How to mask URLs in affiliate tracking links

How to Mask my URLs in affiliate tracking links - ClickMeter blog

Masking a URL is useful in many cases (affiliate links, friendlier 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 then you can click on: “CREATE NEW > TRACKING LINK”. Then click on “Mask URL” from the options and 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 (which will increase the ranking on search engines).
        3. Encode destination URL
          Hide the destination URL in the source code as well.

mask URls in affiliate tracking links

We did 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 which redirects to www.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 one that we have choosen: “My product name”.

The page title will optimize the presence of your link in 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 allowed us to hide the destination URL (landing page) inside the source code as well. In our techcrunch.com example, if you inspect the code of the page, you’ll see encoded numbers but not the destination URL

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 SEO). You can also use your own domain – this particular feature is for agency subscription plans.
  • Masking is different from cloaking. Masking is okay when used to help users reach the right contents, while cloaking isn’t recommended and often leads to your website being banned from most of the search engine.

Find out more by reading this handy FAQ.

Originally Posted: August 16th, 2017.

Post Updated: December 6th, 2017.

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.