We are very happy to announce the release of what could be our best update to our tracking platform yet, custom tracking domains.
Have you ever tried to setup a PeerFly ad campaign and have the traffic source reject your advertisement because the link was blacklisted or marked as spam? This happens pretty often on a variety of different traffic sources (Facebook, Bing Ads, and BuySellAds for example). The issue is that these companies do not really have a problem with every single affiliate offer we have on PeerFly; they have simply had too many complaints about various campaigns that have been setup using our default tracking domains.
There have been ways around this that publishers at PeerFly have been using for years. For example, you can use a meta refresh and get your PeerFly affiliate link approved on Bing Ads.
Having to create a way around this issue is not the most convenient thing for you as a publisher though and it’s our goal to provide you with all the tools necessary to be a successful publisher with us. So, we now allow you to setup your own custom tracking domains.
A custom tracking domain is a domain you own that you can use to promote our affiliate offers on PeerFly. This can be any domain that you own. By setting up your own custom tracking domain, you are able to start with a clean slate and promote our offers without having to worry about our domains being blacklisted.
In your PeerFly Dashboard menu you will now see a “Tracking Domains” link that you can click to be taken to your tracking domain panel.
Within your panel you can see your current tracking domains (a few of mine are shown in the screenshot) and add new ones.
You can add as many tracking domains as you want and the process is fairly simple.
Click the Add A Domain tab and you’ll be shown the form to add your domain and instructions. You must replace all the A records on the domain with the PeerFly A records listed.
It is important that if you have changed the nameservers on your domain before, you will need to change them back to the defaults set by your registrar.
Open the Domain Details in GoDaddy for whatever domain you want to use as your custom tracking domain.
Click on the DNS ZONE FILE tab and you will see the very tab where you can add and update your A Records.
Add the record IPs shown on the Custom Tracking Domain page (also shown in the screenshot above). Once your records update you can add the tracking domain to your PeerFly custom tracking domain panel!
Another popular domain registrar is Name.com. To update the A Record in Name.com, simply open your Name.com domain details page for the domain you would like to update.
Click on the DNS Records tab and you will be taken to the page where you can update your A Records (shown below).
Once you add all the Records and your domain updates, you can add the domain to the PeerFly custom domain page and start using it on your affiliate campaigns.
Once your domain A Records have updated and you have successfully added the custom tracking domain to your PeerFly account, you can start using it with your campaigns.
Simply go to the offer page on PeerFly for the offer you want to run and when you scroll down to your Affiliate Link you will now see a drop down where you can select whatever tracking domain you want to use.
Select the domain you want to use and your Affiliate Link will automatically update the domain for you. Copy and paste your Affiliate Link into your traffic source or tracking software and you’re all ready to go!
It’s important to note that you can only use the custom tracking domains that are setup on your account. For example, you cannot use my tracking domains I have shown in the examples above with your affiliate link.
We have also turned off all geo-redirects on custom tracking domains. If someone from outside of the offer’s Allowed Countries clicks on your affiliate link with a custom tracking domain setup, they will be taken to a blank page. We believe this will help keep from getting your custom tracking domains blacklisted by traffic sources.
We encourage all of our publishers to setup their own custom tracking domains for their campaigns. This is a great way to help decrease the potential friction between you and a traffic source and it opens up the opportunity for you to make more money!
Let your Affiliate Manager know if you have any questions. Let’s make some money!
I am the Director of Marketing at PeerFly and have over 15 years of experience with affiliate marketing. I am also a blogger and web developer. I enjoy creating applications to help my PeerFly publishers make more money!