Glossary

Below are common words and terms used by GeoRiot and affiliate marketing. If you come across a word or phrase that is not defined below please let us know.

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Active Click Sharing
Active click sharing is the process of replacing a client's affiliate tracking parameters with GeoRiot's for a small percent of clicks. Active click share happens for clicks from countries with an affiliate program that are supported by the client. Active click sharing is only utillized after passive click sharing is unable to meet the contractual click share rate. For more information about our compensation model, see Pay With Clicks.
Advertiser
The company that is actually selling something, who through an Affiliate Network, rewards Publishers and App Developers with commissions for sales they referred in their stores. E.g. Amazon, iTunes, The App Store.
Affiliate Link
A specialized link that includes certain tracking parameters so that a publisher can be credited for sales from traffic that they refer to the advertiser.
Affiliate Network
The company that creates and manages the affiliate Link Tracking, connects the Publishers and Advertisers, and writes the final check to the Publisher. E.g. Linkshare, Tradedoubler, DGM.
Affiliate Program
Usually administered by an Affiliate Network, an Affiliate Program is a relationship between an Advertiser and Publisher where the Advertiser rewards the Publisher for sales generated by traffic sent from the Publisher's site (or app).
Amazon Associates
The Amazon Associates Program allows you to earn affiliate revenue from nine different Amazon storefronts including the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, China, Japan, and India.
Associates ID
Your Associates tracking ID is an Amazon specific code that ties your click traffic to your GeoRiot account and group. This ID will be included in the affiliated links to ensure that commissions are properly routed back to you. You will have one tracking ID for each of the Amazon Associates Programs that you are signed up for.
Base Country
The base country of a link is the country associated with the original link. This can easily be determined by the inclusion of the two letter country code just after the domain (for iTunes links) or the domain itself (for Amazon links). For example:
iTunes -
  • US base country - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/facebook/id284882215?mt=8
  • Canada base country - https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/ten/id162243185
  • UK base country - http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tetris/id480807857?mt=8

  • Amazon -
  • US base country - http://www.amazon.com/Facebook/dp/B0094BB4TW/
  • Canada base country - http://www.amazon.ca/Ten-Pearl-Jam/dp/B0000027RL/
  • UK base country - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-Swiss-Sarl-TETRIS/dp/B0094N0H70/
  • Click Sharing
    Click sharing is the seamless process of rerouting the click of an affiliate link with a different set of tracking parameters. GeoRiot uses click sharing as a way to recoup the costs associates with offering the affiliate geo-targeting, translation, and encoding service. There are two types of click sharing; active and passive. For more information about our compensation model, see Pay With Clicks.
    Deep Link
    A link built to a specific item. Typically encoded to be made into an affiliated deep link, this type of link usually results in higher conversions as it leads the end user to the specific content they were originally looking for.
    DGM Performance
    (Deal Group Media) The new (launched August 2012) DGM Performance Affiliate Network administers the iTunes Affiliate Program for Australia and New Zealand.
    DGM Pro
    (Deal Group Media) The Affiliate Network that administered the iTunes Affiliate Program for Australia and New Zealand prior to the launch of DGM Performance.
    Encoding
    The process of transforming a raw URL into an affiliate URL by attaching the relevant affiliate parameters to the end with the correct characters (question mark or ampersand).
    Geo-fragmentation (#geofrag)
    Geo-fragmentation is a term used to describe a common issue for international brands selling digital goods. It encompasses two significant challenges for Internet marketers. Learn more about geo-fragmentation at Global Problem.
    Geo-targeting
    The practice of changing a link based on the clicker's IP address in order for the link to go to a relevant destination.
    iTunes Affiliate Program
    Also known as "App Store Affiliate Program," "iTunes / App Store Affiliate Program," "iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store Affiliate Program"
    Actually a misnomer, there are 127 separate affiliate programs, currently administered by two different affiliate networks around the world. TradeDoubler rewards publishers four to five percent of sales, over a 72 hour window, while PHG rewards 7% over a 24 hour window, for sales of music, apps, TV shows, movies, audiobooks and podcasts sold in a combination of the iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store. Please note that as of April 1st, 2014, Tradedoubler will no longer be supported by iTunes. Learn more about using GeoRiot with the iTunes and App Store Affiliate Program here.
    LinkShare
    The Linkshare Affiliate Network administers the iTunes and App Store Affiliate Program in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
    Link Maker tool
    A tool, provided by Apple, that given a search term returns affiliated links for iTunes and the App Store. This tool is accessible though the four different affiliate networks. A public version of the tool is also available but does not provide affiliate results.
    Passive Click Share
    Passive click sharing is the process of affiliate encoding clicks from a client's unsupported countries, that have an affiliate program, with GeoRiot's affiliate tracking parameters. For more information about our compensation model, see Pay With Clicks.
    Performance Horizon Group (PHG)
    PHG is an affiliate platform that iTunes moved to mid August, 2013. It initially replaced LinkShare and DGM for managment of affiliate programs across North America and Asia Pacific. E.g. You.
    Publisher
    The creator or manager of a site or service that uses, among other things, affiliate links as a revenue source. E.g. You.
    TradeDoubler
    The TradeDoubler Affiliate Network administers the iTunes and App Store Affiliate Programs in 29 countries in Europe and 10 countries in Latin America. Please note that as of April 1st, 2014, Tradedoubler will no longer be supported by iTunes. For more information see our iTunes Countries page.
    Group (formerly called your 'traffic source')
    In your GeoRiot account you can create "buckets" to track data from different sources. A group can be anything generating clicking traffic from an affiliate link. For example, it could be an app in the App Store, an app discovery website, a campaign, a tweet, or even a Facebook post.
    Translating
    The process of transforming a link destined for one store or country to point to the same item (or relevant content if the specific item is unavailable) in a new store or country.
    TSID
    A TSID, short for Traffic Source ID, is the identifier for a group in your account. Your TSID ties your click traffic to your GeoRiot account and group.
    URL
    (Uniform Resource Locator) Also known as a URI (Uniform Resource Indicator), is the "address" to a page on a web site on the Internet. URLs also have the ability to pass information as parameters. Passing specific information about an affiliate program as parameters in a URL effectively turns it into an affiliate link.
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