I'm using Pretty Link to shorten affiliate links and to make them look great so people won't easily learn it's an affiliate link. You know, there are people out there who are envious of affiliates making money off their purchase that when they see it's an affiliate link they're about to click, they usually back off.

But I noticed that after shortening the affiliate link with Pretty Link and testing it by clicking myself, I noticed you can't hardly notice if your affiliate ID is displayed on the internet browser when the link is opened, or maybe not displaying the affiliate ID at all.

When using Pretty Link to shorten affiliate links, is there a risk that the affiliate ID get scraped and you as an affiliate get bypassed in the transaction eliminating you in the equation and you affiliate not making money?

In the footer section of my site that's visible in my home page and in my blog posts, there's a banner for Divi which I display as an affiliate for Elegant Themes. The affiliate link for Elegant Themes is quite long and looking obvious to visitors that's why I shortened it with Pretty Link. Now, I'm worried I won't get credit for sales generated via that shortened link.

Can I have an assurance it is safe for us, affiliates, to use?

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JeannineC Premium
I work for the Awin.com and ShareASale.com affiliate networks. We're just fine with affiliates using Pretty Links. It's a great way to manage your links, and it works just fine with our systems. I believe all of the major networks have no problems with Pretty Links, though I'm not sure that all of the smaller networks or in-house programs are compatible.

FYI, don't use it on Pinterest. Pinterest does not like shortened links of any kind.
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GomMagtibay Premium
Thanks for the caution on Pinterest. Okay, noted.
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Selenityjade Premium
1) It depends upon the affiliate program. Amazon doesn't allow link cloaking and others might not as well.

2) You shouldn't be hiding affiliate links from readers. Making links pretty is one thing, so they are shorter. But hiding them is against FTC rules. You have to disclose on every blog post, video, social media post, or email newsletter that you are using affiliate links. The FTC wants all affiliate and partners to be transparent to the readers. Cloaking the link in an attempt to deceive readers is against most affiliate programs.

3) Most people don't even know what an affiliate link vs a non-affiliate link looks like unless they are affiliates themselves. They also aren't jealous of what affiliates make and refuse to use them. Most people don't put that much thought into it. If I don't like the merchant I'm taken to with a link, I will always search Amazon or Chewy for that brand. Heck, unless they're affiliates they might not know what an affiliate link is at all, let alone what it looks like. People don't put that much effort into it. They want convenience, cheap, fast delivery, reliable vendors. They don't care at all about affiliate links.

4) They WILL care if they feel lied to though, which ruins trust. If your readers don't trust you, they won't use your links. Part of affiliate marketing is building trust with your audience.

5) I don't cloak any of my links, except if I'm using one on social media because affiliate links are ugly. But on my website, I don't bother because it doesn't matter how ugly it is, it's not fully visible unless clicked on.
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GomMagtibay Premium
It is empowering to have contrasting viewpoints as I got a different one from ChrystopherJ. Anyway, thanks. I will consider both.
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bonzo124 Premium
I use it for years without problems.
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JerryMcCoy Premium
I use it and Kyle shows how to use it in the training.
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GomMagtibay Premium
I mean, even if the affiliate link gets omitted, you still get credits for the sales generated?
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