ThirstyAffiliates vs. Pretty Links (Pretty Link Alternative)

ThirstyAffiliates Vs. PrettyLink

Are you currently comparing ThirstyAffiliates with Pretty Links? Looking for a viable Pretty Links alternative for your affiliate marketing needs?

We’ve stacked up and compared the features side-by-side and the results are in!

Today we’re going to be comparing ThirstyAffiliates with Pretty Links — both the free and Pro versions of each.

One thing we often find is that other link cloaking and link management solutions aren’t built with bloggers in mind. Busy bloggers need to leverage their resources so they get the most time possible for doing what they do great: creating content.

Unlike Pretty Links, ThirstyAffiliates is a solution purpose built with bloggers in niche website owners in mind. We aren’t a solution trying to deliver everything to everyone; we focus hard on the tools that matter for bloggers and niche website owners doing affiliate marketing. If you’re looking for a tool purpose-built for you then ThirstyAffiliates is the only Pretty Links alternative you should consider.

As bloggers, niche site owners, and affiliates ourselves we know what features are must-haves and what makes a tool like this great. We’ve been refining our tool for many years and are always finding new and innovating ways to improve.

There’s a lot that goes into producing a plugin like this, and it’s more than just adding features.

Here at ThirstyAffiliates, we pride ourselves on our customer service and try our best to ensure everyone has a good experience while using our product.

We give a 14-day refund satisfaction guarantee on our ThirstyAffiliates Pro product, and we take care of our customers personally when it comes to customer support issues rather than just sending everyone to an inactive forum.

With that all said, it’s often hard to compare two products directly based on features. We hope you find this comparison informative!

ThirstyAffiliates (Free Version) vs Pretty Links Lite

First, we compared the two free versions. Both ThirstyAffiliates and Pretty Links come in “free” or “lite” versions. As you can see in the table below, the ThirstyAffiliates free version is a favorable alternative to Pretty Links Lite.

  ThirstyAffiliates Pretty Links Pro
Shortening / Destination Cloaking Yes Yes
Link Categorization Yes – uses hierarchical WP taxonomy called “Link Categories”, works just like Post Categories Yes – uses its own grouping method called “Groups”
Uses Custom Post Types  Yes – uses standard WP core post type technology  No
Multiple Redirect Options Yes – 301, 302, 307 Yes – 301, 302, 307
Link Prefixes Yes – customizable link prefixes No – uses direct URLs
Stats Yes – includes Reports interface Yes – includes Reports interface
Affiliate Link Picker Tool Yes – works just like WP link tool + Advanced Link Picker as well Yes – basic list
Link Insertion Options Standard Link, Shortcode, Image Standard Link
Show Category Slugs in URLs Yes No
Import/Export Settings Yes No
Attach Images/Banners To Affiliate Links Yes No
No Follow Yes – globally or per link override Yes – per link
Open in New Window Yes – globally or per link override Yes – per link
Pass Additional Query Strings  Yes  Yes
Modularised Design Yes – you can turn off the parts of ThirstyAffiliates you don’t need for extra plugin speed No
Import/Export Settings Yes – easily export then import your global settings into another site for faster setup No
Quick Add Links Yes – quick add tool lets you add links on the fly Yes – but not from editor (WP dashboard widget)
In-built Proactive Link Fixer Yes – fixes older links in the content No
Uncloak Option Yes – to make links compatible with Amazon Terms of Service No
Rest API Compatibility Yes No

ThirstyAffiliates Pro vs. Pretty Links Pro

The results are in, check out how ThirstyAffiliates compares with Pretty Link Pro.

  ThirstyAffiliates Pretty Links Pro
Site License 3 Levels
– Single site
– 5 sites
– 10 sites
3 Levels
– Single site
– 2 sites
– 5 sites
Automatic updates Yes Yes
Automatic Keyword Linking Yes – with inbuilt caching & support for Unicode characters Yes
Advanced Statistics Reports Yes – multiple advanced Reports in a dedicated section Yes – Single report screen
Geolocation Link Redirect Yes Yes
CSV Import / Export Tool Yes – also supports merging Yes
Amazon API Importing Yes No
Google Analytics Click Event Pushing Yes – support legacy, universal & GTM Yes – but via a plugin integration
High-Speed HTAccess Redirect Yes No
Link Event Notification Emails Yes No
REST API Compatibility Yes No
URL Shortening (with & Yes No
Automatic Link Health Checker Yes No
Price Varies Varies

To learn more about the differences between ThirstyAffiliates versions, click here.

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17 thoughts on “ThirstyAffiliates vs. Pretty Links (Pretty Link Alternative)

    1. Ha! You’re the first one to notice since July, Will.

      They’re meant to be little green ticks but are pointing at a non existent file. I’ll fix that up tomorrow.

      Also, our plugin is free now, so feel free to download and try it out. Even better 🙂

  1. Ticks are still not working… lol

    I’m leaning toward Prettylink because I think it has one more useful feature: tweet badges.

    Does thirstyaffiliates offer that?

    1. Hey bee, thanks for spotting that. All fixed.

      I’m yet to hear anyone asking for tweet badges and I haven’t found a solid use case for that feature myself yet either. Is there any particular scenario you could share that you’re thinking of using that feature for? I’d love to include some more social aspects maybe with an add-on but to be honest from what I hear many people find it’s a bit superfluous for a link management tool. We’re focusing on other more important integrations for now unless there’s a really great reason to include it.

      Also, just to update the post above, our core plugin is entirely free now (we don’t have the tiered versions mentioned above anymore) so you can pick and choose the add-on pieces you’ll actually use. Feel free to download ThirstyAffiliates from and have a play.

  2. You plugin is cool, due to less downloads from plugin directory its always a doubt whether plugin will be updated by developer regularly or not.
    Can you add functionality of link like this – without any default slug in-between.

    Thanks !

    1. Hi Ashraf,

      Yes, we only listed our plugin on the directory like 6 months ago. Before that it was 100% premium, but we changed our business model which allows us to give away the core product for free.

      No slug is something that’s been on our list, but we haven’t had a lot of requests for it. I’ll look into it.

  3. Would love to see a fresh update to this post. It’s late 2017 and a lot of things have changed. Including higher prices, unfortunately.

    1. Hi Bradley, you can. Keep in mind that Pretty Link doesn’t use Custom Post Types so beware of link clashes between the plugins. I suggest putting your ThirstyAffiliates link prefix to something you know you haven’t used in Pretty Link. Hope this helps!

  4. Any chance ThirstyAffiliates will get the split testing feature of Pretty Links? This is the only feature that’s really swaying me to Pretty Links.

    1. Hey Rick,

      We used to have an add-on for split testing but going by the numbers it was the least purchased and downloaded add-on we ever had!

      Unless we get a lot of demand I doubt we’d put this in since most people split test on the landing page level and will generally just substitute the first affiliate link for some other affiliate link in the variation page.

      Hope this makes sense!

      If anyone else wants this feature please write in or leave a comment.

  5. I want to purchase Thirsty Affiliate plugin as I am impressed with comparison, I am currently using pretty like and as I see the Thirsty affiliate have fast HTaccess redirect and also import + link shorting,
    the question is, I am using Pretty links on my blogs now and have more than 300+ URL’s…

    Just need to know, can Thirsty affiliate import it? From pretty link or do you have any settings to migrate form, pretty link?
    Please let me know, so I can decide to purchase thirsty affiliates. As I dnt want o do manual migration of more than 300+ links…

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