Affiliate Tracking Stats Is Now Available

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Many members have been asking about affiliate tracking. It is now available.

The affiliate tracking system is divided into 2 parts.

1) Traffic tracking
2) Conversion tracking

1) Traffic tracking

If you go to My Affiliate Links now, you will see a new green button named “View Traffic Stats” (see arrow 1 below).

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Click that button to show the traffic stats from all your affiliate links. You can see the number of clicks and signups, categorized based on the traffic sources.

2) Conversion tracking

When someone signs up, you want to know where that traffic comes from and through which landing page.

This information is now available to you.

Go to My Referral Stats, look under Level 1 Referral Details (see the example below).

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You can now see the source (arrow 1) and landing page (arrow 2) for every referral.

Please note that we only started this tracking system 3 weeks ago. Hence members who joined before 4th May will not have any record.

Also, it took us some time to fine-tune and adjust the stats to make them more user-friendly. Hence you may see slight variations in the format of the traffic sources before 25 May.

How The Traffic Source Works

The affiliate tracking system is basically tracking the ‘traffic source’. Hence it is important that you understand how the ‘traffic source’ works.

1) Without specifying anything, the traffic source is the referral URL, i.e. the website where the traffic comes from.

2) If you have specified a Tracking Source in your affiliate link, for example,

http://www.leadsleap.com/?r=yourUsername&s=emailblast

the traffic source will be the Tracking Source, i.e. emailblast in this case.

3) If you use The Real Tracker to track your affiliate link, the traffic source will be the Tracking Source of the tracker, if you’ve specified one. Otherwise, it will be the referral URL of the tracker.

If that sounds confusing, just understand that unless you have specified a Tracking Source, the traffic source is by default the url where the traffic comes from.

The affiliate tracking system is easy to use. It will work even if you do not do anything extra. I hope you’ll find it useful.

New Feature: Earn Credits Continuously While Surfing An Ad

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This article explains how our new ad surfing system works. It’s a quick read, please do not skip it if you want to get the most out of the system.

Conventional ad viewing system rewards members X amount of credits for Y amount of time. There are several limitations:

1) Once members are credited, they will feel an urge to move on to the next ad to earn more credits. That discourages members from checking the ad further.

2) If members continue to stay on an ad because it is interesting, they are not compensated for their time. That is kind of unfair.

3) Some systems use a timer to tell the visitor whether the minimum viewing time has reached. That is a bad idea because visitors are more likely to keep checking the timer rather than reading the ad.

There must be a better way to do it…

I want to create a system where members are motivated to really check out an ad, click around to explore more, opt in if they like, and earn credits while doing all that.

I don’t want members to be a clock watcher. They should surf freely and have confidence that they are earning credits while they surf.

It took me months to think and test. Finally, I believe I’ve got it!

Introducing the ‘truly’ Earn-As-You-Surf system…

In this new system, which will be an important highlight in the new LeadsLeap 2.0, you will earn credits every 5 seconds for up to 3 minutes per ad.

The first 5 seconds will earn you 0.2 credit. Thereafter you will earn 0.1 credit every 5 seconds for up to 3 minutes.

If you find an ad interesting, just continue to read and click around. Go to the FAQ page or the About Us page if you want. As long as you stay in our proprietary ad viewer (you will know when you are), you will be credited continuously.

Clicker vs surfer, who earn more?

As explained, you earn 0.2 credit for the first 5 seconds and 0.1 credit every 5 seconds thereafter.

Anyone who knows maths can tell that you will earn more by clicking more ads rather than surfing the same ad, right?

WRONG!

There is a reason why we give 0.2 credit for the first 5 seconds. We want to be fair to you.

Whenever you click a new ad, there will be time lost in clicking and loading. The total time lost can be as much as 5 seconds. Hence the initial 0.2 credit is to compensate you for that.

Don’t believe? Just do a simple test and see how many ads you can click and be credited in 1 minute. Your result should be about 4 to 6 ads. Say we take the maximum 6 ads, dividing 1 minute by 6 ads, we get 10 seconds per ad. That’s how we arrive at 0.2 credit for the first 5 seconds.

Since you are going to spend the same amount of time to earn credits, instead of clicking ads blindly, you are better off surfing the same ads, find out how they work, their sales funnel, what is the selling point and the marketing strategies used in the ad.

It is good if you find the offer interesting and take it up. If not, you are not really wasting your time. By studying the ad in detail, you are sharpening your mind and training yourself to be a better marketer.  I can guarantee you on that! It will also give you ideas for your own product and business.

How to know if you are credited?

When you click a link, the link will open in our special ad viewer.

At the top left corner, you will see a small title bar that says “You’re viewing: …”.

