Link cloaking

Taking care about the privacy of customers original links, Short.cm provides “Link cloaking” function. It helps to hide original long URL so that visitors can see only the short link in their browser's address bar. This way, original URLs stay unrevealed.

This function stands in good stead in affiliate programs, which are good-functioning technologies of promotion campaigns. In affiliate marketing the brand owner (the product merchant or the service provider) makes a deal with the publishers (the affiliates) about the rewarding for each visitor or customer brought to the necessary web-page. Its technical implementation is similar to UTM tags - spread link comprises special parameter with affiliate’s unique ID and thereby it is possible to count a number of clicks made on a link shared by every affiliate. Thus brand owner can set various prices for different publishers and easily calculate the amount of payment for their service.

Participation in partner program is a brilliant way for monetization of any kind of blog. But this approach contains some issues with protection of publisher’s profit. Malware and dishonest affiliate marketers can steal your ID from URL to take away your commission. Besides, sometimes users for some reasons can cut out manually your ID from a link, what leads to commission loss as well. Thus your affiliate ID itself and its presence in the URL are highly valuable things. And “Link cloaking” is the easy and shrewd way to safeguard them.

Withal “Link cloaking” instrument let resolve a number of following problems. Some services consider affiliate links quite inimically. For instance, social platforms can veil posts with these links and ban their authors; email services can put letters with affiliate links directly in spam folder hiding them from subscribers; search engines can notedly downgrade blog search ranking; adblocks applications hide affiliate links regarding them as an advertisement. And thus “Link cloaking” allows you to improve social media platforms trust, increase email delivery rate, lower search ranking penalties and avoid advertisement blockers.

And last but not least, “Link cloaking” usage rises URL click-through rate. Naturally, users tend to trust and incline to click on short and intelligible branded links meanwhile link cloaker is stashing long and unsightly URLs.

“Link cloaking” function is simple and comprehensive in usage on Short.cm. Just open “Link cloaking” tab on Link Management window and set the switcher into necessary position.

Link cloaking at Short.cm Picture 1. Link cloaking at Short.cm

Short.cm provides this tool for all users with PERSONAL and higher price plan. Create Short.cm account to share and monetize your affiliate links.

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