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Tip: Test & Optimize Mobile Landing Pages On Your Desktop
By Nana Gilbert-Baffoe, View comments - Jul 02, 2015

I'm sure you've heard everyone saying, mobile is growing quickly. About 87% of Facebook traffic is mobile and mobile ads bring in up to 73% of Facebook's advertising revenue.

As an affiliate, or marketer in general, you are leaving a lot of money on the table by not optimizing your funnels for mobile. The first step is to make your pages responsive, this improves the mobile user experience and should help you convert more of your mobile clicks.

I recently spent some time making the Tracking202 website more responsive and optimized for mobile so I thought I'd share some of the tools and resources I used to get the job done.

Today I'll start off with a simple trick that will help you with testing the look and feel of your site on multiple mobile devices. I did this all on my laptop without having to use my phone. The added bonus is that the tool I used is 100% free, and you probably already have it.

All the major web browsers provide ways to either change the browser's user agent or resize the window to match that of mobile devices, but the best browser for this is Google Chrome. So we will use Chrome for this tutorial.

Chrome's developer tools provide an extensive set of tools that will simplify your life as an affiliate. To get to it, I usually right click on the page and click 'Inspect Element', it's the last item on the list.

Once you are in Dev Tools, you will want to enable Device Mode, to do this simple click Toggle Device Mode icon, the icon should turn blue.

Your screen should look something like the following.

From here you can do quite a few nifty things such as choose from a predefined list of mobile user agents.

The cool thing is the Chrome will actually emulate the screen size as well so you get a relatively good representation of what your end users will see and experience. You can click this icon to rotate the screen to simulate landscape mode on the device.

Due to broadband adoption, one of the things we tend to overlook is the time it take to load a page from a mobile connection such as GPRS, 2G, 3G, 4G etc. Using the network connectivity emulator, you can see just how slow you pages load under different conditions. For example the Prosper202 website takes 16 seconds to load on GRPS and about 3 seconds on 4G but on my connection it only takes 1 second to load.

To test out how quickly your page loads under different network conditions, use the network drop down and select the connection speed you want to emulate it even takes round trip time (RTT) into consideration. Actual load times are available on the network tab.

By now you should be able to see how you can use Chrome Dev Tools to test your mobile landing pages to make sure they look good, and load fast on mobile devices.

In an upcoming article, I'll go over the other modification you can do to really speed up your site for mobile. Until then, you can check out this article I wrote earlier on making your landing pages load 3-5x faster

Top CPA Networks According to Prosper202 Marketers - Q2 2015
By Nana Gilbert-Baffoe, View comments - Jul 01, 2015

Half the year is over and it is time to take a look at which CPA networks are growing the fastest and also which ones are the most popular with Prosper202 users. When we first started generating these reports, we thought we'd run them monthly, however due to the manual nature of running the numbers, we will switch to a quarterly schedule. The data below covers up till the end of Q2 2015.

Since January, the Prosper202 user base has grown by 75%, so we are well on track to more than doubling this year.

Of the 11 networks being represented Peerfly, Maxbounty and Neverblue dominate the top 3 positions, and have done so since we started reporting this data. The positions have stayed pretty much the same, however Clickbooth managed to take the #5 Spot from A4D.

It's interesting to note that, Peerfly is almost at a point where half the Prosper202 users are working with them.
For some context, they have about 2.2x the number of users as Appflood which currently has the smallest Prosper202 userbase. However, Appflood is also the 2nd fastest growing network with our userbase, right after Mundo.

Below is the new data for Q2. Numbers in green mean an improvement from the previous month, while read means a drop.

Prosper202's Most Popular & Fastest Growing CPA Networks - Q2 2015

Rank Network Market Share Growth
1 Peerfly 49% 82%
2 MaxBounty 43% 90%
3 Neverblue 37% 110%
4 CPAWay 30% 110%
5 Clickbooth 28% 102%
6 A4D 28% 98%
7 C2M 28% 102%
8 Above All Offers 27% 110%
9 PKM 24% 113%
10 MUNDO Media 23% 146%
11 Appflood 22% 136%
Click to view January's data for reference

What's The Difference Between Prosper202 Pro and Prosper202?
By Nana Gilbert-Baffoe, View comments - Jun 08, 2015

Today we are launching Prosper202 Pro out of the early release program and making it available to everyone.

We've spent many months working on Prosper202 Pro because we wanted to give you a world class, expandable, self-hosted marketing platform to build and scale your marketing campaigns and business on.

Based of the conversions I've had in the past, the one question I've been getting from a lot of current Prosper202 is:

What's The Difference Between Prosper202 Pro and Prosper202?

The simple answer is "A LOT!"

The first important update is that Prosper202 Pro comes with full support directly from us the developers.

