Cool Tip On Masking Your Affiliate Links

I’ve got a super cool tip to share with you today that’s one of the easiest ways to redirect your affiliate links compliments of my new friend, Mr. Matthew Neer, the Entrepreneur with a Skateboard.

Masking your affiliate links is very important.  A lot of affiliates do not mask their affiliate links and they’re losing money from lost traffic because of it.  There are many ways to mask your own affiliate links, to successfully improve and boost your click-through and earnings, but some ways are better than others.

You can use this simple redirection with your own link inside to automatically redirect and mask your own affiliate links and Matthew includes a video to walk you through how to do it here http://matthewneer.com/2010/01/how-to-mask-your-affiliate-links-with-php/

Super cool and thanks Matthew!  I hope this tip is helpful to you as well.  Before you go though, make sure to leave a comment below and share this tip with your twitter and facebook friends.

Have a Dynamite Week!

To Your Success,

Laura Paulson

Laura is a digital marketer and entrepreneur building assets that spin off passive residual income. She created the Marketing Training Portal with 'Quick Hits' Marketing Tips Blog and Newsletter to help fellow entrepreneurs sort through all the noise and information overload for real-world, actionable tactics and strategies to put into action to accelerate their business growth.

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Gregory Elfrink - 6 years ago Reply

Great stuff.

Masking affiliate links is really helpful. you got to be careful though cause some sites can detect you masking your affiliate links and penalize you even more for the decieving.

But it does definitely work!

To the top,
-Gregory Elfrink
Gregory Elfrink ..How to Find New Prospects for Your Business in 53 Seconds or Less

LauraPaulson Reply:

@Gregory Elfrink, Hi Gregory, well let’s boycott those sites hehehe jk.

Thanks for the comment. Have an awesome day!

Beth Hewitt - 6 years ago Reply

Hey Laura,

Great post, this is such an important skill to have. So thank you for giving us a link to Matthews great video.

Beth 🙂
Beth Hewitt ..Twitter Tools for Beginners

LauraPaulson Reply:

@Beth Hewitt, Hi Beth, I agree. Something I’m still learning about, myself. I thought the video was so helpful. Thanks, Laura

Kyle McCauley - 6 years ago Reply

Great Share Laura! Thanks very much for this 🙂
Kyle McCauley ..Are You Missing The Secret Ingredient For Online Marketing Success

LauraPaulson Reply:

@Kyle McCauley, Hey Kyle, you’re welcome. Thanks for the comment.

Aidan Gibson - 6 years ago Reply

Cool tips there Laura,

I also drop by Matthews site for more cool tips.

I will be sharing this one on twitter, many thanks!
Aidan Gibson ..Network Marketing- Branching Out!

LauraPaulson Reply:

@Aidan Gibson, Hi Aidan. That’s awesome – Matthew shares some really great stuff!!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Make it a Great Day! Laura

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LauraPaulson Reply:

@TheChickenista, Hi Veronica, thanks for visiting and the comment. I stopped by yours and “connected” as well. Very Nice Blog! Thanks, Laura

Larry Bilich - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Laura,

Thanks for sharing the great info and tip from Matthew as that is one way to go about it.

What You can also do is simply just buy a domain name for what ever affiliate product you may have from like lets say Godaddy.Yes, I know it will cost you from 2-11 bucks to do this, but the way I look at it is if the affiliate product is a good one its going to be long term anyway, I will recoup my money back and then some.

And here is the huge benefit and most important part from doing it this way…

After you buy your domain name, in your godaddy back office under domain manager, set your new domain name up for redirecting to your affiliate offer link and masking it at the same time which you can also add a title, description, and keywords, which will give you SEO (search engine optimization)at the same time so your offer can be found by the search engines giving you some ranking and traffic power as time goes on.

Remember, Google does not like affiliate links, people do not like affiliate links, article directories don’t like affiliate links. So this one step takes care of all of that. Now your free to promote it where ever you like.

Wishing you all my best 🙂
Larry Bilich ..Why Many Believe Your Network Marketing Business Is Not Real

LauraPaulson Reply:

@Larry Bilich, Hey Larry,

I agree, there are different ways to go about this and just depends on what/why/how, etc. I use the domains, url shorteners, didn’t really understand the php until Matthew explained LOL. Just so much to learn 🙂

Thanks for the valuable add!

Dr. Adam Sheck - 6 years ago Reply

Laura,
Great post, masking definitely has its purposes. I appreciate using bit.ly and another comment on using a totally different URL that is forwarded to the affiliate link as well. I just bought a separate url (http://freepassiontips.com) to optin for my mailing list. My reason was more to see if it helped SEO-wise though.
Thanks,
Adam
Dr. Adam Sheck ..What Do Women Want

LauraPaulson Reply:

@Dr. Adam Sheck, Hi Adam, I use bit.ly as well. I just started using budurl and I think I actually like that one better so if you haven’t yet, you might want to check it out.

Thanks for the comment!

Brenda Abraham - 6 years ago Reply

Laura, thanks for leading me to Matthew’s blog post about affiliate link masking and using a php script. I also noticed that Larry left another way to get the same job done. So nice of you to showcase others. The law of reciprocity will work in your favor

LauraPaulson Reply:

@Brenda Abraham, Hi Brenda,

Isn’t the sharing of tips, tools, ideas and information wonderful??!!! 🙂 Yes, Larry offered a great add. There are many ways to go about it so it’s so good to know and understand the different methods so you can choose what works for different scenarios.

As always, Great to hear from you!

Carla McNeil Social Media Marketing Mentor - 6 years ago Reply

I agree masking is important, but sometimes all you want to do is shorten a link. I had a very strange experience with snipurl.com recently, I have been using them four about 3 years. I had shortened a link for a clients Twitter account, using snipurl because of the tracking.

The information came from a very reputable site, Johns Hopkins…
the interesting thing was snipurl deleted the links and called them spam. Still no response from them as to why.

You can be sure I will watch both yours and Matthew’s blogs for more great tips like this one!

Golda Smith - 6 years ago Reply

I agree with Larry, I love godaddy for that little feature right there. I can buy my domain name and then set up 90 different sub-domains, each with its own title, description and tagging. I did a video on how to do this you can find it at http://goldasmith.com/create-godaddy-subdomains.

I also agree with Brenda in that it’s so cool of you to share Matthew’s blog post. That is true sharing. Headed of there now to learn about php.

Golda
Golda Smith ..Social Media Marketing Tip 20 How To Update All Your Social Networking SitesMagic

LauraPaulson Reply:

@Golda Smith, Hi Golda, thanks for sharing your “how-to” link on sub-domains. I think that will be very helpful to many people.

Make it a Great Day!

Susan Redmon - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Laura,

Thanks for sharing Matthew’s video on masking affiliate links. I’ve not had time to do this yet so this info really will help me to get started.

To your success,
Susan
Susan Redmon ..14 Reasons to Use SocialOomph to Manage Your Twitter Accounts

LauraPaulson Reply:

@Susan Redmon, Hi Susan, I’m glad it was helpful. As others have pointed out there are several ways in which to do this but the method that Matthew shared works in ways that others may not so really good to know. Thanks, Laura

Debbie Lattuga - 6 years ago Reply

I love learning new things. Thanks so much for the terrific tip. I usually use url shorteners, but that’s because I didn’t know any way else to do it.
Debbie Lattuga ..Share Your Dream Friday

LauraPaulson Reply:

@Debbie Lattuga, Hey Debbie, I use the shorteners as well but their use is limited so really that along with the domains and the php that Matthew shared will give you the different options depending on what you’re trying to do. I didn’t know how easy the php was until Matthew showed me LOL Have a Great Day!

Linnea - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Laura,

Wow, this is a great and very useful post. I really appreciate the masking tips and budurl suggestion. I’ve used bit.ly but not yet tried budurl so will have to make a point of doing that.
Thanks so much for sharing these great tips (and vid).

Linnea

LauraPaulson Reply:

@Linnea, Hi Linnea, I hope it was helpful. Thanks

Steven Dean - 6 years ago Reply

Thanks Laura I never really take the time to mask all my affiliate links. This is something I should be doing more often but I guess you can call it being lazy sometimes. But when I started to learn the importance of doing so it made more sense to practice it more. Its a shame that you have to and can’t leave it as is. But thanks for sharing

Steven Dean
Steven Dean ..Is There A Miracle Product That Can Transform Your Business To An Instant Success

Linnea - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Laura,

I love posts that share great tips. It’s true that masking affiliate links is an important thing to do. For a while I used Pretty Link to do that (no more) and I’ve used bit.ly that works very well. I will check out Matthew’s info and see what he has to say on the topic. Thanks for sharing it.
Linnea ..Facebook “Send”

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