PAGE 1 – What Pretty Link does and does not do

PAGE 2 – How to create a link using Pretty Link Lite

PAGE 3 – What happens if the Pretty Link slug is taken

PAGE 4 – Statistics on each of your Pretty Link links

Before I begin I want to clarify that the Pretty Link plugin that Kyle recommends in the WA training and that I am describing in this tutorial is Pretty Link Lite. There is a Pretty Link Pro and it does offer more features, but the Lite version is what Kyle recommends.

PRETTY LINK LITE DOES NOT CLOAK LINKS

I have seen a few WA members claim that the Pretty Link Lite plugin recommended by Kyle in the training, cloaks any link you use the plugin with. That is simply not true. Both Kyle and the list of plugin features by the creator of Pretty Link Lite, says that the plugin “MASKS” links, not cloaks them, there is a difference.

If you want the ability to cloak an affiliate link you will need to get the Pretty Link Pro version. The Lite version discussed here and within the WA training will not cloak your links. Like Kyle and many others here, I personally do not want to cloak my affiliate links because it doesn’t prevent Google from knowing.

However for a better User Experience (UX) which leads to better SEO, I will use the Pretty Link Lite plugin to make the on-page appearance of my long raw links look much prettier. This will only be visible when someone will mouse over (point at) the link. Like Kyle says, it make the on-page link look better to your website readers.

Once your website reader clicks the link and goes off-page, they will see that the prettier link will have redirected to the original. This is what it means by masking the raw link and provides for a better on-page UX. But if you should want to continue to trick the website reader of the true raw link, you will need to use a cloaking plugin. Just know you will not be able to deceive Google.

INSTALLING PRETTY LINK LITE

To install the plugin you will want to go to where it says Plugins in the left side WordPress editor menu. Mouse over where it says Plugins and then click on Add New. Then on the Add New Plugins screen in the search bar type “Pretty Link” and you will then see something similar to the below image.

Then click on “Install” and then activate the plugin. Once it is activated you will see it near the bottom of the left side WordPress editor menu, see below image.

NEXT UP = Creating a prettier link of my WA blog post

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MBrownie Premium
Hi Robert I have a question. I created my pretty link but when I click on it it takes me to where I want to go but the url showing in the address bar is my affiliate link not my pretty link. However when I hover over the pretty link it shows my pretty link. What am I doing wrong?
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Labman Premium
The pretty link will redirect you to your address in the link. It doesn't sound like you are doing anything wrong.
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JohnJStanley Premium
Yes that sounds correct
1. Pretty link takes you to the URL that you want to go to
2. When you hover over the pretty link you and other users see the pretty link (rather than the non-pretty affiliate link)
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boomergp08 Premium
You aren't doing anything wrong. That is how pretty link works. It makes the link look "pretty" when you either paste it into content or on social media and when you hover over it. But it will not and cannot change the original URL link it redirects to.
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MBrownie Premium
Thanks Robert
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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mybiz4u Premium
Hey Rob, quick question...do I need to do anything to the 'redirect box' drop down area?
M
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boomergp08 Premium
No. You can leave that in the default setting. I have had no problems not changing it.
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mybiz4u Premium
Thnx, Rob.
M
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boomergp08 Premium
My pleasure M.
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Brynlunl Premium
I am sorry, but I still cannot get a pretty link to work on my Review of Wealth Affiliate page where I have 6 links to www.wealthlyaffiliate.com. I have watched both Kyle's training and boomergp08's instructions above.
I am not sure of the starting point. I assume that I start on my Review of Wealthy Affiliate page where the link is to be placed and then go to the Pretty Link plugin and add the link. When I go through the process described above and create the link; I return to my website and there is no change. What am I doing wrong?
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boomergp08 Premium
Once you create the Pretty Link in the plugin you have to copy the new link and use that when creating links in your review. The plugin does not automatically change your affiliate links inside your review content.
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Brynlunl Premium
Sorry, I must still be doing something wrong as it still doesn't work.
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boomergp08 Premium
Did you copy the Pretty Link after you created it in the plugin?

