About

Whether you have an online business or a brick-and-mortar one, you cannot avoid advertising or promoting your products and services online. But how can you tell which promotion is profitable and which one just sucks your advertising expenses? To be able to answer to this question you need a method to measure them, and My Link Tracker is one of those tools capable of doing just that.

But you may ask yourself, why would you use My Link Tracker instead of one of the many other similar click tracking services available out there? The answer is simple: IT’S FREE! My Link Tracker was designed primarily for struggling marketers who cannot afford to pay a monthly fee similar to the one already paid for an autoresponder.

Introduction

I initially designed this software for my own private use, just for the reason that was depicted above, but later on I realized that many other marketers could benefit from it and I decided to make it available to the public.

My Link Tracker is a SaaS with web interface and can be accessed by users based on username/password authentication. It is currently in its early stage of development, but the current version is fully functional and is capable of tracking user actions and answering to quantity related questions, for example: how many clicks have been received, how many conversions one particular link has generated, how many clicks came from tier 1 countries, how many people or bots have clicked on a particular link, that kind of things.

My Link Tracker Stats

Currently it doesn’t answer to value related questions, like click cost, conversion value, etc. But hey, it’s a free software!

Anyway, this free version is an excellent choice for an entry level tracking service, perfectly suitable for struggling marketers, as I mentioned earlier.

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Cloaking Your Links

When you create a tracking link, you basically specify the target URL (the web page where you want visitors to land on or even an affiliate link) and a slug, which is in fact a unique identifier for that link. The tracker will create a unique tracking URL which you will use in your promotions and drive traffic to it. And so, the real URL of the destination page will remain hidden and not directly exposed to the outside world.

When someone clicks on the tracking link, the tracking script places a couple of cookies on the user’s computer, records the action in its database and instantly redirects to the target link address.

Measuring the Conversions

In order to measure the conversions you also need to embed a so called pixel code on certain pages, usually thank-you pages. Later on, when the user performs various actions involving these pages (opt-ins, sells), the pixel code sends special notifications confirming that these pages have been visited after performing the intended action, aka conversions. The matching between the initial click and the conversions is done via cookies.

This way you can measure the conversion rates generated in various stages of your funnels. Below you can see the very simple pixel code to be used on thank-you pages.

<script async src="https://go.mylinktracker.net/track.js"></script>
<script>
	(track=function f(x){f.x.push(x);}).x=[];
	track({conversion: 'convName'});
</script>

Analytics

The analytics shows not only the conversion rates, but you can also analyse the quality of the traffic coming to your links.

My Link Tracker

  • Received – this is the total number of clicks received by the link.
  • Tier 1 – the total number of clicks coming from developed countries with people having higher buying power, generically know as Tier 1 Countries.
  • Bots – these requests are originated form sources that were not recognized as web browsers. They could be scripts that are automatically checking your links for various and obscure reasons, including searching for vulnerabilities, but they could also be well known crawlers from reputable sources, like Google or Facebook.
  • Duplicates – these clicks have been detected to be originated from same users multiple times.
  • People – unique clicks, which gives you a good measure of the number of real people accessing your link.
  • Converted – the number of clicks that have generated at least one conversion. It gives you an overall conversion rate at link level.

When viewing the incoming traffic at link level you can see some additional information for every click received by the considered link.

  • Country – the country from which that click originated.
  • Referrer – identifies the address of the webpage containing the link being clicked.
  • Conversions – the names of the conversions that were generated based on the analysed click.
  • Time – the click time.

Using Custom Domains

My Link Tracker custom domainThe default domain used by the tracker for its tracking links is go.mylinktracker.net. However, the tracker can use your own domains if you prefer branding them. You can use either a domain or a subdomain, the only condition being to be able to add a CNAME record in the nameserver of your domain name provider. This could be your hosting provider or a separate service such as Namecheap.

A little warning though: this is gonna be a little bit technical! There are a few steps you have to complete to add a custom domain:

  1. Access your domain name service and add a CNAME record in your domain’s zone. If you want to use the domain itself (for example example.com) use this:
    @ CNAME go.mylinktracker.net;
    and any reference to example.com/anything will be mapped to go.mylinktracker.net/anything. If you want to use a subdomain instead (for example subdom – kinda silly, I know) use this:
    subdom CNAME go.mylinktracker.net;
    In this case any reference to subdom.example.com/anything will also be mapped to go.mylinktracker.net/anything.
  2. Add the domain or subdomain in the tracker – in the main screen click on the Domains button.
  3. Edit the chosen links and select the custom domain that you just created.

After completing these steps give it some time before trying to use your new custom domain. It can take up to 3 days for the changes to take effect, but it’s not always the case. Anyway, to get the correct tracking URL just use the button with the link symbol () on the left of any position in the main view.

How to Get Access to My Link Tracker?

My Link Tracker has just been released and is available for free for a limited period of time. You can go and grab it by visiting the link below:

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