How To Use The Pretty Link Plugin To Track Your Affiliate Click Through Rate
If you have a Wordpress blog that is hosted on your own server, then a great way to track the number of clicks on your affiliate links is to use the Pretty Link plugin.
The good news is that Market Samurai works with the pretty link plugin to make the tracking of affiliate links even easier.
In this video I’m going to make the following assumptions:
(1) That you have a blog hosted on your own server
(2) That you are using Wordpress 2.7 or 2.8
(3) That you understand the concept of Wordpress plugins
If these assumptions aren’t true for you then the best way for you to create trackable affiliate links is to use a service such as bitl.y or to create a Word Press Direct account.
OK, if you are hosting your own Word Press blog, let me start by quickly showing you how to install the Pretty Link plugin.
Here I am at the Dashboard of my blog.
To install a plugin all I have to do is come down and choose ‘Add New’ under the Plugins Heading.
Search For Pretty Link Plugin
Now I can search for Pretty link
And here is the plugin I want to install, so I’ll just click the install Action.
Click Install Now
And I’ll just click the Install Now button.
I then have to enter my FTP password.
Installation Process Begins
And Wordpress now begins the installation process.
If you have problems with this automated installation, please see the WordPress.org website for details on how to install plugins manually.
Once the installation is complete, I can come to the manage plugins page and click 'Activate' to activate the pretty link plugin.
Now that the plugin is activated I can close out of my blog and return to market samurai.
Here’s a sample ad that I created in the market samurai monetization module. I’d like to add a Find More button to the bottom of this ad. So all I have to do is click and drag this button to the bottom of my ad.
Set Button Properties
Market Samurai then displays this dialog box which allows me to set the properties for this button.
Create Affiliate Link
I’ve already set up my amazon affiliate account so all I have to do is select my amazon account from this dropdown box and Market Samurai automatically creates my affiliate link which you can see here.
Now this section here allows me to specify a service for shortening my URL and tracking my affiliate click throughs.
Select Shortening Option
Now that I have installed the Pretty Link plugin on my blog, I can select the New Wordpress Blog account option.
Enter Website Details
This Title field is market Samurai’s internal description of my blog, so I’ll just cal it ‘My Blog’
The URL is the website address of my blog.
And the username and password are the administration details of my blog.
When I’ve entered these details, I can then scroll down and click the Add Account button.
Now, the slug field here allows me to enter in the text I would like to use for my shortened URL.
In this example I’ll use testlink1.
Now I can click the ‘Shorten URL’ button
New Shortened URL
Market Samurai goes out to my blog, logs in and uses the pretty link plugin to generate a shortened URL.
And here is my new link.
So let’s now insert this link onto my button. I can do this by clicking the 'Insert Link' button
The next step would be to publish this ad to my blog using the process I described in a previous video.
When my ad is published, it appears on my blog like this.
Test Affiliate Ad
Now let’s click this link to test our new affiliate link.
As expected the link takes us through to amazon.com with our affiliate link in tact.
Check Clickthrough Stats
Now lets go and see how we can view our stats in our blog dashboard.
When i log into my blog, I can come down and click the Pretty Link option in my Navigation Panel...
...and on this screen I can view the number of clickthroughs on my affiliate link.
Here is my testLink1 and it has had 1 click through which was my test click through.
So that’s all there is to installing the Pretty Link plugin and generating trackable links using Market Samurai.
More Monetization Lessons
- Introduction to Monetization
- How To Register With Affiliate Directories
- How To Find Products & Assess Market Viability
- How To Write A Compelling Ad In Minutes
- How To Publish An Ad To Your Website
- How to Sign Up for the Google Adsense Program
- How To Replace Your Affiliate Offer With Dynamic Ads
- How To Use Bit.ly To Track Your Affiliate Click Through Rate
- How To Use The Pretty Link Plugin To Track Your Affiliate Click Through Rate
- How To Create Trackable Affiliate Links Using WordPress Direct