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How Can I Track Sales Without Own Confirmation Page?

     
10:29 am on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

I'm an affiliate trying to track sales of a Clickbank product. I have my own landing page, but when the user makes a purchase they get sent to the merchant's confirmation page, so I can't use this confirmation page to track sales.

What then is the best way to track sales if I don't have direct access to the confirmation page?

I could track clicks on the "Buy Now" links on my landing page, but this still isn't very accurate - what I really want to know is exactly what ads are converting to sales so I can optimize my PPC campaigns.

Thanks for your help :),

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Jeremy

11:45 am on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Do clickbank allow you to add tracking to your URLs (like SID in CJ or EPI in tradedoubler)?

If so, you could strip out the search engine query on your landing page (see post #5 below) and add it to your clickbank URL as a tracking entity.

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arran.

9:30 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Arran, No, they don't have anything like that. Jeremy, this is a problem that I have had for some time. I have only found 2 solutions, and neither one of them is great.

1) If you do enough business with the merchant contact them and see if they will add something to the landing page.

2) Open Multi CB accounts. Since they are free and you can set minimum payment to $10.00 this isn't a TERRIBLE alternative, but Clickbank does charge you $2.50 everytime they write a check, so if you had 5 clickbank accounts earning a total of $100 in a pay period, you would get $90 after the check fees instead of $97.50 if you only had one account.

5:26 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks loads for the replies, JoshInTX your idea for multiple accounts sounds perhaps the best workaround there is, but even then I'm not sure how I can track precise CPC stats. The only way to track conversions is to see what CPC ads lead to a purchase - which is measured by visitors to the final product download page. As I don't have access to this same page, I don't currently have a solution for tracking sales. ClickBank really need to pull their socks up.

Thanks for your help :)

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Jeremy

6:01 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Talk with the merchant -as far as i know many clickbank merchants have the ability to put your google tracking code on the sale confirmation page...ofcourse you have to show some volume!