Next we have all the brand new and updated features but that's not doing full justice to everything we've done and built for you. So I thought I'd show you all the new and updated items in Prosper202 Pro that are new in Prosper202 since 1.8.10. As we release new features and functionality we'll update this page to reflect the changes

Items with a * have also been ported to Prosper202
New: Built in Split-testing functionality for landing pages and offers.
New: Full user role implementation. with restrictions on what can be done in your p202
New: Autocomplete for Traffic Sources
New: Autocomplete for Categories and affiliate networks
New: Check to see if server meets requirements before new installation*
New: Automatic cron jobs without needing to manually set it up
New: You can clone an existing landing page
New: Ability to dynamically display ISP, Device, Postal code on landing page
New: Ability to set cloaking option. You can either blank the referrer or show you Prosper202 Pro domain only
New: Auto upgrade Prosper202 Pro for any updates that don't modify the database in any way.*
New: Slack Integration, all actions performed in your P202 will be sent to a slack channel named Prosper202
New: Easy Display of Dynamic Content Segments such as Geo(Country, Region, City, Country Code), Keyword, C1-C4, All utm variable, Browser type, OS on your landing page
New: [[country]], [[country_code]], [[region]], [[city]] tokens for step 3, and postbacks
New: Dynamic Content Segment on the page, can be unlimited
New: Status page in admin section for cron jobs. This will let you know when the last cron was run and help to debug when the job isn't setup correctly
New: Track cost by CPA
New: Support for google gclid and utm variables.
New: Prosper202 App Store.
New: GCLID and utm variables will show in downloaded report in the visitors tab
New: HTML5 Charts for account overview with ability to chart multiple data points on a campaign basis.
New: Ability to add users to your Prosper202 account. Each person get's their own un/pw.
New: Group by device type in group overview
New: Group overview is much faster and powered by the new DataEngine
New: Conversion logs to see more details conversion pixels and postback fires
New: Export to excel for in custom variable report
New: Improved upgrade speed for older users
New: Improved DataEngine imports for upgrades
New: Applebot detection
New: VIP Perks survey shows only new questions
New: On new installs, 202_site_urls table is more efficient
New: Bot Filter Database
New: Unlimited custom variables and tokens
New: Loading indicator for data
New: Updated GeoIp Database for more accurate geo location*
New: Updated UI Library*
New: Updated UserAgent Parser to detect more browsers and bots*
New: Ability to edit your tracking links after they have been created
New: Prosper202 will now automatically import your old clicks into the new DataEngine Format
New: Filter by referrer
New: Ability to copy an existing campaign to create a new one.
New: UTM variables are available in group overview.
New: Device type is available in group overview.
New: DataEngine fast new reporting engine for Prosper202 Pro.
New: Meta Referer set to origin for Cloaking.
New: Tokens for utm variables.
New: Ability to set your own referrer via t202ref=.
New: Prosper202 Pro Logo
Improved: Smart redirector supports 'all' tag
Improved: Smart Rotator renamed to Smart Redirector
Improved: Faster account overview loading
Improved: Bootstrap latest version
Improved: Jquery latest version
Improved: Data engine performance, reduction in cpu loads
Improved: Clickbank ISN support v6 of the api
Improved: Parallel processing of conversion old data into new faster format
Improved: Improved more efficient way to update data engine that uses less server resources
Improved: For new installations the maximum payout amount for a campaign is now $100,000 instead of $999
Improved: On new installations keywords can be up to 150 characters instead of 50
Improved: Landing page names display better on the reports
Improved: Copied Campaigns have (Copy) Appended to the campaigns name so you can tell you are in the process of copying the campaign
Improved: Text field for landing page url has be change to text field.
Improved: Rotator ui updated and new monetizer placeholder added.
Improved: C1-4 variables can now store up to 350 characters.
Improved: Better more accurate firing of conversion pixels.
Improved: Ability to pass in subid for image and iframe pixels.

Quick FAQ

Q: Is all my data really secure?
A: That's a great questions. We understand many of you have a need to keep your proprietary data away from prying eyes. Because Prosper202 Pro is trusted by thousands of users for 8 plus years, 100% open source and fully self-hosted, you know that there's nothing malicious hidden in the code, additionally unlike a SaaS solution, everything stays on your own servers that you have full control over

Q: Can I easily upgrade my current version of Prosper202
A: Yes, Prosper202 Pro is a drop in replacement for the free Prosper202. Once you upgrade it will convert all your settings to the new version and even port over your old data. Once it's ported, you will enjoy all the benefits we posted about above as well as blazing fast reporting.

Q: Is Prosper202 Pro hosted on your servers?
A: No Prosper202 Pro is still fully self-hosted just like the version of Prosper202 you are using right now and have used for many years.

Q: Will I still have access to the source code?
A: Absolutely, There's not a single line of encrypted code in Prosper202 Pro. You get access to the full source code to modify to fit your needs as you see fit.

Q: How about support?
A: Every single license of prosper202 Pro come with support directly from the development team. You'll get direct access to someone who's knowledgable and able to resolve your issues quickly. No clueless out sourced teams here who will only frustrate you further.

Try Prosper202 Pro Now: Get Your FREE 30 Trial.


