Tracking

Up until now we have built the foundation of an affiliate marketing campaign. As you get better and better at this process you will be able to set up these sites in 5 or 6 hours.

Many affiliates test 20 campaigns before finally finding one that actually makes money. You can drastically increase your chances of success by taking your time and doing things right. I don't recommend you go out and build out 20 or 30 niche sites to test campaigns!

Once we get into the paid traffic stuff you can test multiple different niches and offers without having to build your authority site first. Once you find an offer converting extremely well then you can consider building another authority site or just ramping up the paid campaign.

One good campaign can generate extremely high revenue for us, so it is well worth the time doing all the steps needed to make it work.

Right before we put our focus on traffic to the blog we want to make sure proper tracking is in place first so we can track all aspects of our visitor traffic and so that we know what is working best.

The only way you will ever become the best in this industry is if you track everything so you can find ways to improve. So this lesson is for those want to do it right the first time.

You Need Tracking on the Blog

The first tracking solution is for the blog itself and it is “Google Analytics”. I highly recommend you install the free WordPress plugin and set up a Google Analytics Account. Get it here: http://wordpress.org/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/

Once that is set up you will see statistics inside your WordPress dashboard showing details about who visits your blog. You can even see the exact search terms they used and what site sent them to you.

See example below from one of our other sites:

Tracking Landing Page Traffic

Once we begin setting up landing pages and squeeze pages, and implementing paid and free traffic, we want to be able to track our keywords that convert, our ads that convert, and traffic sources. We also want to measure landing page conversion rates etc. To do this we need a tracking system built for affiliate marketers.

We recommended tracking solutions that provide the most data, fast redirects, and affordable pricing.

Here some options to research:

CPV LAB PRO 

Thrive

Voluum

Bemob (FREE OPTION)

These programs will make your life a whole lot easier…even though it does come with a price except Bemob which is free up to a certain point.

What you have learned so far is basically how to set up your own standard affiliate marketing website/landing page in your own niche.

Technically once you get this far you can actually start sending people to your site as it is, and you can start seeing those people inside Google Analytics statistics.

Next Lesson we start to discuss traffic generation.