Simple Affiliate Links WordPress Plugin 2024 ($$ Free)

Affiliate/referral links could be long and difficult to remember. My Simple Affiliate Links WordPress Plugin helps you to create and shorten any internal or external links. Create your difficult to remember referral links once and use them anywhere in your posts or pages. You can also use the plugin to shorten long URLs to simple pretty links such as ‘‘.

The Simple Affiliates Plugin creates Referral Custom Post Type. Having added the link, when adding links in your post, you can select the same.
With my plugin activated, you can insert referral links in your posts/pages with ease

I can create custom plugins to help you manage content of many types such as Venues, Forms, Docs, FAQs and more with ease. Get in touch today!

How to add affiliate links and insert them in your posts

Watch this video – Simple Affiliate Links WordPress Plugin or follow the step by step instructions below.


In this short illustrated tutorial, I show you how to:
– install my simple affiliate links plugin,
– create and manage referral links
– insert referral links into posts/pages with ease

Total Time: 5 minutes

  1. Install and activate the Page Links To plugin

    A. From your WordPress admin menu, select Plugins | Add New
    B. Search for “page links to”
    C. Install and Activate the Page Links To plugin by Mark Jaquith

    Important: My plugin ONLY works if the Page Links To plugin is installed and active.


  2. Download my Simple Affiliate Links plugin

  3. Install and activate my Simple Affiliate Links plugin

    A. From your WordPress admin menu, select Plugins | Add New | Upload Plugin
    B. Find, select and open the “Simple Affiliate Links” plugin
    C. Activate the plugin


  4. Add your referral links (once)

    My plugin adds a new section to WordPress admin menu to create and manage all your affiliate/referral links in one place.
    A. From your WordPress admin menu, select Referral Links > Add new Referral.
    B. Give your referral link a descriptive title e.g. GeneratePress Premium
    C. Paste the affiliate link e.g. and select Publish.

    Repeat this step to add all your affilate links.


  5. Insert Affiliate Link

    Once you have saved the referral link, you can insert then into your posts and pages.
    A. In your post/page, highlight the text that you want to attach the link to. Now click on the Link button.
    B. Since the referral links have been saved to your own site, it is quick and easy to search for it. Type a word or two from your referral link title, and WordPress will find it for you.
    C. Referral links are a separate custom post type show up distinct from post or page


  6. Publish post/page

    The link (A) redirects to the referral/affiliate site (B) as illustrated below.

    Referral Link on the page showing the affiliate URL

  7. Manage your affiliate links

    In future, if your affiliate link changes you don’t have to go change the link in multiple posts or pages where you used the link.
    To modify existing affiliate links, simply select Referral Links > All Referral Links > Edit and update the affiliate URL and Publish.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Custom Post Type?

While there are already standard post types within WordPress (like posts and pages), I like to create my own post type to break things down into smaller categories. In addition to Pages and Posts, WordPress allows us to create and manage content of many types such as Venues, Forms, Docs and FAQs (illustrated below and many more) with ease.

WordPress Content Types

For example, I wanted to have a separate section on Referral Links, therefore I created a custom post type for them.

Creating a custom post type is easy…

function my_custom_post_referral_links() {
$args = array(...);
register_post_type( 'product', $args );
add_action( 'init', 'my_custom_post_referral_links' );

Refer to smashing post The Complete Guide To WordPress Custom Post Types.

Why create this Affiliate Links Plugin?

While there are a several free affiliate link plugins on the WordPress plugin repository, most of them were either an overkill for my needs or had ads etc that made them less suitable for my needs.

Whilst the the Page Links To plugin by Mark Jaquith is very good, I wanted to create these links as a distinct post type. I decided to wrap the referral links custom post type that I created for my personal use into a lightweight plugin (3kb).

Referral Custom Post Type can be selected when creating links

I can create custom plugins to help you manage content of many types such as Venues, Forms, Docs, FAQs and more with ease. Get in touch today!

I hope you find the plugin useful. Please feel free to share or leave a comment below.

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