When Prosper 202 was made available for free to internet marketers in 2008 it quickly became the defacto tracking application. Today it is still very popular, and still free to download and self-host, but it has acquired competitors, like the commercial CPVLab.
The newer tracking application aspires to be more of an “out of the box” solution for marketers who want to implement funnels without having to think too hard about the process. CPVLab is very good at this. Prosper 202, not so much.
On the other hand, what most marketers who use Prosper 202 have failed to appreciate is that you can do anything with Prosper 202 that you can with CPVLab. ANYTHING.
The only trouble is that you WILL need to use your brain to supply the missing pieces.
Prosper 202 – It’s Like Lego For Trackers
Most of us have experienced the thrill of building things from scratch. Mostly in our youth, when we do not have to explain WHY it is that we do some things simply for the challenge. I continue to build things to this day, and I cannot always say I do it because it is a necessity.
For example, why would I → Continue Reading
Using a 3rd party tracking system is one of the milestones to becoming a more serious affiliate marketer. Most affiliates start out simply direct linking using their favorite affiliate network’s links, but as you grow as a publisher you find that using your own tracking software has many advantages. You will be provided more data, you’ll have easier access to all that data, and you will be able to track clicks and conversions across multiple offers and networks easier.
The three most popular tracking solutions that I have found affiliates using are Prosper202, CPVLab, and Bevo Media. This post is not to sell you on which one I think you should use (although if you’re new you should check out my Prosper202 articles), but instead I want to show you how to setup your conversion tracking properly on all three platforms. It’s common for this to be really confusing for someone new to the technical side of affiliate marketing, but if you follow these simple instructions you should be able to get your conversions tracking pretty easily.
Each tracking software creates its own “click ID” that is generated when someone clicks on your tracking link from that software. This is → Continue Reading
Over the past month I have been really busy working on a bunch of different things, but I like to blog about random things I discover and last week I stumbled onto some cool changes that have been made with Twitter Ads since I first tested them.
I have a Twitter account in the entertainment niche that has been growing pretty steadily over the past year. I have not done any advertising, but I have made a script similar to FPTraffic that tweets randomly for me throughout the day from a database of tweets I made. The amount of tweets is pretty aggressive and it’s caused me to lose some followers, but I have also gained quite a few as well. My average tweet will get 30-50 retweets.
Anyway, I have a product I created for the niche my Twitter account is in so I posted a few tweets advertising the product and saw that they were generating quite a few sales. That lead me back to Twitter Ads and when I logged in I noticed two new features that I hadn’t seen before.
View your Twitter Followers Data
Once you login to your Twitter Ads account you can try → Continue Reading
Affiliate Summit East took place about 2 weeks ago, but I am just now finally getting around to writing my wrap up post. I am pretty sure this will be the last ASE13 wrap up post you read and I am hoping it is the most interesting. I had a great time in Philadelphia and met a lot of great people, but probably what I will remember most from this Affiliate Summit is the moment when I almost died.
This year we had six members of the PeerFly team fly to Philadelphia for the conference. Lauren, Davey, Charlie, Travis, Corey and I arrived on Saturday and we stayed until Wednesday night. The conference was from Sunday until Tuesday so we had a day before and a day after to visit Philadelphia, which was a lot of fun. Before I get into that, let me tell you about Sunday at lunch when I was almost killed by a taxi driver.
Charlie, Lauren, and I were at lunch at Jake’s Pizza right across the street from the Philadelphia Convention Center where Affiliate Summit was being held. We had finished eating, but we were sitting there talking about Tony Robbins which Charlie and → Continue Reading