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How do I set up a secure custom tracking domain in Bluehost?


Custom tracking domains allow you to use any domain you want for your Tracking Links and Rotators.

And, if you want to do any social media or email marketing with Tracking Links, setting up a custom tracking domain is required – because you can’t use our generic clkmg.com and clkmr.com tracking domains for either of those things.

But, even if you’re not doing any sort of social media or email marketing, you may still want to use custom tracking domains for the “branding” and other benefits they provide.

This article shows you step by step exactly how to set it up …

 
Note: We strongly recommend that you first buy an entirely new domain to be used only for tracking.


Setting up a custom tracking domain requires modifying the domain’s DNS records, and if you do this incorrectly for a domain that already points to an existing website you could temporarily break your website.

Also, please keep in mind that setting up a custom tracking domain is one of the more technical things you’ll do with ClickMagick. If necessary, click the “I need help setting this up” tab and we’ll be happy to help.

With all of that being said, please select whether you’re going to use a new domain, if you want to use an existing domain, or if you want us to walk you through the process (or even just do it for you entirely!)



The following guides will help you through the steps required to set up your custom tracking domain if you bought a brand new domain:

 
Note: If you bought a brand new domain, you do not need to follow the steps outlined in the “I’m using an existing domain” tab.


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Here are the IP Addresses you can use for Tracking Links and Rotators:

For Tracking Links use:

50.97.212.250


For Rotators use:

50.23.66.138
 

 
Note: Do not use both IP addresses when setting up your custom domain. If you do, the Tracking Links or Rotators features will not work properly. If you want a custom domain for each feature, you need to either use a different domain entirely, or use separate subdomains of the same domain (e.g. “track.domain.com” and “rotator.domain.com”). 



How to Add the Custom Tracking Domain to ClickMagick

Click on Domain Manager in the Tools menu inside of Tracking Links and click on the New Domain button.

Enter your root domain (without any subdomain or the https):

 
 

Just use the default options for now and click “Add Custom Domain” to save your changes.

You can always go back and change your domain settings at any time using the Domain Manager.
 
Note: You might not be able to add your domain to ClickMagick right away. This is because it can take anywhere from 1 to 24 hours for the DNS records to propagate. If you are having problems adding your new custom domain, just give it some time and come back at a later time to try again.



How to Add Your New Domain to Your Links or Rotators

To learn how to set up Tracking Links or Rotators in the first place, review the articles linked below. 

How do I set up a very basic tracking link?

What is a rotator and how to set it up?


To add a new domain to a tracking link (whether your are creating one or editing one), click on the dropdown menu next to “Tracking Link” and choose the new domain:

 
  
To add a new custom domain to your rotator (whether you are creating one or editing one), click on the dropdown menu next to “Rotator Link" and choose the new domain:

 


And that’s it! You now have a custom domain ready to use with your Tracking Links or Rotators with ClickMagick!


The following guides will help you through the steps required to set up your custom tracking domain if you are using an existing domain:

 
Note: Following the steps outlined below will not delete or break your website. If you have any questions when following the steps, just contact our Helpdesk


 
How  To Set Up A Secured Custom Domain In Namecheap

How  To Set Up A Secured Custom Domain In GoDaddy

How To Set Up A Secured Custom Domain In Hostgator

How  To Set Up A Secured Custom Domain In BlueHost

How  To Set Up A Secured Custom Domain In in Siteground



CNAME references for your CloudFlare DNS settings

If you are going to be using an existing domain, you first need to figure out what you want your subdomain to be. This is a descriptive word in front of your domain name. Here are some examples:

 
  www.yourdomain.com
learn.yourdomain.com
blog.yourdomain.com
offer.yourdomain.com


In the examples above, the subdomains are www, blog, learn, and offer. You can use any combination of letters and numbers for a subdomain.


