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What are all these additional settings for my tracking links?


This article explains each of the Advanced Settings tabs when you’re creating or editing a tracking link. These tabs are optional and not necessary for you to start promoting with your tracking link.

Click on each tab below to learn more about what each of them do:



Here, you can add tracking pixels to your tracking link so that whenever the link is clicked on, the pixel will fire. You can also add a dynamic affiliate link.


How Can I Fire a Pixel on a Page I Can’t Modify?

Let’s take a look at a common example where you can’t insert a pixel on a page because you don’t control that page and you can’t edit it:



In this example, you have an email Opt-in Page that leads into the Sales Page of an affiliate network. You can edit the Opt-in Page just fine, but you can’t edit the Sales Page to set a pixel in order to record how many people opted-in.

So how would you set—and fire—a pixel after the Opt-in Page in a case like this?

It turns out that this problem is easily solvable if you can insert an “intermediate” (or “interstitial”) page right before the page you can’t edit—in this case, the Sales Page:
 

 
This new page wouldn’t do anything but fire the pixel and immediately redirect to the page that you can’t edit. You’ve certainly seen these pages before—they’re usually a blank white page that says something like “Please wait one moment” or “Redirecting in 3 seconds...” or something like that.
 
Workable, but not pretty.

In our Knowledge Base article on Intermediate Pages, we explain exactly how these pages work, and more importantly we explain how using the Pixels setting of a tracking link is a much better solution.

You can read about the Pixels setting right here:
 
What is the Pixels setting of a tracking link used for?


You can also create a dynamic affiliate link here that will add your affiliate cookie to this tracking link. 


How Do I Set Up a Dynamic Affiliate Link?

Normally when you promote an affiliate offer, when users click your affiliate link they land on whatever page the advertiser wants them to land on.

This is usually the advertiser’s opt-in or sales page, which of course you have no control over.

But with ClickMagick you can set up what we call a “Dynamic Affiliate Link” and send the user to any page you want, and still get credit when they make a purchase.

For example, maybe the advertiser’s sales page isn’t that great and you want to create your own and then link directly to the advertiser’s order form.

That’s the type of thing you can do with a Dynamic Affiliate Link, and it’s super easy to do.

Here’s all you have to do …
 
1.    Create a new ClickMagick tracking link and call it whatever you want.
 
2.    For the Primary URL, enter the URL you want the visitor to end up at. In the example above, that would be the URL of the order form for this particular product.
 
3.    Click on the Pixels tab then click the button that says “Create Dynamic Affiliate Link.” Enter your affiliate link in the new field that appears, then click the “Add Code” button which will generate and add your custom code to the Pixels settings.
 
4.    Save your new link, and that’s really all there is to it!

What this will do is load your actual affiliate link “behind the scenes” so the user is cookied with your affiliate ID to ensure you get credit when they make a purchase.

In the example above you would simply have a “buy now” or other similar button on the sales page you created, and link it to the ClickMagick Dynamic Affiliate Link that you created via the steps above.

When someone is ready to buy and they click that button it’ll take them directly to the advertiser’s order form, but of course you’ll still get credit for the sale.

As long as you follow the steps above to make sure the user is cookied with your affiliate ID, you can pretty much send them to any URL you want and control the entire sales process yourself.

 
Important: Technically this may be against the “terms of service” of the affiliate program you’re promoting.


As long as you’re using this feature ethically you shouldn’t have a problem, but we’re not responsible for anything you do so if you’re uncertain you might want to ask the advertiser if they’re OK with your doing this.

 
Caution: This feature has the potential to be abused, for example by “cookie stuffing”, which is illegal in some countries, including the United States.


We don’t condone anyone using ClickMagick to scam or rip people off, so don’t do anything like this or we’ll have no choice but to cancel your account. Thanks!




Toggling this option on allows you to track your entire funnel with tracking links.

We strongly recommend using ClickMagick Campaigns if you want to track your funnel because it’s quicker and easier to set up, and just more effective.

For more information on how to track your funnel, read this article:

How do I track my entire sales funnel?




Here you can add the cost for your advertising so that ClickMagick can calculate your net profit, cost, ROI, and so on for you (basically all stats that require cost data). 


Can I Pass In a Cost Value With Each Click?

Absolutely. You can specify set costs (one-time, CPC, CPA, etc.) for any link.

Just edit the link and click over to the Cost tab. Then enter a value for Traffic Cost and select the type of cost that ClickMagick should be using in your stats.

If you choose “One-Time Cost”, the cost value you enter will be averaged over the number of clicks the link receives.


What If My Cost-Per-Click Varies for Each Click?

If your CPC varies from click to click, you’ll probably want to use the following method for the most accurate stats.

