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Unique Tracking Link Question

  1. TryMe profile image57
    TryMeposted 9 years ago

    I don't understand how the custom tracking tokens can work in getting either referrals for sign ups or views.

    For example, I could make a tracking token called _signups (as the referral information hub mentions). Someone else could also make a tracking token with the same name. Now both of us link using that same tracking token in the address. How does hubpages know which persons account to credit the views/sign ups to? I can see the auto generated unique link working for this purpose, but the custom links can easily be duplicated.

    A more specific example. Taking the hub thats on top right now.
    http://hubpages.com/_signups/hub/Stock- … Crash-2008

    100 hubbers could use the exact link. If they all have this _signups tracker saved, I don't get how hubpages can tell the difference. Any help?

  2. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    No. Only one person can claim a tracking URL. They are unique.

    So if you claimed _signups then I can not.

    I wrote a hub on referrals and tracking. It may help you understand it better: http://hubpages.com/_learn/hub/tracking

  3. TryMe profile image57
    TryMeposted 9 years ago

    Oh, I read that article. I don't think it specifically stated that two people can't create the same one, but it makes sense. Doh... Thank you, it's completely understood now.

  4. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    I've added this to the hub:

    Please note: A referral tracker is unique. Once claimed it is yours and yours alone. No one else can set up a tracker with the same name. And you won't be able to set up a tracker that is already taken. The system will immediately notify you if the one you're trying to claim is already taken.