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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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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jivitajay 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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jivitajay 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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jivitajay Premium
Thanks Robert.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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