Unique Tracking Link Question

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  1. TryMe profile image60
    TryMeposted 11 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 image80
    darksideposted 11 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 image60
    TryMeposted 11 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 image80
    darksideposted 11 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.


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