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How do I track the emails I send to my list using Tracking Links?


There’s a few different ways, and it just depends on how you’re tracking everything else …

If you’re using only ClickMagick Campaigns, click the Campaigns tab below to continue.

If you’re using only Tracking Links, and you’re not using Campaigns at all, click the Tracking Links tab below …

And if you’re using both Campaigns and Tracking Links – because you’re an affiliate for example – then just click the Campaigns and Tracking Links tab and follow those step-by-step instructions.



To track emails from your autoresponder with Campaigns, you would simply set utm_source=internal and utm_medium=email. You’ll also need to set the utm_campaign parameter, but you can set that to whatever campaign name you’d like.

You can use the Campaign URL Builder or just manually add these parameters to the end of your URL.

Let’s assume that you’ll be sending people to your offer page in your emails and the URL is:

https://www.BuyProduct.com/offer

We already have the values for utm_source and utm_medium. For utm_campaign, let’s use free-trial. You’ll probably also want to set the utm_content value so you can sort by different email links. Let’s assume this link is for the first email of a 14-day series, so we’ll set utm_content to day1.

With these values, the final link with these UTM parameters would look like this:

https://www.BuyProduct.com/offer?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=free-trial&utm_content=day1

Now when someone clicks on your email link and buys your offer, you’ll see the sale attributed to your Original Campaign and you can sort by utm_sourceutm_medium and the other UTM values to see the clicks of your email links:
 
 
 
 
If you want to track emails as their own source in Campaigns all you need to do is set the utm_source=aweber or the name of your email autoresponder and utm_medium=email. The utm_campaign parameter can be set to whatever you’d like. Now when someone clicks on your email link and buys the offer, you’ll see the sale attributed to the email.



If you’re currently tracking your ads or your funnel using only tracking links, or you want to track your emails using only tracking links for any other reason, that’s easy to do as well.

There are a couple of ways to track your messages, depending in part on personal preference and in part on how detailed you want to be. For example, do you just want to know how each message performs, or do you want to know how every separate link in every single message performs?

There are two approaches to tracking email messages and we’ll get into them in this article. You might also use both approaches and aren’t limited to just one.
 

Approach #1 – Create a Separate Tracking Link for Each Action

Creating a separate tracking link for every link in every message is pretty straightforward.

You can manually create a new tracking link for every new link in your message, or you can just create a link and then duplicate it several times over (as many times as necessary) until you have all the links that you need.

Just make sure to set a name for each of the tracking links you create so that you can easily reference them later on.

To clone a link, simply click on “Clone Link” in the Edit menu to the right of any link.

 

 
Approach #2 – Use Sub-IDs to Track Which Link was Clicked

If you don’t know what Sub-IDs are, make sure to take a quick read through this article first:

Can I use Sub-IDs with my tracking links?


When you’re tracking email messages, the most important information is which message generated the click and which specific call-to-action link within that message your reader clicked on.

Let’s see how you would set this up using Sub-IDs ...

First, create a tracking link that you’ll use for your email messages. Let’s arbitrarily use a …/linkSlug with the name emails:

https://link-domain.com/emails

Now that you have a tracking link to your offer, you can use it in all of your email messages by using a Sub-ID that reminds you of your email’s subject line, and a second Sub-ID to identify which call-to-action (CTA) link in the message got the click.

Let’s assume that the first message in your pre-written series of messages has the subject line, “Welcome to my Newsletter about Mason Bees!” and you’ve included two links to your offer page in the body of the message. You could then create those two CTA links using Sub-IDs like this:

https://link-domain.com/emails/Welcome/cta1
https://link-domain.com/emails/Welcome/cta2

If your second message has the subject line, “Mason Bees Pollinate Like Crazy!”, and that message includes three CTA links to your offer page, you could use these link settings:

https://link-domain.com/emails/PollinateLikeCrazy/cta1
https://link-domain.com/emails/PollinateLikeCrazy/cta2
https://link-domain.com/emails/PollinateLikeCrazy/cta3

Your third message might be, “Mason Bees are easy to raise” and have a single call-to-action:

https://link-domain.com/emails/EasyToRaise/cta1

With those Sub-IDs in your messages, you can easily track which messages get the most click-throughs to your offer and which specific call-to-action links get the most clicks.

By reviewing your stats, you might find that a certain lead-in paragraph to a link generates a lot of clicks so you could re-use that in future messages (and rewrite existing messages). Or maybe you find that people consistently click on the 3rd or 4th link in your messages. That might tell you to always include at least 3 calls-to-action in your messages …

If you’re not interested in tracking your result right down to the specific link that was clicked, you can leave the second Sub-ID off and simply track by which message got the click.

