I have spent years learning how to monetize a website and after loads of trial and error, I finally realised that tracking affiliate links was very important. ( I wish someone had stressed this earlier!) In fact I have been making money from websites for years now but I still have to test and tweak my pages to get the best sales. I might not pick the right money making method the first time, so I often go back and optimize pages and posts to make sales.
The first thing I do you to track my monetization on my website is to create unique affiliate links that will tell me where my sales have come from. Yes I know sales come from my website, but what exact page is making the sales? This is something that people really do not know.
Here are some details that tracking affiliate links tells me:
- Which page or post the exact sale came from.
- Which exact products are selling?
- Which products sell but attract a high refund rate. (refunds show unique ids)
- This tells me what I should be concentrating on.
- Tracking sales shows me my moneymaking content very clearly.
I made a video tutorial showing how I track some of my affiliate links. This is the most valuable information you can get and it is not cost any money at all. You will see where your sales are coming from and then you will know which posts or pages to promote more. You will also get clues on which products your website visitors actually like.
When the sales reports come in I see the exact page that has made the sale… This is an incredible eye opener and allows me to tweak that page for more sales, or improve on pages that should be making sales.