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?
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
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.
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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