With the growth of e-commerce, online marketing has become an
inescapable tool for the e-companies. If you want to reach out to
greater number of customers, you have to employ several online
advertising tricks. But how can you know which of the online
advertisements do really work and which of them don't? The ad tracking
program will help you to get familiar with the comparative worth of
each online campaign. You can not do without this tracking mechanism,
because you have to constantly experiment with the types and sources of
advertisements to make them effective, that is drawing more and more
traffic to your website, where customers can come to know about your
product and also make some purchase.
How does the sales tracker
mechanism work? To track performances of all your advertisements, you
have to simply place the 'tracking' URL provided by the sales tracker
program in your advertisement. When someone reads your ad on an ezine,
say XYZ, and clicks on the tracking URL, which you have placed in this
ezine, the visitor will be taken to your website and the ad tracking
system will register that the click came from the XYZ ezine.
Now there are two types of ad trackers. The first is tracking
software and the second is tracking service. The tracking software
basically follows the mechanism described above. It helps you to
generate specific web address for each campaign. In case you are using
ad tracking software, the visitor can not directly go to your website.
Instead their browser passes through a program installed in your web
server, an additional counter is created for that address and then only
the browser reaches your page.
The software will help you get all the stats via your browser any
time with full details. With ad tracking software, it is possible to
set up more than one tracker. Ad tracking software will help you to
locate the ROI (return on investment) of your pay per click listings.
It will also generate reports on the performances of the
autoresponders, exit pop-ups, article, affiliate, ebook and reciprocal
links, and newsletter, banner and off-line ads.
There are many different software's to choose from out there, some
are free while others cost everything from a few dollars to a couple
hundreds. If you don't know how to install and manage a script, then
the best choice would be to spend a few dollars for an ad tracking software that includes installation and free support.
There are certain advantages of ad tracking software. If you are
using software, you need not be dependent on another service provider
company. Dependence on service provider may make you handicapped in
certain events like when their site goes down or the company shuts off
On the other hand, using a software requires your site to
provide several system resources like disk space for program and
tracking files and so on. Then in case of program up gradations, the
software needs to be re-installed once again.
There are many reasons to choose ad tracking software instead of ad
tracking service, but there are also reasons to go for a paid or free
service. The same goes here; the paid services almost always provide
more options and better support, but you can sertanly find good free ad tracking service out there.
It doesn't matter if you do pay per click ads, articles pop ups,
e-books, email marketing, affiliates, newsletters, reciprocal links,
site links, banner ads or surveys, always use an ad tracker.
TIP: Setup an ad tracking survey on your site, it will collect information on what your customers want you to offer them.