The Cloaker / Bot Filter Add-on Module for Thrive Now Available

April 30, 2015 by Tom Fang No Comments

We have just launched our brand new, off the factory line, add-on module for THRIVE to all our users called the Cloaker/Bot Filter module. For the first time, your tracking and cloaking needs can be under one roof!

Cloaker/Bot Filter Module

Tutorial Walk-Through

We produced a full walk-through tutorial for our users, but I’ve also decided to post it here because it is able to show exactly what this module can do at this point. Keep in mind, we just launched this, and it’s only the beginning!

Cloaker/Bot Filter Module

Advanced Capabilities

We are just getting started with this module, but in my opinion, it is already quite robust.

  • Automatically detect bot traffic and filter it out in separate reporting
  • Create custom filters for cloaking based on the following criteria:
  • - Browser
    – Country
    – Device Type
    – Device Brand
    – Device Model
    – ISP/Carrier
    – IP Address List
    – Known Bots
    – Operating System
    – Referrer String
    – URL Parameter
    – User Agent String

  • Send cloaked traffic to a “safe page” of your choosing
  • Separate bot and cloaked traffic reporting so the data does not contaminate your real traffic data

For the future, we will be working on ways to detect VPN/proxies and spy tools.

Please note, that we are not in the business of cloaking specific traffic sources as THRIVE must stay 100% compliant. This is a do-it-yourself cloaker that basically allows you to customize your own cloaker. We may partner with a 3rd party in the future for this.

If you still have not tried THRIVE yet, now is the perfect time to sign up. You get access to all our add-on modules during your trial period.

Why CNAME is Dangerous When Using Custom Domains with A Tracker

April 27, 2015 by Tom Fang No Comments

If you use one of the competing cloud-based trackers out there for your tracking needs like Volume, you’ve perhaps noticed your own campaigns or heard that campaigns of others are starting to get flagged by antivirus and/or traffic sources like Facebook.

This results in a very poor user experience for the traffic that you are buying since they will get virus alerts in their browsers and traffic sources like Facebook will start banning your campaigns or accounts.

This can happen if you use a custom domain and use CNAME record to setup your domain for the tracker, which cloud-based tracking software seem to rely on.

CNAME is an alias for the one domain that every user of that tracker uses. This means that if any other user of that tracker runs something dodgy, it could very negatively reflect upon your own domain as well since everyone essentially shares the same primary tracker domain, which points to a single IP address.

As an alternative to that, with THRIVE’s Managed Service, where we put you up on our super-optimized Amazon cloud setup, we use what’s called the “A Record” when setting up your domain, so that this would never happen.

Via the “A Record”, each domain would point to a unique and dedicated IP address that only you use so that your reputation and traffic is never affected by other users. Other users could run the shadiest things through, and your install would never be affected.

Even if you do get your domain flagged, we can easily change the IP and domain of the installation.

This is an important matter that unfortunately not many are too educated about, but this should definitely not be ignored. I hope this post provides some good background to beware when using a shared cloud tracker.

If you are interested in THRIVE’s all-inclusive Managed Service, please contact us with your traffic needs! We will beat any competitor in pricing!

ClickBank Conversion Tracking via Their “Instant Notification Service”

April 16, 2015 by Tom Fang No Comments

For anyone who is using ClickBank or want to start promoting products on ClickBank, THRIVE is now fully integrated with their real time conversion tracking service.

If you are a Thrive user already, you know that most of the time you depend on Thrive’s post-back URL to call back to Thrive whenever one of your offers receives a conversion.

ClickBank, however, doesn’t support this capability. Instead, they have their own version of a conversion post-back called the “Instant Notification Service”. With this integration, when you get sales, Thrive will automatically be notified in real time of a conversion just like using its post-back URL for other offers.

Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to set it up.

First, grab the ClickBank-specific URL from the Tracking section:

On that page, copy the URL in Step 1:

Then, log into your ClickBank interface and go to Settings > My Site.

Scroll down to Advanced Tools and click the Edit link.

On that page, paste in the URL that you just copied:

Make sure that Version 6.0 is selected and then click “Test IPN”.

On that page, you’ll also see a “Secret Key”:

Copy that key and go into Thrive to enter it:

Once you’ve completed Step 2, you’re all set! When you get sales, THRIVE will get notified of the conversions in real time.