Tracking Our Traffic.
Our servers track visitors in real time as they pass through our network. Each time a visitor lands on your advertiser's website for more than 20 seconds we count this as 1 visitor and deduct it from your customers account.
One method we highly recommend to customers and resellers is to use a Bit.ly
redirect for your customers. You would enter the customers link into Bit.ly
, and when Bit.ly or lnk.direct gave you your unique redirect link, you would enter that into the system. This allows you and the advertiser to view a common 3rd party report showing numbers. If a customer orders 5000 visitors and Goo.gl shows 4000 visitors we will make up the difference until Bit.ly or lnk.direct reflects exactly what the customer has purchased. Since Bit.ly and lnk.direct is so reliable if an advertisers site is down or overloaded, this can be proof that the traffic was delivered between our servers and Bit.ly or lnk.direct but the decay was a direct result of the advertisers site, which you can not be responsible for.
Should you choose not to use the above recommended methods, we advise your customers use some type of image based statcounter. This would be such counters as those provided by statcounter.com and hitstats.com
Everyone automatically assumes because it is Google, it is good. Google Analytics is one of the worst tracking systems developed for tracking redirect traffic. Time and time again this tracking simply causes problems with any type of redirect traffic. The main reason being that Analytics can not read 3rd party cookies, this makes it impossible to read a cookie set through our redirect and tracking scripts which make the user invisible to Google Analytics. For this reason, we strongly advise you steer customers clear of this method of tracking. If they are insistent, then you will need to use the Goo.gl method above to retain proof for you and your client.
Simple proof for this is "(not provided)" problem that Google Analytics has which is not identifying the keywords because they are encrypted and only 1st party.