New Custom Domain Script for More Branding

New Custom Domain Script for More Branding

Previously, the only way you can use a custom domain in Linktrackr is to modify the CNAME details of a domain within your domain registrar’s control panel. This is still the best way to brand your tracking links, but new marketers may find dealing with CNAMEs a bit daunting.

So, we’ve added a simple script that you can upload to your website and use your existing URLs as your custom domain. Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the script from the custom domains page within your LinkTrackr account to get your customized script. This script will be pre-coded with your default tracking URL for example username.linktrackr.com 
  2. Upload the entire script folder to your domain using any FTP application, and rename the folder to anything you want. For example go or track or even just x.
  3. Enter the full path to your script folder in your LinkTrackr custom domains page, for example yourdomain.com/track or track.yourdomain.com if you’ve set it up as a subdomain.
  4. Set your domain as the Primary domain, and it will appear in all your tracking links.

Take not however, that link cloaking will not work with this method because all the script does is complete a permanent redirect to your default LinkTrackr URL.

A full set of instructions is also included in the script folder detailing step-by-step instructions to setup your custom domain script, as well as the requirements.

New Overage Clicks Billing Feature

New Overage Clicks Billing Feature

We’re excited to announce two new features for Linktrackr that have been requested countless times. In part of our push to get LInkTrackr to the next level, these two new features were released quietly last week. Let’s go into the details here.

New Overage Pricing Features

Previously, Linktrackr worked on a pre-paid system for overages. If your clicks were getting close to your monthly click limits, you had to buy more clicks in advance. We’ve corrected that to match what our users expect.

Now, once your account is over your click quota, we continue to keep tracking every single click, and bill you later for overages. Of course, you have the option to turn off overage billing, if you do not want that to happen.

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We send you a warning email when your click limit exceeds 75% of your quota, and another email when it has exceeded 90% of your quota. Therefore, there’s ample time for you to decide if you want to scale back on usage, or keep going past your limit.

If you’ve turned this off, you can still access your dashboard and look at your stats. However, your clicks will no longer be tracked and we will display a message at the top of your dashboard informing you as such.

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How Overage Pricing is Billed

With the new method, we’ve also reduced to the cost per overage click to just $0.0005. That comes up to just $0.50 for an additional 1,000 clicks above your monthly click limit. Overage clicks however cannot be more than 2x your monthly click limit. If you force to get a huge surge of traffic, you can upgrade to a bigger plan to accommodate for the surge.

You will receive a new invoice on the 3rd of the next month for your overage clicks in the current month. This invoice has to be paid separately from your normal monthly subscription. If your total billable amount is less than $1.00 no invoice will be issued. Instead, this amount will be deducted from your account credits.

Niche Website Builder Software – Nichify

Niche marketing website builders are a must-have tool for anyone serious about creating autopilot niche websites. Without a system, and the correct methodology, niche website building becomes impossible when you have hundreds of sites to manage and curate.

Niche Website Builder – Is WordPress Really The Answer?

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The most popular niche website creator today is WordPress, and the reasons are obvious. WordPress is free, open-source, highly customizable and is well supported by thousands of designers and developers. However, there are other hidden costs and issues to using WordPress as a niche affiliate website builder.

Here are the most obvious drawbacks of using WordPress, which most peopler overlook when they drool over the idea of WordPress being “free”:

  • It’s not really free – You need to pay for your own domain name, web hosting, niche WordPress theme, and email marketing software. You can find ways to squeeze the cost down to a minimal amount, but by doing so you generally compromise uptime and security.
  • Management nightmare – No niche marketers I know of has only one website. In fact, it’s not uncommon to hear of marketers building hundreds or thousands of niche websites. Imagine how much time you typically spend on a monthly basis updating your WordPress software, themes, plugins, and approving comments. Now multiply that by a thousand, and suddenly you realize the long-term costs of using WordPress is huge.
  • Constant security threat – Being one of the most popular open-source publishing platforms, its source code is open for everyone to hack. It’s a constant game of cat-and-mouse between hackers and the open source community to either exploit or fix vulnerabilities. Almost everyone I know who use WordPress as a niche websites builder have experienced a hacking episode or two. The cost of recovering your websites can be huge, and the cost of installing extra security measures to prevent hacking can be expensive as well.
  • Scalability costs – One of the most underestimated component of niche marketing with WordPress is the spiraling cost as you build more sites. You will soon need to pay for a tool like ManageWP, or hire freelancers to manage and update your WordPress niche sites.

So WordPress is good, it’s great to start with. Ultimately however, its not great for scaling your niche marketing efforts into a real business capable of generating thousands of dollars per month in bottom-line profits.

Manage Multiple Niche Websites With Nichify

After our nightmare with WordPress hackers and bugs, we decided that perhaps the world needs a better way to create and manage niche websites. When we decided to create our own niche website builder software, one of the things we focused on was multiple website management. As a result, Nichify is very user-friendly and switching from one niche site to another is a breeze.

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Right from the dashboard, you can see how each website is doing in terms of website visitors and optin subscribers. Click “Manage” to launch that particular site. Adding new sites is also easy. You need only one login to manage all your niche sites.

With Nichify we also decided to focus on 3 vital aspects of build niche websites: automation, email marketing, and content creation.

Niche Marketing Website – Affiliate Automation

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One of the biggest challenges in building niche websites for affiliate marketing is finding and promoting related affiliate products. It’s easy to do that when you first create your site. However, over time some advertisers go out of business, some switch networks, and others simple abandon affiliate marketing. You end up with tons of broken affiliate links that get tons of click, but generate zero revenue.

With Nichify, we have a built in affiliate link automation feature. All you need to do is enter your affiliate ID, and Nichify will automatically:

  • Convert keywords within your content into relevant affiliate links. We use our own contextual algorithm to match your page content to the most profitable affiliate products.
  • Display “Related Websites” at the bottom of each post, each embedded with your affiliate link and relevant to the content
  • Display banner ads and other affiliate tools automatically, also contextual

At the moment, Nichify only works with Ashadee. This is because Ashadee is our sister company and is the most equipped for Nichify. Other networks like ClickBank and JVZoo are the next top priorites, also it will require more data manipulation and even some manually copywriting by our team.

Email Marketing & Autoresponder Integrated Into Your Niche Website

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List building and autoresponders are a key aspect of any niche website builder. With WordPress, you would have to subscribe to a service like Aweber or iContact, generate your option forms, and integrate the option forms into your WordPress blog. This mean that right off the bat, you would be paying between $17 – $69 a month just to enable email marketing for your niche site. It may take you months to generate enough traffic to actually start getting optin subscribers, but you will be paying ever single month for your email marketing software.

With Nichify, we developed a built-in auto responder with basic email marketing features like sequential follow-ups, option forms, double opt-in confirmation, HTML emails and unsubscribe links. Now, you’re ready to start getting optin subscribers as soon as your niche website goes live, without incurring any additional costs. For most niche marketers, the basic features we have are more than enough, although we’re open to adding more key features in the near future.

Simple, Clean Niche Website Builder Interface

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As with all our software like Heylo, LinkTrackr and Ashadee, Nichify will focus on simplicity, ease of use and speed.

Nichify will be launched soon, and we’ll update our progress on this blog when its ready. Our team is putting enormous effort in updating our current system, adding multi-site capabilities and updating the user interface.

When it’s done, I hope Nichify will be the ultimate niche website builder software the world has ever seen!

What Is CPA Marketing and How Does It Work?

What is CPA marketing or Cost Per Action marketing, and how does it work?

Here’s the de facto WikiPedia explanation on CPA marketing:

Cost Per Action or CPA (sometimes known as Pay Per Action or PPA; also Cost Per Conversion) is an online advertising pricing model, where the advertiser pays for each specified action – for example, an impression, click, form submit (e.g., contact request, newsletter sign up, registration etc.), double opt-in or sale.

That’s a very broad definition of CPA. In reality, the advertising world uses the term CPM (Cost Per Mille) to track banner impressions, and CPC (Cost Per Click) to track clicks and unique visitors.

We find the word CPA used in many affiliate networks and advertising platforms, each with a slightly different variation of what CPA means. So here’s a diagram to explain what CPA really means, according to us, in layman terms:

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CPA Marketing for Agencies

For advertisers and agencies, CPA marketing means generating a lead or sale on their website. This is also referred to as “Performance-Based Marketing”, or a method for pricing ads and traffic based on the action generated by that ad. For agencies, this is something new, as their typical model is CPM or CPC. In fact a lot of agencies today still display on those two models.

CPA Marketing for Affiliates

For affiliates, CPA affiliate marketing means getting paid for a sale or lead. However, here’s where the misnaming occurs.

Some affiliate networks use the term CPA to refer to lead generation offers, which are also called “Lead Gen” in some instances. In such cases, the traditional model of getting paid a percentage commission based on sale is referred to as “Rev Share”.

Also, since affiliates are more concerned with how much they get paid, the term PPL (Pay Per Lead) and PPS (Pay Per Sale) is also used in some networks.

There  is no industry standard naming guide, so it’s messy and confusing. Generally speaking however, the term CPA has been used so inaccurately by tons of CPA marketing networks and CPA marketing programs, that the term now simply means getting paid a fixed sum for generating a lead to a free offer. 

In our own affiliate network, Ashadee, we refer to it as CPL or Cost Per Lead. This is what the mainstream advertising industry uses, so were sticking with that.

No matter what actual term is used, CPA marketing is beneficial to advertisers and affiliates.

Market Health Review – Is MarketHealth a Scam?

Market Health Review – Is MarketHealth a Scam?

In this Market Health review, we try to give you an honest opinion of MarketHealth as an affiliate network, and reveal if MarketHealth is a scam. Please check our review of a similar affiliate network focused on health offers, called SellHealth.

MarketHealth Review – Offers and Products

Market Health Review

Market Health as you can tell, is focused on the health & fitness niche. So unless you’re in this niche, there’s no real reason to signup for Market Health. If you are in it however, then MarketHealth has tons of offers that can fill your bank with affiliate commissions.

Most of the offers are CPA offers, with a fixed “bounty” or “reward” per action. An “action” is a sale or lead. There are also “revenue sharing” or “rev share” offers, which as calculated as a percentage of sale.

One thing you will notice is the focus on many different regions, countries and languages. If you can build a niche health site in French, for example, you can easily fill it up with related offers with landing pages in French. This is a great opportunity most affiliates in into US are not fully tapping in to.

Market Health Review – Affiliate Tools

While doing our Market Health review, we realized that it runs of the HasOffers platform. Therefore, it inherits a lot of awesome affiliate tracking tools such as tiny URLs, source attribution, up to 5 sub ids, QR code and impression pixels. As a LinkTrackr user, you can easily integrate our ad tracking features into any HasOffers platform, which is especially useful when tracking PPC clicks.

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Market Health also has conversion tracking features like JavaScript, pixel and post back URLs. Again as a LinkTrackr user you can tap into our pixel tracking or conversion tracking features to get more data into each affiliate campaign. Plus, you can easily view your conversions within your Linktrackr account.

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Other Related Market Health Reviews

Of course, you should also read what other people have to say about MarketHealth before making up your mind if you want to be an active affiliate. Here are some of the more complete MarketHealth reviews we’ve come across:

If you’re satisfied with our Market Health review, you can signup free for MarketHealth here.