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Publisher Tracking Guide

Introduction#

Optimise Tracking URLs are broken down into 2 component parts: Domain - our different networks use different domains so please check this carefully if creating links manually. QueryString parameters - our tracking requires a minimum of 2 QueryString parameters but there are many optional values available for tracking additional metrics.

Understand Optimise Tracking URLs#

Each Tracking URL consists of an AID & a PID.

https://clk.omgt1.com/?AID=779&PID=849
ParameterDescription
AIDThe unique Affiliate/Publisher ID
PIDThe unique ID of a Campaign
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You can easily create URLs by switching the PID. The AID is your unique identifier and will always stay the same.

Where do I find my AID?#

Open the User Menu in the top right corner. The AID is located towards the bottom of the menu:

Find your AID

Where do I find a PID?#

The PID is located on the Campaign screen as indicated below:

Find a PID

Using a link (Tracking URL)#

In your Dashboard account you can either collect a Tracking URL (link) from the Campaign screen or create a deeplink with the Deeplink Generator.

Get a Tracking URL

Websites#

Tracking URLs can be used on your website. Copy the full tracking URL and place it in the correct place in your HTML code where you want the Link to appear.

Website Tracking URL

Choose between a plain URL or the HTML code to convert the URL into a clickable link on your page. The target determines whether the link will open in a new page or overwrite the current page. _blank opens in a new page and is recommended.

All HTML Tracking Links include rel="nofollow". This helps to identify the URL as a sponsored or paid link whcih Google considers to best practice: https://www.seroundtable.com/google-use-rel-sponsored-for-affiliate-links-28951.html

Social Media#

Optimise links can be used with social media platforms such as Instragram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Before you start, you should add your social media accounts to your Publisher account under https://dashboard.optimisemedia.com/admin/media. This helps Advertisers to learn more about the opportunities you have available for promoting their brand.

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Make sure you adhere to local advertising guidelines for disclosure of advertising on social media such as adding the hashtag #Ad.

You can use the social sharing buttons available on the Dashboard (see above image) or you can use the information below on each social network:

Facebook#

Affiliate links can be inserted into your Posts. Add a description and image if required. Facebook will add a preview of the destination for the user to see.

For more information see https://www.facebook.com/help/668969529866328

Instagram#

With Instagram you can post affiliate links to two different places:

  • Instagram Bio - A single link can be included in your Instagram profile. Enter this in the Website field on the Edit Profile page.

For more information see https://help.instagram.com/362497417173378

  • Instragam Stories - Instagram allows users to to include a clickable URL via an Instagram Link Sticker in your Instagram stories.

The previous restrictions for link stickers have now been removed.

For more information see https://help.instagram.com/151273688993748

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When posting on Instagram it is strongly recommended to use the URL shortner service to create a short link as it looks more attractive to users.

If you have more than one link to post then consider a tool like Linktree

Twitter#

With Twitter you can add URLs to your bio, tweets or direct messages.

If you are promoting a specific product you may want to generate a deeplink.

You do not need to shortern the URL as this is automatically shortened by twitter to a https://t.co URL

Pinterest#

With Pinterest you can add URLs to your Pins.

If you are promoting a specific product you may want to generate a deeplink.

For more information see https://help.pinterest.com/en-gb/article/create-a-pin-from-your-photos

Tiktok#

Tiktok allow one URL to be posted in the Profile. Note that this can only be added in a business account. You can sign up for a business account by following the instructions here: https://www.tiktok.com/business/en-GB/apps/business-account

If you have more than one link to post then consider a tool like Linktree

Youtube#

URLs can be included in the Video Description or the comments below the description. Note that, including too many links can violate YouTube spam rules.

When including URLs in the comments make sure to only include one link in your own comments that is relevant to the Video to avoid violating Youtube's policies.

QR Codes#

You can generate a QR Code of a tracking link. This can be useful for promoting the following:

  • Desktop to mobile - create a QR code with a tracking link which a desktop user can scan onto their phone. eg. an app install campaign
  • Offline to online - create an offline advert with a QR code of a tracking link so that any sales can be attributed back

To create a QR Code Tracking URL:

  1. Shorten the URL using a the URL Shortner icon - this helps to create a smaller, simpler QR Code
  2. Click the QR Code link
  3. Right click on the QR Code and save image as... in your browser

Create a QR Code

Short URLs#

Tracking URLs can be shortened to a more user friendly URL that is useful when posting to social media accounts.

To convert your tracking link to a short URL simply click the icon below the URL.

