I recently started to deal a bit with affiliate marketing. I started adding various relevant affiliate links into the articles on my WordPress sites. In the meantime, however, I was bored to do so. There were a lot of questions running around in my head.
- Why does it take that long to add at least one link into the article?
- Why should I go through an article by article and every time add the same link?
- Can somebody those links, if they are visible directly in the articles, misuse?
- Do the people find these links trustworthy even when just showing the mouse over them it is clear that they are redirected outside of the domain and also contain a lot of various „weird“ parameters?
- What to do if some link has changed? Should I have to go through all the articles again one by one and correct them?
- Can this issue be solved somewhat in a more intelligent way?
- How to automatize and manage it from one location?
So I started to google and look for a suitable plugin in WordPress with the requirements as follow:
- Ability to cloak affiliate links for them to look more trustworthy and directed to the domain of my site, not the promoted website
- The ability to centrally manage links
- Easy insertion of links directly in the article editor by selecting them from the list of predefined links
- after changing the URL link, I should edit it in one location only and then it would automatically change in all the articles where this link is used.
I tried multiple plugins that met these basic requirements, but I was most impressed by the ThirstyAffiliates Affiliate Link Manager plugin. In this free version, it really can do a lot; it has greatly simplified my work. All affiliate links are located in one place where I can efficiently manage them. Then, when editing an article and pasting a link, no need to create each link manually again and again, but I simply choose it from this predefined “link store”.
The best come now
As the IT by heart, I was not satisfied with this function 🙂 and I was looking for how to simplify or even automate the insertion of links into articles. So I looked at the properties of the paid version of this plugin. Of all the Pro features my attention was caught by one: automatic keyword insertion based on keywords. Wow, this is cool! I did not even think about it for a second more and I immediately bought the plugin. Plugin has, of course, many more great features in the paid version, but this one got me completely.
Now when I want to insert an affiliate link into the article, no need to edit this article and add the link there. In already mentioned “link store” of this plugin, I only add a new link and set which keywords it should be applied. That’s all. For site-based surfing, the plugin automatically ensures that all articles will have affiliate links that are automatically cloaked, on all the preset keywords so that they will look like links to other articles at first sight. Isn’t it amazing?
If you are also actively involved in affiliate marketing, I recommend this paid version. For one website, it costs $ 49, but it saves you hours of work that you can use considerably with more useful activities.
In comments, share with me what plugin you are using and how satisfied you are.