New in TRT – Target Different Links To Different Countries

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Last month, one member commented the following in our blog:

“What is really needed is the ability to have your ad seen by only selected countries (for example, Tier 1 countries only) with the option for all other countries to be redirected to a secondary ad. This is especially important for paid advertising where your offer is only valid in certain countries.” – Steve Shapiro

I thought that was a great idea, so we started working on it right away.

This feature is now ready!

What Does It Do?

Imagine you are promoting a program, say ‘Program A’, that is only available in USA and Canada.

But when you promote the program in forums, traffic exchanges etc, you may get traffic from different parts of the world.

With the new ‘Geo Target‘ feature, you can send the traffic from USA and Canada to ‘Program A’ while sending the traffic from the other countries to another program that accepts international members.

How It Works?

To make geo-targeting possible, we need to make use of TRT Rotator.

TRT Rotator was initially created to allow you to rotate unlimited TRT Links based on different weightages.

Now we add another feature that allows you to rotate the links based on the location of the traffic.

For example, when someone from USA or Canada visits a TRT Rotator, the system can rotate ALL the links in that Rotator that have been set up to target USA and Canada.

At the same time, if someone from UK visit that Rotator, the system will send the traffic to another link that target ‘the rest of the countries’.

So regardless of where the traffic comes from, you have an offer that is right for them.

How To Use? Step By Step Instructions

The first two steps below are not new. You already know them if you have tried to create a rotator. What’s new are in Step 3 – 6.

1) First, you need to add the links you want to promote in TRT Links.

2) Create a TRT Rotator and add those TRT Links into it.

3) Show the links in the rotator if it is not already shown (by clicking the icon show in the arrow 1).

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4) For the link(s) that you want to target, click the ‘Edit‘ button next to ‘Geo Target‘ (see arrow 2).

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5) This will open a list of countries that you can target. Simply click to select the countries that you want to target and click ‘Save Changes‘.

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6) Next, click the ‘Edit‘ button for the link that you want to show to the rest of the world (see arrow 3), select ‘Show to the rest‘ (see arrow 4).

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This will be the “catch all” links. If the traffic is from an untargeted region, this link will be shown.

That’s all.

There is no limit on how you want to target and rotate. You can have several links for the same country or one link targeting different countries. The system will detect the traffic source, rotate the links based on the weightage and present one of matched links to the traffic.

Remember to have a ‘Show to the rest‘ link when you use Geo Targeting. Otherwise, the system will show a default untargeted message to the traffic from untargeted countries.

I hope you like this new feature. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Adjustable Time Zone For TRT And Ad Tracking + Cloaking Option

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“Is it possible to modify the time zone on my profile to GMT+2 as the current dates for my statics is misaligned to my local time zone.”

This is a recent request sent to our support center.

Yes, we’ve done exactly what is requested.

From now on, the stats in The Real Tracker (TRT) and LeadsLeap Advertising are displayed based on your Preferred Time Zone.

How To Set Your Preferred Time Zone?

Login to My Profile, look under ‘Preferred Time Zone’ (see arrow 1).

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The system will automatically detect your current time zone (see arrow 2).

You can set your Preferred Time Zone to your current time zone or any time zone you want.

That’s it!

Once you do that, the next time you view the stats in The Real Tracker or your Free or Pro Ads, the stats will be based on your Preferred Time Zone.

Here is another request…

“The link I am trying to track is blank. Why and what should I do?”

Here is why.

Some websites prevent themselves from being cloaked, by throwing a blank screen or breaking out of the iframe when being cloaked.

What is cloaking?

Cloaking is a means to hide the actual url of the website. Technically, this is done by placing the website inside an iframe, so that the visitors will not see the actual url in the browser’s Address Bar.

Our TRT system uses such a system for advanced tracking, such as duration and response tracking.

If you happen to track one of such links, you can now disable cloaking.

Here is how to do it.

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1) Check whether your url can be cloaked (arrow 1)

If you can see your website in the preview panel, it means your url can be cloaked. In this case, there is no need to disabled cloaking. Otherwise, go to Step 2.

2) If your website cannot be cloaked, check the ‘Disable Cloaking’ option (arrow 2)

When you disable cloaking, the advance feature settings will be automatically hidden. You will also see that in the traffic summary, Real Visit and Response tracking are cancelled (arrow 3). This is to show you that these trackings are not possible when cloaking is disabled.

I need to emphasize that most urls have no problem with cloaking. This means most of the time, there is no need to disable cloaking.

That’s all for today. I hope you’ll find these two 2 features useful. More features are in the pipeline…

Geo Tracking Is Now Available For TRT

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The long-waited Geo Tracking is now available.

Below is how the stats will look like:

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No fancy chart. Just a practical table, with detailed breakdown of the total clicks, unique clicks, real visit, response and conversion.

You can sort the table in whichever way you like to find out which country gives you the best result.

To access the Geo Stats, go to T.R.T. Links and click the chart icon shown by the arrow below:

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If you have any more suggestions for The Real Tracker, send them in. We are always looking for ideas to improve our service.

How To Track Responses And Conversions With The Real Tracker

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Many members ask about conversion tracking using The Real Tracker. Now you have it!

But before showing you how our conversion tracking works, let’s discuss about the limitation of conversion tracking.

To make conversion tracking possible, you need to add a small tracking code to the product’s confirmation page.

This is easy if you promote your own product. But if you are promoting an affiliated product, most of the time, you can’t add such a tracking code.

Alternative?

An alternative is response tracking.

The way response tracking works is by measuring the onscreen activities, such as clicking a link, playing a video, filling a form etc.

Response does not equate to conversion. But at least you know that the traffic that you have received is exploring your ad, instead of simply ‘looking’.

The advantage of response tracking is that it can be measured automatically. You do not have to add any special code.

Which tracking is better?

It doesn’t matter.

We make BOTH available to you!

An overview of our Response and Conversion Tracking feature

If you view your tracked links now, you will see 2 new parameters – Response (arrow 1) and Conversion (arrow 2).

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Response tracking is automatic. You don’t have to do anything.

Conversion tracking, however, will not be possible until you add the conversion tracking code (see arrow 3).

How To Activate Conversion Tracking

1) Click the button shown in arrow 3 (see the image above). You will see a code similar to the one below.

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2) Copy and paste it anywhere within the html code of the product’s confirmation page, such as the product download page or the opt-in confirmation page.

That’s it!

How Conversion Tracking Works

When a visitor visits your tracked link, that visitor will be tracked from then on.

If he/she eventually reaches the product’s confirmation page, the little code that you’ve added will send a signal to our server. The system will then know that the visit has resulted in a conversion.

Charting For Response And Conversion

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Response and Conversion are added to the traffic chart as a histogram. They have a separate scale on the right.

Reason?

Sometimes you may have thousands of traffic but just a few response and conversion. If we put both charts on the same scale, you can hardly see the response and conversion chart.

By separating the scale and representing them in the form of histogram, you can easily see which date results in a response/conversion.

Detailed Stats By Traffic Source

We used to show the traffic source in a pie chart. I find it quite redundant.

Now, we show the traffic source in a table, with a breakdown of the traffic, response and conversion details.

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You can sort the table and easily see which source gives you the most response or conversion.

In this update, I’ve only explained the changes made to T.R.T. Links. Similar changes have been made to T.R.T. Rotators. You should be able to understand those changes as you see them.

That’s all for today’s update.

Let me know what you think about these new features in the comments below.

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.