Pretty Link Lite
Pretty Link Lite is a free WordPress plugin that easily lets you take your long and unsightly website and affiliate links and instead make them look more appealing as well as easier to share with people through word of mouth.
For example, in this video, you can see how it all works with Pretty Link Lite
As an example, you will often get a long affiliate code or tracking code which is full of symbols, letters, numbers and more which is very hard to share and can break with various frameworks, thus being able to shorten and make it look nice is always beneficial.
If you like to blog you can use one of my Pretty link lite links right here to see how it works at http://TheDavidGardner.com/Blogging
Instead of a longer affiliate link, I can create one that has my domain name followed by a word or phrase of choice to keep things simple.
Pretty Link lite will also provide some analytics in regards to when the visitors clicked your link, IP address and referring website among other things.
Depending on your hosting provider, you may or may not be able to add this plugin to your blog.
Google Link Shortener
This one is great as it ties into one of the most used networks in the world and provide some good insight as far as clicks, countries, platforms and more are shown to give feedback as to how well your campaign may be progressing.
The downfall though is that there is no way to create a custom phrase or word to go with the link, thus this is NOT a pretty link compared to the other tools I shared above.
I have just started to use this tool in the last few months after testing it out and seeing how easy it was to use. It is also a free platform to use in your testing.
With this new blog I have set up, it comes pre-populated with certain plugins and the alternative to Pretty Link Lite is the build in Linkify, which I will be testing out with my future affiliate links inside this platform.
I can still use my other Pretty Links as my original blog at http://TheDavidGardner.com is still up and running, though I will be using this one inside this blog so that the domain has parity among the links that appear their as well.
The more you can keep people on your site (versus leaving to go to another site) the better. This means I do not want to always have a different looking website link around my site, when instead I will be able to cloak it with the Linkify software just like I have previously done with Pretty Link Lite.
I will be sure to provide an update once I have some better results and see how the software can work.
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