If yes, then open up a blank notepad or doc file and paste it in there for future use. Make sure to save that notepad or doc file.

Then inside your WA review, when you go to create a link, paste the Pretty Link in as the target link.

Depending on the type of WA affiliate link you are using, you will not be able to see it work unless you click on it within the published website. You cannot see them work from inside WordPress.
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AlanJE Premium
Hi Rob, Thanks for clarifying the difference between Masking an Cloaking Links, I was not aware of this previously. Alan
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Alan. Happy to clarify it for you.
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StefanieT Premium
Hi Rob, I've heard of pretty links but I didn't really know what they were so thanks for the tutorial. So when I do internal links on my website I tend to just write the text I want, then highlight it, then click the add link button then paste it in under the text. Should I be doing it this way? Does it make a difference to SEO? Thanks
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Stefanie. Yes, that is how you should be doing internal links. Just make sure that the text you write to create the links are relevant to where you are sending your website reader. Relevance does help with SEO.
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StefanieT Premium
Thanks Rob, good advice, and I shall just carry on doing that then. So just one more question then, in what situation do I need to use a 'pretty link' if I can just do it the way I'm already doing it? Thanks, and I appreciate your time.
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boomergp08 Premium
I use pretty links exclusively to make long raw affiliate links look prettier. So instead of an affiliate link looking like a domain name followed by a bunch of numbers and various character symbols, I use a pretty link making it look better.
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GomMagtibay Premium
Good explanation here. And thank you. With my coming back to blogging, I found myself searching for the plugins I used last year. Your post is helpful.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. I am happy you found my tutorial helpful.
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mybiz4u Premium
Thnx, Rob. One question for you - are you able to track the hits even with the non-pro version of Pretty Links?
Thnx
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, you can track the hits to your Pretty Links with the Non-Pro version.
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mybiz4u Premium
Ok..thnx so much.
M
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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YourBizTips Premium
Hi Robert,

I can't stop going from one of your tutorials to the other and keep learning lots of new things, thanks for your time in doing that.

I have a question regarding this one:

I have installed Pretty Links the moment Kyle told us about it in the training but he seemed to quickly go over one point, and you don't talk about it either. I searched in the comments left by members, but no-one is asking the question:

Why do we have to leave 307 (Temporary) as it is, and what is the difference with the other 2 options?

Thanks for your answer.

John ツ
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boomergp08 Premium
To tell you the truth John, I do not know. All I know is that we leave it as is and I do and it works. It seems, from the quick look in Google search, that a 307 is the most secured redirect. You can read more about it here.

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTTP/Status/307
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DebbieRose Premium
I appreciate this training. It clarified some points that I didn't get in Kyle's training. Thanks,
Debbie
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Debbie. This is why I do many of my trainings, to further explain some of the aspects that Kyle doesn't make as clear in his tutorials.
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Nick-at-WA Premium
Thanks for the training Robert. One question: why do you have to check the nofollow box when you use an affiliate url
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boomergp08 Premium
Because I would not like Google to crawl that link when it indexes my content during a crawl. It is already known that too many affiliate links on a website will effect Google rankings. By making the link a Nofollow it could help, though Google knows all, cut back on the affiliate links that Google does crawl.
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Nick-at-WA Premium
Thanks Robert...
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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Pamela111 Premium
Very informative, thank you! Seems like it changed a bit from the last time I used it, 3 years ago.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome and yes, it has changed a little bit since then.
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Alan-C Premium
Great tutorial Robert, but couldn't make Pretty Link work. I saw a possible reason in the comments below, it is an Amazon.com link to a product. Not sure what I will do next.
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boomergp08 Premium
You cannot use Pretty Links or any other link masker on Amazon affiliate links. Just use a relevant word or words as the text link and then assign the affiliate link to that word or words.
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Alan-C Premium
I tried this too and failed again. Not sure why so I worked around my problem for now. I was using these for additional links at the bottom of my article. My main links showing the image and text work fine. Thanks for your reply Robert.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. I am happy you found a way to get it working.
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JIllW Premium
I installed pretty link but I do not see any place to put a link just a bunch of gobble gobble junk. I installed pretty links and it does come up as installed and my theme is called first so I do not know what to do. When you have a chance let me know and I will research further as well.
Thank you
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boomergp08 Premium
Did you follow Kyle's training for installing and activating the plugin?
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MrEe Premium
I have a question please i couldn't see this portion on the screen capture were it says TRACK AND HIT ON THIS LINK do i have to upgrade to the pro version ?
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boomergp08 Premium
No. You do not need to upgrade to Pro. This feature is in the regular version and I show this in the screen shot at the bottom of Page 2 of this tutorial.
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KatherineN1 Premium
I'm still digging and learning. I always go to your teachings. You are good at explaining.

