Hide your affiliate links using TinyURL.com

I was introduced to TinyURL.com by SEO News when I post about hiding affiliate links using .htaccess file. If you are not hosting your own domain, then this is the tool for you to hide affiliate links. I feel that this is a great tool to share so I decided to make a simple post just for it. Basically there are 3 things that you can do with this tool.

1. Reduce the length of your URL.

2. Redirect site or pages.

3. Hide affiliate links.

It’s a free service but you are welcome to donate to the site if you like. This method has been used by many people as you can see similar URL links around the net that started with http://timyurl.com/… The site also enables users to add the service into browser’s toolbar. By doing so users are able to create TinyURL at the click of a button. Just go to the page that you wish to redirect and press the given toolbar button and a TinyURL will be created. This makes it more convenient to use especially if you are using it often.

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27 Responses to “Hide your affiliate links using TinyURL.com”

  1. Stephan Miller says:

    Here’s a WordPress plugin that will make this a little easier. Found it a few days ago. Thought it would be useful:
    http://www.brajeshwar.com/2007/tiny-link-a-wordpress-plugin-to-create-a-tinyurl-for-your-articles/

  2. Pete says:

    I tend to shy away from this method because affiliate links are affiliate links. If someone clicks my link without knowing it, I feel like I cheated the person. But hey, do what you want to do. If affiliate programs are what you’re for, go ahead.

  3. The Next Wave says:

    I have been using tinyurls myself in many different types of scenereo’s, not just affiliate links.

    I have found that it is a great site to use and have. However, I most often use this in forum posts.

  4. Kumo says:

    Well, you can still make it looks like affiliate links just that with out your ref id. It just depends on how you used the tool.

  5. turnip says:

    I hate clicking on tinyurls. I’d really prefer an affiliate link because at least I know CJ or shareasale won’t have a virus waiting at the end. Why not simply make a redirect page? like Ads.toasteggme.com/amazon.html ? You could even shorten that to amazon.toasteggme.com

  6. Kumo says:

    I prefer to make a redirect page also. But for those that do not host their own domain then tinyurls might be the best way for them.

  7. MrsMoney says:

    Thanks for the tip! I think that’s great. 🙂

  8. Frank C says:

    I use a page redirect plugin in some cases but in others I use the affiliate link. It really depends on both the destination site and the blog where I’m using the link.

  9. Kumo says:

    Agreed. We need to think about where and how we going to use it. It might bring negative effect if we misuse it.

  10. SEO Rob says:

    Thanks for the mention. If you’ve ever seen my domain name, you’ll understand why I found and use tinyURL.

    I recently bought seorob.com. I’m just not sure I want to make the switch yet for SEO reasons.

  11. Steve Yu says:

    There are actually plenty of url shortening services, many have better features than tinyurl, recently I have posted a post about this topic. Might want to drop by :
    Hate Long Web Addresses? Make Them Shorter URLs

  12. Kumo says:

    Thanks for sharing the info.

  13. Caribbean Web says:

    why didn’t I know about this, tinyurl is a great resources

  14. Kumo says:

    Well, you know now. Cheers.

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  16. marsha - http://normamarshall.com/WordPress/?p=3 says:

    Have you tried viral url (another cloaker)
    If so, are there any drawbacks/negatives to that program?

    Marsha

  17. Kumo says:

    I never tried viral url before, so I can’t tell you much about it. Sorry.

  18. The_man says:

    That’s a great one you have there. One needs to execute this, especially when doing affiliate stuffs so you don’t lose some easy money. Nice one. 😆

  19. Kumo says:

    There are lots of free good stuff out there. Just need some time to find them.

  20. Paul says:

    I see that phishers seem to be using this feature to hide and divert the linkage. Example: a copy of a bank home page with a hotlink to a disguised location where data are collected for phishing.
    Is there a way to overcome this abuse of your worthy application ??

  21. Kumo says:

    Thanks for pointing this out. I think for any useful application, there will be people taking advantage on abusing it. I don’t have the answer to overcome this, just that we need to be alert and be careful with our bank accounts and paypal accounts. My advice is to trust no incoming emails. Some emails that try to trick your info will looks exactly just the same as the original email from your bank or paypal.

  22. Frank says:

    If you are an affiliate and you aren’t cloaking your links, you are leaving money on the table.

  23. Kumo says:

    Some of us might just be too generous.

  24. hiding your affiliate link is smart if you want to get paid. I know hundres of affiliates that have learned that lesson

  25. anthony benton says:

    Great post,I feel like it’s a shame we as marketers have to hide our affiliate link so some peolpe would buy from us.

  26. Kumo says:

    There’s nothing to a shame of. Customers still buying it at the end. The question is who will customers buy from. We just took the extra steps to make sure that we get the share of money for the effort of marketing it.

  27. pai says:

    I agree with you, also , you can use tiny url in forum ,to hide affiliate link