How to CNAME Custom Domains from GoDaddy to LinkTrackr

We’ve had our custom domain feature for a very long time, and people who used GoDaddy had no issues mapping their domains to us using CNAME. However recently (ok maybe a year ago..) GoDaddy changed their system to allow only IP addresses in the CNAME.

That will not work, since our servers do not used a fixed IP address. I find this method very backwards. For example, when using Namechap you should have no issues putting an actual domain name for the CNAME settings.

Looking at GoDaddy’s official documentation, they seem to imply that only IP addresses can be used, and they seem to have missed a step in explaining how to do it with an actual domain name.

So I will let this guide help you.

Step 1: Make Sure Your Domain Can Be Used

In order to use a CNAME, make sure you are not already using this domain for your website, WordPress blog or other uses. Once the CNAME is complete, every URL from this domain will map to the LinkTrackr application.

GoDaddy Nameservers

Also make sure that you are using the default GoDaddy nameservers. If you are using another nameserver, switch back to the default.

You may want to allow a few hours for the changes to take effect, before GoDaddy will show you the advanced options for the domain.

Step 2: Edit Your GoDaddy CNAME Settings

In the Domain Manager, for the domain you want to use click “Manage DNS” like the image below. You will then see the main settings page for your domain.

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You will see the CNAME options first. Click the Edit icon for the “www” portion, and enter your default LinkTrackr URL for example and leave the TTL as “1 Hour”.

GoDaddy Name in LinkTrackr

You do not need to edit the “@” settings, and if you try to enter the default LinkTrackr URL here you will see an error message like this:

GoDaddy Name in LinkTrackr

Other registrars will allow you to use an actual domain here, GoDaddy will insist on IP address.

Step 3: Create a GoDaddy Redirect

To overcome this issue, the next step is to create a domain redirect in GoDaddy. Click on the edit icon and enter your redirect like the image below.

GoDaddy Redirect in LinkTrackr

GoDaddy Redirect

Click save. Make sure you check the last check box to update DNS. You need to give GoDaddy at least 8 hours to propagate this new settings. The CNAME will not work right away!

Step 4: Add the Domain in LinkTrackr

In your LinkTrackr account, click on Domains right under your name.

Custom Domain in LinkTrackr

Then, enter the new domain name using the CNAME method and click Add Domain.

GoDaddy Name in LinkTrackr

Now the domain has been entered into your account.

Step 5: Assign the Domain to A Project

Here’s the final step but DO NOT DO THIS unless you have tested your domain. When you type your custom domain in the browser, it should redirect you to the LinkTrackr login page. This means that the mapping is already functional. Otherwise, you need to wait for the domain to propagate or check if you’ve done the steps above.

Once you’ve confirmed the domain works, enter the project you want to use it with, and click on Settings. In the project settings page, choose the domain from the drop-down list.

GoDaddy Name in LinkTrackr

Now all your links and campaigns will use the custom domain you have added. Please take note that if you placed conversion codes or pixels using the default LinkTrackr URL before adding this domain, you will need to replace them with the new pixel codes.

I believe that’s about it. I’ve tested it and it works, but do email us if you have any issues with the GoDaddy CNAME option for adding custom domains in LinkTrackr.

Track Your Sales Conversions Like a Pro

Track Your Sales Conversions Like a Pro

Yet another upcoming feature we’ve added in LinkTrackr recently, that I did not mention in the previous post, is a revamped conversions page and file upload.

Previously, you had a report to view all your conversions in a pie chart format, as well as a table that showed you all the conversions in one table. However, we felt that it was still not giving you a complete picture of what’s happening with your marketing campaigns.

Plus, sometimes you record conversions in error, or incomplete conversions. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could edit the conversion? What if you missed out of tracking something and wanted an easier way to add it to your LinkTrackr reports?

Behold, the new features we’ve planned for Linktrackr!

