Let's say you want to be an affiliate of a product in our digital market. So you grab your affiliate link and post it to 10 different sites. Maybe you also post it to a bunch of different social media sites. At the end of the month, you have made a grand or two! And it keeps going, giving you nice a residual income stream! Awesome!
At some point, you want to know which link drives in the most sales so you can focus more on that link. But, since you have posted your affiliate link on 50 different sites, you have no way of knowing which link made the most sales. Bummer!
This is where trackers become helpful. As the name suggests, this helps you track when people navigate through your affiliate link.
You can create a tracker with three different access modes. Each access mode behaves differently.
"No access" mode
This is the simplest form of access mode for a tracker. When you choose this mode, permies keeps tracker information for you on its own servers. Unless you have your own tracker script hosted somewhere else, this is the mode you would want to use.
To use this mode, select "No access: internal tracking only".
The "Tag" field is optional, but specifying a tag helps identify it later.
For example, let's say you want to create a tracker for all the affiliate links that you post on Instagram. So, you select the "No access" mode and specify something like "insta" as the tag.
Click the "Add" button, and you will see a new item under the list of trackers, like this:
When you create a tracker like this, it automatically generates a unique ID for your tracker. You can see your tracker's ID under the "#" column. In the above example, the ID is "ozhs"
The "ID" here is an important part. More about this is explained under "how to use your tracker".
"Browser iFrame" mode
Use this mode if you have your own tracker script. When you use this mode, you have to supply a URL to your tracker script.
When a buyer makes a purchase, we include the supplied URL within an iframe on the buyer's browser, which in theory makes the buyer's browser send an HTTP GET request to your tracker script. From your tracker script, you can obtain headers or set/read cookies on your domain, or that sorta thing.
BUT: Most of the modern browsers no longer let you set or read cookies this way - not even on your own domain. Your script can still read HTTP headers originating from the buyer's browser, but you will not be able to read or set cookies in most cases.
"Server Ping" mode
This is mostly similar to the "Browser iFrame" mode. But the only difference is that instead of having the buyer's browser send the request, permies' server sends the HTTP GET request to the supplied script URL:
How to use your tracker
OK, you created your tracker. What now?
To use your tracker, go to the "explore products" tab or "my affiliations" tab. Click the "affiliate links" button next to the item you want to create an affiliate link for.
At the next step, choose your tracker from the dropdown list at the right. This gives you a bunch of affiliate links with the tracker code included:
Or, if you want to manually add your tracker ID to one of your affiliate links, simply append this to your affiliate link:
But wait.... if your affiliate link already has "?" somewhere in it, you should use this format: