URL trackers on HubPages

My URL Trackers

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Hubpages URL Trackers

Updated 24th September 2011 Because Authors on Hubpages now have their own subdomains the url trackers need to be changed to allow for the new set up.

What are URL Trackers?

Http://jimmythejock.hubpages.com This is a link to my profile page on Hubpages if you click on it, it will obviously lead you to my profile page.

http://jimmythejock.hubpages.com/_jtj/ This is also a link to my profile page on Hubpages and if you click on it, it will also lead you to my profile page on Hubpages.

As you can see there is a subtle difference between the two links above and that is simply because the second of the links contains one of my Hubpages URL Trackers.

Although both links do the same Job in Directing visitors to my profile page on Hubpages the link with the URL Tracker can lead to me making extra money from my Hubpages affiliate advertisers.

Hubpages Rewards

The Basic Idea of Hubpages URL Trackers

URL Trackers are the Hubpages way of rewarding Authors who bring new Authors to Hubpages.

Without URL Tracker

If you post a link to one of your Hubs somewhere on the Internet and someone clicks on it and then that person decides that they would like to write on Hubpages, they sign up and begin writing hubs, they will soon begin earning money from Google, Amazon, Ebay and Kontera and you will recieve nothing of that.

With URL Tracker

If you post a link on the Internet with your URL Tracker added to it then when the person signs up and starts making money from the four advertising affiliates above, because they used your Tracker to sign up to Hubpages you will be rewarded with 10% of that persons earnings from each of the affiliates.

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Creating a URL Tracker

As a member of Hubpages you are automatically assigned a default URL Tracker which you can find if you are signed in to your Hubpages account.

To find your default tracker log into Hubpages then click on My Account and then click on the URL Trackers link (circled in the picture).

Your default tracker will be a mix of numbers and letters but if you prefer you can make your own Trackers which can help you to determine which ones are performing best for you. instructions of how to create your own URL Trackers are also found on the URL Trackers page, Instructions on linking your trackers to your hubs or profile page can also be found there.

Using Your URL Trackers

Now that you have set up and created some Trackers how and where do you use them?

You can use your trackers anywhere on the Internet where you are an active participant with a profile, Facebook, Bebo, Twitter, social networking sites and forums, If you have a blog you can post links there or you can even post them in your Hubs or Hubpages profile pages. trackers work at their best if you include a description of where the link leads to.

For example if you are directing someone to the Hubpages home page you could write something like this.

I write on a fantastic website called Hubapges.com which has some great tools that make it simple to publish great looking professional pages and the bonus is that I get paid for it, why not give it a try sign up here it's totally free. http://jimmythejock.hubpages.com/_jtj/

Remember you can link to any hub not just your own, all you do is add your URL Tracker.

The Benefit of Multiple Trackers

Having one URL Tracker keeps it simple, you know if you are getting referrals from it but on the downside you have no way of knowing where those refferals are coming from.

if you have an account on facebook you could create a tracker to see if people are signing up to hubpages from your account there.

Bebo a different tracker, and so on.

Having multiple trackers helps you to determine where your refferals are coming from which in turn lets you know which of your campaigns are working best.

URL Trackers give you 10% of the earnings of users who sign up using your trackers, using them properly could prove to be very rewarding indeed.

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Iphigenia 7 years ago

Hi Jimmy - this is so true - I now have 8 or so url trackers and it is interesting to see where visitors come from. With twitter and FaceBook in particular I re-send any links about 3 times a the day to take in all time zones - this simple act increased my visitors from those sites. Great advice here.

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Abhishek87 7 years ago from India

Hey jimmy, I have a question. I have built this tracker and put it in the links to other hubs that I have given on my latest hub about antivirus reviews and fast computers. Now, the hub views from the tracker have been growing steadily. The thing is, I do not as of now, have an Adsense account. So will that hub traffic help me any ways???

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Whikat 7 years ago

Hi Jimmy, Thanks for the good idea, it makes sense if you are going to put a link out there why not get the full benefits.