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When that bar closes in a couple of seconds (5 seconds to be exact), you know you have been credited for the initial 5 seconds of visit.

If the ad is interesting, continue to explore it further. You will continue to earn credits every 5 seconds.

Please note that you must be really viewing the ad to be credited. If you go to another browser tab or multitask on your computer, you will not be credited.

If the ad is boring, just close it or visit another ad. You shouldn’t waste time on boring ads, unlike other programs that force you to stay on an ad for 10 or 20 seconds.

What should you take note as an advertiser?

Let’s now look at how the new system works from an advertiser’s point of view.

When someone surfs your Free Ad, 0.4 credits will be deducted from your credits every 5 seconds, up to 3 minutes. (If the visitor do other things on the computer, that time will not be counted. Only true visits will consume your credit.)

Under the new system, it is possible that you run into negative credits. This is because a visitor can be credited for up to 3 minutes. Hence if you only have 1 credit, you can run into negative credits. So don’t be surprise if you see negative credit one day.

Ad reporting feature

The new ad viewer also has a reporting feature. To report an ad, just click the small tab at the bottom right corner (you will see it once the title bar closes).

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When you click on the tab, you will see a widget like the one below.

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To report the ad, click “Report” (arrow 1).

From the same widget, you can also

- go direct to the original ad, instead of viewing via our ad viewer (arrow 2).

- visit other ads (arrow 3).

The “Advertise here free” (arrow 4) link in the widget is hidden with your referral link. If anyone signs up LeadsLeap through that link, that person will be in your team.

Earn credits rating the ads

Another feature is ad rating (see arrow 5 in the image above).

It has always been my objective to help members to differentiate good ads from the rest. I have been doing that by adding features like offer icons (to differentiate free gift and content based ads from other ads) and showing total and weekly hits (so you know how popular and experienced the advertiser is). But still, I feel that they are not enough.

Hence we added the ad rating system.

I understand that it is hard to determine if an offer is good or bad in just a few seconds of visit. But you can easily rank the ad based on how interesting the ad is.

If an ad is very interesting, rate it 5 stars. If it is a junk ad, give it 1 star. 1 star is not a compliment. It is actually a down vote. The 3-month average rating will be shown together with the ad. We show the 3-month average to make sure that the ratings are current.

To encourage members to vote, members will earn 0.1 credit for rating an ad.

I believe this new system is the way to go as it encourages members to explore an ad in detail, rather than chases them away for the next ad. It also leverages on the social effort to help keep up the ad standard in the network.

I really like the new system. I hope you will like it too. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

New ‘Teaser’ Feature Added To The Real Tracker

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One of the challenges in advertising is to be able to ‘presell’ to the prospects.

Why is presell important?

You see, if you advertise something, you must think it is good and beneficial. But the prospects looking at your ad do not feel the same.

How do you transfer your belief to the them?

The answer is simple. You got to tell them!

One way of ‘telling’ them is by creating a ‘presell’ landing page, such as a review blog. But how many people have the time, skill and resources to create one?

With the new ‘Teaser’ feature in The Real Tracker, you can now add a ‘presell’ message to anything you track and promote.

Below is an animated image of how the Teaser works.

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Before the actual page loads, a teaser will be shown at the top for 5 seconds. This gives the viewer a quick idea of what is expected and what to look for. It works like a ‘presell’ message that can ‘prep’ your prospects before they see the actual website.

The beauty of this system is that while the teaser is shown, your actual landing page is at the same time loading in the background.

Now, I’ve seen many landing pages that take a couple of seconds to load. During the loading time, users see a blank page or bits and pieces of the page. Viewers’ interest can die during those seconds of waiting.

With the teaser, they can now read the teaser while the page loads in the background.

A well crafted teaser will stir viewers’ anticipation, make them wanting to find out more about your offer.

How To Write An Effective Teaser

1) Keep it short

Though we set a word limit of 100 characters, it’s best to keep the teaser within 50 – 70 words.

You want the viewer to be able to grab the whole sentence at one look.

If the teaser is too long, viewers may just find it wordy and ignore it.

2) Be personal

Use ‘I’ or ‘We’.

Instead of writing ‘Make $135 A Day With This Program’, use ‘I Make $135 A Day With This Program’.

3) Use dialogue

Write it as if you are telling it.

Use “…” to present the teaser in the form of a dialogue. For example, “I just got paid $153.90 from this program!”, “I can help you make your first $100 online…”.

4) Be specific

Phases like “This is good!”, “Make money online”, “Check out this offer” are too generic.

By being more specific, you are giving the prospects something to look for.

For example, “I just got paid $153.90 from this program!” makes people wonder how you make $153.90. What program is it? More importantly, it tells the prospect that the program you are promoting really pays.

Other Changes

With the introduction of the Teaser feature, we have also made a few other changes to the tracker.

