Affiliate Link Cloaker Plugin

Introduction

This plugin will cloak an affiliate link in a similar fashion to a product called GC Affiliate Cloaker. It essentially spits out some JavaScript that opens the cloaked link in an iframe. Cloaking in this case is not for SEO purposes – it is to shorten URLs so they look prettier and also to prevent other affiliates from stealing your commissions. You can use a redirect plugin to accomplish the same thing, but this is easier as you make the “redirect” just like writing a post.

Installation

Installation is the same as most plugins, and if you’ve used widgets before you’ll know what to do. Please contact me if you’re having difficulty or you think something is broken. Here’s a step-by-step:

  1. Download the Affiliate Cloaker Plugin and extract link_cloaker.php
  2. Copy the file into your wp-content/plugins/ folder
  3. Go to the Plugins menu in WordPress and activate the Affiliate Cloaker plugin

Using the Affiliate Cloaker plugin

When you’re writing a post you’ll see additional options below the posting window. Click the “Cloaked?” checkbox and fill in the URL field with the destination URL (your affiliate link.) If you want to stop cloaking, just uncheck the box.

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