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How can I monitor an affiliate's site or get info about his traffic?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by embnet, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. embnet

    embnet Registered Member

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    I uploaded ebooks at tradebit months ago and get sales EVERY DAY! At least 4 each day. Sounds nice but the problem is I'm giving 70% commission to affiliates. So... the affiliates (I have 4) are making tons of money ($10100 sales since feb 2013 ... sold for $47 per book) and im only getting 15% of the $. I'm not going to change the commission because that might upset the afilliates ... leaving me with nothing. So I created 10 websites and are selling the same ebooks from my sites ... but NO TRAFFIC. Is there any way how I could find out how the affiliates are getting traffic? Or where their traffic is comming from? I have installed multiple widgets to show statistics, but their sites is not much different than mine. Their PR is also N/A and the keywords for their sites is blank???

    I have followed all the seo tips, submitted to multiple search engines, created an article and published it at hubpages and created my own self written eBook (containing links to my sites). My eBook is sold everyday by the affiliates ... but Im still not getting traffic.

    Anybody???
     
  2. the_demon

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    They might be buying traffic. Also, PR hasn't been update in over 6 months, so their "Google's Internal PR" calculation might be updated, but not reflected in the public PR toolbar.

    You can use tools like:
    - Alexa.com
    - Compete.com
    - SEMRush.com

    You're going to have to pay if you want real quality data and advanced insight. You could also social engineer your affiliates and try to trick them by saying you've noticed questionable sales lately and ask them where the traffic is coming from.

    Another tactic the affiliate could be using is using the domain you see to funnel traffic to you from their real sources, but have that domain as their referrer. Many affiliates, particularly super affiliates will do this to stop guys like you from stealing their traffic sources.
     
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  3. embnet

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    Hi. I'm already using alexa (etc) and tried using the traffic exchange but that increases your google bounce rate. I tried a few tricks to get info from them ... but then decided not to interfere. It might affect my sales rate. I doubt that they know my website addresses. It's all paid domains and neither 1 of them bought my book. They only sell it.
     
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    Hey. I'm glad their sales are so successful!! Putting money into my pocket for doing nothing! ;) . but I'm only earning 15% and need to boost my income and can't seem to find out what they are doing to be so successful. Can't trace their traffic. I just need to know where their traffic are coming from or what I'm missing or not doing...
     
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  5. Viscerally

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    You need to pay if you want detailed info on your competitors traffic such as their backlinks. Checkout mozDOTcom/tools everything you need and or want regarding monitoring and seeing your competitors traffic sources can be done there.
     
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    As everyone else said, the paid resources are the best. The follow.net browser plugin is pretty nifty as well.
     
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    Great! I'll check out the given plugins and some of the paid resources.
     
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    Use alexa for traffic!
     
  9. embnet

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    I am using alexa for traffic... but no luck. One of the reasons why I can't trace the affiliate to find out how he is getting his clients is because his address is a free subdomain address. If I try to trace the subdomain address only the info for the main domain address shown.
     
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    I dont know is it accurate or not, it gives info how many user traffic per day .statscrop.com
     
  11. embnet

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    I checked. It is also giving me statistics of the domain and not the specific subdomain. What I'm trying to accomplish is to get the traffic statistics of a specific subdomain so that I can determine how / why that website is getting so many visitors every day. The person managing that website (for free) is my affiliate selling my products 3 to 4 times each day. I'm glad, however I'm not getting any traffic to my own site (at that same domain) so would like to monitor that website's subdomain address to determine where the traffic is coming from. All the widgets that I have tested (+/- 10) give me statistics of the domain and not the subdomain.
     
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    Alexa is very skewed towards webmaster sites, because mostly web pros use it but not end users, so sites targetted at SEOs and webmasters in general will show an unreal number of visitors whereas .EDU sites for example won't. Alexa will give you an idea of traffic, nothign you should base your investments on. If you really want to invest seriously, you need proper market research, which requires some $ investment.
     
  13. embnet

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    I purchased GSA Search Engine Ranker today for $99 to see if I can boost my traffic by publishing my article to multiple engines. ... Anyway, it will be much appreciated if anybody can give me advice on how I can monitor a subdomain's website traffic. I don't mind paying $ for SEO tools that deliver satisfying results. The other tools mentioned in this thread will come in handy with some of my own domain websites.
     
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    For subdomain it will be hard as hell to find out their stats. It doesn't sound like they have a lot, as in massive traffic, and generally for a subdomain to be separated you would need to have a decent amount of traffic.
     
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    I'm certain that the subdomain site receive a lot of traffic because I've received at least 34 sales from that site during the past 8 days.
     
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    Have you look into your sales page format? A lot of times, a really good landing page/sales page will really make a huge difference. Try to also do split tests and see which works and which don't when it comes to your sales page. Try to also combine your SEO tactics with social media platform. It is also best if you look into websites with sales pages that sells. You can get a lot of ideas there. Good luck!
     
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    Well. If you compare his sales page with the page I'm using... you will see there's a BIG difference. He just copied and pasted everything. No menu, no pictures, no sidebar, or even a proper website title! I know 7 programming languages however decided to use free websites, choose pre-made templates and buy domains for it, because the pre-made templates are already fancy, menus already created and SEO tricks already included for the page. What I don't understand is ... why would visitors rather buy from a website with poor quality and less content than from a stylish website with more detailed content. :dontknow: