If you use a lot of affiliate links in your WordPress site, you will find over time that they will become broken – this is down to websites changing their URLS, swapping affiliate management to different systems and discontinuing products etc. It’s quite an annoying problem to deal with as not all companies will notify you or you miss the email that they might send out. That’s why it makes sense to audit your affiliate links every now and then, if you have just pasted the affiliate links directly into your posts, this can be a problem so I recommend that you use an affiliate link manager plugin to handle them. One such plugin is Thirsty Affiliates, I also listed a few more in my post “Monetize your blog with Affiliate links, Plugins & Advice“. Most plugins will save redirected URLS to your .htaccess file which is how we will get a list of URLS we can test, read on to see How to Audit Your Affiliate Links. Get a list of Your Affiliate URLS The first thing to do is download a copy of your .htaccess file which is located in your website root folder ( public_html ) and locate the affiliate redirected links, which will look like this : Redirect 302 /8bitlivetheme https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=838957&c=ib&aff=270272&cl=64302
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