If you wan to make money online by selling affiliate products it is very important to hide (also known as cloak) your affiliate links. The reason is obvious – search engines. Somehow the search engines DO NOT LIKE if your do not sell your own product. In order to sleep well :-) you will need to mask your affiliate links.
There are many WordPress plugins which can help you with this task (here is a forum discussion on this topic) but in my opinion the best one is Simple URLs WP plugin. It is not that difficult to use and it works very well. However, bear in mind that you will need to do one simple task in order to make this plugin work after you activate it.
Go to Settings >> Permalinks and save changes (you have to have clean SEO friendly links! Do not use WordPress default ones). Don’t ask me why – I don’t know – but in the read me file from the creator of the plugin the same advice is given. I was really trying to make it work without knowing this issue. After a while I’ve decided to read readme_first.txt file (which I rarely do) and the answer was there.
Another important tip: always make your affiliate links nofollow and add a simple line (mentioned in the video) in the robots.txt file do disallow search engine bots from crawling your affiliate redirects!
Watch the tutorial below and learn how to set up and use this excellent and very important plugin for all affiliate marketers!
Simple URLs Video Tutorial and Review