Link Cloaking is a very important step in any online business while dealing with affiliate programs. If you are not using a domain name forwarding then cloaking is a must do the task to forward the visitor to your landing page or site.
Cloaking does present the webpage or URL to the search engine different than that one anticipated by the visitor. In affiliate marketing, cloaking prevents from other affiliates or software from spying on your affiliate ID.
Make sure that you always cloak your affiliate links while promotion of any product at your blogs, landers, squidoos, hubpages, classified ads etc. This will not only improve your conversion rate but also prevents the commission theft.
The following services will shorten your URL and cloak the affiliate link: