View Poll Results: How often do you check your affiliate links to be sure they work?

Voters
24. You may not vote on this poll
  • I check my affiliate links every day.

    2 8.33%
  • I check my affiliate links more than once a week.

    1 4.17%
  • I check my affiliate links once a week.

    2 8.33%
  • I check my affiliate links more than once a month.

    2 8.33%
  • I check my affiliate links once a month.

    8 33.33%
  • I check my affiliate links once a quarter or more.

    5 20.83%
  • I've checked my affiliate links within the past year.

    0 0%
  • I've checked my affiliate links but it has been more than a year.

    0 0%
  • I've never systematically checked my affiliate links.

    4 16.67%
Results 1 to 18 of 18
  1. #1
    MichaelCorfman's Avatar
    MichaelCorfman is offline GPWA Executive Director
    Join Date
    June 2004
    Location
    Newton, MA
    Posts
    4,085
    Thanks
    807
    Thanked 5,162 Times in 1,673 Posts

    Question How often do you check your affiliate links to be sure they work?

    Sometimes affiliate links break. A program might migrate to new software, or merge with another program, and the old links might not work anymore. Or a link might be for some sort of special offer that is no longer available, and the old link stops working. Or a program can go out of business.

    When affiliate links don't work properly, it is bad for business. It can cause a bad experience for visitors following the link, and certainly it hurts our bottom line if visitors we send to a site are not properly tracked back to us.

    All of these are good reasons for affiliates to periodically confirm that their affiliate links continue to work properly.

    So, for this week's poll, I ask how often you check to make sure there are not problems with your affiliate links.

    Besides voting in the poll, be sure to share how you go about checking links. Do you have an automated process that finds problems for you? Do you have links organized in a way that is each to check them? Be sure to also share how often you find problems, what issues do you see most often, an what you've learned to watch out for.

    Michael
    GPWA Executive Director, Casino City CEO, Friend to the Village Idiot

    Resources for Affiliates: iGamingDirectory.com, iGamingAffiliatePrograms.com, GamingMeets.com

  2. The Following User Says Thank You to MichaelCorfman For This Useful Post:

    Cash Bonus (15 August 2018)

  3. #2
    MichaelCorfman's Avatar
    MichaelCorfman is offline GPWA Executive Director
    Join Date
    June 2004
    Location
    Newton, MA
    Posts
    4,085
    Thanks
    807
    Thanked 5,162 Times in 1,673 Posts

    Default

    For Casino City we run an automated process that checks every affiliate link we use. They are all stored in a database. If the automated process detects a problem with a link then we manually review the link and makes updates as necessary. There have been times in the past where we validated all of our affiliate links every day. Today we make sure we check them once a week.

    Michael
    GPWA Executive Director, Casino City CEO, Friend to the Village Idiot

    Resources for Affiliates: iGamingDirectory.com, iGamingAffiliatePrograms.com, GamingMeets.com

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to MichaelCorfman For This Useful Post:

    Cash Bonus (15 August 2018)

  5. #3
    Triple7 is offline Private Member
    Join Date
    January 2015
    Posts
    2,705
    Thanks
    2,002
    Thanked 2,381 Times in 1,277 Posts

    Default

    Not enough.

    I had two times that a link was broken for some time. If anyone has an automatic solution, I am interested.

    I try not to use special landing pages. I do not see any advantage in it, and it is mainly this pages that are often outdated, broken, etc.
    Last edited by Triple7; 15 August 2018 at 2:31 pm.

  6. #4
    nwalker's Avatar
    nwalker is offline Private Member
    Join Date
    June 2013
    Location
    England
    Posts
    376
    Thanks
    99
    Thanked 299 Times in 173 Posts

    Default

    I check mine once a month and use a tool, Rightlander to do it for me. It checks the links and the landing pages to see that they work or whether they have changed. I get alerts and can visually inspect the images to see what's changed, so know what to fix quickly.

    Biggest issue has been where the aff prog changes a landing page that's not appropriate for the traffic i'm sending. The link still works but i lose conversions because the page is no longer relevant.
    www.livecasinocomparer.com - Find and compare the best online Live Casinos

  7. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to nwalker For This Useful Post:

    -Shay- (16 August 2018), Triple7 (15 August 2018)

  8. #5
    Cash Bonus's Avatar
    Cash Bonus is offline Private Member
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    3,419
    Thanks
    8,978
    Thanked 2,262 Times in 1,580 Posts

    Default

    I have a small number of websites that I work on daily and at the same time, I check to see if my affiliate links are working or not. Just to be more on the safe side, I retrieve new affiliate links from my affiliate accounts and use them instead of the older ones already there. I also have great account managers who are always there to help out whenever I need them to sort anything out for me

  9. #6
    Triple7 is offline Private Member
    Join Date
    January 2015
    Posts
    2,705
    Thanks
    2,002
    Thanked 2,381 Times in 1,277 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by nwalker View Post
    I check mine once a month and use a tool, Rightlander to do it for me. It checks the links and the landing pages to see that they work or whether they have changed. I get alerts and can visually inspect the images to see what's changed, so know what to fix quickly.

    Biggest issue has been where the aff prog changes a landing page that's not appropriate for the traffic i'm sending. The link still works but I lose conversions because the page is no longer relevant.
    Does that tool work well?

    When I check their website I see errors at both the FAQ page and when I enter the coupon code. That might have nothing to do with their tool, but it isn't a confidence booster.

