If your goal is to earn money by doing affiliate marketing, it’s absolutely essential that you track the links that lead people to your various offers. That way, you will be able to see what links work best and what are the ones you need to improve. A good link tracker shall allow you to see the number of clicks (total and unique) and where these clicks come from. So you can see what source of traffic works best with your offer. There are many tools to track links. Here I will show you how to track a link using my preferred one.
How To Track A Link With The Real Tracker
The Real Tracker is a tool developed by a site named LeadsLeap. LeadsLeap is a free lead generation service: basically, with LeadsLeap you can post ads and people click on them to gain credits to show their own ads. You also earn credits when one of your referrals clicks an ad. You can try LeadsLeap for free by clicking on my affiliate link (and you will be one of my referral!): Join LeadsLeap
Among the tools provided by the site is The Real Tracker. Once logged in, just click on ‘The Real Tracker’, then on ‘Manage Links’ and enter a url in the blue field, then click ‘Submit’.
The Real Tracker will create your link immediately and you will be able to customize it: change the name, the title, use an ad bar and set the widget (I will talk about these 2 features later), enter tags to filter your links. Once you’re done, click ‘Save’.
You will then see the link you’ve just created, with several metrics: 7 Day Clicks, Total Clicks, Unique Clicks, Average Stay (on your page) and Date of Last Visit. You can click on the link to check if everything is OK.
You also have 5 buttons on the top right, to perform several actions: edit your link, ad to rotator (see below), delete link, show detailed stats and reset all stats. The real beauty of The Real Tracker happens when you click on ‘Show detailed stats’. You will then graphically see the number of clicks day by day, the surfing duration, and, very important, the different traffic sources. You can also choose the time period (7, 14 or 30 days) or just see one traffic source at a time.
With The Real Tracker, you can also create a rotator. A rotator is a group of several links, that you can manage with one single url. The links will be shown at random to your visitors. You can specify a ‘weight’, if you want some links to be shown more often.
To create a rotator, click on ‘Manage rotator’, ‘Add a new rotator’. Enter a name for your rotator and click ‘Save’.
Then you can add your links in the rotator by clicking on the little ‘chain’ icon and then ‘Add links to this rotator’. You will be able to choose among the links you created in the ‘Manage Links’ section.
You can display a little ad with every url tracked in The Real Tracker. It’s a text link ad that will show up either on top or bottom of the browser. You can even set a countdown, if you want people to click faster on your link.
To create an ad bar, click on ‘Manage Ad Bar’, then on ‘Add a new ad bar’.
Enter the url of your offer, a name, the text that will be displayed, choose the position (top or bottom) and activate or not the countdown.
To make your ad bar visible, you will have to add it in your tracked link. Edit your link and select the ad bar you want to use with the drop-down menu.
The widget is a small ad viewer that will appear several seconds (you can choose up to 60 seconds) after the loading of your page. If a user clicks on an ad, you will receive credits for it. If he joins LeadsLeap through the widget, he will become your personal referral. This ad viewer can easily be hidden. You can choose not to let the widget appear by setting the widget delay to 0.
If you want to know even more about The Real Tracker, you can read this post from the LeadsLeap blog: Are you getting real visitors or just clicks? Find out how… [Affiliate Link]
So, what are the benefits of tracking your links with The Real Tracker?
- See how much traffic your links receive (and how many unique clicks, which is the most important)
- See where the clicks are coming from
- See how long your visitors stay on your page
- Promote several sites with one single url with the rotator
- Bring even more traffic to your offers with the Ad Bar and the widget
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