Last Updated on March 9, 2021 by scottkandh
You can increase your total clicks by using a program called Thirsty Affiliates. In this post, I’m going to show you the before and after statistics. In addition, I’ll provide you with instructions on how to use the program Thirsty Affiliates and why it’s important to use an Affiliate Link masking program. It’s my hope that after reading this post, you’ll be convinced to purchase this program and to use it on your blog to increase your clicks that will ultimately lead to generating sales. In writing this blog post, I’ve just realized that I didn’t even have an affiliate link set up for this phenomenal program. Please use the suggestions within this post so that your blog can see an improvement in “your” affiliate links.
What is an Affiliate Link Masking program?
An Affiliate Link Masking program changes the description of your affiliate link from something that might look like this: (the first one is made up).
- When people look at a link they want to have an idea of where they are going before they click on a link that might lead them to something unexpected.
- Another important reason to use ThirstyAffiliates is because of hackers that are seeking out links on the Internet that have not been masked. They’ll steal your affiliate link and have the links redirected to their site.
- What this means is that for all of your hard and diligent work on your website and all of the toil that you did to make that landing page and everything else all look so well that the profits you might have made are going to them instead of you.
- Your links should be something that are easy enough to remember. Look at the two examples above and ask yourself which are you more likely to remember? The proof lies in the numbers being provided below for the before and after side-by-side statistics.
Now I realize that clicks don’t result in sales, the profits are when people actually purchase something from one of your affiliate links. If your affiliate links aren’t getting clicks, your likelihood to turn clicks into purchases remains unlikely. On the other hand, by having more clicks you’re increasing the likelihood of turning a profit and you can realize where you need to put your focus (i.e. your affiliate link may not be attracting because of the image, the landing page, your lack of enthusiasm, etc.).
However, your primary goal as a blogger is:
- To get them to the site in the first place.
- Explain why they need to go there.
- Why it’ll be advantageous for the viewer to purchase the affiliate link that you are recommending
- Show your enthusiasm for the affiliate link
Before and after statistics from using ThirstyAffiliates
These are the stats from my monthly blogging Self-Reflection posts that I write at the end of every month. I’ve updated the numbers as to how they pertain to the date of this post. The actual results from this post will be updated to the expected results in my next monthly self-reflection (mo. #9). From there, I’ll look at the expected results to see what needs improvement and set new expected results. I suggest that you might want to do the same for your blog so that you can continually track your progress and grow your blog. In addition, to make it easier to track your affiliate links, I’d suggest that you place them in alphabetical order (like I have just done). Another reason to put your list in alphabetical order is for you to see if you’re missing any of your affiliate links so that you can keep dibs on them. For example, when I rearranged my list I had left off Social Warfare, one of my favorite plug-ins that I highly recommend.
Monthly Goals – March 2021
|Affiliate Links (Total)||30||155||x|
|Buycoolshirts clicks *||2||2||x|
|Try Monster Insights||0||11||x|
|Optin Monster *||2||0|
|Try Optin Monster||0||0|
|Try Social Warfare||0||11||x|
|Try Tailwind Create||0||14||x|
|TV Store Online clicks||2||3||x|
|WPONline Support clicks||1||0|
An ” * ” next to the name above means that’s where you might want to consider putting your focus on improving the landing page for your affiliate link.
You might have already noticed that above I’ve put Try xyz into some of the columns. These are the affiliate links that I use for my text Affiliate links. For Affiliate links where I want to use a picture, I don’t include the word try. The reason for doing this is that there’s a standard setup that affiliate link mask programs use which is generally: (your domain/recommends/affiliate link).
I had put NA next to Bluehost and SiteGround. Because I went to the site itself and checked I had no way of knowing the total number of clicks. With ThirstyAffiliates, the guesswork and the need to go to multiple sites to check your stats isn’t necessary. With one-stop shopping, you can see all of the Affiliate links that you’ve posted and their stats (see below for a sample).
