I’m going to go off topic for just a little bit – hope you don’t mind. Today, I wanted to post about a neat little blogging tool, a WordPress plugin called “Pretty Link” and to tell you a bit about my experience.

A few weeks ago, I discovered Pretty Link and installed it because I wanted the URL shortening features. I liked the reporting and I also discovered it comes with a tool called the “Pretty Bar” – which adds a little window at the top of a URL indicating to the viewer which site referred them to the page they’re reading.

Then, last week I noticed they’d released the “Pro” version – which added some great features like automatic URL creation and keyword processing (when you enter certain phrases or keywords in your post, it will automatically add a link for you in your blog) as well as

This morning, I went to look at my Pretty Link Pro stats like I usually do. Yesterday, I created a blog post about the new shutter count utility and in the blog post, I of course used Pretty Link to create a link to the vendor’s site for more information. I also used the Pretty Bar on the link to help my readers remember where they found the information. Low and behold, when I looked at the Pretty Link stats, the blog post itself has 125 visitors, but the external link with the Pretty Bar has over 4300 hits!

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It turns out that other blogs have picked up on the news I posted and are posting the link to the vendor site as my link which includes the Pretty Bar – so over 4000 additional people have been exposed to planet5D by my readers posting my Pretty Link with the Pretty Bar! I realize that the folks posting the link could actually post the URL of the originating story, but because the users see the URL as my Pretty Link link, they copy and paste that into their blogs instead (see example below).

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Blair tells me that in the next few weeks, there will be a new version that will improve the look and feel of the Pretty Bar – giving the blogger complete control over it… I can’t wait – as you can see from the image, my blog title is currently cut off.

This morning, my traffic was double of what it normally is and I’m sure that is due to Pretty Link sending people back to my site from the Pretty Bar links. Try out the free version! And once you use it for a few days, you’ll want to upgrade to Pro – to get all the automating and additional features. If you buy before Sept 1, you can get $50 off!

Disclaimer – one of the cool points of Pretty Link Pro is that you are automatically registered as an affiliate and I do get a bonus if you decide to purchase it via planet5D.