A tracking link is the unique shortened link created to track the destination URL.
When you create a new tracking link, it will ask you to provide the "destination URL" also called "Original URL" or "Landing page": this is the original link you need to track and the address to which the user will be redirected to.
So, if your destination URL (the link you need to track) is http://google.com and the tracking link generated is http://9nl.com/ppdy, the user will be redirected to http://google.com when he/she clicks on the tracking link. You should use the tracking link instead of the destination URL to track clicks and views in any marketing message such as blog posts, web pages, Facebook and Twitter updates, emails, etc.
The following image better explains how it works:
1. Destination URL: this is the original link you need to track and the address to which the user will be redirected to.
2. Tracking link: the destination URL becomes the unique tracking link after being processed by ClickMeter.
3. Use this tracking link instead of the original URL in your marketing messages (blog posts, web pages, Facebook, Twitter updates, etc.).
4. When a visitor clicks on the tracking link, they will be redirected, and the visitor’s information (such as IP, country, keyword, source, etc.) will be tracked.
5. Visitors are redirected to the original URL in milliseconds. Visitors will not notice any differences between going directly to the destination URL or via a tracking link.
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