  10. #7
    sweetbet's Avatar
    sweetbet is offline Private Member
    Join Date
    November 2012
    Posts
    2,819
    Blog Entries
    5
    Thanks
    899
    Thanked 1,582 Times in 1,089 Posts

    Default

    I have a link checking program that alerts me if one of the links leads to a 404 page. Besides that, I manually click on links approx once every 3 months or so to make sure that they are functional.
    Sweet Bet - Reviews of reputable online casinos, poker sites, sportsbooks & bingo halls
    USA Online Casinos | Canadian Online Casinos | Bitcoin Casinos | Live Dealer Casinos | Free Spin Casinos | US Online Casinos

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to sweetbet For This Useful Post:

    drifter8 (17 August 2018)

  12. #8
    nwalker's Avatar
    nwalker is offline Private Member
    Join Date
    June 2013
    Location
    England
    Posts
    376
    Thanks
    99
    Thanked 299 Times in 173 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Triple7 View Post
    Does that tool work well?

    When I check their website I see errors at both the FAQ page and when I enter the coupon code. That might have nothing to do with their tool, but it isn't a confidence booster.
    Apparently they are currently in the middle of migrating the domain to .com. try www.rightlander.com/faq.php
    www.livecasinocomparer.com - Find and compare the best online Live Casinos

  13. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to nwalker For This Useful Post:

    drifter8 (17 August 2018), Triple7 (15 August 2018)

  14. #9
    allaboutthebets's Avatar
    allaboutthebets is offline Private Member
    Join Date
    February 2017
    Posts
    870
    Thanks
    818
    Thanked 387 Times in 283 Posts

    Default

    I manually check them at least once a month
    bettingworx.com - latest betting app reviews & guides for Android, iOS & mobile.
    androidbettingappguide.co.uk - Reviews, download guides & info for betting apps on Android devices
    bettingapps365com - Dedicated Android app store for all gambling apps
    bingoappguide.co.uk - Reviews & guides for all real money bingo apps
    appsdeapuestas.es | app-scommesse.com | pokerappguide.com | gamble-usa.com

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to allaboutthebets For This Useful Post:

    Cash Bonus (17 August 2018)

  16. #10
    slotcatalog's Avatar
    slotcatalog is offline Private Member
    Join Date
    July 2018
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    For SlotCatalog we check affiliate links once a month since they have so far rarely encountered broken links. But I think it will be better to start checking it once a week because every day we add some new affiliates.

  17. #11
    drifter8's Avatar
    drifter8 is offline Private Member
    Join Date
    March 2017
    Location
    Bulgaria
    Posts
    939
    Blog Entries
    1
    Thanks
    1,588
    Thanked 477 Times in 364 Posts

    Default

    I try to check them at least once a week.
    Seven times fall, eight times stand.

  18. The Following User Says Thank You to drifter8 For This Useful Post:

    Cash Bonus (17 August 2018)

  19. #12
    baldidiot is online now Private Member
    Join Date
    January 2010
    Posts
    4,169
    Thanks
    401
    Thanked 1,885 Times in 1,233 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by nwalker View Post
    Apparently they are currently in the middle of migrating the domain to .com. try www.rightlander.com/faq.php
    Is that anything to do with Ian? Sounds familiar to something he was talking about at the races a couple of years ago (Newmarket?).
    onlinegamblingwebsites.com - Formally known as goodbonusguide.
    baldidiot.net - Baldys affiliate blog. Will get updated one day. Maybe.

  20. #13
    nwalker's Avatar
    nwalker is offline Private Member
    Join Date
    June 2013
    Location
    England
    Posts
    376
    Thanks
    99
    Thanked 299 Times in 173 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by baldidiot View Post
    Is that anything to do with Ian? Sounds familiar to something he was talking about at the races a couple of years ago (Newmarket?).
    Yes it is, what's more he's added some Compliance modules, firstly for Operators and now for affiliates so they can get info on whether their sites are compliant with UK regs. AFAIK it's all bundled as part of the same service.
    www.livecasinocomparer.com - Find and compare the best online Live Casinos

  21. #14
    Vargoso's Avatar
    Vargoso is offline Spanish Forum Moderator
    Join Date
    February 2018
    Location
    Colombia
    Posts
    182
    Thanks
    25
    Thanked 81 Times in 51 Posts

    Default

    This is a very interesting topic, for us I mean, because we had no systematical order to check our links (not only affiliate links, but links in general in the website), and last month I did a big check and found some surprises there!

    After that, I think like once per month for affiliate links and maybe one time every two months for links in general (if you have so) is a good start point to keep the website up to date.
    Rakeback and professional services for poker players - https://worldpokerdeals.com

  22. #15
    wonderpunter's Avatar
    wonderpunter is offline Private Member
    Join Date
    August 2013
    Posts
    2,334
    Blog Entries
    5
    Thanks
    399
    Thanked 1,620 Times in 964 Posts

    Default

    I should be checking them more often, I found some closed off links using new software.. but no email notifying me..

  23. #16
    hitmyjackpot.com is offline Public Member
    Join Date
    September 2018
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    22
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    We test the front page links once a week. Other links are tested once a month.

  24. #17
    onlinecasinodeposits is offline Public Member
    Join Date
    August 2018
    Posts
    22
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    Once per month.

  25. #18
    citizen42's Avatar
    citizen42 is offline Public Member
    Join Date
    September 2017
    Posts
    63
    Thanks
    13
    Thanked 51 Times in 31 Posts

    Default

    I have a script written that checks all my links in a bulk on a button click, I use it once a month or so.
    Also in my links list I appended a button that checks a single link, which I use more often.

    Does it ever happen that links stop working because of some changes on a provider's side that affect our URLs?
    Anyone ever had such an issue? If so did you receive a proper notification?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •