I have already posted about why its necessary to use pretty affiliate links instead of raw affiliate links, and how you can use Gocodes WordPress plugin to hide or cloak affiliate links. Here I explain how to use this plugin to hide or cloak affiliate links.
Start by downloading the Gocodes WordPress plugin from this link and install it on your WordPress website. Activate it after the installation is complete.
Once its activated, go to Settings > Gocodes in your WordPress dashboard. Here you can configure the redirection key that will be used to cloak your affiliate links. By default, it is set to GO. You can change it to whatever you like, for instance, Offer.
Also ‘check’ the nofollow option. This is necessary to make sure that Google or any other search engines do not follow your affiliate links, making your site secure from search engine penalties because of too many outbound links or linking to irrelevant websites.
Gocodes plugin is now ready to use. To create an affiliate link, go to Tools > Gocodes, and fill the details for the affiliate link as explained below.
Redirect Key: Product name or any other text that you would like to show in affiliate link.
Target URL: The actual affiliate link that you want to hide or cloak
Count Hits?: This will count the number of times the cloaked affiliate link is used.
Click on Add Redirect button after filling all the details. The cloaked affiliate link is ready to use. You can now use it directly as an affiliate link instead of the actual link:
<a href="http://www.themepremium.com/go/Press75/">Go To Press75</a>
You can now create as many cloaked affiliate links as you want using the Gocodes WordPress plugin. Please post your comment below if you have any issues using the plugin.