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    Hello -

    I am working on a sight right now, and am doing it using ASP.NET. It has a database with products behind it, and will dynamically generate the pages using my templates...standard...

    This is the first site of this type I have ever done and was wondering about tracking outgoing clicks.

    Does anyone feel that it is every important to track clicks on all 40,000 + product pages out to the merchant? If so, what is the concept behind doing something like this? The concept, as I've been thinking about it in my mind is : the link will be something like http://mysite.com/product.aspx?id=1. Then it would hit my link database looking for row id "1" and create a page with a server redirect on it to the merchants link, and at the same time enter the click information into a separate table...

    Is this the way to do it, and is it worth it?

    Danski

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Is this the way to do it, and is it worth it?
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    Yes and absolutely!

    PS. Don't forget to put the afsrc=1 into the redirect code


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    Zactly.. The banners code on my site does exactly what you describe.

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    oh yeah, and make sure your robots.txt excludes the tracking script, or you'll get false hits from Google.

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    Is it worth it?

    If you look at and use the stats to your advantage.

    So many people track and log so many things and then never look at the data....

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    Stats are a beautiful thing .. without them we would not make revenue worthy of discussion.

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    Thanks for the help...

    What types of stats are possible to track with a click tracking? I guess what I am asking is - what do you guys track? I am thinking a 2 column table, first column is the URL that the user is going to, and the second column is the number of times it has been click through to?

    Is there any more advanced stuff that can be tracked, or is this what most use?

    Danski

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    URL, referring page, length of stay on your site...

    There's a whole bunch of stuff you can do with ip-based tracking..

    You can, for example, target *.ca users for TD products and shunt them off to the .ca site instead of the .com..

    The possibilities are vast here..

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