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5 Companies You Must Talk To At ASE15
By Nana Gilbert-Baffoe, View comments - Jul 31, 2015

Affiliate Summit East 2015 is just around the corner but this year, we are unable to attend we will miss you all as much as we know you'll miss us.  But not to worry, here are 5 companies and cool people you should meet up with while you are at #ASE15 and why it would be worth your while to do so.

1. Mobvista

If you have been ignoring mobile, here's a graph to make you realize what you've been missing out on.


Source: http://a16z.com/2015/06/19/mobile-it-changes-everything/ (Worth the read)

One of the fastest growing mobile affiliate focused networks is Mobvista, and if you are not already doing business with them you should be. They have a huge collection of premium offers, weekly payments via a wide range of payment options such as alipay and the expected bank/wire transfer Most importantly, they are a well funded stable company with tens of millions of dollars in the bank and over 260 team members in their Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing and San Francisco offices. When you meet them at Booth #6010 in the exhibit hall, look to talk with Iris or Stephanie. Both of them will be happy to talk to you.

2. WPEngine

Over 24% of all websites on the web are powered by Wordpress, and WP Engine is one of the top managed Wordpress hosting companies with over 30,000 customers and growing. They will be in Booths #9004 and #9005 in the exhibit hall. As a WP Engine Affiliate you will help them grow faster and in the process earn a minimum of $200 a sale or 100% of the first month payment if that's higher. Sign up to promote their affiliate program here, they are on ShareASale, then make sure to talk to Ashwin or David at their booth. Let them know we sent you, and they will be glad to show you how to best promote WP Engine.

PS: Ping me if you need help setting up P202 to track and optimize your affiliate campaigns on ShareASale

3. Dedicated Media

Where do the best mailers turn to for offers from the big brands you know and trust? Traditionally, it's been difficult to get these as CPA offers, however Dedicated Media's bread and butter is with performance based campaigns from top name brands that historically have not been available on a CPA format. They have been able to leverage relationships stemmed from it's display side of the house to secure the brands offerings on a CPA model. Meet them at Booth # 5008 in the exhibit hall, and if you see Brian let him know we said hi.

4. Adbeat

We've been fans of Adbeat for many years, and it's not just because the team is made up of some of the smartest people in the industry, they are they are also one of the best tools out there to quickly find what's working, how it's working and why it's working. It's reduces trial and error and ensure you have a higher chance of launching a successful campaign. They will be at Booth #4005 both Mike and Mark are super smart people to know so you will enjoy your conversation, find out about a great tool and learn something new as well. Talk about value for your time.

PS: Some of the coolest informative posts I've read this year have been on the Adbeat Blog.

5. OfferVault

If you've ever had a need to find an offer quickly, or make sure you are getting the highest payout for offers you are running, then you better be using OfferVault.  It saves you from having to search all over trying to find the offers you need, and when you need that extra $1 to hit profitability, but cant get it from your current network, a quick search is usually all that's needed to find a network with the payout you need. Make sure to meet Mark and the rest of the OfferVault team today at the Meet Market at Table #818.

Announcing Prosper202 Pro Version 1.9.16
By Nana Gilbert-Baffoe, View comments - Jul 27, 2015

We just launched Prosper202 Pro 1.9.16 over the weekend and we're excited to share what we've been working on with you. If you a Prosper202 Pro client and have our 1-click upgrade functionality installed and working you should automatically get the version installed. You can also login to the dashboard at http://my.tracking202.com to download the latest version of Prosper202 Pro.

Here's what's new in Prosper202 1.9.16

Our biggest update is that you can now install Prosper202 Pro in a subdirectory. You are no longer limited to using the root directory or a dedicated subdomain. This means it's now much easier to have Prosper202 installed on the domain that matches your landing pages. On some traffic sources this can be advantageous. But it's also going to improve tracking of certain visitors better since Prosper202 cookies will no longer be 3rd party cookies.

In Prosper202 Pro 1.9.16, you will now get automatically redirected to the page you were looking to view before you logged in. This is more of a convenience tweak, but any think the streamlines your day help you become more efficient over all.

One of the features we've been looking to add for a while now is an official Prosper202 Plugin for Wordpress. We've created a very tight two way integration between Wordpress and Prosper202 Pro. This means landing pages you create in Wordpress will automatically get created and setup in Prosper202. All landing pages you create in Prosper202 will also be synced up with Wordpress so you can simply pick from a dropdown and start working. Our plugin ensures that you won't have to manually setup the LP Javascript code needed for tracking. Additionally, we created short codes for linking out to your offers.

