How To Pass Custom Parameter Data to Your Landing Pages

With LinkTrackr it is possible to pass your own tracking data from the source click to the destination URL or landing page. To pass-through any data you want, first turn on Parameter Parsing.

Custom Tracking Parameter

Then, you can add anything to the end of your tracking link, by adding ?parameter=value

If you add more than one parameter, make sure you are using the proper format and syntax. For example if you are passing two parameters, you need to add this at the end of your tracking link:

?parameter1=value1&parameter2=value2&parameter3=value3

Do not use any space in your tracking parameters, to avoid them breaking up in a browser. Always use space or underscore.

Not recommended:

?userid=12&page name=Top 10 Things to Do in Rome&button=Bottom Button

Doing it like this s not recommended, too many fail points if the string is broken.

Recommended:

?userid=12&page_name=Top_10_Things_to_Do_in_Rome&button=Bottom_Button

In the above example, the string is not broken by spaces. This is mch more reliable when passing your custom parameters.

If you want to pass parameters dynamically, it has to be done from the traffic source. For example, you can add custom code to replace the userid value with the user’s actual ID. This cannot be done from within LinkTrackr.

Here’s how the final link, using your standard LinkTrackr link with the tracking appened, looks like:

http://gigurl.com/linktrackr?userid=12&page_name=Top_10_Things_to_Do_in_Rome&button=Bottom_Button

So, you can use this method to instantly add any kind of tracking you want. These customs parameters you add will not show up in your LinkTrackr reports. If you want tracking that you can see in the reports, use the Campaign feature in LinkTrackr instead.

 

Email Conversion Tracking Using Your Subscriber’s Email Address

One of the most frequent questions we get is whether we can track conversions based on subscribers email address. The answer is actually YES, we can! And it’s really quite simple to do!

Setting Up Your Tracking Link

First of all, you will need to have an email list provider that lets you pass your subscriber’s email address to the email content itself, such as Aweber. Most providers do allow this.

Aweber, for example, uses the token {!email} to parse your subscriber’s email address. Do check with your provider to make sure you got the right variable.

Email Conversion Tracking

Once you have this, you can insert the variable to your LinkTrackr tracking link. Create a new campaign link or modify an existing campaign link, and insert the variable above in the “Content” box as shown in the image here:

Email Tracking

In reality, you can also use the token {email} as the Source or Campaign. It doesn’t really matter, as long as it groups correctly according to your marketing methods and system.

Just keep it consistent every time you track, and remember do not use space between words. For example, use cyber-monday (dash) or cyber_monday (underscore) instead to get rid of the space.

Create/Save the link and grab the generated campaign URL.

Email Conversion Tracking

For regular email tracking purposes, you would normally use the shortened link as this helps to hide any additional campaign tags and information.

However, for the purpose converting the tokens into actual values, you must use the long link.

The email provider can only convert tokens into values if it can read them. Here’s how you will put this long link in your email composing interface:

Email Conversion Tracking

You can also further choose to hide the short link by using a hyperlinked text in your email content.

Aweber Email Tracking

You may get an error when using the full link, but you can safely ignore this. Just make sure to test your email first to make sure everything is working properly afterward.

Hyoerlinks are neater and makes your email look better, but it only works for HTML emails.

Remember: You also need to set up your conversion tracking in order to actually track conversions!

If you need help setting up your conversion tracking, we already have a few articles on how you can do this:

Checking Your Conversions

So you’ve sent out an email blast and made some sales. Now it’s time to check who converted into sales!

Just go to your Reports > Campaigns > Content as shown here:

Email Conversion Tracking Report

The email addresses who those who converted will also be shown within the conversion details, shown as the Tracking Campaign information.

Email Conversion Tracking Report

Having the ability to check which email converted can be very helpful. For example, if you’re offering additional bonuses for purchases made from your link, you can easily verify who you should be sending them to.

You can use this method to track email conversions based on your subscriber’s name, country etc. You just need to use the correct tokens provided by your email software. The values should be passed to the tracking link in the actual email sent out to individual subscribers.

If you don’t have an email marketing tool yet, do check out Aweber. We have used them for years and it works flawlessly for our online marketing needs.

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. If you don’t use GoDaddy, please refer to the regular CNAME method tutorial. 

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.

Screenshot 2017-12-31 20.56.50

You will see the CNAME options first. Click the Edit icon for the “www” portion, and enter your default LinkTrackr URL for example gobala.linktrackr.com 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.

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