I totally understand affiliate marketing, however, every time I try to dive into it, I get trapped. Where? In creating cloaks so that I am not giving away my affiliate ID. I recently started my own website and making informative posts, while mentioning products that I have used. I wanted to link them to my affiliate account but everytime I do this I seem to get a 404 error page.

I have tried first going through my host at host gator and creating a redirect...Im still uncertain of this process...but I tried, and it ended with a 404 error. I then tried to use Pretty Links plugin, but still, I get a 404 error page.

Any advice on how to get my affiliate links clean so they can read as a normal URL and not an affiliate URL?

PLEASE HELP. I would love to set up more affiliate links once I can get this down.