If you are reading this then you've probably already built your first GeoRiot link and created an account. If not, then simply go Sign Up for an account to get the party started.
Either way, once you have a GeoRiot account, follow these three steps to start building links that work internationally and maximize your commissions.
While we've got the steps in order below it's okay to jump around between them (and you likely will).
Just remember to get to them all eventually.
If you've already been accepted into an affiliate program (or more) then now is a good time to add those tracking parameters to the GeoRiot dashboard.
If you haven't had a chance to get signed up with any affiliate programs (or need some help), don't worry, just go ahead and jump to building links. You can add affiliate-tracking parameters for your links at anytime.
Follow these steps to add affiliate parameters to your GeoRiot account
- From the GeoRiot dashboard click "Affiliate" in the header.
- Click on the blue "Connect an affiliate program" button inf the blue "autodetct" box isn't already loaded.
- Drop in an example affiliate link or affiliate token from one of your affiliate programs. With a few prompts, we'll do the rest. For help with getting your affiliate token, check out our guides for PHG, TradeDoubler, and Amazon Associates. Please note: As of April 1st, 2014, links will no longer affiliate with Tradedoubler, as these countries will be moved to PHG.
- Click "Connect this Program" -- you are now one step closer to being a millionaire.
Now clicks from the country you just associated the affiliate parameters with will start using those same parameters to earn you affiliate commissions.
Affiliate marketing works by using specialized links. Building these specialized links can get complicated quickly which is why we designed GeoRiot links to be as simple and easy to build as possible.
There are typically two ways to build links: one at a time (manually), or using code (programmatically). GeoRiot supports both ways with tools and plenty of handy documentation.
Find which tool or format works best for you and build as many (or few) links as you need, test them, and push them live to start leveraging our service.
Manually - These three tools can be used to build GeoRiot enabled links by hand. Click to learn more about each.
Programmatically - No SDK or APIs needed! We've designed a few easy-to-follow linking formats for you to quickly start building GeoRiot links.
Link Building Formats
Great, now that you've built a link, or ten thousand, there are a few additional things you can do before pushing them live.
Okay, now that you've got your links live (and all your international users are enjoying getting sent to the right item in their store) it's time to concentrate on earning commissions internationally. This requires applying for and getting accepted into the many international affiliate programs, then adding those affiliate parameters into your GeoRiot dashboard.
Tackling all the affiliate programs and networks can be a daunting task and possibly not necessary. We'd recommend keeping an eye on countries listed as "Commission Opportunity" in the "Top Countries" report on the dashboard to see where you should concentrate your efforts. Just remember that the clicks coming from the countries you don't support are used first against your Click Share Rate (aka Passive Click Share) in our Pay With Clicks model.
Currently there are ten international Amazon Associates programs as well as 127 iTunes / App Store Affiliate Programs worldwide. We've written extensive guides with walk-through videos available to help you run the gauntlet in getting set up.
You can find those guides here:
Once you've been approved for a new program and created an example link, then follow the directions in Add Existing Affiliate Programs to add the new tracking parameters to your GeoRiot account so you can start earning additional commissions.
It's likely that you'll be constantly jumping between these three steps as you get accepted into more affiliate programs, see the rewards of your efforts and build more links, or new affiliate programs are added.
It's also likely you'll have questions. Please don't ever hesitate to contact us. We're working towards the same goal so let us know how we can help you (within reason of course, we really aren't that good at debugging Objective C).
In the meantime here are a few additional ways to get the most out of the GeoRiot service.
No problem, eh? Now get to it!