Boost Your Affiliate Earnings with WordPress Affiliate Pro
Well I have been checking in one DealDotCom the past few days, and I have to say I have not been impressed with the crap stuff they have been selling. Things seemed really hopeful when on the second day of their doors being opened they had a copy of the WordPress Affiliate Pro plugin available.
For those of you who don’t know me very well, I am cheap. I fully admit it. I like to blame it on my Scottish heritage, but to be honest I know it has nothing to do with it. I just hate to spend money on things I know I don’t need. I was not convinced that I needed to spend the money on this plugin to manage my affiliate links. But after looking at the website for a little while and some of the added features that the plugin offered I thought I would lay out the cash to try it.
I have to admit I have been totally pleased with the purchase. One of the great things you can do with the plugin includes the ability to manage your affiliate links. This is great, because not only am I cheap I am also lazy when it comes to changing links. You can enter in a keyword or phrase and it will automatically be replaced in all of your posts. This makes it much easier to manage links that you enter in repeatedly and you will only have to change the link in the plugin control panel if and when the link needs to by updated.
The plugin also takes care of two other aspects of linking that I really like. It will automatically create the link for the keywords or phrase that you enter, which means you no long have to type in your opening and closing anchor tags (), and this just saves me time and reduces the chance of me making a typo. The biggest plus is the fact that the plugin uses a 302 redirect on the link, so it should not pass any PageRank on to the affiliate link. That is as good as a rel=“nofollow” on all of the links that the plugin creates. So if you are linking to Wikipedia regularly you can make sure that they don’t get any PageRank passed back to them. (I picked Wikipedia because they started using nofollow on all of their external links. What comes around goes around).
Because the plugin does use a 302 redirect you also get some very interesting statistics to look at. You can see which keywords and phrases are the most popular across your blog and what page/post they have clicked through from. You can then compare that data with your click through data with the affiliate. Very useful. Overall it provides a nice way to track your affiliate links and find out where they are performing best.
I have been very pleased how well the plugin works. if you are at all interested in doing affiliate marketing, or if you just want to find a better way to manage links to the same website take a look at WordPress Affiliate Pro. I think you will find it is well worth the money to try it out on your WordPress blog. If you want to know more make sure you check out the videos on the WordPress Affiliate Pro home page. They walk you through some of the basic usage of the plugin.