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.

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.