URL Rotator for WordPress

My URL Rotator for WordPress has been released.

After having fielded a large number of requests to turn my HomeBizRotator plugin into a WordPress Rotator, it is now a reality.

The WP URL Rotator is now available.wp-url-rotator

The majority of internet marketers use WordPress, and my rotator is geared to toward those trying to make money online, so it did make sense to port it over to the WordPress platform.

The biggest benefit for customers, is now they can easily install the WP URL Rotator themselves. With the traditional standalone HomeBizotator, you had to know how to do a few technical things like creating databases, assigning users to databases, loading tables into the database and modifying files.

With the WP URL Rotator you don’t need to know any of that.

If you know how to install a WordPress plugin, you can install this WordPress rotator.

 

 

The WP URL rotator contains the same great benefits of the HomeBizRotator, like:

  1. You can install it one any WordPress sites that you own.
  2. You can rotate unlimited URLs.
  3. You can bulk upload links to rotate.
  4. The rotator tracks hits to the rotator link by date, IP and country.
  5. You can also use the rotator as a hit counter.
  6. The rotator uses clean URLS, none of this type of ugly link rotate.php?id=123&name=xyz. You can name the rotator anything you like, from an obvious “rotator” to something less obvious like “mikelikes”. The only stipulation is the rotator can not share the name of any post, page or category on you blog.
  7. You can set a maximum number of hits to each link.
  8. You can set a weight to each link, meaning the rotator will stay at that URL until the weight number has been exceeded, then it will move on to the next URL.
  9. The dashboard will show you which link is up to be rotated next.

My rotators are different from most other rotators in that they rotate in sequence, one after the other. Most rotators rotate in a random fashion because it is so much easier to create a random rotator.notebook_655x464

Want to understand a practical way to use the rotator? Here you go.

Lets say I have site in the dog training niche. That site is a WordPress blog, and contains some nice posts. In those posts I have a link that goes to an affiliate product, or I have a number of different links going to one or more affiliate products.

Linking directly to those affiliate products is not ideal.

First, people who are wise to affiliate looking links may not click that link because they know they are being directed to an affiliate product site.

Second, you have no way of knowing if anyone is clicking on those links, there is no hit tracking.

Third, you are only testing one affiliate product per link, and if you want to change any of those links, you have to go into the post and change it there.

This would be a better option.

Install the WP URL Rotator, and give the rotator a friendly name, like “dogs-like”. Find a number of affiliate products you think your visitors would be interested in, and add those affiliate links to the rotator.

Then, for every link in the post, you either want to use the main rotator link, or a direct link through the rotator.

For example one link will use the main rotator link http://yourdogsite.com/dogs-like. This link will rotate between the affiliate links you installed in the rotator each time it is clicked. Each click is tracked so you can monitor how many people are clicking the link.

For another link in the blog, you may have an affiliate product that fits nicely with your topic. For this link use a direct link with the rotator. It would be like http://yourdogsite.com/dogs-like/3. That link goes through the rotator for click tracking, and then to your affiliate product. The link is not an obvious affiliate looking link and you will be able to see how many people click on that link.

You could also disable that “/dogs-lik/3” link in the rotator dashboard so that it is not going through the rotation, and only being used for direct click counting.

After you gather some data, you see that one affiliate product is not producing at all. You can easily switch that affiliate link out for another affiliate product from within the rotator dashboard. You don’t have to edit the post or page, eliminating any risk of screwing something up on the post or page.

You can do all this without every leaving your WordPress admin area, and with only one plugin.

That is one way I use the WP URL Rotator for WordPress. Wp_Url_Rotator