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jimmythejock 7 years ago from Scotland Author

thanks for your comments guys, I hope that you all reap the rewards from your Trackers.

Abhishek87 your trackers dont just benefit google you also get 10% of ebay, amazon and kontera ads from authors that sign up using your tracker.

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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Thanks, Jimmy. I've always been a little fuzzy about trackers.

ladyvenus 7 years ago

Hi nice info. Im still in the process of learning them. Thanks

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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Good Point.

Thanks for the Hub.

Keep on Hubbing!

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Abhishek87 7 years ago from India

So, what about if there is no signup but someone uses my link with the tracker to another hub and then shops on say any of these; Google, Ebay, amazon ??

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Karen Banes 7 years ago from Canada

Thanks so much for answering this request Jimmy. Ten minutes ago I was clueless about trackers. Now I actually understand how they work. Maybe I should have just spent time researching this by actually clicking the URL trackers link and reading the page about trackers but I am such a techno clutz and I knew you would explain it in a way even I could understand!

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ANDR01D 7 years ago from Hell

Very clever Jimmy. I see what you're doing. Now when people read your hub and possibly click the link with your tracker in it, you'll get even more money if they earn anything. Sneaky!

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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

Abhishek, in order to receive a benefit from the referrals you would need to have accounts with the various affiliates. Since HP doesn't pay you directly, it isn't as simple as receiving a 10% "cut" of someones earnings. The way it actually works is that your adID with the respective affiliates would register 10% of the time during the referees' impressions.

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pvrust 7 years ago from Carlsbad, Ca

Thanks for the insight. If it is something that we are doing anyway we might as well get paid for it. Good, clean and to the point! Thanks Gary Rust

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BrianS 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

Good information, I didn't really know about this so shame on me. I do now though and will start using it as a tool asap. Thanks for the info.

adrien hernandez 7 years ago

thank you for share this with us. it is a good information, i'm new so it's help me

how to use this great advise

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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Jimmy thanks for the clear cut instructions.

As I am new to Facebook can you tell me where the link would go in that application?

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LANWANMAN 7 years ago from Ocala, Florida USA

Fantastic article! Thanks for saving me a lot of time figuring out everything I needed to know about HubPages' URL trackers and more....

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shrikrishna 7 years ago

thanks for the suggestion

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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

I just love the format of the trackers here at hubpages, they look so simple and if you spread your trackers far and wide then you could potentially benefit your own efforts combined through others and this is what is so great about the Hubpages system....now I must get back to writing more hubpages when the time allows!!!

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Staci-Barbo7 7 years ago from North Carolina

Jimmy, thank you for explaining an important element of how Hubpages works. Although I've been a member for a year, I'm new to writing for HubPages, so I did not know about how URL trackers work. In my first five Hubs, I was linking to other Hubs WITHOUT my URL tracker.

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teeray 7 years ago from Canada

Thanks for the extra information on trackers. I'm just starting to understand their importance and how they work now.

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cym 7 years ago from Europe

Can I use just any word as a URL tracker? Or should it be a unique ID, one that no one else is using yet? If I want to use fb for all the links posted on facebook _fb/myhub, I suppose there must be many people already using that as a URL tracker?

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Ladybird33 7 years ago from Georgia USA

Tips were great for me, thank you

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Marty1 7 years ago from New South Wales Australia

Can you use the tracker that has link to this page, and if so, do you still get the 10% if they sign up. I would love to see an example of the link I can make myself to see where my code goes.

I find that a little confusing because it doesnt show where to numbers are placed!

Thanks Marty

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Kerry43 7 years ago

Hi Jimmy, my goodness, it has taken me forever to figure out how to set this up. I can't tell you how many times I have been to, and then left hubpages because I was so frustrated with myself not being able to get it!

Now I come back and read your page once and the light just came on LOL. Thanks so much, you have been a great help to me.



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chiara.bolognini 7 years ago

Thanks for all the specs, it could come helpful!

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Richard Stephen 7 years ago


Thanks for the great hub! It really helped me get my head around URL trackers and how to use them. Keep up the good work!

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Sue Adams 7 years ago from Andalusia

Thanks for solving the tracking mystery for me! I'm certain that implementing your advice will help me improve my earnings.

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awle 7 years ago

Good info! Keep on adding valuable material on your hubs.

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motricio 7 years ago from Bogota DC, Colombia

Thnx for this info!


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Rickrideshorses 7 years ago from England

Thanks, that explained exactly what I needed to know. Cheers.

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suramahe 7 years ago

Thanks, good to know details like this to earn more with hubpages.

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TINA V 7 years ago

Your article helps me understand the importance of creating a URL tracker. This is very useful to new hubbers like me.

Happy New Year!

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jimmythejock 7 years ago from Scotland Author

Thanks for all of your wonderful comments guys, may I ask if this information has helped any of you get some referrals through URL Trackers?.....jimmy

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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY

Jimmy. . this one I got down pat! I read it when I first got on board . .but I think was too shy at that time to comment. . but I must tell you now that it helped me understand the how to use the URL trackers. . not for the content. . that the next huddle. thanks for this great Hub!

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nanospeck 7 years ago

Wonderfully told.. i was just looking to get an apt example.


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Jane Grey 7 years ago from Oregon

Wow- incredibly helpful! I have referred several people to hubpages with no referral tracking program in place. Several of them are becoming prolific writers! I wish I would have known about this long ago. :) Thanks for the helpful info!

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TnFlash 7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Excellent article. I've been doing this will my Ezine articles and its a big help. Up-rated.

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Mieka 6 years ago

Thanks! I've been looking to an answer to my url tracker questions all over hubpages, and I landed at yours. Very informational, I'm going to start on it immediately!

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easylearningweb 6 years ago

Wow, great tips and information, Jimmy. Thanks!

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Lamme 6 years ago

Fantastic article! It seems the more I learn, the more there is to learn ... you and other helpful hubbers have really provided invaluable resources. I need to start working on this.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

seems the more I understand the more I have to be reminded of everything. Dont know how I could or would figure it all out without Hubbers like you showing the way. This one is bookmarked and I am sure I will be back for reference! Leave it to jimmy to make sense of it all!!!

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maggiemccluskey 6 years ago from Cambridge, UK

Thanks for this, I was a bit confused about trackers, but not anymore. You are a real asset to the hub community.

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apStumbo 6 years ago

Hey Jimmy, if my tracker is aps would I put it in like this www.hubpages.com/_aps or would I do it without the underscore?

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Trish_M 6 years ago from The English Midlands


However, I tried doing this but just kept getting:

'We're sorry, that page could not be found!'

I must be doing something wrong, but I can't see what it is. :)

Edit: I discovered what was doing wrong. I wasn't putting in the 'underscore'.

Thanks :)

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belliott 6 years ago

Great information. There is a lot to learn and a lot being offered through Hub Pages. Thanks for sharing.

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sord87 6 years ago

Finally i found this,i've been searching a hub on how is the correct way to use url tracker quite a few months,thanks for your information.

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Jamiehousehusband 6 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

Hi thanks for explaining url trackers, it's crystal clear now. Great information for newbies.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

Hey Jummy, great info on url trackers, noticed before but just never pusued. Will do it now.

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gooadam 6 years ago from san mateo

Love ya Jimmy!

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DYLAN CLEARFIELD 6 years ago from Florida, USA

It's people like you who make places like this great!

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jamesbrownbete 6 years ago from Philippines

A very nice idea jimmy. I'm impress!

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travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

I've been here awhile but this is the first time I've really understood the tracking system and how to use it. THANKS.

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sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

Wow...great information! Thanks for this article.

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solar.power 6 years ago from Brisbane

Thanks for the info

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ss sneh 6 years ago from the Incredible India!

Thanks for the explanation. Tracking has been the key success factor of the online gurus. Knowing what works and what doesn't work can make or brake any online endeavors

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freelancewriterva 6 years ago

I start using URL tracker. This is new to me.

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Chapter 6 years ago from Indonesia

Now, I am understand to use the trackers. I want to promote hubpages now.

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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland

Yes the penny has finally dropped with me too. It is so simple when you explain it lol. I have read and re read the help info from hubpages a few times about the affiliate link and tracker but I just couldnt get the idea.

Thanks to you I can now start to use this feature

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

When they click on the url, where to they go to sign up? It looks like they are clicking into my hubpages.

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Baileybear 6 years ago

I haven't set up my trackers yet. Will bookmark this and study it again tomorrow. Thanks for explaining

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brettb 6 years ago from London

Great info thanks!

Is there any way to track the additional AdSense income from your 10% commission in Google Analytics or AdSense?

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seller35 6 years ago from California

Thanks for a fine article. Lots of good suggestion.

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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

Wow, thank you for this info. I didn't know anything about URL trackers until now.

You are a big help!

God bless!

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danatheteacher 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Without a doubt, this is one of the better hubs on this subject on Hubpages! Thank you!

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Nick Penn 6 years ago from Pennslyvania

Excellent hub, I learned something new! I am going to start working with trackers and see what type of additional success it can bring!

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kprimeaux 6 years ago from Houston TX

Thanks for the article. I currently have a few Hubs out on the web that other people published. I set up a unique tracker for each one of those based on certain information. I can see in my tracker page that the URL's are getting hits. Here is my issue. I have Google Adsense and Analytics set up with my Hub profile so I can track the earnings. But for the life of me, I can't figure out how to see if the referred hubs with unique trackers are producing revenue with Google. Any ideas?

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dawnM 6 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

thank-you for that wonderful information it was really helpfull and your hub clear and very easy to read!!

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belliott 6 years ago

Thanks for the information. Great to know.

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fundamentallife 6 years ago

I am going to start using the URL trackers, thanks Jimmy.


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Dumbledore 6 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

Maybe the link trackers are what I need to increase my readership.

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okmom23 6 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

Just the information I was looking for!

Thank you for writing this hub.

Deron 6 years ago

Hey Jimmy! Thanks for the info on URL Trackers. I'm always looking for ways to make a few extra bucks!

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Sarah Masson 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Thankyou for the information :)

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Mark Greenley 6 years ago from UK

Hi Jimmy, thanks for the info. Is there any way to link URL trackers to Google analytics to track the data further?

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anne_with_an_e 6 years ago from here, there and everywhere

THANKS for this Jimmy the Jock. I've been trying to figure this out - I'm new to this & there's so much to learn. You have some great info.

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tammyfrost 6 years ago from Oregon

Thanks I was just trying to figure out how to properly refer users to hubpages and get credit for it.

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MoneyCreator24 6 years ago

Thak you for this information. Too bad I had not realized this earlier. I wonder if the tracker is also included, when I tweet a hub.

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Joyce F 6 years ago from USA

Thank you Jimmy - (hope your hand and wrist is better - I love your hubs) you write great instructions. This is good information.

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rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

Very helpful, wish I had caught on to this 10 months ago.

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Annette R. Smith 6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

Very useful information. I learn something new here all the time!

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I join all your above fans in praising both you and your hub on UTL trackers. Like other hubbers, trying to get the "tracker" info right has been an on-going major headache - until now. Glad I "tracked you down". Thanks.

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mindyjgirl 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

km I have one simple question, I thought it has to have a slash? _/ underscore and then slash am i wrong??

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jimmythejock 5 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi Mindy. hubpages/_tracker/

hope that helps.....jimmy

Alec 5 years ago

Hi! Well, I read about the how to get a girlfriend thing, but I too shy to ask her if she'd like to be my gf! And I can't find the right moment because she's always with her friends! And they don't like me a lot (like my personality, but I'm still nice to them) so I was wondering if you could help me! Thanks! Alec

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LeisureLife 5 years ago from USA

Very nice info. Thanks for the hub!

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CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

Thanks for the help.

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mcimicata 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Excellent hub with some very useful tips! It was a pleasure reading it.

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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Thanks alot, Everything I needed to know.

Cheap craft supplies 5 years ago

Thanks for this information, trackers is something I need to use and having it set out in an easy to follow hub is great, will go over and add trackers to my older links before I start on the new ones, great hub. .

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swansmith 5 years ago

nice point for hub writing dear

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Judi Bee 5 years ago from UK

Just signed up with Hub Pages and didn't understand the referral trackers - now I do - nice one!

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RedSturtz 5 years ago from A land far far away....

Good intro to url trackers - but what about the fact that anytime someone clicks an URL tracker, it will show your adverts on EVERY page on the site for that person, for several hours for 9 or 12% of the time?

That basically means that as long as you use URL trackers, even without signups, you can still earn more. I use URL trackers on ALL my internal links, whether to my own pages or someone elses.

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LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

I followed instructions and used my default tracker. however when the link is clicked on, it comes up as page does not exist.

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jimmythejock 5 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi Linda because of the change to sub domains you need to change the trackers to suit as in my tracker for this hub would now be


Looks like I need to update this hub thanks for pointing it out .....jimmy

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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Jimmy, thanks so much for your help. :-) Voted UP, useful, and awesome!!

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jimmythejock 5 years ago from Scotland Author

Thanks Sholland, glad it helped you.....jimmy

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MBerg22 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, CO

Thank you for the article. It was extremely informative in helping me understand how I can use URL tracking.

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athena2011 5 years ago from Beachfront - In My Dreams:)

Voted up and useful. I had not known about URL trackers before reading your hub so thanks for explaining what they are and how easy it is to use them.

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Ian Dabasori Hetr 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

Avery informative hub. When I started writing for hub pages 5 weeks ago, I never knew how this referral trackers work. I never thought it was that important. Then one day I found out the importance of using referral trackers. There was a hub I cant remember the author, but he guy did a great job I should say because he convinced me to to use referral trackers. That was like 3 week ago. I reluctantly started using the referral trackers. To my surprise, my page views daily started to increase and so was my earnings. This encouraged me to use different trackers for all the sites i use.

Again I have found this hub to be valuable. VOted up.

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radicalmovements 5 years ago from Lost in Hub Pages

Great write up on the url tracking!! Thanks

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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

Very helpful information! Thanks for sharing this.

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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

Thanks for explaining this often mystifying feature of HubPages. Voting this Up and Useful.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

interesting HUB. I've been with HUbPages for 20 months and only recently discovered the value of trackers and, more importantly, how to use them. Could have used this back in the day :-)

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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

Great explanation about trackers...why and how to! Thanks.

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Abhimanyu Singh92 4 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India)

Awesome hub jimmythejock. Very informative and useful.

Voted up, awesome and useful. Shared too! :)


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Thailand

Perfect! I'm just writing my 100th hub (should be done later today I hope) and I'm using it to share some tips with other hubbers. I wanted a detailed explanation of the tracker and came across this hub. I hope that you don't mind, but I have linked to this hub in order to try and help others get using this valuable tool.

Sharing this with my followers, tweeted, up and useful.


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Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

Very userful. I've been trying to figure out the best way to use trackers. Thus far I haven't figured out a way to get much traffic through them. Up, useful, and shared.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Quite interesting Jimmy. I have a question. Say, I share a hub with my referral tracker to find that along with the link url which contains my tracker, the hub title is also shared with the summary. What I want to know is - if some one clicks on the hub title and not on the url link which has the tracker in it - do I get the referral or not?

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jimmythejock 4 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi Rajan, clicking on the Hub title is not normally a link, but if you are talking about facebook linking the url tracker is in both links just mouse over the other one and you will see.....jimmy

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Thanks for this wonderful bit of info. I just checked. You are right Jimmy.

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Anath 4 years ago

I have a question, am I allowed to sign up for a second account using my own tracker?

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ketage 3 years ago from Croatia

Great hub, I am a new hubber and am going to setup my url tracker right now. Thanks for the tip.

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