said 10 months, 3 weeks ago:
@christian-eiermann Hi Christian. This forum doesn’t have a lot of affiliate marketers from what I can tell. But as an affiliate marketer myself, I find it tough to figure out where real affiliate conversions come from. You can install event tracking in Google Analytics that will show you where someone has come from that clicked on a particular affiliate link, but that still doesn’t tell you whether someone actually purchased the product once they left your site. And there are lots of click trackers for affiliate links, but again, they don’t tell you whether someone purchased the product.
The best I have done is looking at the information from different affiliate sites. Shareasale, for example, tells you what URL a click came from that led to a sale. What I’ve learned from that is review posts (duh) create the best conversions. Ejunkie and Clickbank do not offer much to work with. Shareasale also lets you see an overall history of clicks vs. purchases which can help you determine what types of products work best with your audience.
Anyway, I’m sure that’s why you haven’t gotten many answers so far – affiliate conversion tracking is a tough cookie to crack for anyone. It might be one for an affiliate specific forum or something like Warrior Forums where there are a lot of affiliate marketers.