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I tell you, the on-line world gets by with such lax standards with regards to tight programming compared to the offline world of applications.
That's why I joined the on-line world :)
Sorry, Zeus - my suggestion was theoretical, not something I had tried.
If they included a column on their reports though, it must be something they intended to have working.
You guys and other CJ Affiliates should write them. Perhaps if enough people requested it.....
I make plenty of CJ sales, and the only time the SID tracking code hasn't shown is when I've set it up wrong.
Although it was mentioned how to set up the SID tracking code in an earlier post, I'll do it again...
Append it to the end of your CJ affiliate links, as follows... A question mark, followed by SID= and then a tracking code you assign. For example: example.com?SID=1234
Then when you make a CJ sale or generate a lead, the tracking code 1234 shows up in your stats, if set up properly.
Remember that you can use CJ's SID tracking feature to track by specific ad, or by specific keyword.
To track by KEYWORD, assign a different, unique tracking link to the Destination URL of each keyword in your campaign.
Power Tip: An easy way to manage this step is by using a sequential number as the tracking code, automatically assigned by using " Edit > Fill > Series..." in an Excel spreadsheet. Then batch upload to the proper ad group.
To track CJ conversions by AD, assign a different, unique tracking link to each ad. And be sure there are no Destination URL's assigned to any specific keywords, or they'll override your ad tracking links.
You'll know you've set it up properly when the tracking code for an ad or keyword shows up in the SID column of your CJ stats. If it doesn't, you've most likely made a mistake somewhere, not CJ.
[edited by: eWhisper at 1:26 pm (utc) on Mar. 10, 2005]
[edit reason] Please use example.com for sample links. [/edit]
Yes, it shows up in the "SID" column of your CJ reports, for sales and leads.
> How do I know which keyword or ad made that sale? <
Based on the unique tracking code you've assigned each ad or keyword.
A shortcut for looking up tracking codes is to use a text editor or other software that will let you search through all files containing your keywords (or ads) and their tracking codes, without opening the files.
For example, I use UltraEdit. I think NoteTab Light (which is free) lets you do the same.
Then when you generate a CJ sale or lead, it's a quick task to look up the exact ad or keyword, for your records.
I'm registering sales, and passing a parm on a URL is web 101 so I sure didnt get that wrong.
Even let CJ's HTML thingy create it for me after it failed when I did it manually, still doesn't show.
At this point I don't care as long as the SALES keep showing up.
Guess I'll email CJ support and wait for my canned non-answer.
Yes, you can manually add an SID to your CJ affiliate links, if you prefer.
> can I used words as sid's? <
Yes, you can use letters and/or numbers. I don't know what the maximimum allowable number of characters is though.
If you have more questions CJ offers some PDF docs that explain more about it, on their site. Not sure where, though ;-)