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CPanel – Redirects

In this video, I’m going to show you how to create redirect links using cPanel. Now, there are two main reasons why you’d want to use a cPanel redirect. The first reason is to simply collect all your existing traffic that may be going to an outdated or a nonexistent page on your website, and to redirect that traffic into a more updated or recent page, and the same thing goes for any URL structures that you may have changed, and so on.

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And the second reason is to redirect affiliate links. Now, there are several solutions out there that you can use to manage and redirect your affiliate links, but you can also do the same thing for free, using the cPanel account.

So the first thing you need to do is log in to cPanel, scroll to the bottom; there, you would see Domains, and then click on Redirects. So make sure you select the (301) Redirect, which is the permanent redirect. And then select your root domain…enter the page name, including the page extension here – for example, .html, or .php, and then enter the actual link that you want to redirect to.

Finally, make sure that you have selected to redirect with or without the www. And then click on Add.

So now, my redirect link has been created. So if I copy this link, paste it to my browser and hit enter, then it will automatically take me to Clickbank.com. However, this type of redirect is not suitable if you already have a WordPress blog, or any other type of content management or CMS system that gives us a .ht access file on the root of your domain.

So I’m gonna show you a simple way to overcome this limitation. Again, make sure you have selected a permanent (301) Redirect. But now, instead of using the root domain, for example, youractualurl.com, I have created a subdomain, and I’m gonna use the subdomain here. Okay? And I can either redirect the entire subdomain, or I can also add a file name, similar to what I did earlier.

And then I’m gonna select the actual URL to redirect to. And then make sure that you redirect with or without the www. Click on Add.

Okay, so it says, the redirect test.youractualurl.com/affiliate.html now redirects to www.clickbank.com. I’m going to click on Go Back, and if I scroll to the bottom here – okay, so I’ll be able to see the true redirect links that I have just created. Now, what I’m gonna do is click on this link and open in a new tab, and I’m gonna show you what happens.

So here, you can see the redirect link that we’ve created earlier, and you can see that it automatically redirects to the URL that I specified before, which is www.clickbank.com.

So that’s how you create cPanel redirects. It’s a very simple, cost-effective, and easy way to direct traffic to your new or updated page or website, and also to manage and mask your affiliate links.