Tailwind: Total clicks: 26
Last 7 days: 23
Last 30 days: 26
ThirstyAffiliates Pro Features
- Advanced Link Insertion Types
- Advanced Statistics Reports
- Affiliate Link Picker Tool
- Amazon API Importing
- Automatic 404 Checker
- Automatic Affiliate Disclosure – no longer worry about forgetting if you’ve added your affiliate disclosure.
- Automatic Keyword Linking
- Basic Statistics Reports
- Choose Your Redirect Type (Enhanced JS Redirect or Server-Side)
- Control Plugin Visibility For Multi-Author Blogs
- CSV Import / Export Tool
- Exclude Known Bots From Statistics
- Export Statistics Reports as CSV
- Geolocation Link Redirects
- Google Analytics Click Event Pushing
- Google Tag Manager Compatibility
- High Speed HTAccess Redirect
- Link Categorization
- Link Event Notification Emails
- Link Scheduling
- No Follow & Open In New Tab Options
- REST API Compatibility
- See Which Pages/Posts Affiliate Links Are Inserted
- Shortening / Destination Cloaking
- Smart Uncloaking (for Amazon Associates compatibility)
- URL Shortening (with bit.ly & goo.gl)
- Uses Custom Post Types
- WooCommerce External Product Integration
- WPML & Polylang Translation Plugin Integrations
I’ve highlighted the features that I really like in purple.
I’ve spent a considerable amount of time discussing the benefits of why you should be using ThirstyAffiliates. So now it’s time to start looking at how you can use this program on your blog.
- Download the plug-in
- Install the plug-in
- Activate the plug-in
- Setup the license key
NOTE: They don’t have a free trial. However, they do have a 14-day refund policy if the plugin doesn’t suit your purposes.
Download the plug-in from ThirstyAffiliates. Once you’ve downloaded the plug-in it’s like installing any other plug-in that’s a two-step process.
- Install the plug-in. Go to WordPress > Plug-ins > Add New. Browse to where you placed the file on your computer. After it’s been installed it won’t work until you’ve activated it.
- Activate it – Simply press the Activate button.
- Copy and paste the key that was e-mailed to you and that will finish most of the setup features.
Now you’re ready to use ThirstyAffiliates. In WordPress go to >
At the top, click on New Affiliate Link. There are only three fields that are of primary concern.
- Add Title
- Attach Images
Adding your Title
As I suggested earlier, I use Try xyx for my text affiliate links and all other links that have images do not contain the word Try in the title. This is not a standard that you need to follow, it’s only a recommendation from me so that you can easily distinguish the difference between your text affiliate links and one’s with an image.
Adding the URL
Copy and paste the URL that you would like to use. ThirstyAffiliates will make the changes to the new affiliate link.
At the present time, I just use the one on the left to upload my image.
Be sure to press Save. To add any new links repeat the process. Keep going until you’ve added the affiliate links that you like to use the most.
Adding an Affiliate Link with an image in WordPress
In your Guttenberg editor,click on the + sign and you should see a button for ThirstyAffiliates Image. This only works with your Affiliate links that have an image.
Type in the name of your Affiliate Link. For example, in this example I’ll add one of my images for Canva. So you simply type in the name – i.e. Canva.
You’ll notice that it loads a thumbnail of your Affiliate link. If you don’t click on the image, it won’t be visible to your users. Be sure to click on the image that you want to use, you can upload more than one image (see below as you can see how the size changes to the larger image).
Adding an Affiliate Link with no image in WordPress (text link).
Type out the text that you plan to use (including your affiliate link). To continue with the example above I’m using Canva.
Highlight the word that you want to use for your affiliate link. In this case, I’ve highlighted Canva. To the right of link, there’s a drop-down arrow. TA ThirstyAffiliates should be at the top of the row (or close to the top).
Notice that when I type “Try” all of my Try Affiliate links will appear and you can select the one that you want to use.
The last step will be to press enter or use the button to the far right (pictured above).