Link Cloaker Compatibility

Affilimate is compatible with popular link cloakers like Thirsty Affiliates and Pretty Links.

If you want to use our Smart Label solution, which automatically adapts your affiliate links so you can know exactly which page and link your commission came from, you'll need to enable the following options.

This means you can re-use cloaked links on many pages, but still know which page converted, using Affilimate's Smart Labels.

Note: If you are not using an existing solution, we recommend Thirsty Affiliates for link cloaking. This is because it has a simple, global setting for forwarding tracking labels to your links.

In this article:

Set up Thirsty Affiliates

Option 1: Enable "Query String Passing" globally

In general, there's almost no reason not to enable this for your links globally. All it does is combine whatever parameters you have when you create a link in a post to your cloaked link with the query.

To do that, check this box in your Thirsty Affiliates settings:

Tip: If you are using Thirsty Affiliates Pro Google Analytics integration, you'll need to additionally add a Filter for Affilimate in Google Analytics. This helps us both give you revenue attribution data without affecting your existing analytics.

Option 2: Go into every link and choose "query string passing" for individual links

While we don't necessarily recommend this option, it is possible to do. You should use this option if you have a specific reason why you wouldn't want those parameters to get appended.

Step 1. In each link, enable "Parameter Forwarding"

Similarly, Pretty Links has a per-link setting that does the exact same thing. It's called "parameter forwarding".

Open your Pretty Links settings for a specific link, and enable Parameter Forwarding.

Note: You only need to do this for links where the cloaked link sends users to an affiliate network or program that supports Smart Label attribution. Find a list of supported networks and programs in our Integrations List.

Step 2. If using Google Analytics integration, add a GA Filter

If you are using the paid version of Pretty Links, and you currently have "Enable Google Analytics" checked:

Then, you will want to follow our mini-guide to Filter Affilimate from Google Analytics.

Other solutions

In terms of other link cloakers, Lasso doesn't support Affilimate's Smart Labels because they do not have a feature to pass-through tracking parameters to underlying affiliate links.

However, you can still use Affilimate's aggregation, heatmaps, and content analytics. But you will miss out on the revenue attribution features if your links are cloaked with Lasso.

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Have questions? Contact us at support@affilimate.com anytime.

Last Updated 5/6/2021

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