Using referral trackers

Jump to Last Post 1-8 of 8 discussions (12 posts)
  1. Terri Paajanen profile image76
    Terri Paajanenposted 11 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//". You would insert an underscore, followed by your unique tracker "signups" into the URL. The new link will read

    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 image83
      relacheposted 11 years agoin reply to this


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

      Actually, it ISN'T identical.

      no tracker =
      with tracker =

      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 image76
    Terri Paajanenposted 11 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 image80
      darksideposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Terri, go to and for a run down on how it all works.

  3. BrainStorm profile image58
    BrainStormposted 11 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 imageSTAFF
      pauldeedsposted 11 years agoin 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 image95
    Marisa Wrightposted 11 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 image58
      BrainStormposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      yeah i found it now..but its latte

  5. MM Del Rosario profile image86
    MM Del Rosarioposted 11 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 image75
    Lissieposted 11 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 image58
    BrainStormposted 11 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 imageSTAFF
    pauldeedsposted 11 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, 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.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)