Tracking the traffic from external link

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Hi fellow warriors,

I have a question: How would you track the traffic from a link (for example on Press Release)?

For example, if I write a press release and put my link there, how would I track that how much traffic I get through that link?

Thanks
Oskari
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  • Profile picture of the author webcosmo
    you can use google analytics for this.
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    • Profile picture of the author ojohman
      Thanks WebCosmo. I kind of know that, but cant find easy instructions.
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  • Profile picture of the author wAvision
    I use getclicky..shows me every stat i could possible ever want to know, it is in real time and shows you what people are doing on your site right there while they are on it....unlike google analytics
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  • Profile picture of the author Yadira Barbosa
    You can use an external tracking service as AdWatcher so you create a special link for each press release, or any source you use, so you can track exactly you traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author WEBADV
      I'm using ClickMeter. Is more specific than Analytics and GetClicky for link tracking and the UI is great.
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    • Profile picture of the author ojohman
      Thanks a lot. Ill check that ou.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
    Well if you have GA on your site and you have a link on an external site pointing back to your site then GA will report it as a referral link. So that is how you can see how much traffic is coming from that external link.
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    • Profile picture of the author ojohman
      Originally Posted by Sillysoft View Post

      Well if you have GA on your site and you have a link on an external site pointing back to your site then GA will report it as a referral link. So that is how you can see how much traffic is coming from that external link.
      I am trying to figure how to do all that. Cant find any good articles/videos about how to set up GA to track a particular link (e.g. on article which is pointing to my site). I know it can be done, but still searching "how-to" :-)

      Thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
        Originally Posted by ojohman View Post

        I am trying to figure how to do all that. Cant find any good articles/videos about how to set up GA to track a particular link (e.g. on article which is pointing to my site). I know it can be done, but still searching "how-to" :-)

        Thanks
        All you have to do is stick the GA tracking code on your pages and thats it for the basics. GA will do all the tracking and determine all the link referals, you just need to know where to look in GA. Maybe I should create a basic video with me just going through the GA screens and explaining what is what.
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        • Profile picture of the author ojohman
          Originally Posted by Sillysoft View Post

          All you have to do is stick the GA tracking code on your pages and thats it for the basics. GA will do all the tracking and determine all the link referals, you just need to know where to look in GA. Maybe I should create a basic video with me just going through the GA screens and explaining what is what.
          Great. Let me know if you do the video. Thanks again for everyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
    Originally Posted by ojohman View Post

    Hi fellow warriors,

    I have a question: How would you track the traffic from a link (for example on Press Release)?

    For example, if I write a press release and put my link there, how would I track that how much traffic I get through that link?

    Thanks
    Oskari
    Simple Answer: Install the Pretty Link plugin (search for it through your plugin installation screen) into your WordPress site. Create a link and point it at the page you are trying to get people to go to. Now use the Pretty Link as the link in your press releases. It'll still show your domain as the root URL and Pretty Link tracks all the clicks and referrers.

    Alternate Answer: Go to bit.ly and sign up for an account. Create a shortened URL there that has no real relevance to your site. Use it for your press releases and bit.ly will track all sorts of information for you.

    Either way is short, sweet, and simple. I use them both depending on the project I'm working on.

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  • Profile picture of the author michleadwing
    you can use get clicky or gogle analytics.thanks for the share.
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  • Profile picture of the author LifeIsGood
    Some press release services offer this information as part of their service.

    LifeIsGood ~ It's About To Get Even Better!
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  • Profile picture of the author ashishaffiliate
    I've my own tracking app on my server. you can use Prosper202 to track your link, it also has link rotator, conversion tracking etc.
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