Bloggers – the Pretty Link plugin for WordPress will save you time

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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.


  1. doesnt it screw up the PR of the sites that it links to? Since Google cant figure out that all the shortened URLs point toward the same content, it does not give any PR for it.

    I hope I am wrong but from what I saw of it, it seems like it works that way which would make it a bad internet citizen.

    Once I get some clarification regarding this, I might use it.

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      Alain, there are several tutorial videos that Blair has on the Pretty Link site (for the free version) that explain some of the options… I’m thinking this one talks about your concern – listen about the ‘no follow’ option (and I’m no SEO expert but I have set no-follow to true on external links). Give it a view and let’s see if that answers your concern?

  2. I am no ‘expert on SEO’ but I think you get the concept of no-follow wrong. No follow params should only be assigned to link that you dont want to support by giving them credibility or that you dont want to be associated with.

    When you link to another site that is related to your main content (lets pick a random example… 😉 ), you dont want the no-follow option. You actually want Google, Bing, etc.. to create a logical link between the two sites.

    After watching the screencast of Pretty link, I see that it works by loading the external site into a frame. So there are no external link created.

    I dont know how much it could affect your site, but using such a plugin does not give credibility to the sites you link to. If everyone was using something like this the basis on which Google is made would not work.

    I will contact the plugin dev to see his view about this.

  3. You’re right, this can be a problem normally but you can avoid any problem with PageRank 2 ways:

    1. Use 301 redirects — when you use these redirects it tells google to pass page rank to the target URL instead of splitting it between the pretty link and the target URL. This method is effective but can degrade pretty link’s ability to track the hits on the links.
    2. Use canonical links — this is a new standard from google that allows you to specify which URL you want to recieve PageRank. This is the method I recommend because it allows your links to be tracked accurately and will give you PageRank even if somebody crates a tinyurl or link to your page (in that case you have no contol how they redirect to you). Canonical links can be setup easily by using a theme that supports it or by using one of the canonical link plugins.

    I hope that clears it up for you.

  4. I don’t know If I said it already but …Cool site, love the info. I do a lot of research online on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Tony Brown

  5. I found this write-up while looking up info about Pretty Link, but I’m commenting with an unrelated question… how did you make that “Twitter Comments” section? It’s so great looking and exactly what I would like to implement. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

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