To include a cost value for each click, you can simply add it to the end of any tracking link, after any sub-IDs you might have for the link:

For example, here’s a regular tracking link:

https://link-domain.com/mylink

If you want to include a CPC amount of 0.50 for this click, just add it to the end like this:

https://link-domain.com/mylink/0.50

If your ad network has a “cost token” or “placeholder” (such as {CPC}), then you can use it, which will cause their system to pass a dynamic numerical value for the CPC to your link.

For example, your affiliate network may tell you to use the token {CPC} in your link:

https://link-domain.com/mylink/{CPC}

Their system will then replace the {CPC} token with the actual cost-per-click value before it redirects to your link.

Different networks will use different tokens, so consult their documentation.


Two Important Things to Remember …

First, if you want to pass in cost data through your tracking links, you MUST leave the cost data blank in your advanced link settings. Any cost data that you specify in your link settings will override what’s passed in using the method above.

Second, if you include cost data using the method above, it MUST come AFTER any optional sub-ID parameters.

So if you want to include a sub-ID and cost data, the example above showing a CPC of 0.50 would need to look like this:

https://link-domain.com/mylink/subid/0.50

Basically, the cost data must always be at the very end …

For more information on sub-IDs, read this article:

How do I use Sub-IDs?




This tab allows you to add a backup URL and a separate URL for mobile devices and repeat clicks.


Backup URL

This is the URL that “extra” clicks will be routed to, for example for clicks that exceed your “Max Clicks” limit from the Misc tab or for clicks that don’t match your geotargeting settings in the Geo tab.


Mobile URL and iOS URL

You can easily identify mobile clicks by setting the optional Mobile and iOS URLs on the URLs tab for any link.

When ClickMagick receives a mobile click, it first checks to see if the click is from an Apple iOS device like an iPhone, and if so, the click is re-routed to the URL specified in the iOS URL setting if there is one.

If the iOS URL is not set, or the click is from any other mobile device, the click is re-routed to the Mobile URL, again if there is one, otherwise, the click is processed normally.
 
 
Note: By default, visitors using tablets like an iPad will be treated as if they’re on a desktop PC. This is usually what you’ll want because their screens are usually large enough to be treated as a “regular” visitor. If you’d rather have tablets be treated as mobile devices, you can change this setting in the Traffic settings of your Account Settings.


Repeat URL

Once the Geotargeting, Mobile/iOS, and Max Clicks checks have been made, ClickMagick will do one final check to see if the click coming in has visited this tracking link before. If so, the click will be re-routed to the Repeat URL, if set.

There is a special setting if you want to use the Repeat URL if this visitor has ever gone through ANY tracking link in your account that has the same Primary URL as the current link. If you need this special functionality, choose Yes for this setting:
 


 
Note: When clicks are processed for tracking links, the advanced settings are applied in the following order, from top to bottom:

Password Protect
iOS devices
Mobile devices
Geotargeting
Max Clicks
Repeat Clicks
Primary URL and Split Test URLs  (Pixels settings are fired here)

Using this information, you can see that added Pixels won’t be fired if something earlier in the table sends the click somewhere else, such as geotargeting sending the click to the Backup URL or Max Clicks topping out. That’s how you would use the information in this table.
 
Note: When clicks are processed for rotator links, your settings are applied in the following order, from top to bottom:

iOS devices
Mobile devices
Geotargeting in the Advanced Settings
Rotator URLs  (Pixels settings are fired here)
Geotargeting in the Rotator URLs




Here you can set specific Geo-targeting options for your tracking link – countries that you can include or exclude from your targeting.


How Does the Geotargeting Work?

Many times an offer you want to promote only accepts traffic from certain countries – and any other traffic you send through your referral link is just wasted.

Or maybe you’ve just figured out that a particular offer converts best for users in certain countries and you’d rather send users in other countries to a different offer rather than just “wasting” that traffic.

Or perhaps you sell solo ads and your clients only want clicks from certain countries …

“Geotargeting” is the solution in all these scenarios.

Just open the link or rotator name you want to set up geotargeting for and click the “Geo” tab.

Here you have two choices: You can specify only the countries you want clicks from, or only the countries that you don’t want clicks from (often called “geoblocking”). Any clicks that come in that don’t match your settings will automatically be re-routed to your “Backup URL.”

This will maximize the value of your traffic by sending each user to the offer most likely to result in a positive outcome—whether that’s an opt-in, a lead or a sale.

 
Note: If a country you want to geotarget isn’t listed, let us know and we can add it in literally 5 seconds.

Only the most popular countries that users target are listed, because no one geotargets Botswana, and a list of 246 countries is just a pain to work with.
 
Tip: If you’re interested in learning more about geoblocking, see this article on the topic:
 
How do I geoblock a group of countries?





This tab allows you to set the rules for the 6 types of “suspicious” or potentially bad clicks you might want processed differently as compared to regular clicks from real people surfing the web normally.

And for each of them, you can tell ClickMagick to “flag” the clicks, block the clicks, or do nothing special with the clicks and process them normally.

You can choose these settings in the Advanced Settings of any link or rotator.

But before continuing, you need to be absolutely clear on how flagged and blocked clicks are processed, or you may choose incorrect settings for the 6 types of potentially “bad” clicks.

Please read (or re-read) this article on the topic:

What’s the difference between click flagging and blocking?
 

What Are the 6 Types of Potentially Bad Clicks?

Now that you’re an expert on flagged clicks and blocked clicks and how they affect your statistics, let’s take a look at the 6 different types of potentially “bad” clicks.

 
Note: Please notice that 5 out of the 6 can be generated by real humans, so don’t assume when looking at your Flagged or Blocked clicks that you’re always looking at non-human clicks 100% of the time!
   
 
Abuser    An “Abuser” is a web surfer who has exhibited abnormal and highly suspicious click patterns, for example loading the same tracking link 30 times in one minute or clicking 30 different tracking links in one minute.

If you are a “solo ad” seller, you’ll want to read the following article on how you should handle clicks from “Abusers”:

Can you explain in more detail what an "Abuser" is?


Because “Abusers” are actual people, ClickMagick processes these clicks normally—by default—and does NOT flag or block these clicks. It’s up to you to decide how to handle them.

Generally speaking, though, we recommend that you do set Abusers to the “Flag” or “Block” setting, especially if you’re selling solo ads.
 
Anon   Anonymous refers to users who are hiding behind an anonymous proxy, Virtual Private Network, TOR, etc.

And more often than not they are people who are trying to artificially inflate your click counts, as the overwhelming majority of Internet users do NOT fall into this category.

But because “Anon” clicks ARE from real people, ClickMagick does NOT flag or block these clicks by default. It’s up to you how you want to handle them.

If you want to flag or block anonymous clicks—which is generally recommended for solo ad sellers—you can do this in the Advance Settings of your link or rotator.
 
Bot   A bot is any type of automated program or software that accesses your tracking links or rotators.

Bots can be both innocent like a link monitoring system, or malicious like a script used to generate fake clicks. Either way they mess up your stats.

By default, ClickMagick will flag bot clicks and separate them from your stats automatically – but please note that in a relatively tiny percentage of cases bot clicks can also come from machines used by real humans.

For example, if a user’s home computer is infected with malware or is part of a “bot net”, this user’s machine will generate “bot” clicks – and if you flag or block these clicks you would also be flagging or blocking any legitimate clicks from the user themselves.

The odds of this happening are so small that it’s not really something you have to worry about, but it’s certainly something that you should be aware of.
 
Spider   Spider is a piece of code that search engines use to index the web, following links in pages as they find them during the indexing process. These spider “clicks” are generally innocent, but they don’t represent real clicks from real users and they mess up your stats.

By default, ClickMagick will flag spider clicks from your stats automatically.
 
Server   This represents a “click” from a known web server or hosting company. The overwhelming majority of the time these are scripts used by scammers to generate fake clicks.

By default, ClickMagick will flag “server” clicks from your stats automatically – but please note that in a relatively tiny percentage of cases server clicks can also come from machines used by humans.

For example, if a person has used a web server to set up their own VPN (virtual private network) to surf the web anonymously, these legitimate human clicks could be identified as “server” clicks instead.

The percentage of people who do this type of thing are so tiny that it’s not really something you have to worry about, but it’s certainly something that you should be aware of.
 
User   These are the IPs or IP ranges that you, the user, have manually added on your IP Manager page.

By default, ClickMagick will flag these clicks automatically.
   
 
Note: VPN requests originate from a server, so if our system hasn’t yet learned about a particular VPN IP address, the click will be classified as a Server click instead. While this occasionally does occur, it’s quite rare –and most importantly – it doesn’t happen often enough to meaningfully affect the accuracy of your stats.

In addition to our own systems, ClickMagick uses the most accurate 3rd-party IP databases available, and our system gets smarter at detecting VPN IPs every day … but if you find that a VPN is being classified as a Server you’re welcome to let us know and we’ll investigate and update our database if necessary.


Now, for each type of potentially bad clicks described above, you have 3 choices of what to do with them:
 
1.    Flag – Flagging will send these clicks through your link or rotator as normal, but their clicks counts will be separated from your main stats. You can view these clicks any time by clicking on the number in the FC column.

Clicks from “Abusers” are flagged for 24 hours after their last abusive click. All other types of clicks are flagged indefinitely.
 
2.    Block – This will block the click from being processed, and the “click” will be sent to a generic error page. You can view blocked clicks on the Public Stats page of any link, or the Shared Stats page of any rotator URL.
 
