Michelle Schneider | shelschneider

Are You Cloaking Your Links?

Jul 1st 2010 at 4:36 PM

I’m sure you know all the reasons why you should cloak your links.

  1. It makes your links shorter and easier to share with others.
  2. It keeps your referral links safe.  If you cloak your referral links, then it’s much harder for someone to delete your referral code when following your link.
  3. Your links are easier to remember.  With a link cloaker such as Viral URL, you can choose a tag to use as part of the link.  A tag with a recognizable word is much easier to remember than a link with random numbers or letters.
  4. You can use your cloaked links as a tracker.  You can take one link and cloak it multiple times and use a different tag for each.  Each tag would be different and correspond to where you plan to post the link.  It’s not the best form of tracking, but it’s a quick method to see how many hits each posting location is giving you.

I know people have many excuses as to why they don’t cloak their links.  I know that for me the biggest was that it was too time consuming.  I had to copy the link, then open the website to the link cloaker, then paste in my link to get my cloaked link.  Finally, I had to select the new link and copy it.  It was time consuming.

There is a faster and easier way to cloak links.

Viral URL has a a plugin for Firefox that will cloak your links with just a couple clicks. It’s much faster and easier than the old method. In fact, they are so confident that it’s faster and easier to use than just about anything, that they are running a contest to give away cash and advertising prizes to the top ten link cloakers. Check it out today. It’s free to join and cloak your links. Plus, you might just win.

Please to comment
Sep 29th 2013 at 5:40 AM by marty
Thanks very much for the information.
Jan 28th 2011 at 3:56 AM by csol
Hi Michelle, I wanted to see what the Viral url linking process was about but my internet security warned me that the site may have some potential dangers to it. I use micro trend security
Oct 6th 2010 at 1:15 PM by Healthyou3
Has anyone tried linking a blog post that is lengthy, or remembering the URL? Shorten blog posts by cloaking the URL's
Jul 7th 2010 at 7:36 AM by igytomas
Do I understand correctly that by 'cloking' you mean abbreviating links to their shorter form? Is it similar to services such as Bit-Li, Ow.li or tiny.url Recently, I started using Social0omph, where you can do the above and lot more like updating your Twitter, Facebook accounts and have statistics on clicks. This is necessity if you use Twitter or any such service and I can't agree more, it is useful. But does this system keep the links hidden when redirected to the destination site?

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