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:
- 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.
- Page title:
You will able to choose the page-title of the landing page (that increases ranking on search engines).
- Encode destination URL:
Hide the destination URL also in the source code.
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.
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.
- 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