If you have started a blog using WordPress, you might be thinking about making money online through display advertisements and other monetization programs. The major display ad networks are Google AdSense and Media.net. Well, using these display ads on your website will probably slow your website a bit.
Plus, your website visitors will get annoyed using too many display ads.
One of the best methods for making money online is affiliate marketing. If you check our blog posts, you can see that we are using affiliate links on them to monetize our website.
But for properly checking the link clicks, we have got a solution for you. In this post, we are going to show you how can you track affiliate link clicks in WordPress. It is by using the MosterInsights.
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MonsterInsights is a freemium WordPress plugin which will help you to integrate Google Analytics into your WordPress blog. There are so many Analytics solution available. But, we always prefer and recommend MonsterInsights.
There is a free version (MonsterInsights Lite) available in the WordPress plugins repository.
More than 2 million WordPress websites are using this plugin. The free version plugin got some limitations but it is best for guys who just got started. A premium version of the plugin is available which will help us to track our entire WordPress blog properly. Some of the major trackings are forms, download, ads, scroll depth, WooCommerce, etc…
You could see our MonsterInsights review for more.
Plus, we can use this plugin for tracking our affiliate links.
Why Track Affiliate Link Clicks?
Want to know how many clicks got in your affiliate links? The traffic sources? the top-performing pages, etc… You just need to track these links and you are good to go. No more headache. The plugin will take care of it and will update in your MonsterInsights reports section or Google Analytics property.
One plus thing about this tracking is, you can find the top-performing affiliate pages, posts, etc and double your revenue by concentrating on these kinds of posts. So, affiliate link tracking is highly recommended for publishers.
Install and Configure ThirstyAffiliates
ThirstyAffiliates is a freemium WordPress plugin which is using for affiliate link cloaking.
If you are an affiliate marketer, you know that affiliate links might look ugly. Something like:
But by using this ThirstyAffiliate plugin, you can cloak this affiliate links and make it something like:
Impressive, isn’t it?
This is one of our favorite plugin for affiliate link management. If you check our links, you could see that we are using it. The link is customizable. Also, the prefix can be changed. There are a few prefixes are available or you could create a custom one.
Plus, adding an affiliate link will be a lot easier. In the editor, you will see the link insertion option.
If you are an affiliate marketer, this is a must-need plugin for you.
For properly tracking affiliate links using MonsterInsights, this plugin is essential.
How To Track Affiliate Link Clicks In WordPress?
Now, let’s move to the tutorial.
Forst of all, install and activate MonsterInsights. If you are planning to use the free version plugin, you can install it from your WordPress backend.
if you have already purchased MonsterInsights premium, you need to upload the plugin to your blog through the admin area or by using an FTP client such as FileZilla.
After activating the plugin, integrate the plugin with your Google Analytics property. This can be done by pasting the tracking code to the settings (limited functionality) or by authenticating it in the right way (grand permissions).
The best method is by allowing MonsterInsights handling your Google Analytics property.
Now, go to MonsterInsights settings and affiliate links.
Enter your ThirstyAffiliates link prefix. For example, in our blog, the links will look like:
So, our tracking path is /refer/.
If you are using your affiliate link like:
/recommends/ is your path. Enter it in the settings. Plus, you need to give a label for it. Save the settings.
In your GA property, under events, you can see the stats then.
And if you are using the MonsterInsights plus plan or above, you can see the top-performing affiliate links in your Insights, Publisher Reports section.
This is how you can easily track affiliate link clicks in WordPress.
Get Started With MonsterInsights
You can get a copy of MonsterInsights premium from below.
If you are not happy with the purchase, simply raise a support ticket and let them know. They do have 14-days money-back guarantee which will help you to test drive MonsterInsights for absolutely free!
But I am pretty sure that you will love the plugin.
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