1) Visitors can see how long they have surfed

The previous tab on the left side has now been shifted to the bottom right and it now comes with a function – to check the surfing duration.

You can see the before and after in the image below:

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The main objective is to show the visitors what The Real Tracker can do and hence entice them to sign up LeadsLeap to use it. Of course, all the links to LeadsLeap are cloaked with your referral link.

2) Ability to customize the tab text (Updated on 21 April 2016)

One member commented below that he may not want visitors to know that he is tracking the duration of the visit. In response to that, we now allow members to decide the text to be used in the tab.

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Text > trttabwd

Symbol > trttabsym

Pro Members can also opt to disable the tab completely, so the visitors do not know that they are tracking the surfing duration.

Have fun playing with the new Teaser function and see how it can help your marketing campaigns.

LeadsLeap Widget Can Now Work On HTTPS Sites + More Updates

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Some updates on what has been happening in LeadsLeap.

1) LeadsLeap Widget can now work on HTTPS sites.

Previously members with their websites secured with HTTPS were unable to add the LeadsLeap Widget to their websites.

We’ve just acquired the SSL certification. If your website is secured with HTTPS, you can now add LeadsLeap Widget to it and make money.

You can get the widget code here.

2) We’ve added a new ad type – ‘New Launch’

We’ve added a new ad type called ‘New Launch’. It is only available for Pro Ads.

If the product that you are promoting is at pre-launch stage or it has just been launched for less than 3 months, you may use this ad type to differentiate your ad from others. This ad type will automatically be reset after 14 days, i.e. after 14 days, the ad will not carry the ‘new launch’ label.

If you want to find out what are the new launches in the market, go to your Member’s Dashboard now. You will see a new ad unit called “New Launch Ad”. This unit will feature all the ads with the ad type ‘New Launch’.

It’s an easy way to keep you updated with the new launches in the market.

3) ‘Filter by tag’ feature is now added to TRT Rotators

The ‘Filter by tag’ feature that is used to filter The Real Tracker (TRT) Links is now available in TRT Rotators too.

You can now add tags to your rotators and filter them for easier management.

This feature is requested by our fellow member, Bob.

We have got several other feature requests, such as tracking the conversion rate. We are still working on them.

4) We’ve upgraded our server

After about one month of painful process (for me) and some inconveniences (for you), we finally completed our server upgrading process.

Lots of lessons learnt. I will blog about these lessons one day.

Anyway, long story short, our server is now doing well with the current traffic load, with enough buffer for more.

With the server issue settled, I’m now putting on my thinking cap again. Expect to see more interesting features and tools being rolled out in the months to come…

Compulsory Review Of New Free Ads

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Let’s start with the important updates…

1) Compulsory Review Of New Ads By Free Members

In the past, we allowed ads to be shown immediately upon submission.

But recently, there has been an increase in the number of problem ads. This is affecting our reputation and more importantly our members’ experience.

Enough is enough.

From now on, all new ads by Free Members will have to be reviewed before they can appear in the network.

As for Pro Members, their ads will still be shown immediately. So far we haven’t got any major problem from our Pro Members.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t review Pro Members’ ads. We review every ad in the network. It’s just a matter of timing.

2) Update Your Member Profile NOW!

I urge all of you to go to My Profile now and update your Public Profile.

Even if you have done that before, please go there and check again because we’ve made some changes.

You want your Public Profile to look professional.

Why?

Because from now on, other members are able to view your profile by clicking the avatar of your ad.

Try it.

Go to your member’s area and click on the avatar of an ad. You will be able to see the profile of that member.

(Note: At this point it only works in the Member’s Area. It doesn’t work on this blog yet. We need to change the WordPress theme in order to make it work. That will need more time.)

This feature is suggested by one of our fellow members and I fully support the idea.

It helps our members to identify who are the serious marketers and whether they can trust them.

Be sure to get your Public Profile ready by this week because I expect our traffic to surge from next week onwards.

3) $2600 Launch Contest Will Start On Monday

The launch date of LeadsLeap 2.0 is 16th Feb 2016. But you are not going to wait till then.

Our Launch Contest will begin on the 1st of February, which is the coming Monday!

The contest will stretch all the way to the end of February (29 Feb).

You have the first mover advantage to start promoting LeadsLeap 2.0 before everyone else.

People love to get early access to something. Make use of this advantage to get more referrals.

Go to ‘My Affiliate Links‘ for all your promotion needs.

You can find different affiliate links, Swipe Emails and Banners that you can use. There is even a section teaching you how to promote LeadsLeap 2.0, even if you have no resources at all.

There is a total of $2600 cash prizes to be won in this contest. Details are in your member’s Dashboard.

Give it a try. You can be the winner.