One of the problems I’ve always had with using trackers is the whole granularity thing. What I mean is take Trck.me for instance. I might promote it to the StartXchange list, I might have it as a link inside the StartXchange members area, I might promote it within rotation at StartXchange as well.
So when I look at my stats I see all this traffic coming from StartXchange and I can see conversion stats, etc. The problem is one of those methods might be doing way better than the other, but it’s all grouped together.
So what I’ve started to do with some of our trackers is under “Affiliate Tracking” I put in the word “type”. Then when I take my tracker, I add “?type=[putsomethinghere]” at the end of the tracker. Like so:
When I look at the stats now the affiliate tracking section shows up with stats for those 3 types. I can now see overall how those categories do.
This is super cool to me because now I can start to figure out once and for all what the best *ways* to promote my blog are.
I’m still getting it broken up by site, which is important because there will always be out performers. If I decide say “popups” don’t work for my blog, but a certain site’s popups are performing crazy, I can nix the idea of all the other popups but continue to use the one that is working great.
Anyways – I just thought it was a really cool way to use a feature in a way that wasn’t intended. But again this is only on the Business Accounts so upgrade if you want to be cool and do this too =P