Last Updated: August 4, 2020.
Current Version: 1.0.0
ClickMeter is a powerful affiliate management system but lacks some functionality needed as a super affiliate. Affiliate marketing doesn’t need to be complicated and highly technical.
Track conversions so you know what traffic sources are better. Especially if you spend money on advertising you will know exactly how much is attributed to your online marketing.
Get all of the features missing from ClickMeter with this add-on.
- Automatic Conversion Tracking — All you need to do is create a link in ClickMeter. The correct ‘subid’ and conversion entry are created automatically for you.
- Auto-Generated Postback Information — For supported affiliate systems, get an auto-generated postback URL. No need to lookup on how to set up a postback link. Just cut-n-paste the URL given to you and you’ll be tracking conversions!
- 3,000+ of Merchants and Affiliate Networks Supported — Track conversions from most affiliate systems.
- Free Support for New Affiliate Systems — Don’t see an affiliate system supported? If their system supports postback or reporting that includes a ‘subid’, I’ll support it for free!
- Upload Conversions — Track conversions for merchants with limited conversion tracking. For networks that do not support a postback or API, you can upload a comma-delimited report of your conversions.
- Automatically Check Links — No longer do you need to worry about invalid links. Get a daily report of bad links in ClickMeter.
- Track Conversion Sources — Get UTM information and track conversions from a tag you can add to any affiliate link.
- Redirection Page — Missing from ClickMeter is a redirection page to notify visitors they are leaving your website.
- Track Ad ROI — Send your affiliate conversions to Google Ads, Bing, and Facebook. Know if your ads are ROI positive and create a feedback loop so the ad networks know which audiences are converting.
- Send Conversion Info to Woopra or SegMetrics — An optional add-on that allows deep data insight into conversions that supports using Woopra or SegMetrics analytic tools.
For more information and pricing, please contact me.
This documentation is a work in progress and currently incomplete.
You no longer have to add ‘subid’ and conversion entries in ClickMeter. My additional functionality will do this for you automatically. It will check all links within your ClickMeter account for new or changed links.
Typically it checks every 15 minutes and adjusts the links in ClickMeter for you. If it has, it will add the tag ‘automanaged‘ and the affiliate system tag to your entry.
In most cases, it will recognize an affiliate system and add the ‘subid’ and conversion entry for you. Though in some situations, you may need to manually add a tag so it will manage the link for you. Listed below are affiliate systems and tags currently supported.
Supported Conversion Tracking
|Affiliate System||Auto Detect?||Tag||Integration|
|Generic (Any Merchant)||no||csv||CSV|
|Post Affiliate Pro||no||postaffiliatepro||postback|
If you don’t see one on this list, ask me if it can be supported.
Even though some of the affiliate systems support postback, API is the preferred method. With postback you only get the recorded time the even is posted to ClickMeter. A postback can be days after the conversion actually occurred. With API integration the exact date of the conversion is recorded. If using the optional Woopra or SegMetrics integration it will record the event for the actual conversion time.
Uploading Conversion Reports
For merchants that don’t offer postback conversions or API you are typically limited how you can track conversions. If the merchant supports the passing of a ‘subid’ variable to their affiliate system, it can be tracked.
This feature allows you to download your reports and upload them to ClickMeter. Track every conversion.
Just download the report from your merchant’s affiliate system and upload it to the specified page in your administration area. You do not need to worry about existing conversions that have already been uploaded.
Only a daily basis I will validate each link within your ClickMeter account. It checks to make sure
- If the URI is valid and includes http or https
- If http:// alerts you should use https://
- The response of the web page if not 200 code.
If you want to ignore an entry in the report, just add the tag ‘donotlinkcheck‘ to the link in ClickMeter.
Create a redirection page so your visitors are alerted they are leaving your brand to go to the merchant’s landing page.
The redirection page serves multiple purposes:
- Prevents affiliate links from getting indexed by Google. ClickMeter has no method to block affiliate links from showing up in search results.
- Cleaner links displayed on your site. Hide the information you pass to ClickMeter for tracking conversions (ie UTM codes).
- Stores in ClickMeter the UTM codes used to first visit your website. Useful when needing to track ad performance.
- Can pixel visitors who have a high interest in the merchant’s product. Can be used as a ‘checkout’ method in Facebook’s pixel for remarketing your audience.
- Alerts visitors they leaving your brand and going to a merchant’s landing page.
- Allows the passing of UTM codes and and ‘child’ tag to track the source of a click (i.e. the second button on a review post)
- Support for Woopra and Active Campaign to tag a visitor who uses multiple devices to visit your blog (i.e. initially visits your blog with a home computer but then later clicks on an email from their smartphone. This is merged into one session).
- Universal method to track affiliate clicks and conversions. The redirection page can be used in YouTube videos, emails, web pages, social media, etc.) Track every affiliate click with an easy to read affiliate link.
Out of the box, ClickMeter has no way to block affiliate links from Google indexing them. This is bad for SEO, especially for affiliate links. Affiliate links need to be gated behind a rel=”nofollow promotional” link, but ideally never seen Google Bot. With a redirect page, all links are behind a URL that’s part of your primary domain name. This allows you to add an entry to your robots.txt file to block
The redirection page masks ClickMeter and allows to pass info to ClickMeter. To use this service you also need to have installed my other free plugin.
Adding A Child Tag to an Affiliate link
When a visitor clicks on a link, ClickMeter stores from which previous web page they came from (formally known as a referrer). The problem with a refer it’s not reliable. In addition it’s not granular enough to tell you if you have the same affiliate link on a page, which link was clicked. This is where a child tag comes in to play. An affiliate child tag allows you to track which link was clicked. This information is then stored in ClickMeter’s system and available for reports. Which allows to know which link yields more clicks and more conversions.
The other useful feature to a child tag is the ability to use instead of UTM parameters. UTM parameters are a powerful method to track the source of clicks and conversions. Unfortunately UTM parameters can make a once clean affiliate link unsightly.
So instead, you have the option to add on to a child tag to denote the source of a click. You can replace the previous link with:
Your naming of child tags are completely however you see fit. You can be as specific or detailed in your child tags and they are optional. Though there are some reserved child tags that have been created.
- ml — mailing list (no redirection page)
- podcast — For use with podcasts (no redirection page)
- nr — no redirection page
The purpose is to not display the redirection page. There are use cases in which showing the redirection page only slows down and interrupts the visitor’s wanting to buy the merchant’s product.