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How do I get started with ClickMagick?


If you haven’t watched the “Getting Started” video yet, that’s the very first you should do to get to know ClickMagick.
 
 

You can also read our 1-Hour Tracking Guide to learn more about the basics of tracking. To get started with any specific tracking method, just select the one that you are most interested in learning more about.



ClickMagick Campaigns is a modern tracking solution that utilizes industry-standard UTM parameters added to your own URLs for tracking, and it’s meant for tracking and optimizing paid ads and your entire sales funnel. Campaigns does not use tracking links. This is sometimes called “true redirectless tracking.”


Why and When Should I Use ClickMagick Campaigns?

Most users should find that ClickMagick Campaigns are a lot easier to use as compared to using tracking links which requires you to set up various link groups and then link all of your pages together using individual tracking links. 

There are no redirects or tracking links involved, which makes it a perfect solution when you want to advertise somewhere that prohibits the use of links that redirect (e.g. Instagram), or when you want to advertise on the major ad platforms where improperly set up tracking links can be problematic (e.g. Facebook and Google).

Because there are no redirects and you use only your own URLs, this also means that all ClickMagick tracking “cookies” are set on your own domain. These are considered “first-party” cookies, which are technically better than “third-party” cookies that are more often blocked by privacy-conscious consumers.

Campaigns is NOT meant to be used in conjunction with affiliate “direct linking,” since that type of a set up simply won’t take advantage of the benefits Campaigns provides. If you control your entire funnel then setting up Campaigns tracking shouldn’t take more than five minutes.

For a quick overview of ClickMagick Campaigns, you can watch this video:


How Do I Get Started With ClickMagick Campaigns?

To get started with Campaigns, simply add the Campaigns tracking codes to your website, and then generate your links using the Campaigns URL Builder. 


Step 1 – Add the ClickMagick Campaigns Tracking Code to Your Website

The first step is to add the ClickMagick Campaigns tracking codes to your web site, which you can find by clicking on the Tools menu on your main Campaigns Dashboard and selecting Website Code.

 
 

There are two types of ClickMagick Campaigns tracking code ...

The Click Tracking Code should be added to your landing pages. This is the page or pages that a user lands on after clicking your ad or promotional link.

The Conversion Tracking Code should be added to your “goal” or “thank you” pages. These are the pages in your funnel that a user reaches after taking a specific action that you want to track e.g. opting-in, registering for a webinar, or making a purchase. Choose the type of goal you want to track, and we highly recommend adding the optional “Ref” value which is simply a descriptive word to help distinguish this conversion goal from other conversion goals you might have in your funnel.

For more information on the Ref value, read this article:

What is a "Ref" value?

We recommend adding your Click Tracking and Conversion Tracking code just before the </head> tag of your pages, since this will ensure accurate tracking even if a page is closed before being fully loaded.
 
 
Note: To track properly, you need to have Click Tracking code on your landing page and Conversion Tracking code on later pages. If you have a goal set on your landing page, both the click and the goal will be ignored, unless you’re using an “internal” click using utm_source=internal which is for email links and other special cases.
 

Step 2 – Add UTM Tracking Parameters to Your URLs

The only other thing you need to do is to start adding UTM tracking parameters to the URLs you want to promote or advertise. We’ve made this super easy using our intelligent URL Builder tool (found in the same menu).

Using the URL Builder you can quickly and easily create all the UTM-powered tracking links that you need, and the URL Builder will even remember your commonly used UTM values to reduce data entry and possible typos.

 
 

Step 3 – Use Your Newly-Generated URLs In Your Ads or Promotions

Once you create a UTM-powered link using the URL Builder you have two options …

If you want to use it to track a paid ad on Facebook, Google Ads, Bing or anywhere else where redirecting tracking links are problematic, you’ll want to simply copy the generated URL and paste it right into your ad network as explained in our other articles on Facebook, Google Ads and/or Bing.

Follow these simple articles to learn how to track your Campaigns on some of the most popular ad networks:

How do I track my PPC ads?


There’s no need to use standard tracking links with paid ads, and doing so can cause unnecessary problems.

On the other hand, if you need to track social media posts, links in your emails or anything else where you prefer to use shorter “prettier” links, you also have the option in the URL Builder to instantly create a short tracking link for your longer UTM-powered URL with just a few clicks. These will appear in a special link group called “Campaigns Short Links” on your main tracking link dashboard.

Either way, as soon as the first click comes in to your UTM-powered URL a new Campaigns Project will be created in ClickMagick and you’ll be off to the races!

 


You don’t need to understand the technical aspects of UTM parameters, but it is crucial that you follow a few simple guidelines when using them. Please see the next article to make sure you get off to a good start ...
 
What are some best practices when using UTM Parameters?



ClickMagick Tracking Links are the most basic form of tracking available. A tracking link is just that – a link that, when clicked on, will redirect people to a URL of your choice and then “track" that click.



Why and When Should I Use ClickMagick Tracking Links?

