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Using referral trackers

  1. Terri Paajanen profile image84
    Terri Paajanenposted 8 years ago

    As I slowly but surely learn about more Hubby features, I'm giving the referral thing a try. But the instructions are very vague and I'm not sure I understand.  From what I get, you need to create a "token" and add it to the end of the URL. Right?

    Is this required, or just a way to track the traffic? The instructions say this:

    For example, let's say your unique tracker is "signups" and you want to create a link to a hub with the URL "http//hubpages.com/hub/Seattle_Coffee_Shops". You would insert an underscore, followed by your unique tracker "signups" into the URL. The new link will read http://hubpages.com/_signups/hub/Seattle_Coffee_Shops

    Well, the example url is clearly identical both times, so I can't see how the tag is attached.  I'm assuming it should be Seattle_Coffee_Shops_signups   Anybody know?

    At the top of my referral page, there is a table with a "token" in it. Must I use that token? The rest of the instructions never even use the work token, but start calling it a tracker. Are they talking about the same thing, or is the token something different?

    I probably should have some more coffee, but I find that whole page very confusing.

    1. relache profile image87
      relacheposted 8 years ago in reply to this


      It's just a way to track traffic.  It's not required.

      Actually, it ISN'T identical.

      no tracker = http://hubpages.com/hub/Seattle_Coffee_Shops
      with tracker = http://hubpages.com/_signups/hub/Seattle_Coffee_Shops

      If you read both of those again, you'll see the tracker is inserted AFTER the main URL

      You can use that code, or create a variety of new ones.  What they call a token and a tracker is the same thing.

  2. Terri Paajanen profile image84
    Terri Paajanenposted 8 years ago

    Augh, you're right. I see the URL difference now. I was focused on the end of the URL and didn't even notice the tracker thing right there in the middle. Duh....


    1. darkside profile image83
      darksideposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Terri, go to http://hubpages.com/_learn/hub/Referrals and http://hubpages.com/_learn/hub/tracking for a run down on how it all works.

  3. BrainStorm profile image62
    BrainStormposted 8 years ago

    My friend was about to join hubpages.I asked him to join as my refferal...He joined today.But i dint get credited till now.Why is it lyk?

    1. pauldeeds profile image
      pauldeedsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      There are several possibilities:

      1. your friend had clicked on a different tracker link before or after clicking your link
      2. your friend had cookies disabled
      3. the affiliate stats just hadn't been updated yet (they are recalculated every 20 minutes)

      I see you have some tracker signups now.   If you send me an email with the username of your friends account I can take a closer look, and possibly associate them to your tracker if they aren't already.

  4. Marisa Wright profile image92
    Marisa Wrightposted 8 years ago

    Brainstorm, did you give him a link with your tracker in it?  If so, maybe you put the tracker in the wrong place?

    1. BrainStorm profile image62
      BrainStormposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      yeah i found it now..but its latte

  5. MM Del Rosario profile image79
    MM Del Rosarioposted 8 years ago

    Hi fellow hubbers and Paul

    Please pardon my ignorance. I know that every time you place a link to someone's
    HubPage or email etc. you receive a share of the impressions the Hub generates.

    But do you actually get paid? i have so far .18 cents...where will this go ? do you get it like adsense?

  6. Lissie profile image85
    Lissieposted 8 years ago

    Yeah I was wondering too how the payment goes in.  Also I have all my adsense earnings tracked to individual hub pages so do the referral adsense go to my profile page or the actual hub pages?

  7. BrainStorm profile image62
    BrainStormposted 8 years ago

    Thnks paul...The probe is solved...his signup is shown.
    One more thing..The url tracker is showing an increment of 6$ everyday..But my total adsense earnings is just around 3.xx$...Why is such a huge difference?Even if its just an estimate of earnings, there should be some similarity right?

  8. pauldeeds profile image
    pauldeedsposted 8 years ago

    Your affiliate codes are rotated into the ads on whatever pages are actually viewed, which could be any page on HubPages (for traffic views), or the hubs of the user's that signup (for signup views).  The only way I could think for you to track it using channels would be to set up a channel for hubpages.com, and subtract that total from all your known individual pages which you'd also have to track.  Someday we'd like to allow you to associate a (non-url) adsense channel with each URL Tracker, but I have no idea when we'll get around to implementing that.  For now, the estimates we provide will have to do.

    BrainStorm -- if a lot of your traffic views are going to a small set of hubs the estimate may be off by quite a bit.  We try and predict the CPM for each hub based on the tags.  If we guess $5.50 but the hub really only makes $2.50 then that error will be reflected in the estimate.  Across all hubs, the estimates are accurate but in individual cases they may be off significantly.