Just a very quick blog post for you tonight about one of my favorite new wordpress plugins that makes redirecting affiliate links super simple.
In one of my first posts, I shared with you how I sometimes register a domain and then redirect my affiliate link to it. I don’t always register a new domain (who could keep up with all of them anyway?). I do try to set up some sort of redirect to make the links prettier (and easier for me to remember) and to prevent at least some affiliate commission theft.
(In case you missed it, here’s a link to the to the post about redirecting with a domain – Why Register a Domain to Promote an Affiliate Product. )
I love wordpress and use it for almost all my websites and blogs. One of the reasons I like it is because there’s a plugin to do just about anything. One of the more useful ones I’ve come across recently is Redirection
If you’re using wordpress on your own domain (sorry, I dont’ believe this works for wordpress.com blogs), download the plugin here http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/ Unzip it and upload the /redirection folder to your plugins folder (wp-content/plugins/). Then go to your admin area, click on plugins, find the section for “redirection” and activate it.
Next go to the Tools Section (I’m assuming you are running version 2.8 of WordPress) and click on “Redirection”. Here’s what you’ll see :
Note that I already have three redirects set up in this screen shot. Now let me walk you through setting up a new one. Jeff Herring from Article Marketing For Beginners was kind enough to just send me an affiliate link for his course on article marketing so let’s use that as an example. My affiliate link looks like this:
That’s a pretty long link, isn’t it? I’m going to set up the much prettier redirect url www.affiliatetreasurechest.com/articlemarketing (which will also be much easier for me to remember when I’m ready to use it in future posts, email, tweets and the likes).
If you take another look at the picture above you’ll notice that below the links I currently have set up as redirects, there’s a “Add new redirection” section. I’m going to fill it out right now. Here’s the screenshot for that.
Now all I have left to do is click the “Add Redirection” button and I’m done. From now on I’ll be using www.affiliatetreasurechest.com/articlemarketing as my link to promote Jeff’s excellent course.
Another reason I like this plugin is the fact that it shows me how often the links have redirected someone to a particular affiliate link. While it’s not an actual tracking program, it’ll give meÂ a pretty good idea of how well the various affiliate products are converting for me. I just take the “Hits” figure (which you can see in the first image) and the amounts of sales I’ve made for the product to calculate my conversion rate. If there’s a product that isn’t converting well, or was taken off the market, I can quicky change the Target URL for that particular redirect to another promotion or product. No need to go back and edit 15 or 20 posts.
P.S. So far I’m really liking Jeff Herrings Article Marketing For Beginners (even though I’m not a beginner at all). I just completed week 2 and already picked up quite a few new ideas. I’ll put together a complete review and update it on a regular basis as I work myself through this course.