MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate Review – Finally a Worthy Affiliate Link Plugin

September 30, 2008 - Written by Gyutae Park  

If you’re like me, you’re constantly on the lookout for new WordPress plugins to expand functionality and to give you new tools to make blogging easier. Pawan Agrawal from MaxBlogPress is a great developer who has created a lot of widely-used plugins like the Stripe Ad, Favicon, and Max Banner Ads. I’ve tested a lot of his plugins on this blog and can confidently say that they are robust, innovative, and above all useful. Way to go Pawan.

Pawan’s latest project is called MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate and is a complete WordPress plugin that automatically converts keywords on your blog into affiliate links. If you’re trying to make money, this is a great solution with a ton of options.

Before Ninja Affiliate, I was using a similar plugin called WordPress Link Cloak but it did have a few limitations such as errors when displaying in RSS feeds and images, lack of click tracking, and inability to group keywords. You can also see a side-by-side comparison between MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate and WP Affiliate Pro.

Ninja Affiliate is by far the most comprehensive affiliate link plugin that I’ve seen and has solved many of my previous issues cloaking links. Below are some of its main features.

  • give links meaningful and easy-to-remember names
  • manage links by different groups
  • cloak links to prevent people from hijacking your commissions
  • insert affiliate links directly into the WordPress editor
  • limit the number of keyword-to-link conversions per page, assign the nofollow attribute and cache them to improve performance
  • change the text in the status bar for a link

Here’s a screen shot of my setting for PerformancingAds (<– did that turn into a link?).

Before I go on about how great this plugin is, there are a few minor bugs that I should mention. Hopefully, Pawan can clear these up soon.

  • status bar text doesn’t change in Firefox 3
  • I don’t know if it’s just me, but the backend interface doesn’t function properly. I need to check “cloak it” and “convert to keywords”, hit save, then go back to the edit page and enter in the text options, hit save, then check the “modify status bar text”, hit save, then enter in the text option, then save again. This is extremely annoying and time consuming but can easily be changed with a few design tweaks.

Other than that, Ninja Affiliate is great plugin that I would recommend to you if you’re a blogger looking to use affiliate links in your posts. It’s essentially the OIO Publisher for affiliate link management.

Pawan has set up a discount deal for all Winning the Web readers that goes until Friday, October 3rd 11:59 pm ET. The plugin normally sells for $97 but you can get it for $77 if you buy it here this week. Click here if you want to get in on this deal.

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17 Responses to “MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate Review – Finally a Worthy Affiliate Link Plugin”

Dan Grossman on September 30th, 2008

Looks like a nice plugin. I love how I see my own name in the first screen of his screencast at the discount page… he’s got one of my plugins installed 🙂

Gyutae Park on October 4th, 2008

Very cool. Looks like you plugin developers look out for each other. 😛 I’ll be reviewing your WP Review Site plugin soon as well.

 
 
Chetan on October 1st, 2008

I have used it and tested it month back.. Worked really well. A good piece of work by Pawan.

Gyutae Park on October 4th, 2008

I’ve been juggling around different link replace plugins for a while but this one is by far the best so far.

 
 
Danny Cooper on October 1st, 2008

It looks good but to be honest I don’t want to be spending that much on a plugin at the moment, I’ll go manual for now!

Gyutae Park on October 4th, 2008

I used to do it all manually as well – setting up individual PHP files with a redirect to the affiliate link. It was a time consuming process and I’m sure I lost a lot of potential commissions because of it. The price tag is pretty steep, but considering that you’ll be making money from it for years to come, I think it’s a good investment.

 
 
Paid Surveys Guy on October 1st, 2008

You know it’ll be good if its got the word ‘ninja’ in it! This is actually a really good idea though, I can’t wait to see if it works.

Gyutae Park on October 4th, 2008

Haha, well I think the “ninja” name comes from the fact that the affiliate links are cloaked so users can’t see the affiliate link. It’s a pretty creative name and I think the plugin lives up to it.

 
 
Zurpit on October 2nd, 2008

This is a great idea, but that is pretty expensive for a plug in

Gyutae Park on October 4th, 2008

I got a review copy for free so I’m not complaining, but I would have paid for it in a heart beat as well. The plugin makes you money for years to come and saves a lot of time with affiliate link management so it is well worth the price.

 
 
Steve on October 2nd, 2008

Hello,
Sounds like a great plugin I will test it out on our blog this weekend and let you know how it went.

Thanks
Steve

Gyutae Park on October 4th, 2008

Ok let us know what you think. Were you able to take advantage of the special discount for Winning the Web readers?

 
 
wisdom on October 2nd, 2008

Seems like a good plugin although a bit hefty price tag.

Gyutae Park on October 4th, 2008

The price tag might look hefty initially, but I think you have to look at the money-making potential of it as well. Once you do that, you’ll realize that you can easily make back the price with a few referrals from your affiliate links. If the rest of your blog is in good working order, I think Ninja Affiliate is a good investment.

 
 
Downloadic on October 18th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Its a good plugin. And the price is low.

 
Paula from Affiliate Blog Online on October 16th, 2009

Not sure why everyone is complaining about the cost of this plugin. Just think about the enormous amount of time you will save by using it.

I have tens of thousands of pages of content on a variety of blogs and I can just see the potential of this to quickly and easily create affiliate links on those pages.

I am just about to buy this plugin as I write this.

 
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