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Referral Trackers, What are they and how are they used to earn money?

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I first became interested in referral trackers when I asked a question about them in the forum and only received two replies with links to associated hub pages. I started to do research and I found that this is really a difficult subject to describe, because it is abstract, hard to visualize, and it's very easy to have different names for the same thing.

This hub page is an attempt at tying all that information together into one place. If I'm successful in this endeavor, you will learn what referral tracking is all about but were afraid to ask. At the end of this hub I give credit to hubbers whose information I've used as the resource for this hub.

So What is a Referral Tracker?

A Referral Tracker is a special hyperlink that contains a code that is unique to your account so that you can earn money for referring someone to either your hub pages or to someone else's hub page. The format of a referral tracker has three parts.

Part 1 looks like this: "Your domain name. http://hubpages.com."

Part 2 is a variable Tracking Token that is unique to your account. The tracking token is how hub Page's knows that the hyperlink is yours. A default tracking token is created for you when you first create your account. You can also create your own tracking token so that you can keep track of your links. Creating your own tracking token will be described later in this article.

Part 3 is the page that you want the traffic to link to.

A Real Referral Tracker

Here is a referral tracker that will direct traffic to my hub page called What is Citizens United.

http://peoplepower73.hubpages.com/_h1p6xwngo50r/hub/What-is-Citizens-United

Now let's break it down.

My domain is: http://peoplepower73.hubpages.com/

My default Tracking Token is: _h1p6xwngo50r/ Notice the underscore before the h1.This is required for syntax.

My page that I want the traffic to link to is: What-is-Citizens-United

Here is a link that will direct traffic to hub pages tour page which introduces hub pages to the uninitiated and then they can sign up

Note: If you are already signed up to hub pages, clicking on this link will redirect you to your own hub page. However, if you do not have an account, it will take you to the tour page.

hubpages.com/tour/hubpages

Creating a Tracking Token

This video below shows you how to create a tracking token. Please double-click on it to enlarge it and then view it at full screen.

Linking referral trackers to other hub pages

This video below will show you how to link to another's hubpage with a referral tracket so that you can direct traffic to another web page and earn money as well. Please double-click on it to enlarge it and then view it at full screen.

Earning Terms for Referring Hubbers to Other's Hub Pages

If you (Party A) refer someone to another's hub page (Party B), as shown in the video you just viewed, you will receive a percentage of the total impressions. There is no hubbing necessary.

  • If the hubber who wrote the hub (Party B) was referred to hub pages by someone else (Party C), you (Party A) will receive 9% of the total impressions
  • If nobody referred this hubber (Party B), you (Party A) will receive 12% of the total impressions.

Sorry about the party A and B business, but even I get confused when I read this.

There is a time limit window for this type of referral. If someone clicks on your referral tracker to a specific hub, you are entitled to the traffic referral impressions for 120 minutes. This is because there may be multiple hubbers referring people to a specific hub. No other referral tracker is allowed during that 120 minute window. This is called the "first dibs rule."

Referral Tracker Activity

Below is a screen capture of the Referral Tracker Activity screen. That first column list all the tracking tokens that you created.

  • Hubs are currently published Hubs,
  • Traffic to Hubs reflects data on all Hubs created by users credited to you whether currently published or not. All earnings from the tracker program are credited directly to your AdSense, HubPages Ad Program, eBay, and Amazon affiliate accounts.
  • Traffic views accumulate when somebody that clicked on your tracker views any Hub.
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Credits

I want to recognize and give credit to the following hubbers whose information I've used as a resource for this hub:

  • darkside
  • hubpages.com
  • tritrain
  • sophia-angelique
  • megmccormick

If I have left anything out or there is something that is inaccurate, or confusing, please comment and let me know; or just comment in any case.

You may be interested in reading these hubs as well:

Comments

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on July 05, 2017:

Greensleeves: You are welcome, but I'm not sure Hub Pages uses referral trackers anymore.

Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on July 05, 2017:

Thanks for this. I still don't fully understand - particularly the Referral Tracker Activity chart - but it does help, and adds one more piece to the very confusing picture of Google earnings, which I'm trying to learn all about. Alun

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 14, 2014:

Dressage Husband: Thanks I'm glad to hear it. I had to put many pieces together from many other hubs in order for it to make sense to me as well. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on October 13, 2014:

Thank you this is the only explanation of the tracker that makes any sense to me!

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on August 31, 2014:

I hope this helped. It may be a little out of date because hub pages has made minor changes, but the concept has stayed the same. Thanks for dropping by.

