Is Your Link Cloaker Losing You Sales

The reason most people cloak their links is because everyone has told them that a link cloaker will improve their affiliate sales! They say that a lot of reason people don’t click on affiliate links is because they don’t trust those long ugly looking affiliate links.

Another reason for cloaking your links is to prevent those unscrupulous people from hijacking your links! This is all done in the hope of increasing your affiliate sales! Well, it seems that most of the link cloakers out there are failing their jobs. While they may be ‘prettifying’ those ugly affiliate links they’re failing in some other major areas.

This has lead me to trialling a new Affiliate Link Cloaker on my easy sports betting site. You can see that link cloaker in action in this post.

How Your Link Cloaker May Be Failing You

There are several ways that your link cloaker may be failing you. Let’s look at a few.

  • Browser Switching! I’ve never heard about browser switching before but apparently people do this to bypass potential affiliate links. According to their findings 1 in 10 people switch browsers.
  • Dead Links! If you’re like me and promote a lot of affiliates I think it’s safe to say that a lot of those links are now dead links. So instead of directing potential buyers to a sales page all they’re getting is a 404 page. Consequently any possible sale is lost. WP Link Shield, yeah that’s what the plugin is called, will instead direct those people to a sales page of your choice thereby maximising the possibility of sales.
  • Affiliate Links Banned! You’ve probably noticed that a lot of social media won’t let you post affiliate links on their sites. WP Link Shield does its job so well that it makes posting affiliate links on those sites possible and you can do it straight from your WordPress dashboard. Not only that, you can also attach those links to your own images.
  • Your List is Being Harvested! As we all know there are a lot of times when you try to exit a sales page only to be presented with some free offer which is being offered for your email address. So not only are you losing the sale but they’re leaching your list from you! You can put a stop to this.

Here are the main points for adding WP Link Shield to your blogging for money arsenal.

  • The Only Cloaker That Auto Scans For Link Errors And Redirects To Current Offers
  • WP Link Shield Is The Only Link Cloaker That Protects Against Browser Switching
  • WP Link Shield Is The Only Link Cloaker That Automatically Monitors, Notifies And Redirects Broken Links
  • All for Only $27 – The Cost Of ONE Lost Affiliate Sale?

The following Million Dollar Tipping link is being cloaked by WP Link Shield. Clicking on that link will take you to the Million Dollar Tipping page. Check out the image below. What you’re seeing in the url is my cloaked link using the keywords of my choice. You can copy that link in whatever browser you want and it will continue to cloak my affiliate link effortlessly.

link cloaker in action

That’s how good WP Link Shield does its job. Does your link cloaker do its job as well? If not then perhaps it’s time you do something about it to improve your affiliate sales.

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Whenever possible I will some of the ways I’ve used in my blogging for money venture. For the last month I’ve been trialling You’ve probably seen the ads at the bottom of my posts. If not the image below is a screenshot of those ads. I had to take a screen shot because those ads no longer appear on this blog. Review As A Revenue Earner is supposed to look like content but earn like premium advertising. The idea of being able to earn like ‘premium advertising’ appealed to me so I decided to give it a go.

The only positive I could find was that it was very easy to install. In just under a month produced 43 clicks from 3216 views. I don’t know about you but I find that pretty low.

Even though they’re supposed to pay per click (PPC) none of those clicks produced any income. Nor did I get any revenue share. This isn’t all surprising as you only earn revenue from sales resulting from those clicks.

If I had earned even a cent per click I would have considered keeping those ads in the hope of some future revenue share but as that didn’t occur I’ve decided to give the flick.

One thing that I did love about is their reporting. Take the image below for an example. reportingIt seems that desktops still rule the roost. Mobiles are catching up with close to 50% of the views and the tablets lagging way behind.

I believe that the blogging real estate below the post is pretty important. As such I feel that ads placed there should pay their way. I know that a lot of people are steering away from banner ads but I find that they’re still converting quite well. That’s why I’ve decided to give PeerFly a go.

Thesis V2.03 White Screen Of Death

Way back in 2013 I wrote a post called Why Thesis V2.03 Still Sucks. I’ve never liked Thesis which is why I run in on my Load Of Bullshit blog. Anyway, two years ago I tried to update that blog in the hope that their latest Thesis V2.03 would be better than the one I was running V1.8.6. As it turned out Thesis V2.03 was even more crappier than the one I was running. Shit, it wouldn’t even load. All I got was the white screen of death.

So I hit the Forums in the hope someone there could help. No joy there at all. So I decided to stick with the older version.

Anyway, I’ve noticed of late that Google has been sending out emails about how important it was to have blogs / websites that were mobile friendly. (More about that in the next post). Something had to be done because Google hated the version of Thesis that I was using.

So, some two years later I head on over to the Thesis to download their latest theme. Imagine my surprise when they were still using Thesis V2.03!   :doh_tb: Surely they would have resolved the white screen of death issue?

So I installed the latest Thesis V2.03 only to find that it still did not work. I still got the irritating white screen of death. Once again their forums were useless!  :wallbash_tb:

Thesis V2.03 Is Dead To Me

Thesis V2.03 still sucks

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That’s it! I’ve had enough. I know I paid good money for Thesis but whats the point if it doesn’t do the job properly. I did the only thing I could do. Something I should have done all those years ago when I discovered that Thesis was nowhere near as good as they all promoted it to be. Shit, as far as I was concerned then it’s absolutely crap.

So, I have given Thesis V2.03 and every other Thesis the bullet. It’s now dead to me and will never run one of my blogs again.

I know there are a lot of bloggers out there who will swear by it. But you know what I don’t care. I’m happy that it works for you. It obviously never worked for me.

I’m not fussed though because my Load Of Bullshit blog now runs the best theme ever. FlexSqueeze2!

As always it was so easy to set up. I made the blog even wider than my other blogs with double sidebars on the left. I decided not to have the title in the header opting for integrating it into the header itself. The blog looks so much better. Heck it runs better and yes it’s Mobile friendly.

Don’t forget to look out for my next post where I’ll show you why I thing the FlexSqueeze2 mobile version is so much better than most of the other themes out there.

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