Thank you.

Katherine
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boomergp08 Premium
I appreciate that Katherine. I always try to be as thorough and simple in my explanations.
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KatherineN1 Premium
I'm still digging and learning. I always go to your teachings. You are good at explaining.

Thank you.

Katherine
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laurenjean Premium
Awesome, thanks Robert. It's time to give Pretty links a try.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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MarvH Premium
Robert, When I tried it with the generated link it worked but when I put in my own words separated by a dash it kept asking for a properly setup URL. Also when I tried with the generated code the whole code came out on the page. Do you have some idea what I am doing wrong?
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boomergp08 Premium
When were you asked this question? After you deleted the auto-generated 4 character link slug and then entered your own words separated by dashes, did you click create?
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MarvH Premium
Yes
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boomergp08 Premium
If it is asking for a properly setup URL then it sounds like you were trying to set up another pretty link from the same link used by the auto-generated pretty link.

If you accepted the auto-generated pretty link and used it, trying to make another pretty link from the same target link without starting over from scratch, may cause that problem to occur.

When you went to create the pretty link with your own words in the slug, did you start the entire process over from the start or did you just edit the screen that was auto-generated for you with the previous link?

You must start the process over again, even if the pretty link is from the same target URL. I would guess that is why it is asking you to give it a properly setup URL.
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MarvH Premium
I got so exhausted trying to figure it out yesterday, I had to walk away for awhile. Later today I will start all over again. Thanks for the info. I will let you know. Marv
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MarvH Premium
Robert, I am still at it. I guess I just can't find the proper training and I confused myself. What I am trying to do is to set up an affiliate link to CB. I have the link the vendor gave me and I inserted my Affiliate ID. Is there a way to make the link invisible so that the customer clicks on a phrase or do they have click on the link(or Pretty Link) ? CB said they do not want anything masked.
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MarvH Premium
I just deleted all of the links .Started over. Put in all pretty links. Worked OK.
How do I use a hyperlink to go to another page in my WS or to another WS. So that when they click on a word the real link is not visible.
Thanks for all of your help
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MarvH Premium
Robert I just found the answer to other one so that's it I hope and Thank you again.
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boomergp08 Premium
That is good to hear.But be careful, some affiliate programs do not like it when you use plugins like Pretty Links with their affiliate links. I do not know about CB affiliate links but I know that you cannot use plugins like Pretty Links with all Amazon affiliate links. It will make the links not work correctly.
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MarvH Premium
I got the link from the vendor and they said to use pretty link and I checked on the Buy page and my ID showed up.
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boomergp08 Premium
That is good to hear.
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LJacob Premium
Thanks Boomer for this training. It's quite helpful.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Linah. I am happy it was helpful to you.
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LindaCooke Premium
This was perfect and easy to follow. Thanks a bunch
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Linda. It was my pleasure.
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BrettLS Premium
As always, great training.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Brett
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PatriciaWarf Premium
Hi Robert, so if I currently use images or text that has a hyperlink attached, I do not need Pretty Link? Did I get that right? Thanks for your training. Well done, easy to follow.
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, you got that right Patricia
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PatriciaWarf Premium
Thank You
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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Igor13 Premium
Thanks for the tips.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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PMindra Premium
Hi, Robert.
So the only real benefit of using this plug-in is that it tracks the number of clicks on the link that you have chosen to modify using the 'Pretty Links.' Is this correct?

Paul.
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes and no. It also makes raw links look much better to the reader of your website.
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PMindra Premium
Thank you, Robert.

