Want to Geo target affiliate links in WordPress website. I will show you a very easy method to display Geo-specific affiliate links using Thirstyaffiliates plugin. With this method, you can use any affiliate network country specific links to redirect to that country. If you are new to affiliate marketing, read What is affiliate marketing and how to start it. You must also read 12 Best affiliate networks that I use in my blogs.
When do I need to Geo target affiliate links?
Many of the affiliate programs use single network globally through which you will get a single link which works in every country. But some affiliate programs use country specific networks. For example, Amazon, Microsoft, and Adobe. They use the different network for various countries. You need to signup to every country program. If you have signed up to 10 countries, you will get ten affiliate links for a single product. So placing ten affiliate links on your web page is not the right practice.
You will have to place only one affiliate link. And when a visitor clicks from the US, that link will have to show US specific affiliate link. When a visitor clicks from India, he has to see specific link from India store.
In these cases, you need to use the Geo-targeting affiliate link. For this purpose, I use Thirsty Affiliates plugin.
I suggest you, don’t use any free plugins for affiliate links. Free plugin authors may discontinue their plugin at any time. At that point, you will have to see a lot of issues.
I suggest you go with a premium plugin or free version of the premium plugin.
Brief Information about Thirstyaffiliates plugin
Thirstyaffiliates plugin is the best affiliate link cloaking plugin with frequent updates and good support. You will get basic redirection feature for free. Its free version is enough for most of the people. When you want extra features, you need to buy their PRO version. Pro version gives Geo-target, auto-linking, Azon, Google click tracking, and importer.
You can also check BlogVwants ThirstyAffiliates discount coupon page for the latest offers.
How to Geo target affiliate links in WordPress
After buying, you will get a license key. And Download the plugin.
Before uploading it to your WordPress, you should have activated Thirstyaffiliates basic version plugin on your WordPress website. If you don’t have Thirstyaffiliates plugin,
Go to Plugins -> Add New. Search for ThirstyAffiliates. Install this plugin and activate it.
Now go to Plugins -> Add New -> Upload Plugin. Upload your downloaded pro version.
Activate the plugin. You need to make some settings.
Go to AffiliateLinks -> Settings
First Setup, General Settings as you like. They are straight forward. Just see below screenshot for my General Settings.
I am using link prefix go on my tech blog. And Suggests in this blog. Click on drop down, you will see many options. You can choose any one. No need to check other options other than above ones.
Scroll down up to Geolocations Settings. You will see below screen.
Paste your License key.
Write your email address through which you bought the license.
Check Enable MaxMind DB Integration option. I am using it, it works very well. If you want, you can use any other choice. Save Changes.
My Geo add-on did not work with basic settings. I contacted their support, they suggested me to upload new Maxmind database. I did below method, after that it works flawlessly.
Visit this Maxmind page. Scroll down the page up to Downloads section. Download GeoLite2 Country database in Binary format.
Click on Upload New Database option in Geolocations Settings. Upload this file. Save Changes. It will work very well. If you see any issues, you can always contact their support, their support is too good.
How to create affiliate link with multiple geo links?
Now you have set up everything. You need to create affiliate link with various countries specific links.
Go to Affiliate Links -> Add New. Type your link name and place default affiliate link URL.
Scroll down up to Geolocation URLs section. Click + Add Geolocation URL button. You will see options to enter country and URL.
Select Country from the drop down at Country field.
Paste affiliate link of that country in the Country Specific URL field.
Click Add Country URL.
Repeat this process for as many countries as you like.
Just place only one Clocked URL on your web page. It will do the rest. Visitors will return to the particular country affiliate link.
- Related: How to Auto link affiliate links to keywords in WordPress website
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Because of its comfortable and convenient, I prefer to use this add-on. I use it for my Amazon links and for other programs also. I use this plugins add-on in two blogs. You can also use them in countless websites with unlimited updates. It is not the issue to spend one-time amount for affiliate links.