Hi WA family, I hope you are all well. I was wondering of there is a way with affilaite marketing, I can find out through what source I have genereated my sales.

Should I be able to get this info out of google analytics. I know what article and what link they have used but I like to know of the sale was generated through social media, direct or Organic traffic.

Cheers Jude

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LMH1968 Premium
Good question and great answers
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HealthyGreen Premium
Yes if it's PPC use WA link tracker. If not use link tracking
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Jude81 Premium
Thank you, I appreciate your comment.
Jude
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HealthyGreen Premium
My Pleasure Jude
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JeannineC Premium
If you are getting your affiliate links from an affiliate network, you usually have a place where you can add something into your link that you can use as an identifier.

On Awin, it's "&clickref;=" which is short for click reference. You can find out how to do it via the Link Builder tool.

On ShareASale, it's "&afftrack;="

You just insert your individual value after the "=".

Take advantage of these tools for sure!
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Jude81 Premium
Hi Jeannine, I did fill out details in the tool builder by share a link so I know which link they have used because of that what I filled in, I just don't know where the traffic came from.
I just like to know the source. I see of I can find by share a sale where you are explaining. So you say that I than know from which source(pintrrest or organic) my sale is generated?
Kind regards.
Jude
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JeannineC Premium
When you put the link into Pinterest, use one code. When you put the link into an article, use a different code. Ultimately you can pull a report which breaks it out that way.
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ChrystopherJ Premium
You could do this using PHP Code Snippets, by finding the referrer to your page/post, then adding that to the affiliate link to pass it over. Can get complicated as it goes into custom coding and cache doesn't always play nice, but it is possible if you really want to go down that route. Otherwise, just follow Jeannine's instructions, which I believe you already are, by having one link for your website, one for Pinterest and one for Facebook etc.
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JeannineC Premium
Depending on the merchant tracking, adding a PHP code snippet to the affiliate link could break the affiliate tracking. Confirm with the merchant that it will work before implementing something like that.
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ChrystopherJ Premium
I agree, hence why I said it can be complicated :-) With the right code, you could pass a standardised value in to the "&clickref;=" portion of the URL of "web", "search" or "social" etc.
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Jude81 Premium
Aha, I see what you mean Jeaninne, that is a great idea. I will look into doing this. Thanks a lot for your help, I appreciate it.
Jude
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Jude81 Premium
I am just thinking I can't probably do that as I send people from Pinterest and Facebook to my website and I don't use affiliate links on social media to send straight to my merchants.
Thanks a lot for your help though, I appreciate it a lot.
Jude
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JeannineC Premium
Ah, okay, if they are coming back to your site, then you do need something outside the networks to track that.
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Jude81 Premium
It sounds like a bit complex for me lol, I send people from social media to my website first so I don't sound an easy way to find out...
I may just not know, was just not sure I overlooked an option.
Thanks a lot for your help, I appreciate it
Jude
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Jude81 Premium
I see Janinne, it sound I want something to complex lol. Thanks a lot for your help.
Jude
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JeannineC Premium
No, not too complex. But you'll just need to put some things in place to do so. It's actually a very good idea to do this, because then you know what to optimize and prioritize.
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Jude81 Premium
That was what I was thinking about. I have to see of there is training available to do this.
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ChrystopherJ Premium
There is another way, similar to what I mentioned before, but instead of looking for the referrer, you can pass that through instead. I.e. lets say you post on Pinterest sending traffic to Post 1, instead of sending them to yourdomain.com/post1 you send them to yourdomain.com/post1 ?ref=pinterest and have code on your website to grab the ref variable I.e. pinterest and insert it into "&clickref;=" to become "&clickref;=pinterest". If ref is null it can default to "web" etc. As some social medias don't like variables, I.e. the question mark (?), you could use Pretty Links such as yourdomain.com/post1-pinterest which then redirects internally to yourdomain.com/post1 ?ref=pinterest

(removing space from post1 ?ref, as it won't allow me to post it here otherwise)
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Jude81 Premium
sounds great Christopher, thanks for suggestion but I may need a step by step training for this action 🙈
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ChrystopherJ Premium
Google Analytics will show you the source of how they arrived at your website/page/post, but as Affiliate links take you to an external source, you then lose visibility of when/if they decide to purchase via that link after clicking on it.
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Jude81 Premium
Hmm, so no change than to find out. Thanks for letting me know.
Jude
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