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Out with the OLD, in with the NEW

We’ll be the first to admit that our “GRID” based linking system was NOT the easiest to use, or understand.

Having to find the GRID value that matched the right traffic source in your dashboard, that was then associated with the country your link was based on, was not what you wanted to deal with after jumping through all the hoops of getting signed up and approved by the various affiliate networks.

Well, after today we hope to never have to say “GRID” again. We are on to something better, and much simpler to use — “TSID”.

While it doesn’t sound as cool as it’s predecessor the technology behind it is.

With the “Traffic Source ID” you simply reference the ID of your traffic source and leave the rest to us. We’ll parse out iTunes link, identify your assigned affiliate tracking parameters and rebuild the link and pass it along faster than ever.

This means that you’ll find all the link building tools at the traffic source level (instead of 45 options at the country/ affiliate program level) in the GeoRiot dashboard.

Of course, everything is backward compatible so your old links will continue to keep earning you international commissions.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

More info on the new TSID:

The Link Maker Tool is saying that my “Your affiliate network is: DGM (Partner ID: 1002)” and my links now end with “partnerId%3D1002.” Is that wrong? 
Previously we needed to pass in the partnerId parameter to the Link Maker tool to build the proper GRID based links. Now, because we don’t pass in a partner Id value the Link Maker tool simply defaults to using DGM / partnerId=1002. This is expected and nothing to worry about. These links work perfectly well and, as always, we pass them on to the user built specifically for their country and store and the relevant affiliate program.

How do I define my “base country?”
Your base country is still defined as the country that the iTunes link is based on. For example:
US – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/
UK – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/
Australia – http://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/

Does this work for all types of links (Quick Build, Find / Replace, Search)? 
Yes!

Can I now use a link from a country that doesn’t have an affiliate program?
Yes! Links from China, Russia, India, etc. will now all work properly with the TSID system

 

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56 New iTunes Music Stores

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With this push, Apple nearly doubled the amount of iTunes Music Stores in operation, bringing the total number of countries in which the brand now sells music to 119 worldwide.

Within hours of the new stores coming online, GeoRiot was automagically serving links to all 119 music stores.

How will this impact your affiliate links? Your GeoRiot links will continue to provide a seamless user experience for your international traffic and fully support the new stores.

The following iTunes storefronts have new music stores:

Anguilla (AI), Antigua & Barbuda (AG), Armenia (AM), Azerbaijan (AZ), Bahamas (BS), Bahrain (BH), Barbados (BB), Belarus (BY), Belize (BZ), Bermuda (BM), Botswana (BW), British Virgin Islands (VG), Burkina Faso (BF), Cape Verde (CV), Cayman Islands (KY), Dominica (DM), Egypt (EG), Fiji (FJ), Gambia (GM), Ghana (GH), Grenada (GD), Guinea-Bissau (GW), India (IN), Indonesia (ID), Israel (IL), Jordan (JO), Kazakstan (KZ), Kenya (KE), Kyrgyzstan (KG), Lebanon (LB), Mauritius (MU), Micronesi (FM), Mongolia (MN), Mozambique (MZ), Namibia (NA), Nepal (NP), Niger (NE), Nigeria (NG), Oman (OM), Papua New Guinea (PG), Qatar (QA), Republic of Moldova (MD), Russia (RU), Saudi Arabia (SA), South Africa (ZA), St. Kitts & Nevis (KN), Swaziland (SZ), Tajikistan (TJ), Trinidad & Tobago (TT), Turkey (TR), Turkmenistan (TM), Uganda (UG), Ukraine (UA), United Arab Emirates (AE), Uzbekistan (UZ), Zimbabwe (ZW)

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GeoRiot Serves 500 Million Clicks

Today, we’re proud and excited to tell you about reaching one of our biggest milestones yet.