Create a short URL

SubID (UID)#

Add a SubID (UID)#

You can add SubID's (UID - Unique Identifier) to Optimise tracking links as follows (note the below URL is an example only) :

https://clk.omgt1.com/?AID=XXX&PID=XXX&UID={UID}&UID2={UID2}&UID3={UID3}&UID4={UID4)&UID5={UID5}

There are 5 optional UID values available which can be viewed in the Transactions Overview Report:

Field NameField TypeField Size
UIDString50
UID2String50
UID3String50
UID4String50
UID5String250
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Before using UID,  ensure that a programme supports UID by checking the "All Campaigns" page in your affiliate login.

Conversion Reporting#

To retrieve Conversions with an associated UID/SubID access the COnversions Report in your Publisher login.

You can access the Conversions Report via the API Optimise Network API

Deeplinks#

By default an Optimise tracking link will typically redirect to the advertisers homepage or a generic product/category page. However, if you wish to “deeplink” to a different page within the merchants website then follow the instructions for constructing a Deeplink.

Deeplinking directly to the content assists the user in getting to the information they want more quickly which an increase conversion rates and earnings.

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Before constructing a deeplink you must ensure that a programme has been “Deep linking enabled” in your affiliate login under the Technical section of the programme details as per the below:

Deeplink enabled

When to use a deeplink#

  1. To link to a product specific page on a shopping site
  2. To link directly to a hotel's details on a travel website

Constructing a Deeplink#

A deeplink can be constructed by adding the &r= parameter to an Optimise tracking URL as follows:

https://clk.omgt1.com/?AID=1234&PID=1234&r=http://www.website.com

URL Encoding#

A deeplink URL should be correctly URL encoded to ensure compatibility with all browsers. For example the following deeplink would be constructed as follows with the correct URL Encoding:

https://www.website.com/?Param1=aValue&Param2=anotherValue

URL encoded would be:

https%3A%2F%2Fwww.website.com%2F%3FParam1%3DaValue%26Param2%3DanotherValue

An Optimise tracking URL with deeplink would therefore be as follows:

https://clk.omgt1.com/?AID=1234&PID=1234&r=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.website.com%2F%3FParam1%3DaValue%26Param2%3DanotherValue
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Be aware that whilst some browsers will accept an unencoded deeplink it is advised that all deeplinks are URL encoded to ensure backward compatibility with older browsers and to avoid any complications with any additional Advertiser' tracking.

A useful URL encoder tool can be found here

Dashboard Deeplink Generator#

You can also generate deeplinks, in bulk using the Deeplinks Tool under Tools > Deeplinks in your Insights Dashboard login. Copy and paste your deeplinks into the text field and ensure that each link you want to convert is on a new line.

Multiple Deeplinks

Browser Extension#

The Google Chrome Optimise Deeplinking Extension can be downloaded from the following URL: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/optimise-deeplink-generat/odmndofhknafmcjhcfmbjgkfeekihnol

With this extension you can browse to any page on the website of any Optimise Advertiser on which you have an active programme.

Installing Extension#

Once installed, the extension is activated by clicking on the button in the Extension Toolbar:

Browser Extension Icon

You will need to configure the extension with 3 properties that can be found in your Optimise Publisher account:

  1. Locate your API credentials in your login by going to My Details > Update Account Details.
  2. Click the API Keys tab and copy & paste your Affiliate ID, API Key & Private key into the relevant fields.
  3. Click Add.

Once configured, go to the Advertiser site where you want to create a deeplink and activate the Optimise Deeplink Extension:

Choose the relevant Campaign and Website, add a UID (if required) and the correct deeplink will be created.

Deprecated deeplinks#

Optimise has deprecated our old deeplinking parameter &redirect= in place of a new parameter &r=. &r= offers simpler integration and ongoing management of deeplinks and affiliates should migrate away from &redirect= as soon as possible.

Parallel Tracking#

Optimise provides support for Google Adwords Parallel Tracking. By associating Google's Click ID value gclid with the Optimise Click ID values this allows for attribution of conversion.

To implement this, please follow this guidance:

  • Ensure that the gclid macro is configured on the Final URL in an Ad (landing page)
  • Add the following GCLID parameter and associated macro in the Tracking Template of the Ad:
https://track.omguk.com/?AID=XXXX&PID=XXXX&GCLID={gclid}

Google Adwords - Parallel Tracking

Website Tracking#

It is possible for Publishers to record the website that a click or conversion originated from. This can be achieved by adding WID (WebsiteID) to the Tracking URL when selecting it the Dashboard.

Adding a WID

Placements#

In some instances an Advertiser may provide multiple placement URLs with different landing pages. These can be found on the Campaign Detail page as per below:

IMG OF PLACEMENTS

Mobile Device IDs#

Where available we recommend passing Mobile Device IDs to ensure the most effective tracking.

https://clk.omgt1.com/?AID=1234&PID=1234&GoogleID={GoogleAID}&IFA={IFA}

Click URL Parameters#

The following optional parameters or macros can be included on a click URL:

ParameterData TypeDescription
UIDStringUniqueID/SubID – read more here
IIDIntegerItemID – the Optimise ItemID from an Optimise Product Feed
WIDIntegerWebsiteID – the ID of your website as registered in the Optimise system
CRIDIntegerCreativeID – the ID of a creative AdContainer
IFVStringiOS IFV
IFAStringiOS IFA
AndroidIDStringAndroid ID
GoogleIDStringGoogle Advertiser ID
ClickSourceStringThe URL where the user clicked the Tracking URL

Adding Postback/Callback URLs#

Global Postback URL#

If you have a permanent Global Postback URL that you would like to implement permanently across all of your campaigns please speak to your account manager about this.

Adding to a Campaign#

For certain types of campaigns you can add a Postback URL by going to the Campaign Details screen and selecting the Key Information tab:

Add a postback

Enter your postback along with any Supported Macros. If this is not available please speak to your account manager to have Postback/Callback URLs added to your campaign.

Example Postback URL

https://www.callbackurl.com/?SaleID={SALEREF}VoucherUsed={VCODE}&SaleValue={STATUS}&SubID1={UID}&SubID2={UID2}&SubID3={UID3}&SubID4={UID4}&SubID5={UID5}&ex1={EX1}&ex1={EX1}&ex2={EX2}&ex3={EX3}&ex4={EX4}&ex5={EX5}

Postback URL Macros#

MacroDescription
{CONVERSIONID}The Optimise ConversionId reference number
{SALEREF}The Sale reference number
{VCODE}The Voucher Code used in the transaction
{STATUS}The Transaction Value
{UDATE}A UNIX date value generated at the time of the postback event
{UID}Unique ID/SubID used on click
{UID2}Unique ID 2/SubID 2 used on click
{UID3}Unique ID 3/SubID 3 used on click
{UID4}Unique ID 4/SubID 4 used on click
{UID5Unique ID 5/SubID 5 used on click
{EX1}Extended Data 1 field. A unique date value - some merchants may make extended data available to their affiliates
{EX2}Extended Data 2 field. A unique date value - some merchants may make extended data available to their affiliates
{EX3}Extended Data 3 field. A unique date value - some merchants may make extended data available to their affiliates
{EX4}Extended Data 4 field. A unique date value - some merchants may make extended data available to their affiliates
{EX5}Extended Data 5 field. A unique date value - some merchants may make extended data available to their affiliates
{EX6}Extended Data 6 field. A unique date value - some merchants may make extended data available to their affiliates
{EX7}Extended Data 7 field. A unique date value - some merchants may make extended data available to their affiliates
{EX8}Extended Data 8 field. A unique date value - some merchants may make extended data available to their affiliates
{EX9}Extended Data 9 field. A unique date value - some merchants may make extended data available to their affiliates
{EX10}Extended Data 10 field. A unique date value - some merchants may make extended data available to their affiliates
{EX11}Extended Data 11 field. A unique date value - some merchants may make extended data available to their affiliates
{ANDROIDID}The device Android ID (mobile campaigns only)
{GOOGLEID}The Google Advertising ID (mobile campaigns only)
{IFV}iOS Vendor identifier (mobile campaigns only)
{IFA}iOS Advertising identifier (mobile campaigns only)
{IPADDRESS}IP Address of the Device (mobile campaigns only)
{CURRENCY}The currency of the transaction (mobile campaigns only)
{DEVICENAME}The model number/name of the device (mobile campaigns only)
{DEVICEOSVERSION}The Operating System installed on the device (mobile campaigns only)
{DEVICEBUILDNUMBER}The Build Number of the device (mobile campaigns only)
{PACKAGENAME}The App Package Name (mobile campaigns only)
{APPVERSION}The build number version of the App (mobile campaigns only)

Domains#

Optimise uses different domains for its different affiliate networks. Please check the table below to see which URL is used where:

NetworkClick DomainTracking DomainCountries/Regions
Optimise Australiaclk.omgt2.comtrack.omguk.comAustralia
Optimise Brazilclk.omgt6.comtrack.omguk.comBrazil
Optimise Indiaclk.omgt5.comtrack.omguk.comIndia
Optimise PL-track.omgpl.comPoland
Optimise SE ASIAclk.omgt3.comtrack.omguk.comHong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Phillipines, Singapore,Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnamn
Optimise UKclk.omgt1.comtrack.omguk.comUnited Kingdom

Notes: Each Optimise network also has its own Click Domain - Please note that these "Click Domains" can change. Any existing "Click Domain" will continue to function even if it is changed. Click domains can be used with HTTP or HTTPS but will always redirect to HTTPS.