How can I track craigslist views and clicks for my ad?

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I post fliers on craigslist and am trying to figure out a way to track either the page views or every time some clicks my flyer that is linked to my website. I would like to be able to do both.

Any suggestions?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Makarski
    If you want to track opens, you need to go with image ads and host the image on your own server. Can't think of the easy way to track that but I know it's possible (hope someone will jump in with a suggestion). Basically, you need to know how many times the image was loaded.

    For clicks, about any tracker should work. If you use WordPress, try a plugin called Pretty Link. It has been working quite well for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author BIG DEALS
      I grab the HTML from a jpg and then post it in the body...

      Any ideas for that?
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  • Profile picture of the author socialbacklink
    For something like that I'll normally use prosper 202 or something like that. It will track impressions and everything. If you are technical enough you could setup an open x ad server to run your ads that way. When you are talking about split testing and tracking progress of ads it's better to get a little more technical with it since it can mean huge dollars with minor improvements.
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      I'll have to look into this...
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  • Profile picture of the author mnall01
    I haven't signed up for the pay plan, but craigslistadtracker.com will do what you want it to do. You can also insert some html symbols in your ad to help it stand out in the list.
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    • Profile picture of the author chewy22701
      I've been using craigslistadtracker as well for a couple of months. I've actually made some sales using it. Now i'm getting my ads ghosted so I guess I over did it. But if you only post a few a day, it does work well to use affiliate links in the images to get traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author BadMab
    Any website tracker should be able to do it (awstats, jetpack for wordpress, Google analytics, etc.)
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  • Profile picture of the author laird
    Quick and dirty way is to create a brand new "never been used" name for the graphic you're displaying (and which resides on your server). You have folks that click your link go to a specific dummy url which automatically redirects them to your landing page.

    In whatever log system you have on your server, you'll be able to see stats for number of views (how many times your image was displayed) and how many clicks occurred to the link you posted (based on how many visits you had to the redirect page).
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