From Day 1, we’ve been on a mission to help app developers, music labels, and affiliate marketers maximize their conversions and revenue; while simultaneously ensuring a productive and positive user experience for each of their customers. We’re proud of each and every click that helps to put us one step closer to achieving that goal.

On an average day, our servers quietly route and distribute millions of links belonging to our 500+ e-commerce clients around the world.

As of this morning, GeoRiot served its 500 millionth click.

While we generally don’t like to mix blogs and emotions (try as we might, we couldn’t blame it on the tryptophan) we wanted to take this opportunity to express what we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving. That is you, our clients, for helping us cross this incredible mile marker.

It’s been an amazing journey.

We can’t wait to bring you 1,000,000,000.

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A4U Article: GeoRiot CEO Jesse Lakes

Our CEO and Co-Founder Jesse Lakes recently wrote an informative piece for affiliate marketing content publisher Affiliates4U.com, discussing the idiosyncrasies within the storefronts and affiliate program of an international brand. Geo-fragmentation, as Lakes calls it, often results in a negative experience for your international visitors and keeps you from earning commissions on all of the sales you refer. Most importantly, many affiliate marketers are not even aware of this problem. Read the full article here.

We’re proud to be considered thought leaders in the global affiliate-linking solutions space and excited to share our expertise and leanings. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to further discuss these unique challenges.

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New Sales & Commission Reporting

What started out of curiosity quickly became a nightly GeoRiot ritual. Every evening, when the coding came to a natural break and the inbox took a breather, we’d apprehensively log into the various affiliate networks to check in on our own commissions. The process was always slow (waiting for reports to load) and tedious (converting multiple currencies and taking varying time zones into account).

It was on one particularly long night of slow-loading reports, that we got to talking.

You see, click trends and geographic distribution reports are important, but they only tell one part of the affiliate-linking story. The sales and commissions that result from those clicks are equally as important, if not more.

From day one, we’ve strived to be a company that challenges itself to continuously improve our service in order to provide clients with the very best tools and information available to maximize their international affiliate commissions. Being able to access and aggregate data from each of the affiliate networks in one central location is something we’ve been looking forward to doing for a long time – and we are eager to share it with you.
So without further ado, say hello to an updated dashboard chalk full of sleek and sexy reports! Say goodbye to the complications associated with logging into multiple dashboards, slow loading reports, different currencies, time zones, and date formats.

We’re proud to announce that GeoRiot now supports, in public beta, the ingestion, aggregation and reporting of your sales and commission data from LinkShare, TradeDoubler, DGM Performance and LinkShare Japan to provide you with a single, consolidated look at the metrics that matter to you.

“We’re very happy to see this feature,” said Arnold Kim, Co-Founder of TouchArcade and AppShopper. “It’s been something I’ve long wanted.”

With this push, your dashboard now includes reports and graphs on daily sales and commissions; daily and monthly commissions broken down by affiliate program; and pie / donut charts for commissions by program, affiliate network and tracking tag. Like all of our graphs, you can manipulate the results to define the time period, quickly zoom in and out, break down the reports to get the info you want, view the raw data, and dive into more granular data with tooltips.

To begin utilizing these additional reports, you’ll need to initiate an import of sales and commission data from your affiliates networks.. Simply log into the GeoRiot dashboard, click Account > Manage Affiliate Network Import Accounts, and follow the instructions we’ve provided for linking your GeoRiot account with each of the affiliate networks. After an import of your historical sales and commissions, we’ll queue up a daily import to ensure you always have up-to-date information easily available.

Oh, and while we were working on these new reports, we did some substantial back-end renovations to reduce load times for the dashboard. This means that all of your new data, charts and graphs will load even faster, which all goes back to our original goal of providing you with the best, most comprehensive and complete toolset available to help you maximize your affiliate marketing efforts.

Pretty cool, huh? We thought so too.

We hope you find these new reports useful and we can’t wait to hear what you think: contact@georiot.com, @GeoRiotdotcom or facebook.com/GeoRiot.