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Use attributes in format region_from and region_to= to change the languages showing in language switcher.
Available regions are:
europe_from europe_to
asia_from asia_to
mideast_from mideast_to
america_from america_to

europe_from=0 europe_to=22 will put all languages (ordered in language switcher settings) from 1 to 21 to Europe region:
asia_from=22 asia_to=25 will put all languages from 23 to 24 (so only 2) into Asia region.

Cookie tracking

The crux of affiliate marketing is tracking the whole customer journey from the moment the customers first visit a merchant´s website to the moment they complete the desired action (purchase, subscription, etc.) and to the correct affiliate being awarded a commission.

To do this, Post Affiliate Pro makes use of cookie tracking. This method of tracking utilizes the so-called cookies, which are data or text files stored in the computer by a website. We recognize two types of cookies, 1st party (which store customer analytics data on the website the customer is visiting) and 3rd party cookies (also known as tracking cookies). Tracking cookies collect data about users´ preferences and online behavior for marketing and advertising purposes.

Tracking cookies in Post Affiliate Pro

How does cookie tracking work in Post Affiliate Pro?

Post Affiliate Pro creates multiple cookies, the most important from the tracking perspective is the PAPVisitorId, which stores the ID of the website´s visitor. Once the visitor clicks on the affiliate banner and they are relocated to the target URL, the visitor ID, along with other information, is saved in the Visitor Affiliate section of the software. The user´s browser creates three different records to make sure this tracking ID isn´t lost, a 1st and 3rd party browser cookies, and an HTML 5 local storage object.

When it comes to the cookie lifetime, it is up to the merchant how they set their cookie expiration date. The affiliate is rewarded a commission only if the desired action has been performed within the allocated time.

Within this period, the visitor doesn´t have to go through the affiliate´s banner again, they merely have to purchase a product/service from the merchant´s page. The affiliate is still rewarded if this action has been performed within the valid cookie period.

In Post Affiliate Pro, it is by default 60 days, but it can be changed for each campaign.

Cookie Lifetime setting in Post Affiliate Pro

There are many benefits to 3rd party cookies. For example, cookies that follow a user around the web allow them to gain access to pre-filled addresses on order forms.

Here is a short list of benefits that cookie tracking brings to your business:

  • Retaining previously entered data for the auto-complete function. Customers are spared having to type out all of their billing information when purchasing on your website.
  • Recording user activity and saving user preferences. Users get to see personalized advertisements that show products they previously demonstrated interest in.
  • Stored data. Tracking cookies collect more data than 1st party cookies, which enables you to use a variety of online advertising methods.
  • Ad retargeting. Retargeting works across social media platforms, email, forums, etc. The users are shown ads on other websites for your products/services they previously displayed interest in.

The ability to track traffic your affiliates bring to your website has become a core need for any digital marketer. Post Affiliate Pro is sophisticated tracking software that makes managing affiliate marketing easy and offers a ready solution for flawless affiliate tracking.

Third-party cookies are used frequently in affiliate marketing. Affiliate partners are provided with a unique link. Using a tracking cookie, you can tie conversions back to the affiliate who promoted the URL. The data collected by 3rd party cookies can help you build accurate customer profiles and compensate your affiliate partners fairly.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I track transactions for the first or last affiliate that referred the customer?

Overwrite cookies is the option that determines if the link of the first or last affiliate that referred a customer is taken into consideration. This option can be disabled or enabled according to the merchant´s wishes. Find out how to set up this option for yourself in our Cookie settings article.

Can I track without using cookies?

Post Affiliate Pro offers several tracking options. One of them is cookie tracking, but if this is for some reason unavailable, tracking can be also done through Pixel tracking, tracking by IP, tracking API, and in some cases Offline tracking.

Post Affiliate Pro allows you to create custom affiliate tracking codes. Learn about what it is and the actual benefits it can provide.

Custom affiliate tracking code

The article discusses affiliate tracking codes and how they can benefit affiliates who promote multiple programs. Custom tracking codes can help affiliates stay organized and track conversions. However, it is important for merchants to carefully consider the risks involved in allowing custom tracking codes. Different tracking types and methods are available, including cookie tracking, postback URL tracking, and per product tracking. Post Affiliate Pro offers multiple tracking methods, including IP tracking, lifetime commission, action tracking, and offline tracking. Payment to affiliates can vary depending on the method used. Overall, using tracking methods can provide a better overview of the affiliate network and plan further actions.

The affiliate coupon tracking feature allows you to know when and where visitors acquired their coupons to buy your products.

Affiliate Coupon Tracking

Affiliate software is essential for companies with more than ten affiliate marketers. There are seven must-know trends in the global affiliate industry, including influencer marketing and increased transparency. Anyone can make money with affiliate marketing, but it's important to avoid mistakes. Affiliate marketing and multi-level marketing have distinct differences, and the choice of strategy depends on business needs and goals.

Performance rewards automatically check various conditions and execute an action when specific condition is achieved.

Performance rewards

Post Affiliate Pro offers a unique feature of multi-tier commissions in affiliate marketing programs, where affiliates are rewarded for their own sales as well as the sales made by their sub-affiliates. This can be configured separately for each level, helping to increase brand visibility and drive more sales. Peel banners, a type of image banner with an attractive Flash animation, can be used to engage audiences and drive conversions. DirectLink tracking is a reliable and advanced tracking tool used by affiliates to link directly to advertisers without additional parameters in the URL, improving SEO and preventing damage to affiliate parameters. Post Affiliate Pro offers a free trial for all types of tracking, including various links.

Features - Subid Ad Channels Tracking

Features - Subid Ad Channels Tracking

The use of peel banners and new technologies can drive conversions and engagement for marketers. Post Affiliate Pro offers tracking tools such as DirectLink and ad channel tracking for affiliates to improve performance and analyze data. Cost-per-sale payment method and excellent affiliate management tools are also available in the app. Additionally, resources on using peel banners for marketing strategies can be found in the knowledge base.

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