The best part of all of this is that you only need to create one tracking link ...
 
 
Note: If you use this technique, only the first click to the link from any reader will be considered “unique.” In other words, if you’re sending out a daily message to your list and a reader clicks a call-to-action link in your first message, you’ll see a Total Click and Unique Click recorded for that reader. But from then on, for all future messages that use the same link, any clicks by that same reader will only show up in the Total Clicks column.

This will dramatically change your ACR, ECR, and SCR values, as well as other values that are computed using the UC count, so if these values are important to your analysis, you should use separate tracking links.
 
Caution: Be careful that you only use valid Sub-ID characters when creating your Sub-IDs. If you include an invalid character, your links will break. An easy solution is to simply stick with letters, numbers, and dashes—and absolutely NO spaces. For a full list of valid Sub-ID characters, see the note at the end of this article:
 
Can I use Sub-IDs with my tracking links?



Reviewing Your Stats

To review your stats, click on the Report icon to the right of the tracking link and choose the “Sub-ID Stats” option. That will show you the individual stats for each of your links.

If you have many messages and links, you might find it easier to analyze your data in a spreadsheet. To do that, you can download all of your click data into a CSV file that you can open in any spreadsheet program. Here are the instructions to download your click data:

How do I download data from ClickMagick?
 


If you need more advanced functionality when tracking your emails – for example you want to fire a pixel when someone clicks a link in your email or you want to send different users to different URLs – you’ll need to combine Campaigns and Tracking Links for that.

This will allow you to see your stats as usual for each of your ads within Campaigns, but then you can look at individual tracking links to see the exact performance for each of your emails as well.

How you attribute your sales to both a Campaign and a Tracking Link depends on how you’re tracking your sales.


Method 1 – If you’re selling your own products and services, here’s what you’ll want to do …

Step 1 – Add your tracking link sales pixel to the same thank you page as your Campaigns Sales Conversion Code

Head to the Pixel Builder and create your sales pixel:
 
 


Add the pixel to the opening <body> or <footer> of your page builder.

Step 2 – Create a tracking link using your sales page as the Primary URL

 


Set the utm_source=internal and utm_medium=email. The utm_campaign parameter can be set to whatever you’d like.

Now you would use the tracking link in your emails, and when a sale is made it will be reported back to your original Campaign while also attributing the sale back to the tracking link.


Method 2 –  If you’re an affiliate, you’ll need to do things a bit differently …

If your affiliate network supports tracking pixels, you’ll simply want to add both a Tracking Pixel and the Campaigns conversion code to your affiliate network and it’s as simple as that.

If you’re using Postback URLs to track your sales, here’s what you’ll need to do …
 

Step 1 – Add a Click ID to the Primary URL of Your Tracking Link

With tracking links, you need to generate a Click ID so that you can track sales with a Postback URL.

Depending on your affiliate network, you will need to use a different parameter at the end of your affiliate link to store the Click ID in. For more information on how to add a Click ID to your tracking links, read this article:

How do I track sales using Postback URLs?


So for example, if you’re promoting a ClickBank product and your affiliate link is:

https://tedswoodwork.clickmagick.clickbank.net/

Then your new link with the Click ID would look like this:

https://tedswoodwork.clickmagick.clickbank.net/?tid=[clickid]

Use this link as the Primary URL for your tracking link and it will allow you see sales recorded for the tracking link.
 

Step 2 – Pass the Campaigns Token to Your Tracking Link

Now that you can see the sales for your tracking link, let’s see how you can also see the sales inside of your Campaigns.

To do that, you need to pass the [cmc_vid] token to your tracking link, which you should have stored in your autoresponder.

For information on how to do that, read the article below:

How do I set up cross-device tracking?

 
Let’s supposed that the tracking link you created looks like this:

https://link-domain.com/offer1

You would simply add the [cmc_vid] custom field token from your autoresponder to the end of the link, like this:

https://link-domain.com/offer1/{!custom cmc_vid}

This link is the exact link you would use in your emails to redirect visitors to the affiliate offer.

What If I’m using an Internal Page?

Now, whenever someone clicks on this tracking link and ultimately makes a purchase, your affiliate network will send a postback to ClickMagick and you’ll see sales attributed to both your Campaign and your tracking link.


Article 634 Last updated: 02/01/2021 8:22:28 AM
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