Voluum Documentation

Quick Guide Step 2: Set up Tracking

Voluum TRK Entry Get Started Quick Guide

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The second step takes place in Voluum only. In it, we dig more into the TRACK section, your main place to visit as an affiliate on a day-to-day basis.

Table of Contents
I. Create an Offer Element

In Voluum you create elements that represent and configure different parts of a campaign funnel. You create a traffic source element to configure how Voluum should read data sent by a traffic source platform. You can optionally add a lander element that corresponds with your landing page (not in this scenario though). You also create an offer element, which is what we are going to do in a moment, to configure traffic redirection to an offer page. The last element in our sequence, is a campaign that binds everything together. Creating a campaign in Voluum generates another tracking link (a topic that you have become a little familiar with in the previous step), called a campaign URL. This URL is submitted to your traffic source platform as a destination URL, what is described in the third step of this guide.

Do you still have the offer URL from MaxBounty that we have created before? Then let's proceed.

Let's start with creating an offer element. In order to do so, perform the following steps:

  1. In Voluum, in the TRACK view, go to the Offers tab.

  2. Click the Create new offer button.

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  3. Offer name: Provide a name for your offer. It is a good practice to name your offers in a meaningful way, so instead of "My offer" try naming it the type of offer you selected. For example, "Software Download".

  4. Offer URL: Paste the offer URL that you have copied from MaxBounty into the Offer URL text field. You don't have to add anything to that link, it has already been updated with all appropriate tokens when we were creating it in MaxBounty.

  5. Payout: Leave the Payout option set to Auto - you have configured the postback URL to pass information about each payout in a token, so you don't need to provide any fixed value here.

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  6. Country tag: Scroll down and select a country that your offer is allowed in from the Country drop-down menu. In our example, it's China. This is done for organizational purposes only. If you advertise in more than one country, leave the Global option selected.

  7. Click the Save button.

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You have created an offer element in Voluum. You can see it listed in the table. When traffic starts coming, you will see appropriate stats next to this offer.

II. Create a Campaign

With the offer element added, there is only one thing to do in Voluum, and that is to create a campaign element.

Wait, and what about a traffic source element? Isn't is necessary to correctly receive the incoming traffic?

Typically - yes, but Zeropark is already added as a traffic source element in Voluum:

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This has just saved you a couple of clicks and a lot of hassle with matching traffic source tokens with Voluum variables. You now have an offer element and a traffic source element both created in Voluum. The final thing to do is to create a campaign to tie all elements together.

In order to create a campaign in Voluum, perform the following steps:

  1. In Voluum, click the New campaign button. It is available from many tabs: Offers, Traffic Sources, Landers, and Campaigns.

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  2. Campaign form type: When creating a campaign for the first time, you will see a campaign form selection windows. Voluum allows you to tailor its experience according to your needs: if you only need to create a simple campaign, it provides you with a simple form and hides advanced options. And that's what we are aiming for: creating a simple, yet fully functional campaign. Select the simple form by clicking the Simple campaign option.

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    Don't worry, every time you will create a campaign you will have an option to select the type of a campaign form from a small drop-down menu.

  3. Campaign name: In the New campaign form provide a meaningful name of your campaign. Voluum will add some additional information to the name you provide,

  4. Country: Select the country that you intend to target.

  5. Workspace: Select the Private Workspace that this campaign will be assigned to. Workspaces allow you to separate your elements and segregate them by verticals, offer types or by other criteria. By default, you have only one Private Workspace, called Initial.

  6. Traffic source: Select Zeropark as your traffic source from the Traffic sources drop-down menu.

  7. Direct linking: Check the Direct linking option as you are not using any external landing pages, and therefore, you do not need a lander element in your campaign funnel.

  8. Offer: Select the offer that you have just created.

  9. Click the Save button.

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The next screen provides you with a campaign URL. It is a Voluum generated link that directs visitors from the pop-up window, through the Voluum domain, to the offer. For a visitor, a redirect through Voluum will be barely noticeable, but it will allow you to capture all visit characteristic, that are essential for the whole learning process.

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Copy this campaign URL to the clipboard by clicking the Copy button and the tracking setup process in Voluum is finished. Remember that the campaign URL is always available for you in a campaign's edit mode.

You can cross off the second point on your checklist. The last thing to do is to create a campaign in Zeropark, which is described in the third step of this guide.

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Click the image on the right to go to the third step of this guide.

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