Kirsti A. Dyer from Northern California on August 30, 2014:

Thank you. I was wondering what this was.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on December 01, 2013:

victoria1800: Thank you for your comments. I'm glad I could help.

Victoria from Whitechapel UK on December 01, 2013:

Thank you for sharing. I found your hub very informative.

I saw the link to your hub when I was reading through Q&A on referral trackers.

You answered all my questions. Great job :-)

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on September 24, 2013:

Jillian: Thank you so much for this comment. After fiddling with trying to make the tracking token work, I noticed in the "Need Some Goals" Section there was a recommendation that said not to use referral trackers for sign-ups. I had no idea the policy had changed. I removed any reference to referral trackers for sign-up. Thanks again.

awordlover on September 24, 2013:

You wrote this link in your hub

http://hubpagtes/_h1p6xwngo50r/user/new/

However, the link is broken because of mispelling and leads no where.

Jillian Burns, from awordlover's team

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on August 15, 2013:

suzettenaples: I'm glad I could help. Thanks for stopping by.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on August 15, 2013:

Very helpful. I never knew how to do this exactly. Your instructions are easy to follow and the videos are great. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. This is very helpful, informative, and interesting!

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on August 15, 2013:

Per hub pages Style Tips, I removed all references and links to sign-up pages: "We recommend removing all "Sign up for HubPages" links.pages."

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on July 12, 2013:

Mel Jay: Thank you so much. Glad I could help. It's nice to have someone visit from Australia.

Mel Jay from Australia on July 12, 2013:

Thank you so much for making sense of this very confusing aspect of hubpages! You set it out beautifully and made it easy to understand - much appreciated, Mel

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on March 29, 2013:

strong woman 71: I'm glad I could help. When I was learning it, I had to struggle with it myself, but sometimes that is good because then it can be appreciated even more by others. Thanks for the comments and dropping by.

Kelly Jakob from Tennessee on March 29, 2013:

Thank you so much. I am a newbie and I have read the instructions on referral trackers in the learning center and it just went right over my head. I now understand.

Anna Sternfeldt from Svenljunga, Sweden on March 06, 2013:

Thanks for your quick reply! And thanks for explaining for a newbie like me :-) It is so good to have patient and knowledgable people helping. Good work my friend!

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on March 06, 2013:

Anna Sternfeldt: It's complex and there are many variables and parts to it. Also there are other hubs that have just bits and pieces of how to use it. That's why I created this hub. The link is not broken. If you are already signed in as a user on hub pages, it will just take you to your hub page. However, it you don't have a hub page account, it will take you to the tour page. I sent my wife the link because she does not have an account and it took her to the tour page. Thanks for pointing that out, I'll insert a note to that effect. Thank you for dropping by..

Anna Sternfeldt from Svenljunga, Sweden on March 06, 2013:

Good to read! But why is it so few hubbers actually have a referral link to hubpages on their hubs? I haven't seen many at all. It seems like a good option to me to have it on hubs where people not being members may end up reading....or have I missed out on something? Is it more convenient to have the referral link in emails or on other forums?

By the way peoplepower73, the link ending with /tour/hubpages above is broken. Sure, you can copy the text..but I suppose the point must be to be able to click directly :)

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on February 08, 2013:

MarleneB: I'm glad I could be of help. There were so many bits and pieces of information scattered about on various hub pages, it was like putting together a puzzle. Thanks for stopping by.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 08, 2013:

You have provided a lot of tips that are quite helpful. For instance, I didn't know about time limit of 120 minutes. I am glad I found your hub about referral links.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on January 09, 2013:

livewirez: You are welcome. Thanks for dropping by.

Romel Tarroza from Philippines on January 09, 2013:

I'm still new in hubpages and basically this tutorial helps a lot.. Thanks for sharing your idea...

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on January 08, 2013:

rijashamza: I'm glad to have cleared up your doubts. Thank you for your comments.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on January 08, 2013:

wetnosedogs : You are welcome. Thanks for dropping by.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on January 08, 2013:

Learning in Life : Happy to help and thanks for sharing.

RIJAS from KANNUR-KERALA-INDIA on January 08, 2013:

it's very useful hub . really i was looking for information about referral tracker. now my all doubt cleared .. thanks ..

wetnosedogs from Alabama on January 07, 2013:

Still lots to learn for me on HubPages. Thanks for much for this information.

Megan Garcia from Florida on January 07, 2013:

Great hub! Sharing with my feloow hubbers.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on January 07, 2013:

collegedad: Thank you and good luck with the referral trackers.

collegedad from The Upper Peninsula on January 07, 2013:

Great information! Shared!!

