Affiliate Link Tracking Plugin for WordPress

Written by Bec on June 24, 2012 – 6:00 AM -

I have been using the TALS script from BigdotMedia to organize my links, give them a shorter, more user friendly url and monitor the number of clicks each link receives.  Overall, it’s a handy script, but I find I’m wanting to go deeper with the category/child category options, and I also want link statistics that go beyond 5 days.

So I went and started hunting for other affiliate tracking software, and came across Thirsty Affiliates.

The ThirstyAffiliates affiliate link management plugin is a new breed of WordPress plugin that allows you to treat your affiliate links like the assets that they are.

Unlike other plugins that simply redirect URLs, ThirstyAffiliates gives you the control to create a link once, and reference it many times over. You can either install it on one master/parent blog, and use the generated links across your blog empire for accurate, all inclusive, stats, OR you can setup the links and then import them into each of your blogs.  That option only tracks the clicks for a link from that domain, so you would have to open each blog and get your statistics, and add them together, to get an overall performance report. It also does NOT update any link changes or link additions from one domain to another. You would need to edit each installation of the plugin.

The drawback on using the parent blog approach is that all of your links will use that domain url, and not the domain url of the individual blog it is being used on other than the master blog. (awesomedomain dot com/visit/productname/ … you use it on all blogs and only install the plugin ONCE)  If you have a generic domain, I think using that site name in the link makes more sense for ease of updates, deletions and additions, as well as having a stats report (available in the Premium version) for clicks across all of your blogs.

Here is a list from the website of the standard features

  • Inbuilt link cloaking/shortening
  • Commission protecting Link redirection
  • Customizable link url prefixes
  • Dozens of preset link prefixes or use your own custom prefix
  • Handy link builder authoring tool with full search capabilities
  • Hierarchical link categorization to easily segment links
  • DoFollow/NoFollow option
  • Open in new window option
  • Full importing and exporting support via WordPress
  • Full backup support via standard WordPress backup solutions
  • Insert using standard link
  • Shortcode link support for link styling
  • Add images to affiliate links for easy insertion
  • Optional logged in user blocking

ThirstyAffiliates WordPress plugin gives you unprecedented control over your affiliate links.

One of the most important features they wanted to build in to this plugin is the ability to categorize your link into exactly what it’s about. This means you can have a parent category for example “Amazon”, and children categories for every product area you promote. You can quickly separate and report on just the links you want to see.

Premium Version Features include:

Complete statistics tool for click analysis
Google Analytics style graphing of link clicks
Web crawler & robot blocking
Quick statistics on affiliate link list screen
Full graph of last 7 days click activity on edit screen
Importing from other link management tools (MaxBlogPress support only at this stage)

ThirstyAffiliates is unique, useful and features a money back guarantee. We think you’ll be thrilled with what this plugin can do for your affiliate marketing campaigns.

Click through for the unlimited domain usage pricing for either the standard or premium versions, and with their instant download service you can be using ThirstyAffiliates in just a few minutes!

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Pretty Link WordPress Plugin

Written by Bec on October 4, 2010 – 8:00 AM -

Now you can easily cloak, track and share any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website. Unlike other link shrinking services like tinyurl, budurl, and, this plugin allows you to create shortlinks coming from your own domain! Pretty Link Pro tracks each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from, the browser, operating system and host. Pretty Link Pro is a dynamite plugin, created by Blair Williams, for people who want to cloak their affiliate links, track clicks from emails, increase the reach of their website by spreading their links via Twitter, on forums or with comments on other blogs.

This is just a few of the features of Pretty Link Pro:

  • Gives you the ability to create clean, simple URLs on your website that redirect to any other URL
  • Generates random 2-3 character slugs for your URL or allows you to name a custom slug for your URL
  • Tracks the Number of Hits per link
  • Tracks the Number of Unique Hits per link
  • Provides a reporting interface where you can see a configurable chart of clicks per day. This report can be filtered by the specific link clicked, date range, and/or unique clicks.
  • View click details including ip address, remote host, browser (including browser version), operating system, and referring site
  • Download hit details in CSV format
  • Great things you can do with Pretty Link
    •Clean up / mask affiliate links or merchant shopping cart links
    •Track the effectiveness of email campaigns by embedding Pretty Links in your emails
    •See how many times an email is opened by creating a “Tracking Pixel” Pretty Link and embedding it in the email
    •Kickstart and Fuel the SEO on your site by posting Pretty Links from your site on Digg, Twitter, Facebook, other blogs and everywhere else on the Internet.
    •Create Pretty Links for private special offers (to your email list) using a randomized slug to prevent the URL from being “guessed”
    •Write custom scripts in PHP, Ruby on Rails, ASP or anything else that accept parameters and use Pretty Link to make their URLs “pretty” and forward on the parameters
    •Setup pretty links for your zip, pdf & binary files and track how many times they are downloaded
    •Use to track results of your PPC campaigns by setting your ads to go to Pretty Links
    •Track Everything!

    I know I’ll be adding this to one of my affiliate blogs and testing it out asap!

    Shrink, Track, Share, Control ... Dominate

    Note from the developer, Blair Williams: If you have the free version of Pretty Link, please be aware that it can no longer cloak and track links, as WordPress has decided to disallow link cloaking in any plugin offered free via I had to create a Pretty Link Lite that doesn’t include cloaking and a few other options. You can, however, regain all of the features outlined (in this post) with Pretty Link Pro.

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