In this article you’ll discover 10 free click tracking software’s that’s easy to use and it’ll help you increase your online income.
I think you’ll agree when I say:
Once you get traffic to your blog, it’s hard to tell who’s coming from where.
What affiliate links are working and which ones aren’t.
One of many solutions, is to use a click tracking software. for your affiliate marketing efforts.
Hence, it’s an important piece to your online business.
Free Click Tracker#1 – Google Tag Manager
Too many tags can slow down your site. Plus, after installing many different codes and pixels everything can turn into a hot mess.
Google Tag Manager is supposed to help speed up the load time of your website because tag manager loads separately from everything else.
In return it’s supposed to help speed up page load time.
In addition to that, GTM passes valuable data from your website to your Google Analytics account, which we’ll talk about in the next section.
You should consider using GTM because not only is it a Google product but, it claims to be secure, reliable, and can easily integrate with your website.
For years, I never took advantage of using the Google Tag Manager becuse, it just looked like a big headache waiting to happen.
Just this year I’ve decided to crack down and learn how to use it properly, and you can do the same. Google offers a free course called Google Tag Manager Fundamentals.
If you don’t take the previously mentioned class before Jul 1, 2023 – then you will need to head over to the Google Analytics 4 course.
And if you choose not to take the free course check out this well done Google Tag Manager tutorial. It’s a step by step guide.
Either way, consider using Tag manager because it helps you manage all of your marketing efforts.
Free Click Tracker #2 – Google Analytics
As I mentioned earlier GTM passes data to your GA account.
With Google analytics, you’ll be able to track:
- Your affiliate campaigns
- Your Website traffic
- Information about your audience
- And you can set up goals.
If you connect both accounts, Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager. You’ll be able to track all events that are triggered within your Google Tag Manager.
In simple terms, you’ll be able to track any outbound clicks on your website, whether it’s an affiliate link or a random outbound click.
Free Click Tracker#3 DSLinker
This software was created by an online entrepreneur named David Sandy. DS linker has both free and a paid version.
Either way, DS Linker is a free service that allows you to Shorten your URLs. Plus, it also tracks every URL that you throw out there on social media, your website, or emails.
Free Click Tracker#4 – Bit.ly
If you’ve been on the internet for a while, you’re probably familiar with Bit.ly. It takes your long hideous links and shortens them into more eye appealing links.
If Bit.ly isn’t familiar to you, then no worries, they’re a well-known company that has been established since 2008.
It’s probably one of the most used URL shortener in the marketing space.
With Bit.ly you’ll get:
- 50 customer halfbacks (meaning you can place a word at the end of each bit.ly link)
- Shorten up to 1000 links each month
- Unlimited clicks
- 30-day link history
Free Click Tracker#5 – Rebrandly
Rebrandly has many paid options and a free plan is one of them.
In any event, Rebrandly is one of the industry leaders when it comes to a link management platform to brand your domain, track clicks, and shorten URLs.
Rebrandly recommends that you always use your own custom domain because, it will help you build your domain reputation, instead of someone else’s.
With Rebrandly you’ll get:
- Up to 5000 tracked clicks per month
- Up to 5 customer domains
- Up to 500 branded links
- Fire retargeting links
- Manage 404 redirects
Free Click Tracker#6- RB.GY
Need a fast URL shortener? RB.GY is a website that you can use.
It’s a free service powered by Rebrandly. According to RB.GY, it’s the best alternative to Tiny URL and Bit.ly because, they have a few limitations.
Free Click Tracker#7- TinyURL
TinyUrl is older than Bit.ly. They’ve been around since 2002.
Tiny URL will get you:
- Unlimited shortened URLS
- Unlimited clicks
- Your Personalized vanity link
- Or use customer alternative domains
- And your link tracking history is kept for 30 days
Free Click Tracker#8 – Pretty Links Lite
Pretty links lite is for WordPress users. In other words, you must have a website.
I’ve used the free version of this plugin for 3 years. It’ll track your clicks, the date and you’ll have the option of using your own branded domain.
Pretty links lite works well, if you organize your affiliate links from the start.
On the other hand, if you start writing hundreds of post and don’t have your links organized within the pretty links dashboard, you’ll end up with a huge migraine.
Free Click Tracker#9- ThristyAffiliates
The name sounds a little skeptical right?
Worry none, because, ThirstyAffiliates is owned by CaseProof, LLC. It’s the same company that owns Pretty Links.
In fact, many well-known bloggers use this plug-in
- You can track clicks
- Date, and customer domain. Although operated separately, up until this article, I’ve always used Pretty Links but, I think I’ll be installing ThirstyAffiliates on this blog, and give it a try.
Here’s An URL Shortener Update:
I’ve tried ThristAffiliates on this website and I quickly learned that ThristyAffiliates is not compatible with all websites.
Mine was one of them. Sadly I had to delete the plugin.
After trying ThristyAffiliates, I downloaded Better Links because, the user interface looked sleek and very clean.
Unfortunately, every short link that I created disappeared. Ever since then I’ve removed that plugin.
Currently, I am using Pretty Link Lite. So far so good!
Either way, both URL shorteners offer a paid version but, ThirstyAffilaites is paid version is cheaper.
This plug-in is compatible with Google Tag Manager, and it offers many features.
- It has an automatic 404 checker.
- You can imports Amazon API and display the Amazon disclosure
Last time I checked PrettyLinks does not offer any Amazon features but,again I’ve only tried that free version.
Anyhow, according to ThirstyAffiliates website, they offer more features to its Pro members than its sister company.
Want to learn more about link cloaking? Watch the video below…
Free Link Tracker #10 – Cutt.ly
Recently, I came across this really cool link shortener called Cutt.ly. If you thought bitly and tiny URL were awesome – Cutt.ly has way more options.
They give you at least 1000 monthly link shorteners per month – with way more than any other link shortener that I’ve come across.
So, yes I definitely encourage you to check them out.
The only downside to this link tracker, is if you ever wanted to upgrade, their subscription is $25.00 per month.
Regardless, their free option, gives you so much wiggle room that you may not have to upgrade any time soon.
Final Thoughts Of Free Click Tracking Software
Although, there’s many free tools online that you can use.
Using a brandable link shortener should be something that you have in your affiliate tool box.
As a recap, of what we’ve learned in this article they’re beneficial to you because, they help you brand your own domain.
This is very important, especially, in the beginning stages of building your website.
If you disguise your domain name behind an URL shortener, it’ll be more difficult to raise your brand awareness.
No one will recognize your domain. And no one will want to click on your URL.
They’ll be skeptical.
Once your website visitors recognize your branded domain, they’ll begin to trust your website more.
Unlike other URL shorteners, you’re the owner of any short branded links that you create.
The bottom line is, if you share your domain all over the internet and use a URL shortener you aren’t branding your own website.
And for SEO purpose, plus brand awareness that’s not a good.
Instead, you’ll be branding the URL shortener website.
Making the other companies URL website stronger, while not building a trustworthy reputation for your own website.
The more people trust and recognize your branded domain, the more they will interact with your website. So, I would recommend using a branded URL shortener.
As the saying goes, what doesn’t get measured, doesn’t get managed. Please manage your links before they get out of control.
Did you know that there are learn while you earn communities out there?
Do you know of any other free click tracking software’s out there? Please be generous and share in the comments below. Thanks for reading. J