florida.  I had the pleasure of being a speaker at the event this year, and I spoke for an hour on the topic of affiliate marketing, which of course is what I teach in this video series.

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OMG Live Recap

The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Convention center, in the Windermere Room.  It was a very well put together show.  The speakers were mostly OMG coaches like Greg Morrison, Joshua Fletcher, Liz Herrera, and Stephen Floyd, who are all veteran OMG guys.  Kotton Grammer was the host and MC, and did a wonderful job of putting everything together.  Outside of OMG Machines, Derek Iwasiuk, Ryan Stewart, Alex Becker, and myself spoke and led up to the main event – Jordan Belfort!  Otherwise known as the Wolf of Wall Street, this man has been through some ups and downs in life, but he knows selling better than anyone I’ve ever come across. Needless to say, the event was star studded and with 1,200 people in attendance, it was a great event.

The networking is always off the charts.  I was able to see my good friend and student Gregory Ortiz. along with many other Affiliate U students.  You meet so many people with similar mindsets, goals, and interests at events like this.  It’s always good to see people who are at the top of their game, as well as see up and comers who are there gunning to join the ranks.  Here’s a few photos from this years event.

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I honestly shot from the hip for the most part, although I did have a few slides to guide me through what I wanted to talk about.  I wondered if I did a good job as I was presenting, because to me this stuff all seems natural and like I’m having a conversation with myself.  When I logged into Facebook and saw these comments, I felt much better about what I talked about.

Next up, Michael Devlin’s Mass Conversions Event at the Aria Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  January 29, 2017.  I’ll have a more detailed update shortly.

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