ReaderLinks Help – ReaderLinks Links Types
If you have installed the ReaderLinks WordPress plugin, you’ll be able to use your own WordPress website domain to share your links. If you don’t have a WordPress site, you can use the standard ReaderLinks links.
What you may not know is that these are completely interchangeable, meaning that you can use either type of link. They’ll function precisely the same as far as what they do, but the standard ReaderLinks link will be much faster than the WordPress one.
This is because WordPress is notoriously slow at loading. Plus, the more plugins you use on your WordPress site, the slower it’s going to get. Couple that with inexpensive web hosting and you could be looking at 5+ seconds before your site even loads. That’s a long time to expect a person to wait for a link to load!
Some advertisers may penalize you due to slow load times, too. While it’s not yet been verified, some authors have reported that they believe Amazon has been feeding their ads more slowly because of long load times.
Fortunately, ReaderLinks is there for you to help speed up the redirection time while still giving you geolocation (making sure the reader goes to the proper service page for their country), link tracking, and even the Facebook Audience Pixel.
And now we make it easy for you to select between the WordPress ReaderLinks Link and the Standard ReaderLinks Link.
Now, you may be concerned with putting a Standard ReaderLinks Link on a Facebook ad, but remember that Facebook will check the link and put the destination page as the URL for the ad. Just be sure to leave the Display Link portion of the Facebook Ad blank so that Facebook will get the resultant URL for you.
Our testing shows that sometimes Facebook will not resolve the readerlinks.com URL to the destination site. Here’s an image that shows that…
If that happens to you, fill in the Display Link field with the name of the destination service and submit the ad for approval. It may or may not be approved, but I have done three ads today with this pointing to amazon.com (as the Display Link) and they were all approved.
The worst case scenario is that you either go back to your WordPress ReaderLinks URL for these or you allow the ad to display readerlinks.com.
The good news is that we are authors here, so ‘readerlinks.com’ is a pretty decent URL for readers to click! 😉
Finally, note that if you are using a Facebook Pixel (and you should be!), ReaderLinks now supports the use of those pixels via our Standard ReaderLinks links.
Please refer to Facebook’s help page for setting up a Facebook Pixel: https://www.facebook.com/business/help/952192354843755
Once you have your pixel in place on Facebook, check out the following two ReaderLinks help sections: