Track with a Direct Method

A direct method of tracking is an industry response to challenges caused by a redirect method of tracking.

  • The direct method is compliant with all traffic sources requirements, as there is no redirect in the middle.

  • It is faster than a redirect method.

  • The downside is that you cannot rotate landers or offers in case of an offer-only campaign or use rule-based paths or AI, because the visit to a lander is reported to Voluum retroactively.

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Benefits of Direct Tracking

Quickstart a Direct Campaign With a Landing Page and an Offer

To start a direct tracking campaign, you need to have:

  • A traffic source selected

  • An offer selected

  • A landing page that you can edit

To start a direct tracking campaign, follow the steps below:

A. (Optional) Add an affiliate network to Voluum. Read the Add an Affiliate Network to Voluum article to learn more.

B. Add an offer to Voluum. Read the Add an Offer to Voluum article to learn more.

C. Add a traffic source in Voluum. Read the Add a Traffic Source to Voluum article to learn more.

D. Add a lander to Voluum. Read the Add a Lander Element article to learn more.

E. Create a campaign in Voluum.

  1. In Voluum, go to Campaigns, click the Create button and select the Campaign Simple or Campaign Advanced option from the drop-down menu.

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  2. Set general campaign information.

  3. Select the Direct radio button for the first transition (from an ad to the landing page).

  4. Select the second transition mode, either direct or one of the Redirect Modes.Redirect Modes

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  5. Select an offer and a lander.

  6. Click the Save button.

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  7. Copy the Lander tracking script to the clipboard and paste it to any text editing tool.

  8. Copy the click URL to the clipboard and paste it to any text editing tool.

  9. Copy the Lander tracking script to the clipboard and paste it to any text editing tool.

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F. Implement a Lander tracking script on the landing page.

  1. Go to the landing page that you host externally.

  2. Paste the Lander tracking script at the bottom of the <BODY> component of your landing page's HTML:

    <HEAD>
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    </HEAD>
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    Lander tracking script
    </BODY>

G. Implement a click URL on your landing page. Read the Adding Click URLs to a Landing Page article to learn more.

H. (Optionally) Set up conversion tracking. Read the Track Conversions article to learn more.

I. Submit the lander tracking URL to your traffic source platform. Depending on the traffic source you use, the setup may vary, but look for something like a "destination URL" or "campaign URL" and paste the lander tracking URL there.

Quickstart a Direct Campaign With an Offer Only

To start a direct tracking campaign, you need to have:

  • A traffic source selected

  • An offer page that you can edit

To start a direct tracking campaign, follow the steps below:

A. (Optional) Add an affiliate network to Voluum. Read the Add an Affiliate Network to Voluum article to learn more.

B. Add an offer to Voluum. Read the Add an Offer to Voluum article to learn more.

C. Add a traffic source in Voluum. Read the Add a Traffic Source to Voluum article to learn more.

D. Create a campaign in Voluum.

  1. In Voluum, click the New campaign button.

  2. Set general campaign information.

  3. Select the Direct radio button for the first transition (from an ad to the offer page).

  4. Select the Offers only radio button.

  5. Select an offer.

  6. Click the Save button.

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  7. Copy the Offer tracking URL to the clipboard and paste it to any text editing tool.

  8. Copy the Offer tracking script to the clipboard and paste it to any text editing tool.

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E. Implement an Offer tracking script on the offer page.

  1. Go to the offer page that you host externally.

  2. Paste the Offer tracking script at the bottom of the <BODY> component of your offer page's HTML:

    <HEAD>
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    </HEAD>
    <BODY>
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    Offer tracking script
    </BODY>

F. (Optionally) Set up conversion tracking. Read the Track Conversions article to learn more.

G. Submit the offer tracking URL to your traffic source platform. Depending on the traffic source you use, the setup may vary, but look for something like a "destination URL" or "campaign URL" and paste the offer tracking URL there.