Go Try This

I’ve spent the last few days experimenting with John Reel’s new product, GoTryThis. I’m playing with the BlackHat version, which is stunningly easy to use, and works great, and which isn’t so blackhat that white hat marketers won’t want to use its features.

I have to admit I’ve never used link cloaking software before, so I wasn’t sure how it would work, but I am very, very impressed at this point.

First of all, the install was just plain cool. It’s a php script that is installed on your server, but rather than giving you a script to download and leaving you stuck with the task of trying to install and configure it yourself, GoTryThis can install itself on your server with a few bits of information about your FTP and Database logins. Very slick, and very easy for technophobes to deal with.

Once the program is installed, you can head straight to your own site and log in to start creating links. You’ve got a number of choices:

Basic Redirect Link

If you just fill out the first two lines, you get a basic cloaked link from YOURSITE.COM/DIR that redirects to your affiliate URL.

Framed Link

If you add a Title, Keywords and Description, you’ll get a cloaked link that puts the affiliate url in a Frame. If you’ve checked the Viral checkbox, that frame will have an icon and ad text for GoTryThis that includes your affiliate URL, so you can earn commission from either your affiliate link OR from GoTryThis if you so choose.

Embedded Cookies

And, if you want to link to pages other than the main affiliate page, there’s an option to embed cookies from the affiliate link while redirecting to a different page.

You can track your links in even more detail by adding a suffix to your tracking link when you paste it into your website or newsletter. So, if you create a link from yoursite.com/test you can test the response from your mailing list and your website simply by adding something like -web or -mail at the end of that url, so in your newsletter your affiliate link would be yoursite.com/test-mail/ and your website link would be yoursite.com/test-web and GoTryThis will track each differently.

affiliate login

The last cool feature that GoTryThis has when creating cloaked links is more for organization than anything else. If the affiliate program you’re linking to has a login for the stats, you can add the login url, username and password to the link, which will give you one-click access to your affiliate stats while checking your GoTryThis stats.

general link stats

From the link managment area, you can see stats on your link referrers and number of clicks for each link, and from the Stats menu, you can see general statistics for all your cloaked links to see which are performing best and total clicks on all your links.

The graphs are live, generated by Flash, so you don’t need any special PHP modules to see them, and your stats can be exported to Excel format with a click of a button.

As I said, I’ve never used a link cloaker before, so I can’t compare features with other packages on the market, but based on my experience, the ease of installation, ease of use, and great functionality of this software makes it something I know I will get much use out of, and something I won’t hesitate to recommend.

You can check it out at GoTryThis.com

PS. I’m bumping this up today because GoTryThis is now available for purchase. I’ve been using it more and I still heartily recommend it. If you can afford it, get the Black Hat version, but if you’re strapped for cash, the White Hat version is extremely affordable and well priced for all the functionality it will give you. There’s a limited number being sold, so don’t miss out!

8 comments

  1. Chrissie says:

    This script sounds very interesting, bookmarking it so I can go back and look at it in the earlier hours 😉 Thanks!

    PS. I have been here in a bit, I like the new layout 🙂

  2. Wendy says:

    Thanks Chrissie. I made the new look in about 10 minutes with John Delavera’s Turbo WordPress Themerator.

    The more I use GoTryThis, the more fascinated I am with all the information I was missing before. I’m using it to split test landing pages, skip sales pages entirely, and test different downloads inside PDFs.

    Cloaking is just the tip of the iceberg with this software. The ability to track what works and what doesn’t, and change your links to forward to the best converting options is really what makes GTT a gem.

  3. Chrissie says:

    I have this on my to-do-list for tonight. Now if I could get everyone to bed so I could actually concentrate and think… that would help!

    I also need to try out Worldpress Themerator, thanks for the great tips Wendy 😉

  4. Steven Wong says:

    Yes, GoTryThis indeed is a good software and I miss the blackhat edition when it launched. I wish I can get the blackhat edition .. it is so much better software compare to many other tracking software out there …

    By the way, how was usage so far?? Glad to hear more feedbacks from GoTryThis users.

  5. […] most sites, I’m a big fan of GoTryThis. It serves me very well as a link cloaker, with the added benefit of embedding cookies, great […]

  6. PLR eBooks says:

    Haha – you don’t see posts like this too often

  7. Thanks for the news, I really didn?t know about it yet though I normally keep my eyes wide opened.

  8. Max says:

    I have a new free service that combines elements of Tracking202 and bit.ly, which is designed to help affiliates make better campaigns in less time. The main benefits for affiliate marketers are easy link rotation, perfect for conducting split tests; and conversion tracking across platforms.
    Other features that the service provides are: shortened url’s (lin.sh), cloaked links, click tracking, 3rd party pixel support, link organization through search filters, variable passing, subid statistics, and more.

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