Add Custom Domain to LinkTrackr via CNAME Changes

The process to modify your domain’s CNAME is pretty much standard, but different registrars have different interfaces for getting it done. We will give you the NameCheap example as a guide. If you are using GoDaddy, their method is quite different. Please refer to the GoDaddy CNAME guide instead.

In Namecheap.com, once you’ve clicked on the domain you wish to use, you should be able to see an “Advanced DNS” option as shown below. Click on “Manage” for Host Records.

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Check to see if there are any entries for www or @ under host. If there are (like the example below), click on Edit. Otherwise, click on Add Records button.

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From here, select CNAME Record from the drop-down menu for the Record Type.

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And key in the following information as shown in the screenshot below.

Please remember to set the Target to your own Linktrackr account.

For example, if your username is peanuts, your target will be peanuts.linktrackr.com. By setting the host to www as shown below, you will automatically redirect all traffic from http://www.yourdomain.com to Linktrackr.

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Next, we need to create another record, to redirect the non-www URL of your domain (http://yourdomain.com) to Linktrackr as well. This time, set the Host to @.

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Advanced Tip: You can choose to only redirect just either the www or non-www version of your domain to Linktrackr, which is useful if you’re using Linktrackr for certain networks that doesn’t allow a redirect to an external domain such as AdWords.

If you don’t know how to make CNAME changes, please refer to the examples below based on domain registrar.

If your registrar is not in this list and you don’t know how to make the changes, please contact us. Also please allow up to 8 hours for the CNAME to take effect.

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.

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.

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