Organize Your Links and Maximize Your Earnings

We get asked a lot of questions every day, but one of the most common ones we hear is one that many people don’t realize is easily solved with our service. In order to help you get the most out of your account, we thought we’d explain how our Groups and Group Overrides can help you maximize your earnings, all while keeping things organized!

If you’ve ever found yourself asking questions like these:

“Can I use a Genius Link on multiple WordPress installations? I currently have two websites, and I would like to internationalize the Amazon links on both of them.”

 

“I have two websites, one site has about five separate tracking ID’s, and the other has about 30 different tracking ID’s, is there a way I can use those ID’s in one account?”

 

You are going to love our Groups.

Just like how it sounds, Groups can be used to organize your links into various “buckets” (or Groups) in order to track clicks coming from different places. For example, you might create a Group for your “Website”, another for your ‘Facebook” page, and yet another for your “Twitter” page. Within each of these groups, you can add various geni.us links, and begin to see how your various marketing campaigns compare to one another.

Click activity on any link, either on links converted by our plugin, or built using the Link Creator, will be tracked through our platform. Using multiple Groups allows you to keep your tracked clicks in separate “silos” within your account, helping to not only provide more granular insights, but to help keep things tidy!

At a minimum your dashboard will have one group as a “Default”. You may add as many groups as you wish, but consider using tracking tags for by-link stats first. You can add new groups by simply selecting the “Add a new group” button on the Groups page in your Dashboard, or by selecting “New group” when creating a geni.us link. Like your links, you can also edit, archive/restore, and see reporting for multiple groups within your Dashboard.

 

So, what’s a Group Override?

Each Group in your account can be associated with a different set of affiliate tracking parameters. If you have multiple Amazon or iTunes affiliate ID’s and you want to be able to track separate items per tracking ID, Genius Link provides you a way to do so through Group Overrides. Basically, the tracking ID’s you entered in the “Affiliates” tab of your account are your “Default” tracking ID’s, and will be used for all links unless you have a Group Override set. Any link within a Group that has Overrides will use the “Override ID’s” instead of the default ID’s set in the “Affiliates” tab.

With Group Overrides, you can create links, separate them into Groups, then have those links use different affiliate tracking ID’s so that they’re automatically added to each link when someone clicks. For example, if you have multiple sites you’re trying to monetize with the Amazon Associates Program, you can use an individual affiliate tracking ID per site and track just how many sales are coming from each to see where you should focus your efforts. Amazon allows you to create up to 100 tracking ID’s per account in order to help with tracking conversions, so try to use those to their full potential!

Keep in mind that just like the “Affiliates” tab, you can only have one of each program’s affiliate tracking ID as an override per group, so you may need to make multiple groups if you plan to use multiple ID’s from the same country.

To see step-by-step instructions on how to setup your Group Overrides, please check out this article from our Knowledge Base!

Using Groups and Overrides with the Amazon Link Engine Plugin

If you have our Amazon Link Engine WordPress Plugin installed on your website (and connected to your account) then it will automatically start converting raw Amazon links to geni.us links. You can install the plugin on as many websites as you want, and you can even use the same API keys to connect each installation to your account. Be sure to pay attention to the “Use Link Group” option, as this will let you set the Group that the converted links are added to, and what affiliate tracking ID’s the converted links will use!

Using Groups and Overrides with the JS Snippet

If you have multiple Affiliate ID’s and you’re utilizing the Genius Link JavaScript snippet on multiple websites, you can also use the Group Overrides to keep your clicks/commissions separate per affiliate tracking ID. To do so, follow the steps in our Knowledge Base to create a Group Override, then you can either generate a new JS Snippet with “Attribute clicks to group” set to the Group for the site you’re using it on, OR follow the steps below:

  1. Note the Group ID (four digit number next to the group name) on the Groups page.
  2. Locate the JavaScript snippet in the code of your site.
  3. Find the line that states “var tsid = 2053;”
  4. Change the TSID variable to the new Group ID
  5. Save the changes (don’t edit any other details)

That covers most everything you need to know about Groups and Group Overrides! Hopefully this was helpful, but be sure to check out our Knowledge Base or contact us if you have any other questions.

 

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