Paul.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Paul
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basemfodah96 Premium
So raw links in the pretty link format are still considered affiliate links by google? Just want to make sure. Another question, does Google count the affiliate links that I put in my images?
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes to both questions.
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tnovakow Premium
Are we sure that the hits are clicks? My Siterubix Prettylink says it was hit 33/29 and the Ips are backing that up. But I come over to WA and it says I had 5 visitors sent and no sign ups. I have a hard time believing that 29 different people clicked my Siterubix domain form and not a single one signed up.

Anyone else have this issue.
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boomergp08 Premium
That is possible. Not everyone is going to join just because they clicked your affiliate link. They may not be interested or they may not be interested at this time.

If I had signed up only half of the people that have clicked my affiliate link I would have over 500 referrals

But the nice thing about them clicking on your link is, that if they do sign up, even if it is a year from now, you will still get credit for the signup...if you are still a member.
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Jim-Bo Premium
might it be bots? I get gazillions of hits/clicks (sometimes 50 in a couple of hours after publishing) and nobody human has visited according to analytics...
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boomergp08 Premium
YES! It could very well be bots.
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Jim-Bo Premium
good, I was hoping so, cos that would be a lot of potential referrals lost had it been real humans!

Cheers Rob
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boomergp08 Premium
Bots are always a real possibility
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JerryWork Premium
Hello Jim-Bo,
Please after installing pretty links, the prety ling icon is not showing in the editor section of wordPress.

How can I make it appear?
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Jim-Bo Premium
there is no icon for pretty link in the editor. You need to click on pretty link in left sidebar of wordpress. Clearly you haven't been through the training that covers it yet. So, just keep going with the classes. Don't skip ahead.
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boomergp08 Premium
The icon does not appear in the top editor menu. But rather it appears in the lower left side menu of the WordPress dashboard.
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Jim-Bo Premium
Hey Robert, what does the parameter forwarding do? I've checked that one on all of my links...?
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Jim-Bo Premium
never mind i scrolled down and read a similar question, all's good, thanks!
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Great training! I may have to try this, although I am not sure I want to add another plugin!
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks and yes, too many plugins are not recommended.
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Hari S Nair Premium
Another awesome training Robert, can you please clarify me what the " Parameter Forwarding Enabled" means? I saw another training where it was advised to check that box, what are your views on this?
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boomergp08 Premium
Actually I am not sure what it actually does but I do know that Kyle in his training says that it does not need to be used. So I have never used it and have never seen a problem in not using it.
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Hari S Nair Premium
Alright then I think I don't need to worry about it.
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boomergp08 Premium
I wouldn't. I haven't seen any disadvantages in not using it.
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judebanks Premium
Parameter forwarding is when you want to add extra information in the URL to pass along to a website so that website will know what to do with the information - such as how to track actions and affiliate ID's.

It's not something you would need to use as an individual affiliate when promoting other people's products.

If you had affiliates promoting your own products via web pages that you provided for them, then you might want to include paramater details into their URLs so that the website or web pages that you provide for them can properly track their IDs and actions.

~Jude
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Hari S Nair Premium
That was an in-depth explanation Jude thank you. I am sure not to check that box now plus I know why I need not to do that.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks Jude.
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Marcel92 Premium
Excellent tutorial, Robert. I just started learning about using this plugin. Much clearer now. Thank you for caring.
Marcel...
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Marcel. It was my pleasure.
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Brookline Premium
I consider this a most essential item Robert, many thanks for your generous information.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Dave. I am happy you enjoyed it.
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Dreamer56 Premium
Thanks Robert. I was going to do the pretty links thing now I have the map!
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boomergp08 Premium
Always a pleasure Tim to provide a map so people have an idea of how to traverse the course. :)
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Dreamer56 Premium
Yessir!
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johnwnewman Premium
Thanks again Robert! :-)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome John.
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Robert thank you,I learned something valuable here was under the impression that Pretty links lite actually cloaked the link not just masked it thank you.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. No, Pretty Link Lite does not cloak links, only masks them. Besides, I seriously doubt Kyle would advocate using a plugin that cloaks links.
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JewelCarol Premium
Great training, Robert, like it!! I am using google shortener. :))
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boomergp08 Premium
I use Google shortener too but only for sharing on social media. But for on-page SEO I use Pretty Link because it provides a better user experience.