How to use the new custom variables in Prosper202 Pro
By Nana Gilbert-Baffoe, View comments - Jun 04, 2015

Have you even need to track more custom data for your campaigns than the 4 C1-C4 variables available? For many campaign, it's important to be able to track as many datapoint as possible because, you can use the info to quickly find the most profitable segments.

I Prosper202 Pro, we've added the ability to define an unlimited number of custom variables that get passed into your account for reporting purposes. Here's How To Get Started:

Step 1: Create a Traffic Source


In this example we are calling our traffic source Google Adwords PPC

Step 2: Click The Variables Link For The Traffic Source


Step 3: Create Your Custom Variables


Step 4: Generate your tracking link


Watch this Video Tutorial Showing You How To Setup Your Custom Variables

Have you even need to track more custom data for your campaigns than the 4 C1-C4 variables available? For many campaign, it's important to be able to track as many datapoint as possible because, you can use the info to quickly find the most profitable segments.

In Prosper202 Pro, we've added the ability to define an unlimited number of custom variables that get passed into your account for reporting purposes. Here's How To Get Started:

Step 1: Create a Traffic Source


In this example we are calling our traffic source Google Adwords PPC

Step 2: Click The Variables Link For The Traffic Source


Step 3: Create Your Custom Variables


Step 4: Generate your tracking link


Watch this Video Tutorial Showing You How To Setup Your Custom Variables

Quick FAQ

Q: Is all my data really secure?
A: That's a great questions. We understand many of you have a need to keep your proprietary data away from prying eyes. Because Prosper202 Pro is trusted by thousands of users for 8 plus years, 100% open source and fully self-hosted, you know that there's nothing malicious hidden in the code, additionally unlike a SaaS solution, everything stays on your own servers that you have full control over

Q: Can I easily upgrade my current version of Prosper202
A: Yes, Prosper202 Pro is a drop in replacement for the free Prosper202. Once you upgrade it will convert all your settings to the new version and even port over your old data. Once it's ported, you will enjoy all the benefits we posted about above as well as blazing fast reporting.

Q: Is Prosper202 Pro hosted on your servers?
A: No Prosper202 Pro is still fully self-hosted just like the version of Prosper202 you are using right now and have used for many years.

Q: Will I still have access to the source code?
A: Absolutely, There's not a single line of encrypted code in Prosper202 Pro. You get access to the full source code to modify to fit your needs as you see fit.

Q: How about support?
A: Every single license of prosper202 Pro come with support directly from the development team. You'll get direct access to someone who's knowledgable and able to resolve your issues quickly. No clueless out sourced teams here who will only frustrate you further.

Try Prosper202 Pro Now: Get Your FREE 30 Trial.


Where Can I Download Prosper202 For Free?
By Nana Gilbert-Baffoe, View comments - May 13, 2015

Lately we've been getting been getting a lot of questions about where to download the free version of Prosper202.

This is mainly because the free version is no longer available for download directly from our site.

Out of all the support questions we get about Prosper202, a large majority of them consist of installation related issues. Mainly from people trying to install Prosper202 for the first time. Due to the wide range of hosting configurations, there are instances where the hosting company the user chooses is not fully compatible with Prosper202. When this happens it creates a bad first experience.

In order to address this, we are experimenting with only making Prosper202 available via our official Prosper202 hosting partners and any host that has the Softaculous Auto Installer for Prosper202 available. Doing this means all installation issues are totally eliminated, and most users are able to go from zero to having Prosper202 live and ready to go in under 5 minutes.

We are working directly with Softaculous, BeyondHosting and Hostwinds to ensure they always have the most up to date version of Prosper202 available for installation. So when we release Prosper202 1.8.12 in the next few days you will be able to install it right away. Also, if you already have Prosper202 1.8.x installed, the latest version will be available via the 1-click upgrade.

What about if you don't want to host with any of the options currently available? We are setting something up to address this issue.

Additionally, if you generate $100+ a month in your business, your absolute best option is to upgrade to Prosper202 Pro. In addition to its extensive revenue enhancing features. It also comes with email, chat, and skype support (depending on your plan) for installation issues, plus we can also do the installation for you for a fee.

So for now you can't download Prosper202 directly from us any more, but we expect this minor change to do a lot to ensure new users go down the path that is more likely to help them past the major installation obstacle that usually prevents them from moving forward any further.

Beyond Hosting - Virtual Private Server (VPS)

"Beyond Hosting is the official Prosper202 Preferred Hosting Provide. Do not settle with shared hosting, it will cost you money because it's slow. Beyond Hosting's virtual private servers are some of the fastest in the industry. Don't worry about setting up anything, it's already done for you with Beyond Hosting. Your VPS will come with a pre-installed version of Prosper202. We have also negotiated a special rate for all of the Prosper202 users. Their support staff is incredible. If you want to start running traffic today without hassle, go no further, Beyond Hosting has setup the ideal environments to run Prosper202."
"Beyond Hosting is beyond all expectations." - Happy BeyondHosting Customer

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