How to Manage Affiliate Links When You Use WooCommerce for Affiliate Products

If you are like me, you have a fair number of affiliate links. And if you do this, it’s best to have a way to manage and change them easily.

If you are already using WooCommerce, you can sell affiliate products and services just like you do with your own stuff.  If you create a new product, you can choose External/Affiliate product as an option and you will get these settings.

affiliate external link WooCommerce

You can see here how I have set up this affiliate link on a product page. I have chosen to make a note that it is sold on another site. You can customize the text in the button and I could have done that, but it makes for a long button that isn’t so mobile friendly. So I simply put buy in the button.

affiliates on woocommerce

Easy, right?

Now this may not be the ideal way of selling affiliate products on your site, and that’s probably another post entirely. But if you are doing it this way, and also adding affiliate text links within posts, and doing a lot of them, there’s another piece you may be missing.

Managing Your Affiliate Links

If you are using affiliates a lot, it can be a pain tracking down the links, or even having to log back into your affiliate account and finding that link again.

That’s Where the Thirsty Affiliates Plugin Comes In

I have been using Thirsty Affiliates for years and it is one of the most handy plugins for managing links. To add a new affiliate link, you Add New, put in your link and if you want, add images.

This plugin also creates cloaked URLs for those long, ugly affiliate links. As you can see in the screenshot, my cloaked URL is much prettier. You can set that up in the plugin settings.

So now you can simply grab that link when needed again.

creating your affiliate link

Just Add the Link to Your Product

Now I can grab that link and go back to create my product.

create product for affiliate

Two Important Reasons to Use Thirsty Affiliates

You may be asking why use that extra plugin. Well, for two very good reasons.

1. Once you have set up the affiliate in Thirsty Affiliates, you can now insert that same affiliate link as text or an image anywhere on your site.

2. If for any reason you need to change the original URL, you can do that in one place. Otherwise you would need to go into each spot where you placed the link and manually change it.