Ever wondered which keywords in your Google Adwords campaign were making the most sales?
Do you know how to track your conversions? No? Then read this article!
In response to the “Q and A: Pay Per Click Search Engine Marketing” article, Carol asked a VERY good question…
“How can you determine the conversions when you are promoting affiliate products where the actual sale occurs on someone else's site? I've noticed that you can obtain code from Google to place on your “thank you for the order” page…. but is the sale occurs elsewhere, you obviously can't do that. Once they have left your site to go to the vendor's site, then you lose the ability to see what happens there.”
I'll admit that conversion tracking for affiliate marketers who use PPC search engines to drive traffic is tough, but it IS possible.
But because most affiliates aren't able to place code on the merchant's thank you page, they have to do a little more work to find out which keywords are converting in their PPC campaigns.
Many networks allow affiliates to track sales by specifiying a variable in the affiliate URL. Commission Junction uses the SID parameter and Clickbank uses TID, short for ‘tracking ID.
Here is an example of an ecrypted CJ link with an SID that links to Single Parents Mingle.
To make the SID's work for you, you need to first place Google Analytics on your landing pages and then assign unique tracking numbers or codes to each one of your keywords. This is simple enough to do if you build out your keyword lists using a spreadsheet. Here's the SID/keyword portion of a sample spreadsheet:
136 single parent dating
137 single parents
138 single parents dating
139 single dads
140 single moms
Next, the Destination URL's in your Google Adwords campaign must correspond to your SID's and is most effective when you are direct linking from Google Adwords to the merchant. It can work however if you create multiple landing pages. Here is an example of a link that you might use to direct traffic to a Single Parents Mingle review page on a dating site.
You'll notice that 138 links to the keyword phrase ‘single parents dating'.
When each of your keywords has a tracking ID and a landing page with a corresponding affiliate URL, you'll be able to see exactly which keywords are making the most sales when you run your commission reports.
Yes, it's hugely tedious to link and match all your keywords, Destination URL's and affiliate links this way, but it is worth your time and effort.
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This is really vital information for people looking into PPC. I have found that tracking really is the key to success. If you don’t know how to track your results you will never know how to stop what doesn’t work and keep doing what does work. Great post. Thanks.
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This is vital information for people looking into PPC. I have found that tracking really is the key to success. If you don’t know how to track your results you will never know how to stop what doesn’t work and keep doing what does work. Great post. Thanks.
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Dimitri Konchin says
Thats a nice way of tracking conversions. Getting the link affiliated would be very useful, moreover it’ll save our time and effort, so its worth doing.. Thank you for sharing the logic with us!
Yes, great information here, will help me track my conversions at last!
Interesting that you discussed a rather laborious, manual method to track keywords, (albeit very effective). Have you every used any of the tracking software that essentially automate what you described?
Awesome info on PPC. It is an era where people are now involving their selves in various affiliate marketing ways of earning. This becoming a boom now a days and will even grow much more and more. Good to get the info here since i have decided to start and involve myself in affiliate marketing.
Thank you very much for that great piece of information. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this for a while and other people explained it to me online – but not like this. I actually got it this time…thanx