To create a Pretty Link, point to where it says Pretty Link next to the star in the lower left side WordPress menu and then click on Add New Link, see image above. This will then bring up the Pretty Link Add Link creation page. The plugin will auto generate a 3 or 4 character shortened link for you, see image below.

CREATING THE LINK

You first want to copy the link you wish the Pretty Link to go to, your target link, and then paste it into the top-most box on the Add Link screen. Then create your custom link slug in the middle box, separating each word with a – dash. And then in the bottom box create a link title to appear in the Pretty Link plugin menu, see below image.

Now scroll the screen down and you will see that the box next to where it says “Track Hits on this Link” should be checked. If it is not checked, check mark that box. If the link you are creating is going to an affiliate link you may want to check the Nofollow this Link box. Seeing how I was not creating an affiliate link I did not need to Nofollow. Then just click Create, see below image.

NEXT UP = The Pretty Link slug needs to be unique, not taken


Join the Discussion
Write something…
Recent messages
Harrysastar2 Premium
Thanks Robert, bookmarked.
Reply
boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Brian.
Reply
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!
Reply
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.
Reply
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
Reply
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.
Reply
bluzy1 Premium
I guess I did notice that. I'm such a chuckle-head! :)
Reply
boomergp08 Premium
No worries. :)
Reply
dorina62 Premium
I never ever thought to push Hits.Interesting!Thank you for the training!
Reply
boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Dorina. It was my pleasure to share this with the community.
Reply
LizPB Premium
Great!! Thanks!! Question though...Is Pretty Link or Bitly better??
Reply
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
Reply
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.
Reply
LizPB Premium
Good point ;-)
Reply
LizPB Premium
Thanks!
Reply
boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
Reply
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
Reply
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 .
Reply
Loes Premium
Ok, thank you, you understand I do not use that:)
Reply
jivitaa339 Premium
:):)
Reply
boomergp08 Premium
jivitaa339 is correct. Some call it a form of Black Hat SEO that as you know is not recommended that you do.
Reply
jivitaa339 Premium
Thanks Robert.
Reply
boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
Reply
Top