Update: Gocodes plugin is no more available in WordPress plugin repo. Here is the best alternative call Easy Affiliate Links.
In my previous post, I talked about Affiliate links in your WordPress post content that gives you a negative impact for your SEO. WordPress offers many ways to hide affiliate links and you can use one such WordPress plugin call “GoCodes WordPress Plugin” which will help you to hide affiliate links and make them look pretty. Using GoCodes WordPress plugin, you can keep a track of no. of clicks on your affiliate link.
Here is what Matt said:
“We handle the vast majority of affiliate stuff correctly because if it is a large enough affiliate network we know about it and we handle it on our side. Even though we handle I believe the vast majority of affiliate links appropriately if you are at all worried about it, I would go ahead and just add the nofollow because you might be earning money from that”.
So, you should be careful when placing affiliate links within post’s content. You can use nofollow attribute to affiliate links to prevent this negative impact.
How to use GoCodes WordPress plugin?
I recommend you this plugin because two main reasons. They are;
- Make ugly affiliate links pretty
- Helps in maintaining SEO of your site
If you are using affiliate links directly, it’s time for you shift to GoCodes WordPress plugin. You can install GoCodes WordPress plugin easily.
- Navigate to plugins > Add new.
- Search for the GoCodes.
- Choose GoCodes WordPress plugin by redwall hp from the search results.
- Then click install and activate plugin.
How to configure GoCodes WordPress Plugin?
Navigate to Settings > GoCodes. At here, you can change the default URL trigger “go” code to something like “recommended”. But I use the default URL trigger. Make sure nofollow box is checked. Nofollow tag will stop passing on the link juice to your affiliate links.
This is the configuration part. Now let’s see how we can convert links into GoCodes link.
Navigate to Tools > GoCodes.
Redirect Key: Name of the product or your own imaginative name (example: Bluehost)
Target URL: URL on which the user will be redirected (your ugly affiliate link)
The result will be www.woblogger.com/go/bluehost. Is it pretty, isn’t it?
There is an option in GoCodes WordPress plugin, which let you count hits on your affiliate cloaked URL’s. By default, check box is not checked so you have to check it manually every time you create a link.
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