When people point to a link on a website, they want to see where that link will take them. If they see the shortened Google link it will not tell them the same thing as if you made the link to say iphone-cases
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JewelCarol Premium
Oh, what I meant is I am using Google shorteners for the affiliate links for email messages to my subscribers, but on the site I didn't use any. Thanks very much for the clarification to use for on page Seo, Robert. :))
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boomergp08 Premium
OK, well that I would agree with. Thanks Jewel.
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rwagener Premium
Find it a great plugin and very easy to use. Thanks for the information.
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boomergp08 Premium
I do too Richard. It is great for the on-page user experience when a website reader points to a link.
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rwagener Premium
So right - nice for them to click on something that makes sense!
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boomergp08 Premium
That is the main reason for using Pretty Link Lite because a good user experience leads to better SEO.
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Robert-A Premium
I personally use TinyURL because I can name it anything I like and it is widely recognised on the internet.
Its a personal choice though so each to his or her own.
Enjoy the day everyone.
Robert
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes it is a personal choice. I prefer Pretty Link because I always want my domain name to be seen and then I can name the slug anything I want it to be.
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Robert-A Premium
Point taken Robert and I do the same.
I really only use TinyURL for individual articles that are posted on my SiteRubix and not my own dot com sites.
Thank you for getting back to me and enjoy whats left of your day.
Robert
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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Loubelle Premium
Thanks I am going to bookmark this regards
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Louise.
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Harrysastar2 Premium
Thanks Robert, bookmarked.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Brian.
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bluzy1 Premium
I've set this up, but can you tell me... what's the easiest way to insert and use the pretty link once it's set up "without leaving the post/page you're working on"? That seems like a lot of back and forth to me.

I couldn't figure it out - so I put my pretty links in a notepad document and copy/paste the link(s) into my page/post. Is there an easier way?

Thanks!
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boomergp08 Premium
You could do it the way you are doing it or you can do it the way I do it, which is much easier and quicker.

Open another browser window and bring up the WordPress dashboard. Then open the Pretty Link plugin in one browser window and have the page/post you are working on in the other browser window.

Then just copy and paste between the two different browser windows.
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bluzy1 Premium
SUPER! I didn't realize I could have two wordpress browsers open within the same site. This is VERY COOL.

Learning something new everyday! :)
Thanks
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boomergp08 Premium
Sure you can. This is how I do many of the training lessons. I open two browser windows and play Kyle's training videos in one window, then pause the video, and do the building tasks in the other window. It makes for an easy way to complete the training.
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bluzy1 Premium
I guess I did notice that. I'm such a chuckle-head! :)
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boomergp08 Premium
No worries. :)
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dorina62 Premium
I never ever thought to push Hits.Interesting!Thank you for the training!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Dorina. It was my pleasure to share this with the community.
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LizPB Premium
Great!! Thanks!! Question though...Is Pretty Link or Bitly better??
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KatieMac Premium
I prefer pretty links perhaps it is because I find it easier, have a try with both and see which you like best, try it out on a practice website
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boomergp08 Premium
I would choose Pretty Link because it includes your domain name and then the shortened slug. You can either select the 3 or 4 character shortened link the Pretty Link generates or you can create your own.
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LizPB Premium
Good point ;-)
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LizPB Premium
Thanks!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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Loes Premium
Can to explain to me what cloaking a link exactly is? I have seen that word before, but I don't understand the benefit or meaning of it
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jivitaa339 Premium
Cloaking is where you deliberately mislead Google into telling them they are going to one site but you take visitors to somewhere completely different .
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Loes Premium
Ok, thank you, you understand I do not use that:)
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jivitaa339 Premium
:):)
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boomergp08 Premium
jivitaa339 is correct. Some call it a form of Black Hat SEO that as you know is not recommended that you do.
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jivitaa339 Premium
Thanks Robert.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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