Once you have figured out what you will be naming your subdomain for tracking, You will use one of the values below:

For Tracking Links, use:
  • TypeCNAME
  • Name:  The subdomain you chose. For this article, we used “track”.
  • Targetwww.clkmg.com
For Rotators, use:
  • TypeCNAME
  • Name:  The subdomain you chose. For this article, we used “track”.
  • Targetwww.clkmr.com
 
Note: Do not use the same CNAME reference for both Tracking Links and Rotators when setting up your custom domain. If you do, you will not be able to add your custom domain to the tracking or rotator features will not work properly. You need to use separate subdomains for Tracking Links and Rotators.



How to Add the Custom Tracking Domain to ClickMagick

Click on Domain Manager in the Tools menu inside of Tracking Links and click on the New Domain button.

Enter your root domain (without any subdomain or the https):

 
 

Just use the default options for now and click “Add Custom Domain” to save your changes.

You can always go back and change your domain settings at any time using the Domain Manager.
 
Note: You might not be able to add your domain to ClickMagick right away. This is because it can take anywhere from 1 to 24 hours for the DNS records to propagate. If you are having problems adding your new custom domain, just give it some time and come back at a later time to try again.



How to Add Your New Domain to Your Links or Rotators

To learn how to set up Tracking Links or Rotators in the first place, review the articles linked below. 

How do I set up a very basic tracking link?
What is a rotator and how to set it up?


To add a new domain to a tracking link (whether your are creating one or editing one), click on the dropdown menu next to “Tracking Link” and choose the new domain:

 
  
To add a new custom domain to your rotator (whether you are creating one or editing one), click on the dropdown menu next to “Rotator Link" and choose the new domain:

 


And that’s it! You now have a custom domain ready to use with your Tracking Links or Rotators with ClickMagick!

 
If you've set up a custom domain with ClickFunnels, you may be able to use that same domain with ClickMagick.

Here’s how you can tell …

If you bought your domain and you set that domain up with ClickFunnels as an “external domain” or as an “external subdomain”, then you can use that same domain for tracking with ClickMagick. Just click on the tab above that says “I’m using an existing domain” and follow the instructions there.

If, on the other hand, you registered a new domain through ClickFunnels and paid ClickFunnels a registration fee, then you will need to buy a new domain that you can use for tracking purposes.

The reason you can’t use your ClickFunnels domain with ClickMagick—in this case—is that the tracking domain must be secure and when you buy a domain directly from ClickFunnels, they set up the domain so that only your ClickFunnels pages are secure.

There is no way to make the necessary changes to use that same domain as a tracking domain and make the tracking domain secure. It’s just a limitation of how ClickFunnels sets up the domain.

Fortunately, buying a new domain for tracking is easy and inexpensive.

You should be able to buy a new domain for as little as $8 to $20 USD per year.

You don’t need to get a fancy domain name for tracking because, oftentimes, you’ll only use the domain inside of ads where your visitors will never even see them.

You certainly don’t need to buy any of the additional options that registrars offer when you buy a domain. Just answer “No” to every additional option. All you want is the domain. You don’t need “hosting” or “private registration” or anything else.

Seriously, if at checkout time the total is more than $20 USD for a single year, then you’ve chosen some additional option that you absolutely don’t need.

Once you’ve purchased a new domain through GoDaddy or some other registrar, click on the tab above that says “I’ve bought a new domain” and follow the instructions there.
 
 
Note: If you’re at all unsure about which type of domain you’ve set up with ClickFunnels—an “external” domain or a “new domain through ClickFunnels”—click on these two ClickFunnels knowledge base articles that describe each type. That should trigger your memory about which type you originally set up:

How to set up an “external” domain with ClickFunnels
How to register a new domain through ClickFunnels


Done For You custom domain setup is only available on the Standard or Pro Plans.

If you’d like to upgrade your account, please go to the Billing page in the menu and change your subscription.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll get instant access to this page to have your custom domain setup for you.



Article 667 Last updated: 01/22/2023 2:36:29 PM
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