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March 13th, 2009, 02:46 PM #1New Notification Features Released
Please read our blog for information on the latest release.
Here are a few highlights:
- We will now display notifications on the publisher home page whenever we detect traffic on links (ads) that have past their end date
- A new message center, featured prominently in the top center of the publisher home page, provides a daily summary with the number of clicks recorded on out of date links.
- We have added a feature to automatically send an email notification to publishers when a change to commissions specific to an advertiser/publisher relationship is made; advertiser users will also get a copy of the message. Publishers must opt in to receive these notifications on the Settings > Communications Preferences page.
> Please note that while a promotion may be past its end date we will continue to track clicks and conversions, and commissions will accrue for any conversions recorded for an active but out of date link.
- As a reminder, we have altered the naming convention for Link Subscriptions. Files will now come in the form Link_Subscriptions_YYYYMMDD.txt. Beginning March 13, all files will follow this convention.
Have a good afternoon!
March 13th, 2009, 02:57 PM #2
This are a Great improvment!!! Thank you..........
So my next wish is easier reporting system. Everytime I try to generate a report for my different site (To know what site the sale came from) it takes me forever to get the right report (I never know what to pick)
March 13th, 2009, 03:20 PM #3
You can use MID tracking then run an activity detail report.
MID tracking is a system where you give certain links separate codes so you can tell which site the click came from. MID tracking is necessary if you wish to keep track of commissions made from each site separately.
To utilize MID tracking, append your standard Google Affiliate Network tracking link with an additional URL parameter beginning with the characters mid=
For example, a standard Google Affiliate Network tracking link looks like:
where lid is the unique ID of the link assigned to you by Google Affiliate Network, and pubid is the unique number that identifies each affiliate publisher.
To use MID tracking, add the MID parameter (&mid=) to the end of the link, such as:
where xxx = a unique identifier that corresponds to the website that you need to track separately. MIDís can be up to 256 characters long, and all special characters must be HTML encoded.
Publishers should not be passing any personally identifiable information (such as email address, social security number, banking information, etc.) in the MID field. If this is done, Google Affiliate Network will purge the information from our system and it will not be recoverable.
March 13th, 2009, 03:32 PM #4
Hi Jamie already using &mid the problem (with me anyway) is finding the right report to run to show me the report by site.
March 13th, 2009, 03:37 PM #5As a reminder, we have altered the naming convention for Link Subscriptions. Files will now come in the form Link_Subscriptions_YYYYMMDD.txt. Beginning March 13, all files will follow this convention.
March 13th, 2009, 03:49 PM #6Originally Posted by Google Affiliate Network ModeratorDanny W Bonin Jr
Bonin Group, Inc.
March 13th, 2009, 04:10 PM #7
Originally Posted by boningroup
- Join Date
- October 22nd, 2006
March 13th, 2009, 06:29 PM #8
The focus on expired links seems misplaced to me. I suppose it was intended for coupon sites to take down expired coupons. My links are products and banners which should not expire unless the product is out of stock or no longer marketed. That's not the way they work though, many have arbitrary expiration dates because who knows how long a product will actually be around.
I do like the MID tracking suggestion.
March 15th, 2009, 11:29 AM #9Originally Posted by sam_park
March 15th, 2009, 11:51 AM #10
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
I'm already giving up on these links. I can't find them on my web sites. Totally useless feature without the referring urls.
March 15th, 2009, 12:03 PM #11
I can't find them either. And I'm using the "Find and replace" function of Dreamweaver to search entire local sites (source code). I finally gave up.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
March 20th, 2009, 11:40 AM #12Originally Posted by Google Affiliate Network Moderator
Would you mind telling me a easy way of generating MID reports.
March 20th, 2009, 09:21 PM #13
March 21st, 2009, 09:28 AM #14
Thanks Jamie just ran and saved my reports, its easy once you know what report to pick.
March 23rd, 2009, 10:15 AM #15
I'm not finding many of the out of date links on my site. I think the system may need an adjustment. It's a helpful idea, and I have found a few, but I'd say it's about 50% right now. Also, some of the expired dates don't match up. There were two listed for Finishline which don't expire until 3/26, but was reported on 3/19 as expired. So I'm a bit confused.
March 23rd, 2009, 10:21 AM #16I'm not finding many of the out of date links on my site.
March 23rd, 2009, 12:13 PM #17Originally Posted by Google Affiliate Network Moderator
So the point is, in order for this to be truly effective 1). it really needs to refer to the page where the creative is located as everyone else has stated. and 2). merchants actually need to have an expiration date on their creatives or we'll either spend an inordinate amount of time removing their expired creatives or just find other merchants that are easier to work with.
Great idea, just needs a little better execution.
-rematt"I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." - Richard Nixon
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