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Supporting Google Conversion Tracking

Discussion in 'CPA' started by mystery, May 20, 2009.

  1. mystery

    mystery Regular Member

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    Ok, so most of the networks support google conversion tracking and can provide us info on which keywords produced the sales and such.

    The problem is that I've setup my landing pages with my own links that redirect to the aff link. This of course allows me to do some little tracking and may allow me to blank the referral as well.

    Question is: does this conflict with the network's google conversion tracking system? Would they be able to provide me with the google data about which keywords produced sales? Or should I use the direct affiliate links?
     
  2. mystery

    mystery Regular Member

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    No one knows an answer to this?
     
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    solarfl4re Registered Member

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    I don't think it will show you the keywords if you do that, but not 100%. Why not just use something like Prosper202 to cloak the referrer and track keywords & conversions.
     
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  4. mystery

    mystery Regular Member

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    How much does prosper202 cost per month? Is it the only service that allows tracking keywords conversions?

    I've already invested in a coupla tools, including market samurai for keyword research.
     
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    cupid_stunt Junior Member

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    Prosper202 is a free service and it does the job just as well as Google's tracking.

    Rather than blanking the referrer you could try faking it instead and it might not cause problems with the tracking.
     
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  6. mystery

    mystery Regular Member

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    The free version is called Tracking202. They have a paid version now called Prosper202 pro. Correct?

    Does the free version have CONVERSION tracking info? i.e. which adwords keywords resulted in sales, by retrieving data from the specific network?

    Also just a quick question: the network said they support google conversion tracking, but I can't see much details in their statistics. Do I need to later ask for it or what?
     
  7. bbyte

    bbyte Registered Member

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    Actually, the free version which they host is called Tracking202, Prosper202 is the same thing, but self-hosted. Tracking202 Pro is their latest and greatest and is a paid version which has a lot of nifty additional features such as logging in on your networks to check the stats. They all have conversion tracking, x202 automatically appends the keyword.

    "Google Adwords Example: &t202kw={keyword}"

    x202 also automatically appends the subid, so you can pull up those as well, then import them back to x202 and see which ones were conversions. Ooor you could have x202 generate a tracking pixel for you and have your AM put it on the merchant's page. This way you'll get instant feedback to see if an offer converted or not.
     
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    cupid_stunt Junior Member

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    Yup that's right, you could also try Google's conversion tracking too, as far as I know google gives temporary cookies to the users and can then track conversions when the pixel shows on the confirmation page, so although I'm not entirely sure Google's conversion tracking might work even when you blank the referrer.

    The easiest way would just to be setting it up and testing for yourself.

    Cheers
     
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  9. mystery

    mystery Regular Member

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    Ok, I've setup everything, until I reached the php redirection code they ask me to use.

    Here is what is said:

    "Landing Page: Outbound PHP Redirect Code: This is the php code so you can cloak your affiliate link. Instead of having your affiliate link be seen on your outgoing links on your landing page, you can have your outgoing links just goto another page on your site, which then redirects the visitor to your affiliate link

    So for example, if you wanted to have yourdomain.com/redirect.php be your cloaked affiliate link, on redirect.php you would place our outbound php redirect code. When the visitor goes to redirect.php with our outbound php code installed, they simply get redirected out to your affiliate link.
    "

    The thing is that I already have my outbound links redirect to my actual affiliate link, using my own redirection code.

    Do I still need to use THEIR code instead? Will it interfere with their tracking, or is it all about redirection? If so, I believe I can skip this step as I've already had this setup.

    I've also chosen "cloaking" the links as the default option. Is this only achieved by their php redirection code? I thought it is embedded somewhere in their tracking aff URL.
     
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    mystery Regular Member

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    Is their Outbound PHP Redirect Code needed for cloaking or is the cloaking feature embedded somehow in their regular aff urls?
     
  11. mystery

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    Ok, found out it is not needed... only for redirection purposes, so I can use my own redirection code.

    I however have another question:

    Propser202 or Tracking202 gives us a dynamic destination url that ends with "kw=" where we add our keyword after the = character...

    for example "http://www.yourlandingpage.com/somentracking202code/kw={anitoxidant}", to be used as the destination url for each keyword targeted.

    Problem is if I have a keyword with more than one word, for example: "best antioxidant", google adwords doesn't allow us to use spaces in the url. Do we just need to push the words together? "bestantioxidant"?