WP Auto Affiliate Links (AAL) is one of the best FREE WordPress plugins to manage affiliate links. It cloaks your affiliate links and links them with the product names in your posts. AAL is also good at finding finds related products from multiple markets to link with keywords in your post. I attempt to offer a general introduction to this plugin and show you how it will be useful to you too!
After reading this post you'll learn:
- Should you hide affiliate links?
- What are the Different methods to hide affiliate links? Which one is the better way?
- What are the popular Wordpress plugins to cloak your links
- Introduction to Auto Affiliate Links plugin
- Features of Free version of Auto Affiliate Links
- Benefits of Premium version of AAL plugin
- Installation and general setting so AAL plugin
- Price of the plugin
- Where to download the plugin from
It's better to hide affiliate links from users as well as search engines. Affiliate links are really ugly. They look spammy to readers and bots don't favor them. Let's take an example; following is my affiliate link to Affilorama – an online course to learn affiliate marketing:
It looks dreadful, doesn't it? Anybody is easily scared to click on any link that looks so spammy. So, what's the way out?
Let's hide these ugly links. You have two choices:
#1. Disguise links using URL Shorteners
You can change the look of the links so that they become shorter and look better. There are services like bitly.com, goo.gl, ow.ly, tinyurl.com which offer this service.
#2. Cloak the affiliate links using WordPress Plugins
For those who are using WordPress are already in a comfort zone. You can find a number of plugins to help you in this area. WP Affiliate Links, ThirstyAffiliate, PrettyLinks, Easy Affiliate, WP Link Cloaker are some of the good ones.
The first option is not smart for the links that live for quite a long time in your blog. URL shorteners are okay, but they are not perfect yet. They have their own specific use.
I prefer using WordPress Plugin to cloak the links specifically for three reasons:
#1. Clean links
Consider above example. The link is not clear about where it will lead you. If you cloak that link with something like http://bivori.com/Affilorama-program, it is much cleaner. Your readers would love the cloaked one rather than the original link.
#2. Easy Management
Affiliate links may need to be changed at some point in time. For example, HostGator recently changed their affiliate system. Now you should update all of your affiliate links pointing to the new destination. That's a hell lot of task. But thanks to the link croakers, you can update in one place and it reflects sitewide.
#3. Prevent PageRank leakage
Affiliate links, in fact, are ads and they should be nofollowed. Google does not like you to pass PageRank value to paid links (reference here). But nofollowing each and every link is a painful task and definitely, one or two will skip. So the better way is to make sure that search engines can’t follow the link at all.
The WordPress plugin I'm using to cloak affiliate links is WP Auto Affiliate Links.
WP Auto Affiliate Links Review
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Auto Affiliate Links is a WordPress plugin that you can download and install from your WordPress dashboard. Once you install and activate, it will automatically add affiliate links to your content. The best thing about this plugin is you can write the link and keywords pair on the main plugin page, or they can be added automatically from the working affiliate networks.
Once you create a list of your links and keywords in plugin page, it is smart enough to replace important keywords/product references from your content into the money making affiliate links. The links can be extracted from Amazon, ClickBank, Ebay, Shareasale, Commission Junction, Walmart, Bestbuy, Envato Marketplace or added manually from any other affiliate network or custom affiliate deal you have.
The plugin is available in two flavors – free and pro
Free plugin is capable enough to cloak your links and make them look beautiful. With free plugin you can:
- Cloak links
- Specify whether or not to apply for Homepage and Post listing pages ( category, tags, archives, etc )
- Specify the link target so that links open in new window
- Control link frequency (from no links to very low, low, high or very high)
- Control same keyword limit
- Specify whether the link to be added to the first keyword it finds or on random place
- Choose post types where links should be added (posts, pages, feedback …)
- Specify link relation – nofollow or dofollow
- Specify custom CSS class and define your style for links
WP auto affiliate link also has a feature to exclude particular post and it can also import and export data feed for auto linking of affiliate link with a particular keyword. You can use CSV format to upload your feed.
That's sufficient for anyone to start affiliate marketing, isn't it? Awesome!
However Pro version of this plugin has some added benefits:
You'll definitely purchase WP Auto Affiliate Links Pro if you are mention many product names in your posts. Thu burden of finding (and also updating) relevant links for the products form Amazon, Clickbank or similar network is removed and you can focus more on writing your content.
How to Install and Configure AAL plugin?
Installing Auto Affiliate Links‘ is nothing different than installing any other plugins in WordPress. Following is a video by the plugin developer explaining its different features and how to use the plugin.
What's the price of Auto Affiliate Links Pro?
Well, it is marked as $9/month and they justify this as the cost of processing your links in their servers. When you earn good money by selling the products at multiple markets, the price of AALP is well worth.
With AAL Pro, you get access to all future updates of the plugin. You can access your member area where you can download the plugin, Access to all plugin updates, Fast and Reliable support and assistance.
Download Auto Affiliate Links Plugin
The plugin is available in WordPress Plugin Repository. However if you wish to download this plugin, use the following link:
Sources & References:
WP Auto Affiliate Links$9
Auto Link Integration8.0 /10
Integration with Amazon, ClickBank, Shareasale8.3 /10
Link Cloaking8.5 /10
Support & Help8.0 /10
- Easy to install and use
- Free version available for limited use
- Upload affiliate links and keywords as CSV file
- Can specify nofollow or dofollow linking
- Specify your own CSS class
- Free version does not support Amazon, ClickBank, ShareASale
- Reoccurring charge