Bloggers – 6 Reasons You Should Use Pretty Link Pro on Your WordPress Blog

by planetmitch6 Comments

For all you bloggers out there, you probably have heard me talk about it before, but we use Pretty Link Pro and tho we had a similar blog post like this before, the videos that we had done were lost and we needed to update things anyway… so here's an updated post on why we like Pretty Link Pro for WordPress

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Ok, so I started out with 6 reasons…

  1. Link usage stats
  2. URL Shortening – with branding!
  3. Keyword replacement (simplifies building links in your posts)
  4. Bookmarklet link creation (makes creating links simple)
  5. Replaces several other wordpress plugins
  6. Pretty Bar – more branding for your site

When I first started looking at PLP, I thought, there’s no way I’m paying for that. But then, at the time, there was a free version and after using it for a few days, I realized the power of the tool – so I bought it. At the time, the only version available was the $97 version – but now, you can get it for one site for only $37 (and yes, we're affiliates).

Heck, if you use common phrases on your blog (like I do – for example: Canon EOS 5D Mark II), the automated keyword replacement feature alone can pay for that $37 in just a couple of days if you think about how much of your time that you spend on copying and pasting common links!

And don't forget to check out our other post on the prettyBar and why we like it – but a small group of readers will hate it.

PLP also has a major feature called Conversion Testing – where you can have different target pages for one link – so you can do “split testing” if you are so inclined (often used for marketing sites)… but I haven't found much of a need for that so I don't talk about it in the video.

And I'm not the only one who loves this plugin:

So, hopefully that helps you understand a bit about Pretty Link Pro – and if you have any questions, don't be shy about asking below!

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.

(cover photo credit: snap from the pretty link pro site)

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  1. I’m not really a fan, it’s bad UX. I know what an external link is, and when I click on one I want to go to that external site without a toolbar. The URL renaming is also misleading and confusing to most users. If I want to stay on your website, I will open in a new tab using my browser’s built in features.

    I also find the fly out “click here to share” feature is really annoying too, especially on linked photos. The user intends to click the photo and follow the link, but instead that thing pops up and opens a share window. You are blocking 1/4 of the clickable space on your sponsor’s advertisements.

    The outbound link tracking is interesting, but just about every web analytics package out there, including free ones, offer that feature.

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      Matt – thanks for your input. I urge you to watch the other video about why I believe the toolbar is very important.

      But as I say in the video – I do understand your dislike of the pretty bar (toolbar). Just understand that it only there partially for people coming from planet5D, it really helps branding for those who pass that link along.

      The fly out “click here to share” is NOT a function of Pretty Link Pro – that comes from the wibyia toolbar (which I’m not convinced is doing anything for me yet).

      I do appreciate your comments – thanks for taking the time!

      1. No problem. Yeah Jag35 uses the wibiya bar too, but even worse their “click here to share” link shows up directly in the center of all of their product photo icons. It’s pretty horrible. Every time I try to click to view a large version, I get a share window instead of a large image.

  2. I avoid sites and blogs that scream exploitation. Aesthetically, It’s hideous and looks busy. Psychologically, I feel like it’s working behind the scene to infect my computer. I’ll pass!

  3. Hello Mitch,
    I have read your post on 6 treasons for using Pretty Link Pro. I have ,y site on WordPress and I will be going to try it.I have been using Pretty Link Lite for but due to its added features in Pro version I am going to try it.

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