All Amazon Associate know about their affiliate id and how it is the unique code that lets Amazon know who referred the customer to the site. It is what enables Amazon to track affiliates and give them credit for a transaction. But many do not know, or don’t use tracking IDs. So let’s take a look at what they are and why you want to use them.
What are Amazon Tracking IDs?
A tracking ID allows you to segment your traffic and sales activity as an Amazon affiliate. You can creat up to 100 tracking IDs per Associate account. You can assign the tracking IDs to any product and you can use multiple tracking IDs on the same page or website. They are critical to use if you have multiple websites and helpful for doing conversion rate optimization (CRO) within a website or page.
How do I Create a New Tracking ID
To add a tracking ID log into your Associate account and go to Manage your Tracking ID. Here are the steps:
Once you have created multiple IDs you can pull them down and use Site Stripe like before. Most Amazon affiliate plugins like Prosociate let you add your tracking IDs and chooses which one to use when building affiliate links.
When do I Need Tracking IDs?
The most obvious time to get a new tracking ID is when you have a second affiliate site using the same Associate ID. You aren’t allowed to have multiple Associate IDs. This is a TOS Violation so don’t try that.
If you have a special situation that requires a second Associate account contact the help group. Amazon is very good at noticing when the same computer or user logs in. You don’t want to get banned and have to explain what happened.
One of the major reasons to have unique IDs per site is of course to track the sales and traffic going to Amazon from each site. But what many don’t consider is that someday you may want to sell one of your sites. If you have been using only one ID with no tracking there is no way to break out sales individually. You will not be able to calim any specific revenue for the site you want to sell. This will make the site inmarketable or only able to sell for a deep discount to its value. It also makes the affiliate look a bit shady or at least disorganized.
Again a deal buster.
Another time you want to use different tracking IDS is when you want to test different CTA links or otehrwise do A/B testing. Maybe you want to test wether a button or plain text call to action is best. Just use two tracking IDs to evaluate the performance of each. You just use the reports module in your Associates account to see which CTA is working best.
How to Analyze MultipleTracking ID’s
You can view reports by Tracking ID
- Login to your Amazon Associate account.
- Go to View Report.
- Below the logo In the upper-left corner, is a pulldown with the Tracking IDs.
Using multiple tracking ID is a must for unique sites. If you ever want to sell a site it is the only way to break out revenues. They are also valuable for conversion rate optizization and let you test different link positions, graphic links vs. text or buttons etc. They are free and available to all Associates.
Succesful affiliate track and optimize thier links. It is your product afterall. Using tracking IDs is a key element in this process. Other affiliate networks also use unique identifirers for CRO and multi-site marketers.
Look for these and start monitoring and optimizing your links.