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  1. Jerrico Usher profile image60
    Jerrico Usherposted 8 years ago

    ok I went in to make my first official tracking token but I'm dumbfounded

    on this page:


    you click  "Make new"

    then it says "Tracking Token" (3-16 charictors...)

    I think what the hell is the tracking token term referring to? do I make up something? do I put a word i their like cash23? what goes in this box exactly?

    what throws me off also is the box below it says make description.. I thought logically, hmm token.. wait theirs a "tracking token"  in the list below that number letter combination so I copy pasted it into the top box and it says token already used or something to that effect.

    I know this all sounds dense but I have an idea of how it works but dont want to screw it up since we can't delete it and I dont want a bunk tracking token I always have to skip..

    so can someone please explain this to me like a kindergartener with a head injury? step by step (something missing from this page, which just assumes we "get it" ) can you give me an example (what you'd write in each box and why and this and that) I want to get past this blindspot and start making trackers.. also do these trackers work off of hubpages or just on..

    thank you for any help! I appreciate your taking the time..


  2. Mark Knowles profile image61
    Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago

    Try :



    That should work, although you could just use the default tracker. big_smile

    1. Jerrico Usher profile image60
      Jerrico Usherposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I just want to wrap my head around the concept.. is the first "token" box just asking you to create a name i.e. _Signup (and can you put Sign up or is their a no space rule?)

      the second is the link description?

  3. darkside profile image83
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    No spaces. And the underscore is added by hubpages.

    "Description" is only for you to see, so if you have multiple tackers (for different uses) you can give yourself a reminder as to what it's for.

    Go down to "Setting up a Tracker" in my hub http://hubpages.com/_learn/hub/tracking I've explained some of what you're asking.

    1. Jerrico Usher profile image60
      Jerrico Usherposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      ok that did it, so the top box is what we see as which tracker (and how we supposedly use it for tracking etc.) and the bottom is the unique name.. great.. one question though.. this only works on hub pages right? if I want to link someoe off hub pages I just use the default tracker code or the "link to this page" at the bottom of every hub page right? the unique trackers are just for tracking within hub pages correct?

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

        I don't quite understand your question.

        But I'll give it a shot...

        The tracking URL can be put anywhere on the net, in an email, your blog, in a forum sig, from one hub to another... if someone clicks on it it'll cookie their visit.

        1. Jerrico Usher profile image60
          Jerrico Usherposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          ok so I tried to use "signup" and since you used it its taken.. i thought anyone could use it so each tracker token is only allowed once hence when they land on the site/page with it its linked to your account by the name.. (so far so good right?) so I made one called "jerrico"

          and this: 

          http://hubpages.com/_Jerrico/hub/What-e … fficiently

          can be used anywhere, and this:(linking to YOUR fonts page)


          can be used to show them your cool hub and if they sign up (30 days 2 hour rule) then I get credit for their sign up and for traffic for 120 minutes (impressions for the referrel to your hub)

          all that correct? hate to ask dumb questions but just want to be concise, make no assumptions, the only stupid question is the one not asked.. blah..

          also am I to assume that since your hub is called "fonts"  that that name cannot be repeated right? I noticed your url and title are different smile


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

            I don't mind dumb questions. So long as they're not loooooong dumb questions.

            Short ones are good big_smile

            That is correct. If a person creates a tracker token it is theirs, and can't be claimed by anyone else. If it was... well it wouldn't work. It'd be like me trying to create a new profile called Jerrico Usher. It's already taken.

            So yes, so far so good.

            Yes, it doesn't matter if you send someone to my hub or your hub to the frontpage of hubpages. straight to the sign up page or even to a forum thread (I think that's correct) if they sign up, and the URL with your tracker is the last such one clicked on (tracker that is, they can navigate through the site through normal URL's) then YOU get the credit for it. They're your referral!

            For up to 30 days. I assume that if per chance they do not sign up within those 30 days and the cookie expires if they were to click on another one that the 30 day timer would reset. But that's just speculation on my part.

            Now you don't get traffic for 120 minutes. You're confusing the 2 hour window that any other person gets with their clicked tracker URL's if the first prize (30 day cookie) has already been claimed.

            You get around 10% of the ad views of your referred traffic. So lets say you send my hub on fonts a blast of traffic, I still get 60% of the pageviews, but you get around 10% for sending the traffic (I say "around" because it's either 9% or 12% depending on whether or not I've signed up under someone else. I explain that at http://hubpages.com/_learn/hub/tracking)

            Once a URL is claimed it is unique. So it can't be shared with another Hub Author.

            The URL and the title can be different. And the title can be changed at any time, to anything. The URL however can not.

            Having a long descriptive URL is also known as "long tail".

            Sometimes though I like to keep the URL's short and sweet. As there's less of a chance of it breaking when sent in an email (if it's too long for the page it'll go onto the next line and effectively make it a broken hyperlink). And also telling someone verbally where to find the webpage is less of a hassle.

            Saying "hubpages dot com slash hub slash fonts" is a lot easier than "hubpages dot com slash hub slash cool hyphen fonts hyphen where hyphen to hyphen download hyphen and hyphen how hyphen to hyphen install".

            There are times I use the long tail. But if a single keyword is available that can describe the content then I'll go with it.

            1. Jerrico Usher profile image60
              Jerrico Usherposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              I like that.. wondered what a long tail was lol

              thanx for all your help..

  4. Mark Knowles profile image61
    Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago

    Thanks for that about the URLs darksside. I hadn't though of that. It's only since I started doing forex trading I had a problem - All the good URLs have already been taken for a 50 word hub of the name I would have used big_smile , but it give me some ideas.

    1. Jerrico Usher profile image60
      Jerrico Usherposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      its funny I like to make my title for the hub as long as I can get it for keywords but I just describe the hub so they know all thats in it.. feels like wasting keywords if I just name it simply hehe..

  5. Mark Knowles profile image61
    Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago

    Exactly, me too. But I also believe short and sweet is the way to go, so, Forex advice etc is probably been taken on hubpages. big_smile

  6. desert blondie profile image83
    desert blondieposted 8 years ago

    Well, here I am four months later and I'm just a ignorant as Jerrico was...but this line of questions and answers has helped sooooo much! Thanks!

  7. dingdong profile image60
    dingdongposted 7 years ago

    I'm learning too, but not sure how much do long-tail keywords in URL help in search results smile