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on December 05, 2012:

You are welcome. I'm honored to have someone from Nairobi Kenya read my hub. Thank you so much for dropping by.

Joseph Muendo from Nairobi, Kenya on December 04, 2012:

Thanks for the information

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 16, 2012:

Thalia: Thanks for the comments. I'm glad to help. You have a nice day as well, cheers, MIke

Thalia Bhandari from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 16, 2012:

Thanks for the step by step video instructions. They have made me clear on referral tracking. Have a lovely day...cheers Thalia

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 10, 2012:

daisydayz: Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad I could help.

Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on November 10, 2012:

I was a little confused by the referral tracker to start with as could work out how to use it, but thanks for clearing that up. I can see how it could be a great way to make additional income, as well as bringing more traffic and writers to Hubpages

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 01, 2012:

Kimberly Vaughn: I''m glad I could help. Thanks for stopping by.

Kimberly Vaughn from Midwest on November 01, 2012:

I have been trying to figure this out for a couple months! It is so much easier to understand with a video demonstration. Thanks!

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 21, 2012:

GiancarloLorenzo: Glad I could help. Thanks for stopping by.

Ray Williams from Little Rock, Arkansas on October 21, 2012:

Thanks. I really needed this. Had no clue what this was.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 18, 2012:

viveresperando : Looking forward to seeing you.

viveresperando from A Place Where Nothing Is Real on October 18, 2012:

Saw this, going to have to go through the videos, bookmarked it. ... Lol got 2 minutes and I have to go to work... Will be back! :)

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on August 25, 2012:

Parksie: I glad it helped. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words! Thanks for dropping by.

Christy Parks from St. Peters, Missouri on August 25, 2012:

I am a very visual person - so watching your videos really helped! Thanks!!

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on August 16, 2012:

mismazda: I'm glad you found it informative. Thanks for dropping by.

mismazda from a southern georgia peach on August 16, 2012:

Very useful..thanks for the insight..voted up and sharing..:)

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on August 10, 2012:

remaniki: I'm glad you found it helpful and thanks for sharing.

Rema T V from Chennai, India on August 10, 2012:

Great hub; so useful and informative. I never knew there was so much to referral trackers as explained in this hub. Very well presented with excellent videos to help me understand the way it is done. Thank you peoplepower for the great help. Sharing it because it deserves to be. Cheers, Rema.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on July 04, 2012:

Neil Sperling: Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad I could help. Happy referral tracking!

Neil Sperling from Port Dover Ontario Canada on July 04, 2012:

very well done - love the addition of your videos showing steps.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on June 25, 2012:

LBeautystar: Happy to help. I hope you earn lots of extra money!

LBeautystar on June 25, 2012:

Thanks for the info. I've been on Hubpages for a while, however, never really used the referral tracking. Extra income is something I could use.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on June 24, 2012:

ashish04joshi: you are welcome!

Ashish Joshi from India on June 24, 2012:

Thanks a lot Sir...I'll surely implement upon your advice.

I'm still learning about writing online, and it's really encouraging to receive support and suggestions from the veterans here.

Thanks for the gesture again.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on June 24, 2012:

ashish04joshi: Glad to give you the additional information. Thanks for the vote.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on June 24, 2012:

tillsontitan: Thank you so much for the comments. I love it when I turn on people's lights. It's even better when I can light up a whole room. You can still shares hubs by clicking on the HubPages Follwers button that on the right side of the page below the Pin It button. Thanks for dropping by.

Ashish Joshi from India on June 24, 2012:

Thank you so much for this information..

I had read about referral to the signup page but didn't know about using referral token for directing traffic to a hub.

'Useful', and 'up'.

Mary Craig from New York on June 24, 2012:

Geeze, I've been in the dark all this time but you, peoplepower, have turned on the light and not just one, you've lit up my whole room. Your hub is so informative and your videos great! This is really superb and I hope everyone reads it.

Voted up, useful and interesting and SHARED with my followers!

Now the problem I find is with the new hub pages layout, I don't see the SHARE button anymore???

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on June 06, 2012:

ChristyWrites: I'm honored to have you link to my hub. Thanks for dropping by.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 06, 2012:

Hello, I have just linked to this great hub of yours in my latest hub about earning money at HubPages. Thanks for your great hub. Take care.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 30, 2012:

asmalftikhar: Thanks for the compliment. I hope this helps you.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 30, 2012:

Grace Whites: Thanks for comments. I hope this helps you. I read your profile and I know you have a software background. Thanks for dropping by.

