Affiliate links are hard to get clicks on. Rather than giving you the money for referring the potential visitor, they just type the URL in and save that money for themselves (I’m even guilty for that). I however, have found a plugin that allows you to change any URL you wish to a desired name. For example: I can link to my friend Yan’s blog (Thoushallblog.com) by creating a custom redirect for him.
http://thoushallblog.com/why-you-should-invest-your-time-money-for-a-custom-wordpress-theme/ (A Guest Post Of Mine)
My Custom URL:
Not only will this plugin convert your links, it can disguise affiliate links too, to seem more natural. The plugin is called GoCodes and is free for WordPress. I highly recommend it for any outbound URL that you would like to shorten/cloak.
Personally, I would rather click on a link that looks customized and short than a 20 digit referral number. (Perhaps it makes the link seem more natural??)
The only downside to this plugin?? Rick-Rolling (No.. The Gocodes Link in this post is not a rick-roll link.. I was thinking about it though) got a whole lot easier