 
Note: Be aware that even if you set your Bot settings to Block, ClickMagick can’t block critical bots from major companies like AWeber, Google, Facebook, Bing, etc. or their link verification tests will fail and cause you massive problems. When ClickMagick sees these special bots, they are flagged instead of being completely blocked. 
 
   
3.    Nothing – Don’t do anything out of the ordinary. Treat these clicks just the same as real clicks.
 

You can choose whether to flag or block or these clicks using the “Bad Clicks” settings in the Advanced Settings of each tracking link or rotator.

You can also specify default settings in the “Click Auditing” section of your Account Settings which will be used whenever you create a new tracking link or rotator.
 
 
Caution: Most other click tracking systems do NOT differentiate clicks from real people and clicks from bots, search engine spiders, anti-virus programs, link monitoring systems, etc.

If you’re comparing what you see in your ClickMagick account with the stats from another tracking system, you can see some major discrepancies if the other system treats these fake clicks as “real” clicks.


 

This is the last “miscellaneous” tab for your tracking link, which includes everything else that can help you with your marketing, such as:
 
  • setting the maximum number of clicks your link can receive
  • blanking referrers
  • creating a password for your links to limit access
  • skipping URL verification


Max Clicks

Setting “Max Clicks” allows you to specify how many clicks will be redirected through the link before all additional clicks are re-routed to the Backup URL.
 


 

For this feature to work, you must set a Backup URL.

Note that while “flagged” clicks are redirected through the link like any other click, they are not considered in the click count for Max Clicks because they are not “real” clicks. Also, when normal clicks start redirecting through the Backup URL, flagged clicks will be redirected there as well.

See this article for a better understanding:
 
What does “click flagging” actually mean?
  


Blank Referrers

If you want to hide or “blank” your referrers so the sites you’re sending traffic to can’t tell where it’s coming from, you would just toggle on “Yes” for this option.

When your clicks are redirected, your referrers will be blanked.

The referrers will NOT be blanked in your own stats pages. This is intentional so that you’ll always know where your traffic is coming from.
 
 
Note: Blanking your referrers requires an extra redirect which technically increases the time it takes for the user to see the page you’re sending them to. Users should never notice this, be we thought we’d mention it.
 
Caution: Please do NOT enable this feature unless you understand the purpose for it, and you have a good reason for using it.
 
Note: Firefox versions 67 and 68 have a bug that broke the ability to blank the referrer for visitors using those two versions of that browser. Firefox browsers released before version 67 work fine and versions of Firefox 69 and newer appear to have this problem fixed. Unfortunately, there is nothing we—or any other tracker—can do to workaround the Firefox 67 and 68 bug.


Password

If you enter a password for a tracking link, the user will first see a generic “login” page where they’ll need to enter the correct password to continue.

 


 
Important: If you use password management software or have your browser configured to auto-fill forms, these MAY attempt to auto-fill the password field.

This will cause it to look like you have a password on all of your tracking links when you really don’t.

If this happens to you, simply tweak the settings in your password management tool or browser to NOT auto-fill form fields on the clickmagick.com domain.


Skip URL Check

Toggling this option “On” will skip the URL check for the primary URL when you try to save a tracking link or rotator.

To give you a little more information about what the URL check is about, whenever you set up a tracking link or add a URL to a rotator, ClickMagick will check to make sure that the URL is valid and working properly.

This is to prevent you from entering URLs with typos, or URLs that just aren’t working properly due to a technical problem – both of which would waste your clicks.

Keep in mind that sometimes a link may stop working for just a minute or two. So unless you get an error code that starts with a 4 – codes 401, 403 or 404, which indicate a serious problem that’s not going to fix itself – the first thing to do is just wait a sec and try adding it again.

Obviously, you’ll also want to check the URL for typos, missing “www”, or any other obvious problems.

Also, please understand that just because a link works for you, it does NOT mean that it works for everyone.

Many problems result in some people being able to access a link, with lots of others who can’t.

Here’s a list of the most common errors you’ll see, and a brief description of what they mean.


401 Authorization Required / Unauthorized
This URL requires authentication i.e. a username and password, so our monitoring system is unable to access it.

403 Forbidden
The server hosting the URL you’re promoting is operational but it refused our request. This could be due to a configuration error.

404 Not Found
The requested URL does not exist.

500 Timeout / Timed Out
The URL took longer than 20 seconds to load (and might as well be down!)

500 Bad Hostname
Generally means the URL/domain is not configured properly, usually due to a DNS problem.

500 Connection Refused
The server refused the connection. This is usually due to some type of configuration problem.

500 No Route To Host
This is a configuration problem with the server hosting the URL you’re promoting.

500 Internal Error / Server Error
The server hosting the requested URL responded with a generic error message.



Article 494 Last updated: 07/22/2020 8:16:26 AM
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