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Can I Tell If Someone Converts?

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by DeskCoder, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. DeskCoder

    DeskCoder Regular Member

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    Is there a way to tell if someone buys something from your aff link? I mean, me doing the tracking, not the aff company. I want to know if aff companies are screwing me over.

    I thought I saw someone mention on the forum that they were tracking this, but it boggles my mind how you can track something on someone else's site.
     
  2. anon7

    anon7 Newbie

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    I don't think there is any way to monitor an actual payment from someone else's site, since you would be beyond the first click through.

    The closest method that I know of is to use a cloaked re-direct with an embedded cookie to send the visitor directly to the payment page of the affiliate product. From there, you could use something like Web-Analiser Pro to track who clicks through and when.

    I use my own link cloaking product to do payment page redirects myself.

    Naturally, you want to have a decent pre-sell page (or a carbon copy of theirs if the copywriting doesn't suck) if you decide to send your visitors directly to the payment page.

    In the end, all this can really do is give you an indicator of how many visitors get to the payment page. I would guess that if you have a high number of click-thrus and an extremely low to no conversion rate (after the click-throughs) that you could be getting skimmed.

    If your visitors are interested enough to click your link, then you should theoretically get higher conversions after the click. If you were to use this method across different affiliate programs, you should get a rough average of typical conversion rates after the click-throughs.

    With all the variables involved, it's still a pretty rough indicator. I suppose sticking with known reputable affiliate programs is always the safest bet.

    -Anon7
     
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  3. ximscreamingx

    ximscreamingx Power Member

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    You can ask the merchant (or aff manager) to place a tracking pixel in your completion page so you can track your leads.