Disadvantages of Trying to Use Free Link Cloakers for Affiliate Links

Tempting as it may be, the fact of the matter is that free link cloakers tend to come hand in hand with several disadvantages. Although these cloakers have certainly grown in popularity by leaps and bounds, they still are lacking in terms of certain features and more often than not the disadvantages that they contain could actually mean that you’re going to end up worse off should you use them. So despite the fact that there are free link cloakers out there, you should thread with care unless you want to end up falling victim to the downsides they possess.

One of the biggest disadvantages of free link cloakers is their popularity. Nowadays, everyone wants to cloak their links, and although a fair number of people want to do so for legitimate reasons, there are still quite a lot of people who wish to cloak their links for other, less savory, reasons. Some of these links would contain things such as adult websites, negative links, or even links to malicious websites. All things said and done, this has served to give many free link cloakers a bad name, and ruined their reputation.

Also, it is the reason why many free link cloakers actually end up getting shut down after a short span of time.

Yet another downside of free link cloakers lies in the fact that the links you obtain very often turn out to be far from permanent. Thus, if you intend to rely on these links, you’re going to find that from time to time you need to update them so that they don’t end up simply dying on you one fine day. Worse – if your links actually do end up dying on you, you may never actually find out about it until much later!

All things said and done, free affiliate link cloakers really do carry a hefty price. Sure, they might cost you absolutely nothing to use, but you’re going to end up paying one way or another when they actually collapse and take all your links with them. Frankly, the question you need to ask yourself is whether or not it is really worth risking the loss in sales in order to save a few dollars by using a free affiliate link cloaker.

More importantly, you should also ask yourself how much you trust the person running the cloaker, and whether or not there is a chance that they will actually alter your links to serve their own affiliate id! In all seriousness, this is a situation that many marketers have found themselves victim of in the past!

Remember this: Nothing is really free. Despite the fact that free link cloakers may seem to be attractive, they do have an ugly side and now that you know about it, you should know well enough to steer clear of them as far as possible. Of course, not all of them may end up suffering from these disadvantages, but once again: Do you really want to take that risk?

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