3 Comments

How to mask urls in affiliate tracking links

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on LinkedInEmail this to someone

Masking a URL is useful in many cases (affiliate links, more friendly urls, etc…). ClickMeter allows you to mask and track clicks and conversions on your urls and domains. To access this feature,  you need to be signed in and click on “CREATE NEW > TRACKING LINK” . Then click on the “Mask URL” from the options. You will have access to three useful options:

        1. Mask destination URL:
           The destination URL (domain) will not be visible in fact a transparent frame will show only your tracking-link in the browser address bar.
        2. Page title:
          You will able to choose the page-title of the landing page (that increases ranking on search engines).
        3. Encode destination URL:
          Hide the destination URL also in the source code.

destination_URL_mask
 

We made a test and created a new tracking link using the URL mask feature. The new tracking link is: http://go.clickmeter.com/mask-my-url , redirect towww.techcrunch.com. The following is a screenshot of the page that you can see after you click on the tracking link. Although the browser displays the Techcrunch page, the address bar shows your tracking link, and the page title is the same one we choose: “My product name”. The page title will optimize the presence of your link in the search engines. Your tracking-link is protected even if the page is refreshed or if another link is clicked.

 

Mask destination URL
 

In this example we also used the option: “Encode destination URL”. This allows to hide the destination URL (landing page) also inside the source code. If you inspect the code of the page you see above this is the result: only encoded numbers, but you never see the destination URL, that in our example is techcrunch.com.

 

Mask destination URL
 

Useful notes:

  • When you mask your URL with ClickMeter you can maintain all the other important features such as conversion tracking, 301 redirect (for search engine optimization). You can also use your own domain (this particular features is dedicated to Agency subscription plans)
  • Masking is different from cloaking. The first technique is ok if used to help the user reach the right contents while the second is not recommended and  often cause to ban your website from most of the search engine. Discover more reading this FAQ: http://www.clickmeter.com/hp/faq-answer.aspx?answer=what-is-url-masking-and-why-is-different-from-link-cloackin

Updates 26 Nov 2013

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on LinkedInEmail this to someone
ClickMeter
The online service helping advertisers, agencies, affiliates and publishers optimize their conversion rates through the management, tracking and monitoring of marketing links. Through an online dashboard or API integration users have access to a portfolio of tools including: click and conversion tracking, short links using user’s domain, split A/B testing, dynamic traffic redirect, landing page monitoring and more.
  • I have read some excellent stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting.

    I surprise how much attempt you place to create any such great
    informative website.

  • Hi,
    just signed up at Clickmeter.
    Is there a way to chose a name for the new link?
    In your example above, you named it: “go.clickmeter.com/mask-my-url” , but when I opened a link myself, it received a name automatically: “9nl.it”.
    I would like to chose somethong else…
    Thank you

  • Hi, its good article concerning media print, we all
    be familiar with media is a fantastic source of facts.