For WordPress: Affiliate Link Cloak Plugin

August 27th, 2008

I have created a simple WordPress plugin for anyone who wants it.

Basically it allows you to cloak any links of your choosing so that the user doesn’t know where they are to be redirected when they click on them.

There is a page in the admin section of WordPress to maintain the list of cloaked links as well as a sidebar option list in the “Write Post” page so that you can easily choose which link to insert into the post you are constructing.

The links will be in the format :

<your site>/go/<your link text>


The above example is setup to redirect to http://www.musicreviewzone. There are many improvements that I could make to this plugin, but finding the time is difficult. If there is enough demand for enhancements – then I’ll see what I can do :-)

The plugin is pretty simple but hasn’t been extensively tested – definitely working with WordPress 2.3.2 – definitely not working with 2.6 – I’ll find out why and post an update. So be warned. Any feedback is welcome and if you could drop me a note to say how it is working out for you – that’d be great.

User Manual:

  1. Install the plugin
  2. Go to Manage->Redirect Links to administrate your cloaked links
  3. Go to Write->Post to use the links. You should see a side menu called “Redirect Links” – from here you just have to click on a cloaked link to insert it into the body of your post.
  4. That’s it!


Download the plugin here : 20080827_mcn_redirect

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13 Responses to “For WordPress: Affiliate Link Cloak Plugin”

  1. mcnicholl says:

    OK – So the problem seems to be with the install of the plugin for at least WordPress versions 2.6+.

    I’ll try testing tomorrow to get a work around.

  2. mc2w says:

    Awesome idea, but it’s kind of already taken by WP-Affiliate. Heh. Best of luck! :) I know how much work goes into making a wordpress plugin!

  3. J says:

    I find wp-affiliate disgusting to use!

  4. Jake says:

    I’m getting this array error when I try to add a link, what does that mean?

  5. mcnicholl says:

    hey Jake,

    Please dump the error message here.

    Where are you seeing the error and what version of WordPress are you using?

  6. looks interesting…i’ll check it out…


  7. Pablo says:

    Great tool… thanks…

    I didn’t like WP_Affiliate either..

    Re the “Array” error problem mentioned above:

    I was getting the same error on WP 2.6.3, so I had a look at it and the problem was that the database table hadn’t been created – so I created it manually and now it seems to be working fine…

    Hope that helps,


  8. mcnicholl says:

    Hi Pablo,

    Yeah – the issue with the plugin is how the new versions of WordPress handle Global Variables.

    I’ll create a new post with the updated plugin.

    Thanks for trying it out though! :-) I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

  9. mcnicholl says:


    Please find the updated plugin – which works with WordPress 2.6+ at the link below:

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