How to track affiliate links when they only allow one link?

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by weBay, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. weBay

    weBay Senior Member

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    HI,

    The main product I am selling has decided to abandon clickbank and set up there own in house affiliate programme.

    My main issue with this is that they only allow 2 different affiliate links per affiliate! How the hell am I suppose to track my sales? I use squidoo, articlesbase, wordpress, ezines plus many other techniques. I need at leat 20 or 30 different tracking ID's.

    I thought about using an URL shortener but the ones I know about only allow one URL per short link.

    I guess I could redirect through a load of .info's and put them in a URL shortener. Seems very long winded though - there must be an easier way!

    Any suggestions? I dodnt like clickbnk much but at least they had reasonable tracking of links.

    Please help me people!

    weBay
     
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    cbnoob Senior Member

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    you can track the link by using bit.ly. However, it's only tracks click, not sale
     
  3. weBay

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    HI,

    Thanks for reply but I think bit.ly only lets you make one short link per long link? SO that wouldnt work unfortunately...
     
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    Set up your own click tracker on your own domain to track traffic. You can use anything from a quick hack up to Prosper202. I use my own script with geotargeting and referrer blanking built in.

    Tracking conversions will be difficult if they don't allow proper tracking urls. If they show referrers for clicks / sales then you can add your own query string to your referring urls depending on where the traffic came from.

    Sounds like a pretty half assed company though.
     
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    Hi,

    Yes they are a half arsed company! BUT I have spent3 months building blogs and articles for their product so I dont want to just drop them becuase of this.

    Your idea sounds like a good idea. Prosper202 seems to be for pay per click which I don't do. I think there is a thread on here somewhere about setting up your own click tracking/URL shortener. will dig it out!

    Thanks!
     
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    prosper202 is good. its not only for ppc you can create many tracking links pointing to your 1 link quite easily with it. At the moment its probably best solution that comes into my mind.
     
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