View All Your Conversions Easily

With the new conversion tracking page, you can easily see the most important details of your conversion: Conversion Tracking Page

When you click “View / Edit” however, you see magic. Now we show you a complete timeline of the conversion, back  to the referring click. Plus, you can see all the important details including IP address and location:

Conversion Tracking Results

And yes, you can now also edit your conversion details, leave notes, or delete the individual conversion.

But that’s not all..

Easily Upload Your Conversion Reports

Previously, we did not allow you to manually add a single conversion, which can be useful. Although the file import feature was available, it was time-consuming and difficult for most users to get the data into the format we needed.

Now, you can add a single conversion pretty easily as long as you enter a Click ID, which is the key factor in tagging your conversion to the click.

Import Affiliate Commissions

You can also ignore the Click ID, but when you do that the conversion only shows up in summary reports.

Plus, a completely revamped file import feature allows you to easily add the reports you download from popular affiliate networks like Shareasale, ClickBank, Commission Junction and more.

Import Clickbank Commissions

All you have to do is download from the network, choose the predefined format, and upload your file. Conversions are added into LinkTrackr, but you can manually approve or reject each conversion first.

Importing Affiliate Commissions

NOTE: To use predefined reports you must not edit or modify the source file in anyway. Just upload it exactly as it is in CSV format.

Most of these feature are similar to our Shorty link cloaking plugin for WordPress. In fact, we introduced them in Shorty first, to test them out.

They work extremely well, and now we’re introducing the same features and workflow into LinkTrackr. We believe these new conversion tracking features will help you manage more conversions and affiliate commissions easily, from one central dashboard.

These new conversion tracking features and affiliate commission uploads are in development, and we expect to release them within the next 30 days.

New Features: Remarketing, Geo-IP Redirects, Click Timer & More!

New Features: Remarketing, Geo-IP Redirects, Click Timer & More!

We’re excited to announce a brand new set of features that you can use to fine-tune your marketing. You should already see it in your LinkTrackr dashboard since a few weeks ago, but let me explain how these features can help you.

Remarketing with Facebook, Adwords. Adroll & Perfect Audience

Remarketing for Affiliates

With the new remarketing feature, you can tag anyone who clicked on your affiliate marketing and use remarketing ads to promote related affiliate products to them. All you have to do is get the correct remarketing or pixel code, and place it in the relevant boxes.

When a user clicks on your cloaked affiliate link, the pixel will load in the background. Using your remarketing network, you can see the list or audience growing over time. Then, you can run ads to remarket to them.

This feature only allows you to remarket to those who clicked on the link, not those who purchased. To remarket to paying customers, you’ll need to place the remarketing code in the checkout pages which affiliates do not have access to. However, it’s entirely possible if you are promoting your own products.

Geo-IP / Country Based Redirects

Country Based Cloaking

With this new feature, you can maximize your ROI by sending traffic from different countries to different merchants, offers or landing pages. This is most useful for CPA marketing, since offers are tied up to countries.

For example, if a CPA offer only pays for American traffic, you are wasting any non-US traffic that you send. Now, you can redirect that traffic to a different offer that actually pays for them!

Expiration Timer / Click Limiter

Expiring Tracking Links

With the click limiter, you can have a cap on the total clicks you send to a landing page, and redirect all overflow traffic somewhere else. For example, if you are a solo ads marketer and need to deliver only 100 clicks to a client via email marketing, you can use this feature to deliver only what is required any not a click more.

With the expiration timer, you can set to redirect clicks to another URL after a certain time. This is very useful for promoting product launches. For example, you can send all traffic to the optin page prior to launch, and after launch redirect all clicks to the actual salespage.

You can also redirect all traffic back to your own website or a different affiliate product once the launch is over. The possibilities are endless!

We hope these new features can give you a marketing edge, but we’re not done. We’re speeding up development on easier ways to use your own domains, and revamping certain features like pixel tracking and postback tracking to make it much easier to use.

Stay tuned for more information on these, as well as separate tutorials on how to use each amazing new feature.

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 
  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 or 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.

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