ISP And Carrier information available in download report. So if you have purchased and installed the additional database from Maxmind, you can now see the data from this in your reports.

There are new offers available from networks that require more transparency between you, the network and the offer owner. Some networks are now requesting referrer information to be passed in via a subid tracking variable. We've added two new tokens to Prosper202 Pro to allow you easily comply with these requests, they are [[referer]] & [[referrer]].

We've had an easy way to add all our supported tokens on the campaign setup page. However there are other pages that support the insertion of tokens such as the Landing page setup section. With this update you will never have to manually type in the tokens.

We also spent a lot of working on speeding up our reports and you will notice a substantial boost when running reports on the spy and visitor view pages.

Finally we have a series of bug fixes and improvements, they are listed below:
  • Fixed: Pagination display improvements
  • Fixed: Modal window closing too quickly
  • Fixed: For split testing you can use both ALL or all as values
  • Fixed: utm_source and utm_medium being switched
  • Fixed: Referer report was returning too many results
  • Fixed: Pixels were not deleting correctly on step 1

Quick Prosper202 Pro 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.


Working With The New Prosper202 Daily Email Report
By Nana Gilbert-Baffoe, View comments - Jul 17, 2015

What better way to start your day than to see a full report of your top campaigns in your inbox?

Our new daily email report sends you details on your top 5 campaigns for the previous day. You can turn this daily email off in your Personal Setting of the My Account menu. Just set the hour to never.

Additionally, you can choose which hour of the day you want your daily email to be sent. This is synced up with your current time zone, so if you run your account using the timezone of your traffic source or CPA network, you may have to make adjustments.

Prosper202 Pro Universal Smart Pixel Tag Manager Fires Multiple Types of 3rd Party Pixels
By Nana Gilbert-Baffoe, View comments - Jul 13, 2015

When working with 3rd party ad networks, publishers or services, you'll often have the need to fire pixels or Server-to-Server (S2S) Postbacks when a conversion is tracked in Prosper202 Pro

Until now, we had support to fire multiple 3rd party pixels or postbacks as long as they were of the same type. So you could fire unlimited image pixels, or unlimited 3rd party javascript pixels. However, if you wanted to fire an image pixel and a postback at the same time you couldn't do that until now.

We made a major upgrade that now makes our Universal Smart Pixel much more powerful and flexible. We've essentially built out a mini tag management system for conversion attribution. The system is able to automatically detect which traffic source generated the conversion and only load up the pixels defined for that traffic source. The benefits include:
  • Elimination of false conversions
  • Prevention of Cookie Data Leakage If you are an advertiser, this is quite a big deal. Read more about Data leakage
  • Faster page loads which ensures more conversion data is tracked and attributed

For example, we were recently working with a client that needed to be able to fire a Postback to the ad network and also fire a 3rd party fraud detection script. With this new change, you can easily setup Prosper202 Pro to fire both the Postback and the javascript.

Take a look at the New Interface

In the image above we have a Raw Pixel (Use this if you want to output complex pixel code, usually this is javascript based) and a Postback set. Both of them would fire once the Prosper202 Universal Smart Pixel Loads

We've also added more token support for any of the code and urls you use when setting up the Universal Smart Pixels. We now support the google gclid and all the utm variables. Prosper202 Pro will automatically store these values and also allow you to pass them to other systems. Here's a full list of all the previous tokens and all the new once we added.
  • [subid]]- The subid of the offer that converted
  • [[t202kw]] - The value of the t202kw variable from your tracking link
  • [[c1]] - The C1 value passed in the tracking link
  • [[c2]] - The C2 value passed in the tracking link
  • [[c3]] - The C3 value passed in the tracking link
  • [[c4]] - The C4 value passed in the tracking link
  • [[cpc]] - The cpc for the conversion. This value is rounded up to 2 decimal points
  • [[cpc2]] - The cpc for the conversion. This value is not rounded, and is ideal for ppv values
  • [[payout]] - They payout of the offer that just converted
  • [[random]] - A random 9 digit number, this acts like a cache buster
  • New [[gclid]] - Adwords gclid value if available
  • New [[utm_source]] - utm_source value if available
  • New [[utm_medium]] - utm_medium value if available
  • New [[utm_campaign]] - utm_campaign value if available
  • New [[utm_term]] - utm_term value if available
  • New [[utm_content]] - utm_content value if available

Quick Prosper202 Pro 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.


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

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