Have you ever used PrettyLink plugin in your blog?
This link is absolutely very pretty. If you are using Adsense and Google doesn’t want you to have other affiliate on your blog, you can use Pretty Link and put all your other affiliate products at “nofollow.” Google bots will actually ignore your other affiliate product links. I don’t have Adsense. But my designer friend Susan O’Dea told me about this.
In his post Blair Williams (Programmer & Internet Marketer) said, “Pretty Link is a killer plugin for people who want to mask their affiliate links, track clicks from emails, increase the reach of their website by spreading these links via Twitter, forums or comments on other blogs.”
- Gives you the ability to create clean, simple URLs on your website that redirect to any other URL
- Generates random 2-3 character slugs for your URL or allows you to name a custom slug for your URL
- Tracks the Number of Hits per link
- Tracks the Number of Unique Hits per link
- Provides a reporting interface where you can see a configurable chart of clicks per day. This report can be filtered by the specific link clicked, date range, and/or unique clicks.
- View click details including ip address, remote host, browser (including browser version), operating system, and referring site
- Download hit details in CSV format
- Pass custom parameters to your scripts through pretty link and still have full tracking ability
- Ability to rewrite these custom Parameters before forwarding to Target URL
- Setup Pretty Links as Tracking Pixels and track impressions
- Exclude IP Addresses from Stats
- Enables you to post your Pretty Links to Twitter directly from your WordPress admin
- Enables you to send your Pretty Links via Email directly from your WordPress admin
- Select Temporary (307) or Permanent (301) redirection for your Pretty Links
- Cookie based system for tracking visitor activity across hits
- Organize Links into Groups
- Create nofollow/noindex links
- Turn tracking on / off on each link
- Keep users on your site even when being redirected by using the PrettyBar which stays at the top of the page
- Configure the PrettyBar to mirror the look and feel of your website
Great things you can do with Pretty Link
- Clean up / mask affiliate links or merchant shopping cart links
- Track the effectiveness of email campaigns by embedding Pretty Links in your emails
- See how many times an email is opened by creating a “Tracking Pixel” Pretty Link and embedding it in the email
- Kickstart and Fuel the SEO on your site by posting Pretty Links from your site on Digg, Twitter, Facebook, other blogs and everywhere else on the Internet.
- Create Pretty Links for private special offers (to your email list) using a randomized slug to prevent the URL from being “guessed”
- Write custom scripts in PHP, Ruby on Rails, ASP or anything else that accept parameters and use Pretty Link to make their URLs “pretty” and forward on the parameters
- Setup pretty links for your zip, pdf & binary files and track how many times they are downloaded
- Use to track results of your PPC campaigns by setting your ads to go to Pretty Links
- Track Everything!
As you can see the “nofollow” button on the bottom, you can check it if you don’t want your link to be followed by Google bot crawlers. The additional good thing about this plugin is, you can also see stats of your ads. See which one is getting more clicks. Which one works and doesn’t work, so you can change your affiliate links anytime.
I made this a little bigger so you can see. As you can see on that “Target URL” window, that’s where you enter the target URL address of either your affiliate link or website you want to address to. And on the bottom it says “Pretty Link” you can enter a new name on there. If you didn’t give it a name, Pretty Link will create one for you. Do not enter anything on the “Title” coz Pretty Link will do the best it can to rename the title for you. However, if you want to customize the title, you can go ahead and do that too.
…and here is the example of Pretty Link stats. Just pay attention to the number on the right hand side. On the far, far right hand side of the wordpress dashboard is the actual link that gives these numbers (you can’t see it on this image). And the ones on the left are just “titles” that Pretty Link gave to that particular link per se. So you can see how stats there. For example: 350/334. The number on left (350) stands for how many “hits” its got. And the number on right (334) is how many “unique” visitors its got.
So do you have a pretty good idea now?
Now that you see how it works, do you think this plugin is a good idea? I have been using Pretty Link since I started blogging. I think it’s a real cool idea. If the link is not in my niche range, I always click that “nofollow” button. I like this idea pretty much because I can see my stats. I can see how much traffic I’m sending on that particular page. I can see which page works and which one doesn’t.
If you have any plugin that is similar to this that you want to share with me, please feel free to share them with me on the comment below, so our readers and other bloggers can benefit from them also.