Cool test results using affiliate links

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I wanted to share something cool I have been testing with my affiliate accounts.

Often your account, username or some kind of definable tracking id is found in your link. Most of the time we use our names, company names, childhood nicknames etc. as our username.

Recently I have been testing using different account names with some aff networks like clickbank.

The names that seem to test better include

coupon + number (eg coupon457)
discount + number
special + number

Think about this when choosing your affiliate usernames. You will see a 5-10% increase in sales vs the standard username.
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  • Profile picture of the author RevenueGal
    Great information!! I usually choose related keywords when picking my usernames. But, the info here really seems that it will produce good results. Thanks so much!
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  • Profile picture of the author drumguru69
    thats a really great tip! I am going to try that immediately
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  • Profile picture of the author LMC
    Brad,

    This is very interesting and something that I have never thought about before. I can definitely see it increasing sales. I wonder how I can utilize it on tangible goods.

    Good stuff
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    That tip makes perfect sense Brad.

    Thanks for sharing your test results too.

    It is something that I will start using right away.

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  • Why didn't I think of that, thank you Brad, I'm going to test this, for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Squeeze
    Excellent idea, thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperToad
    Originally Posted by Brad Gosse View Post

    I wanted to share something cool I have been testing with my affiliate accounts.

    Often your account, username or some kind of definable tracking id is found in your link. Most of the time we use our names, company names, childhood nicknames etc. as our username.

    Recently I have been testing using different account names with some aff networks like clickbank.

    The names that seem to test better include

    coupon + number (eg coupon457)
    discount + number
    special + number

    Think about this when choosing your affiliate usernames. You will see a 5-10% increase in sales vs the standard username.
    I think this is a good example of an "obvious" tip that really isn't obvious.
    I don't think I would have ever thought of it, so THANKS.
    It makes sense that words in the url would help, and people often search for xyz coupon, etc.
    Great observation!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gosse
    Glad you got value
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    This is why I come to this forum - people come up with some good ideas once in a while. Thanks dude.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe R Piercey
      how did i not think of this before...thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author diggs11
    That is really awesome i will follow what you explained. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author FXdarling
    Very nice and thoughtful test, I might say. But I usually prefer to cloack my referral links.
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  • Profile picture of the author jgant
    Great tip. Amazing how much I learn on this forum every time I arrive. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    Definitely makes sense.

    Thanks for sharing that, Brad.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gosse
    The cloaking option is irrelevant. People often look at the URL of the page they are on when buying

    Hop=coupon457 looks better
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    • Profile picture of the author Brad Gosse
      Originally Posted by Chris Kent View Post

      Cloaking is not irrelevant. It also affects conversion. And I was wondering if you used the old format style hoplink because some prospects would check the status bar before clicking a link and see the "coupon" in the url too.

      I'm trying to get an idea of the full picture.

      If you do cloak or use the encrypted links, then it is obviously all down to how it appears on the destination page.

      OTOH, if you use the old style hoplinks, then it is likely that both urls play a part in conversion.
      In this case it is because the end user sees the username in the final destination.

      I use my own in house URL shortner for all links so I do cloak them as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sean Donahoe
    Hey Brad,

    Great tip, we have also used terms like "GetItNow", "DownloadLink" "DirectLink" etc with similar results. On average 5-10% increases as you have seen. This was a trick we got from our PPC ad links and we migrated it across to Affiliate marketing as well.

    Calls to action always work well...

    All the best

    Sean
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I remember Michael Cheney was the first one who I learnt this from - that was probably 4-5 years ago now. Instead of using words like coupon or discount he chose usernames that made it less obvious they were affiliate links.

    So instead of

    myaffiliatelink.com/?hop=bigrob you would use something like
    myaffiliatelink.com/?hop=html1

    So you are trying to disguise the username as regular code. Even using some random pattern like hjdguei7ii is going to be better and less obvious than a regular username.

    But I like the idea of using words such as coupon, discount, etc. Everything is worth a test!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
    Good Catch Brad... I started using "SpecialOffer" in my affiliate ID's for programs outside ClickBank as a test as well.

    A few years ago I noticed people doing something with their ClickBank products when they were creating demos for their customers and I snagged up that particular NickName. Needless to say I've been making a few hundred extra bucks a month just for having that account.
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  • Profile picture of the author cantaxian
    Great piece of information buddy . Will be definitely helpful for we newbies .

    Thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author arkhamindustries
      Originally Posted by cantaxian View Post

      Great piece of information buddy . Will be definitely helpful for we newbies .

      Thank you.
      DItto. Great piece of information for anyone to consider. Thanks for taking the time to recommend it to others
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Groom
    Excellent! Thanks for the tip, i'll test this out and see what happens!
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  • Profile picture of the author Texas_Guns
    nice share Brad!
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Thanks...

      On the plus side, I've got something new to try.

      On the minus side, I now have to explain the big red mark on my forehead and the bruise on the heel of my palm... :p
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    I been doing this a while, and testing all sort of keywords.

    thinks like 'big bargain' or 'discount today'

    This does make a difference. We have been tracking results with 2 clickbank product and can confirm it does make a bit of a difference.

    Nice post, a good reminder to test everything even little thigns like this. Means more money in your pocket in the long run.
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