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How do I track the emails I send to my list?

Whether you’re using an autoresponder or newsletters to send emails to your list, ClickMagick can help you track those emails.

To track emails from your autoresponder with Campaigns, you would simply add the utm_source, utm_medium and utm_content parameters to your URL to indicate that it is an email link.

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

Let's assume you will be taking people to your sales page in your emails and the URL is:

So for the three parameters added to the end of this URL:
1.    For the utm_source, you can use any word that will make it clear to you that this traffic source is coming from an existing list that you already own (as opposed to new traffic from Facebook, Google, Bing, etc..). For example, you can use the word "internal".
2.    For the utm_medium, you can just use “email” to indicate that this is an email link.
3.    For the utm_content, you can specify the exact content of the email, or the day the email for sent, for example “day1”.

So your final link with these added UTM parameters would look something like this:

Now when someone clicks on your email link and buys your offer, you will see the sale attributed to your Campaign and will be able to sort by the utm_sourceutm_medium and utm_content to see where exactly the sale came from.

If you are 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:

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:

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:

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

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 the Sub-ID that’s intended to remind you of your Subject line. 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:
   What are the Data Exporter & Importer used for?

If you need more advanced functionality when tracking your emails – for example you want to drop a pixel when someone clicks a link in your email or you want to send different users to different URLs – you’ll need to use 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.

If you want to see which emails generate sales you’ll need to make sure you are attributing sales to both Campaigns and your email tracking links by following the short article below:

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

If your affiliate network supports tracking pixels, you’ll simply want to add both your tracking link conversion 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 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 are promoting a ClickBank product and your affiliate link is:

Then your new appended link would look like:[clickid]

This appended link is what you would enter into the Primary URL section of your tracking link and it would allow you see sales recorded for your tracking link.

Step 2 – Pass the Campaigns Token to Your Tracking Link

Now that you can see the sales show up for your tracking link, you need to be able to see the sales inside of your Campaigns.

To do that, you need to pass the [cmc_vid] token to your tracking link. 

So if the tracking link that you created looks like this:[USERNAME]/offer1

Then you would simply add the [cmc_vid] token to the end of it, so the appended link would look like:[USERNAME]/offer1/[cmc_vid]

This appended link is the exact link you would use on the last page of your funnel when taking people to the affiliate offer.

That’s it!

Now, whenever someone clicks on this tracking link and ultimately makes a purchase, your affiliate network will send a postback as normal to your Postback URL, and ClickMagick will attribute the sale to both your Campaign and your tracking link.

Article 477 Last updated: 07/02/2020 7:25:55 PM