Why Doesn’t The Viral Bar Work on Some Sites?

The LinkTrackr viral bar frames the content of the actual webpage in a way that the source URL is hidden from the user. Instead of seeing the actual URL, the user will see whatever link URL you’ve specified in your account.

However, not all websites allow the cloaking and framing of their content. Therefore, they have in place codes to either break the cloaked page and display the actual page, or to display an error page when you attempt to cloak their pages.

Some of the know websites that do this include Facebook, Aweber, and ClickBank (order pages). In most such cases, the websites would clearly specify that you’re not allowed to frame the content of their pages.

For such websites, we advise you to not use the viral cloaking bar. Instead, just use LinkTrackr to track clicks and visits to the website.

Customizing The Viral Bar

The Viral Bar is an extended option for LinkTrackr’s link cloaking feature, and can be customized for each different Project you run.

To customize your viral bar, simply click on the Settings option on the Project you want to edit.

Search for the Viral Bar option, and click on Custom.

From here you can change the settings to customize the viral bar to suit your own needs.

We recommend displaying the credits with your affiliate link, as this is the easiest way to earn recurring commissions from our affiliate program. We also recommend that you show a disclosure policy every time you use the Viral Bar, unless you are not using it to promote affiliate links.

How to Exclude Bots, Domains and IP Addresses in LinkTrackr

When it comes to tracking marketing efforts, it’s a given that we would want to track only real human interactions. Automatic crawlers, spiders or bots often makes up a good portion of “clicks” that are useless to us and therefore skews our data. While LinkTrackr automatically filters all known bots, there may be times when you would want to change this setting.

Not only that, you may even want to exclude clicks from specific domains or IPs, and here is how you do it.

All bots, domains and IP exclusion settings are on a per-Project basis, so you’re actually able to only set these for specific projects in your account. From your main dashboard view, find the project you wish to edit the settings for and click on the Settings option on the lower right corner.

Scroll down and set the Session & Exclusion configuration to Custom.

 

Make any necessary changes like in the screenshot above and click on Save Changes below when you’re done.

You can change this setting at any time and for any project within your LinkTrackr account.

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 Use Server Postback Tracking on LinkTrackr

Postback tracking is also known as Server-to-Server (S2S), is a much more reliable way of tracking your sales and leads. Unlike pixel tracking, it does not use cookies to track your conversions. This means that you’ll still be able to track your sales even if your leads cleared their cookies, changed browser or even devices!

Advantages of Postback Tracking

Simply put, postback tracking is more accurate and reliable compared to any other forms of conversion tracking available at the moment.

For one thing, it doesn’t rely on cookies to help track user activities. Cookies has never been a smart way to keep track of user activities, and with the rising concern for privacy online, it has become even harder to accurately use this as more Internet users are clearing or even outright blocking the use of cookies on their browsers. Let’s not forget that the average person now has access to more than one device connected to the Internet, and cookies does not transfer from one browser to another, much less from device to device.

Postback tracking reduces and arguably even eliminates these issues by skipping the use of cookies altogether!

Postback tracking relies on the use of a unique ID generated when a link is clicked, and this is then passed all the way through the merchant or network and finally back to you via a postback link. In LinkTrackr, this unique ID is called the Click ID. You can find out more about LinkTrackr’s Click ID on our article on how to track your affiliate commissions.

How to Use Postback Tracking on LinkTrackr

In order to use postback tracking in LinkTrackr, you’ll need to first generate a Click ID that will be used with both your tracking link and postback URL.


It all starts with a tracking link. When creating or editing an existing link, make sure to enable the Affiliate Tracking option. You’ll see a new option called SubID Format and you just need to select the SubID format used by your affiliate network from the drop down list. You can find a link to a chart of SubID used by some of the most popular affiliate networks, but you can also find this from your affiliate network directly. If your SubID format is not listed, you can also select the Custom option and enter the SubID in the new field that shows up.

This is a very important step and you must ensure that you have the right SubID format used by your affiliate network or the postback will not work!

Next we’ll create the actual postback URL to be used for tracking your sales / leads.

Select Goals from your LinkTrackr dashboard and choose the Postback Tracking option.

The first variable here is also the most important – the Click ID. This is the same SubID used in the previous step. For example, if you used aff_sub as the SubID format in the previous step, the Click ID here must also be aff_sub!

The rest of the settings shown are less important and while you can use the different variables provided by your affiliate network, you can also enter static values. For example, you may enter offer_name (if that is the variable used by your network), or you can just enter “trafficguide”.

As for Unique Goal ID, this may actually be left blank if you do not wish to track using the order ID or transaction ID variable used by your network.

SSL Security should only be turned on if required, and should only be used with default tracking domain name. Do not use custom domain name with SSL enabled unless you have your own SSL certificate installed and active on the domain name.

Finally, just give the postback goal a name and click on “Create Postback”.

Copy the postback URL found at the top of the page and place it in your affiliate network.

Testing Your Postback

As with any other tracking methods, make sure you test to check if the postback is working correctly.

You can do this by clicking on the tracking link first, and then copying + pasting the postback URL and hit enter on your browser. This should produce a blank page, but you will be able to see a click and conversion showing up in your conversion reports.

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