Affiliate Trackback not only tracks Commission Junction conversions, but adds Google Affiliate Network, Linkshare, ClickBank and ShareASale. Affiliate Trackback also seamlessly adds all the details to your Google Analytics reports!
Take control of tracking your conversions on Commission Junction with the CJ SID Plugin for Joomla! 1.5! Tracking conversions has always been a challenge for publishers in affiliate programs. Fortunately, CJ offers a way to collect a little more information through the SID value. What's the SID value? In 2005, CJ introduced the Shopper ID a part of the "Smart Rewards" Program. The initial intent was to allow publishers to record which registered user made a purchase, then reward that shopper accordingly. CJ's Smart Reward FAQ for publishers has this to say:
Track the transactions of your site visitors easily with Commission Junction's SmartRewards. SmartRewards is advanced tracking technology that gives you, the publisher, the ability to quickly establish programs that reward your visitors by providing them loyalty points and other reward incentives.
Here's how it works. SmartRewards provides you the capability to create a unique record by assigning a SID (Shopper ID) to each registered visitor of your site. You dynamically place the SID into your pay-per-lead or pay-per-sale advertiser link. Then, as the visitor takes action on the link's resulting site, the SID information is tracked with their transaction in real-time. SmartRewards allows you to then aggregate the individual tracking data to analyze the source of your transactions.
This is also a fantastic opportunity for publishers to track the effectiveness of our links. For example, which specific links are performing the best? Where are the best candidates for improvement or optimization? If you're running ads on four pages on your site, and you're only getting conversions from one of them, why not tune up the other three or change the ad entirely? Using the SID, we can include the source of the conversion, like the specific page title, and adjust accordingly. That's where this CJ SID Plugin for Joomla! 1.5 comes in!
As always, we appreciate feedback from you. If you see a way to improve this plugin to make it more useful, let us know and we'll add it to an upcoming release. The current version includes the following features:
If you'd like to see this Plugin in action, browse over to our Online Scrabble site. Scroll down to the bottom.Â There's a centered CJ banner ad. We've displayed this ad using Joomla's included Banner component, and set up the plugin to send the page title as the sid value. Use your browser's status bar or view the page source to see the sid value in the string. This banner is displayed on most pages on the site, and you'll be able to see the sid value change to match the page title on various pages.