Grace Whites from Manalapan, New Jersey, USA on May 30, 2012:

You have create a good presentation of your hubs. Thanks for sharing. Good hub!

asmaiftikhar from Pakistan on May 29, 2012:

nice job

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 29, 2012:

Nick: Thanks for your comments. Always happy to help.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 29, 2012:

rebeccamealey: You are welcome. I hope you get to try out referral trackers. They really work.

NickSimpson from Jacksonville, Illinois on May 29, 2012:

Great hub and killer useful information!

Thanks,

Nick

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 29, 2012:

I am still trying to learn all this stuff. thanks for the help and for your time!

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 29, 2012:

AudreyHowitt: Thank you, I hope this helps you in earning more from hub pages.

Audrey Howitt from California on May 29, 2012:

This is a very informative hub--and so clearly laid out. Thank you!

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 29, 2012:

thelyricwriter: Wow! That's a class "A" comment from a Level 8 Commenter. Glad I could help.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 29, 2012:

Lot Rillera: Your are welcome. I'm glad to be of service.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 29, 2012:

mary615: I'm glad this hub showed you the way to link your blogs to HP. Thanks for stopping in.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on May 29, 2012:

Voted up, useful, and awesome. Class "A" article. Very informative page. Will keep this page handy.

Lot Rillera from Philippines on May 29, 2012:

wow this so informative, even me didn't know about this. thanks for sharing. L.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 29, 2012:

It took me forever to learn how to link Hubs. I finally got it! Thanks for this great info. It really helped me link from my blog to HP. I vote this Hub UP, etc.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 29, 2012:

You are so welcome. Thanks for the vote up.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 29, 2012:

Thanks for dropping by. I'm glad I can help.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 29, 2012:

RTalloni: I'm glad I can help. Thanks for dropping by.

Electro-Denizen: I think the information is fragmented and spread over several hubs. That's why I had the need to consolidate it in one place.

Melody Collins from United States on May 29, 2012:

Awesome, this is great. I loved the videos! You have taken the mystery out, and that is a great thing! Keep up the good work!

Voted up and bookmarked for future sharing!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on May 29, 2012:

The best Referral Tracker hub on HubPages! Stopping by to share it again with my fellow hubbers.

RTalloni on May 29, 2012:

Thanks much for putting this together for us. Will be back to it, for sure.

Electro-Denizen from UK on May 29, 2012:

The info is still here! Great! Since last time I used a referral tracker (info I got from this hub) I've forgotten the syntax... methinks it's time to Diigo or Delicious it :-) Actually, why is it so hard to find an explanation of the syntax from the Hubpages help files?

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 29, 2012:

chef-de-jour: I'm glad you liked it. I was on Google Analytics today and I found I'm really earning money from the referrals...not a lot, but this is just the start. Thanks for dropping by.

Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on May 29, 2012:

So glad you created the videos - for complete idiots like myself having a visual with clear explanation is the difference between understanding and confusion! Really appreciate this hub, many thanks.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 07, 2012:

Lipnancy: I was trying to learn it from other hub pages, but the total information was not in one place. So I compiled all the information I could find and then developed my hub page as I learned it. If you read my profile, you will see that I used to do this sort of thing for a living...that helps. Thanks for dropping by. I appreciate your comments.

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on May 05, 2012:

How in the world did you ever figure this out?

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on April 21, 2012:

I'm glad you found it useful. Thanks for dropping by.

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on April 21, 2012:

Great work, and really useful information!

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on April 18, 2012:

hewzay, Brandym2012, Sunshine625, ChristyWrites, and Lipnancy: Thank you all so much. I'm glad I could be of service to all of you. It's quite an honor to see so many hubbers commenting on this hub. Those of you I'm not currently following, I will visit your hubs. Thanks for SHARING.

hewzay from Figueres on April 18, 2012:

Very useful and well explained..thanks a lot!

Brandym2012 from PA on April 18, 2012:

Valuable information! Thank you very much for sharing this hub.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 18, 2012:

Well written and easy to follow directions! The best referral tracker hub I've read on HP's. Voted UP and Useful!!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on April 18, 2012:

This is a very helpful and well-written hub. Thank-you!

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on April 18, 2012:

Thanks so much. I did not even realize that when I was linking to other peoples hubs. I was helping them and myself. Ironically, found this page from a link in someones hub.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on March 28, 2012:

Electro- I'm glad you appreciated it. I'll be visiting your profile in a minute.

Electro-Denizen from UK on March 28, 2012:

Concise information, that's great

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on March 13, 2012:

Good to see you again. I'm glad I could help with RSS feeds and referral trackers. I love hub pages. It's very satisfying to help people.

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