Tracking Commission Junction (CJ) sales

by Talinn
12 replies
Hi WF,

I'm about to start promoting a CJ offer and have a landing page. I'm gonna use PPC (Adwords) but have no idea how to track which keyword (or ad pos, etc.) results in a sale.

CJ only offers SID, and they don't support Adwords' conversion tracking.

If I installed Prosper202, would it be able to track everything? i.e. match information coming from Adwords with information coming from CJ? I don't know how it can possibly do that unless I manually feed it CJ's performance report data containing SID - sales info.

I thought of writing PHP that would take Adwords' keyword data (valuetracker stuff), create an unique user ID and then pass that off as SID to CJ. I'd be able to internally match stuff with spreadsheets then.

But it's a lot of work and I'm not good with PHP at all. So if I can just install Prosper202 and be done, it'd be better.

Second question:

If my landing page is landingpage.com (and it is on a VPS), can I make a subdomain like tracking.landingpage.com and install prosper202 there? Would it be OK performance wise?
#commission #junction #sales #tracking
  • Profile picture of the author Talinn
    No one has any ideas?
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  • Profile picture of the author Talinn
    Thanks for the answer,

    So will I have to manually upload the SubID-conversion data from CJ reports to Prosper202?

    Also, can you look at my second question? Can I just buy one VPS and host both the website and the tracking domain on it? Tracking domain can be a subdomain, or I can just buy a new domain for it.
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  • I have a system to automate this on my roadmap for T202

    But for now you have to manually download the transaction reports. It's easy to track all this in prosper202, just enter your tracking code in the following format

    Code:
    http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-123456-1234567890?sid=[[subid]]
    I've also read that if you have an account manager they can place a custom postback url for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Talinn
    Nana, thanks for the answer. To be completely honest with you I'm a little bit confused about how the flow of the tracking works, but I'll just go along with it now.

    Can you also tell me if I can just buy one VPS and host both the website and the tracking domain on it? Tracking domain can be a subdomain, or I can just buy a new domain for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Talinn
    Sorry to be 'bumping' this thread but I really need an answer to this question... The question is:

    Can I just buy one VPS and host both the website and the tracking domain on it? Tracking domain can be a subdomain, or I can just buy a new domain for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Greedy
    Can I just buy one VPS and host both the website and the tracking domain on it? Tracking domain can be a subdomain, or I can just buy a new domain for it.
    I like to keep them on separate domains, but yes two sub-domains will work.

    So will I have to manually upload the SubID-conversion data from CJ reports to Prosper202?
    Most likely no, that is a last resort, depending your CJ's settings you should be able to have it happen automatically.
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  • Profile picture of the author mariof
    I grab this script from Eric nagel. All you is your 202 postback URL and the developer key from cj.com. Then copy the script here Tracking CJ Commissions with Prosper202 - Eric Nagel and create a php file with it. Then upload it to your server. now you create a cron job to recall the php file or simply put the URL location in your browser. Either way it will automatically update all sales information from cj.com to 202
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    • Profile picture of the author jims45
      Originally Posted by mariof View Post

      I grab this script from Eric nagel. All you is your 202 postback URL and the developer key from cj.com. Then copy the script here Tracking CJ Commissions with Prosper202 - Eric Nagel and create a php file with it. Then upload it to your server. now you create a cron job to recall the php file or simply put the URL location in your browser. Either way it will automatically update all sales information from cj.com to 202
      I would really appreciate some help getting this script to run. I have added my dev key and my domain to script, then uploaded to my server root.
      I have the cron set up daily but I only see clicks in Prosper not conversions.
      Thanks in advance
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Grossman
    If you're going to spend money on a VPS, you might at least look at the options other than T202 for hosted tracking systems. Improvely can do the job for you as well, and you don't have to worry about administering and securing a VPS, losing traffic because the server is overloaded or gets hacked, etc.

    As far as how the tracking works, here's the gist of it:

    1) Visitor clicks your tracking link. Where they came from and what keyword they clicked gets recorded in a database somewhere, and a unique SID for that visitor is generated. They're redirected to your referral link with that unique SID in the URL.

    2) You make some sales, and download a commission report from CJ with those SIDs in it.

    3) You upload the report to your tracking software, and it looks up those SIDs in the database, and attributes the sales to the matching visits it recorded when the link was clicked, and can now tell you what keyword is responsible for the sale.

    Or something along those lines.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Tracking sales and reports in cj is quite complicated for me. However I have find shareasale much more detailed and precise.
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  • Profile picture of the author WilsonHorne
    p202, cpvlab and improvely, any of those should work just fine for what you are trying to do..
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