If you are doing any sort of online marketing and you have your own landing page, you will probably be using Campaigns. However if you are direct-linking offers or want to track very specific buttons or links on your website, tracking links are the perfect solution for you.

Of course a tracking link does involve some redirects, so you will want to keep that in mind when promoting on paid ad networks. For example Google is very strict with redirects (which is why we suggest using Campaigns when promoting on Google Ads).

Other than that, it shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to set up a basic tracking link. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be up and running in no time.


How Do I Set Up a Tracking Link?

Setting up a tracking link is quick, easy, and even fun! Watch this video to learn how to set one up:

How to Set Up a Tracking Link


You can also read below if you prefer to do that:

To set up a very basic tracking link go to the Links page and click on the button that says “Create a New Link”.

From there all you need to do to create a fully functioning tracking link is to enter the “Primary URL,” which is the URL you want users to be redirected to when they click on your tracking link:
 
 
 

You can leave all the other settings blank and the system will automatically generate a Link Name and Link Slug for you by randomly choosing a combination of letters and numbers, like this:

https://www.clkmg.com/[USERNAME]/16sd3r

By promoting this tracking link, your clicks will first come to ClickMagick where they can recorded, then be automatically redirected to the Primary URL.

In the link above, the /16sd3r part is called a “link slug” (or “rotator link slug” if you’re creating a rotator link), and it will be created automatically if you don’t explicitly enter one.

More often than not, you’ll probably want to choose a meaningful link slug, such as these:

https://www.clkmg.com/[USERNAME]/page1
https://www.clkmg.com/[USERNAME]/specialoffer


etc...

The link slug must be between 4 and 20 characters and can only use letters, numbers, and hyphens.

There are tons of additional settings and features when setting up links, but creating a basic link is as simple as entering the Primary URL you want users redirected to, and optionally entering the link slug if you don’t want it to be randomly generated.
 
 
Caution: When you create a link, you’ll be asked for both a “friendly” Link Name and for a Link Slug. Both of these must be unique or you will get an error message about trying to create a duplicate entry. If you get this error message, just rename either the friendly Link Name or the link slug.



How Do I Set Up a Custom Tracking Domain?

While you were creating your tracking link, you may have noticed that you had the option to select a custom tracking domain.

If you want to use a custom domain for branding purposes you can easily set that up with ClickMagick.

Also, if you’re planning to use tracking links on Facebook or in email messages, then you need to use a custom tracking domain.

Setting up a custom tracking domain is a one-time setup and is relatively simple to do. Just follow the steps in this article:

How do I set up a secure custom tracking domain?
 
 
Tip: ClickMagick works great as a link shortener, especially if you create a short custom domain for your tracking links. For full details check out this article:
 
Can I use ClickMagick to shorten links?




A Rotator is a click delivery tool that takes incoming clicks and sends them to one or more URLs based on the type of Rotator it is.


Why and When Should I Use ClickMagick Rotators?

Rotators are typically used to distribute clicks to people who have bought traffic from you.

Some online trainers explain the concept of “split testing” using the term “rotator” for simplicity, but that is inaccurate and causes confusion. For an explanation of the difference between split testing and using rotators, read this article:

Difference Between Rotators and Split-Testing
 

How Do I Set Up a Rotator?

To set up a basic rotator, go to the Rotators page and click on the button that says “Create a New Rotator”.

The first thing you have to do is enter the “Rotator Name” and “Rotator Link Slug”:

 


The “Rotator Name” is optional and for your reference only.

The “Rotator Link Slug” is a word that goes at the end of your rotator link, and must be between 4 and 20 characters, using only use letters, numbers, and hyphens.

Next, you have to enter the “Rotator Mode”:
 

 
We also have an article that covers these four different ways that you can set up rotators to distribute clicks. For more on that read:

What are the 4 different rotator modes?


Lastly, you have to enter the “Backup URL,” which is the URL to which clicks are sent to if there are no eligible rotator URLs based on your settings.
 
 


Now all you have to do is just add some URLs to your rotator. To do that, click on the wrench icon to the right of your rotator and click on “Add URLs”:

 
 

Just enter that new rotator URL, it’s name, and status to either “Active”, “Paused” or “Archived”, and hit “Add Rotator URL”!

 
  

Keep on repeating this step and adding new URLs as needed for your rotator.

There are tons of additional settings and features when setting up rotators, but creating a basic rotator is as simple as taking the steps shown above. For more information on other rotator settings, read this article:

What are the optional rotator URL settings?


How Do I Set Up a Custom Tracking Domain?

While you were creating your rotator, you may have noticed that you had the option to select a custom tracking domain.

If you want to use a custom domain for branding purposes you can easily set that up with ClickMagick.

Also, if you’re planning to use tracking links on Facebook or in email messages, then you need to use a custom tracking domain.

Setting up a custom tracking domain is a one-time setup and is relatively simple to do. Just follow the steps in this article:

How do I set up a secure custom tracking domain?
 
 
Tip: ClickMagick works great as a link shortener, especially if you create a short custom domain for your tracking links. For full details check out this article:
 
Can I use ClickMagick to shorten links?



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