Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tracking Facebook Links Outside of Notes

By now you may have already read the post on Facebook Link Trackers in Facebook Notes. There are a couple of other places on Facebook where you can place link trackers. Basically, you'll find that wherever you can post an URL, you can post a Link Tracker, since a Link Tracker is really just an URL. The catch is that outside of the notes, you'll probably only be able to enter the actual URL -- you won't need to enter actual HTML like you do with the notes.

There are 2 ways to get the straight link tracker URL. The first way would be to follow all of the same steps you followed in the original tutorial. Just copy/paste the URL (which is everything between the double quotes ("). The other way is to use the Adwords Tracker. Don't let the name throw you off -- it works.

  1. Log in to your WunderCounter Account
  2. Choose Adwords Tracker from the Generate HTML menu
  3. Enter the URL of the page you're linking to. I'll use
  4. Give the tracker a name you can remember. I'll use fb_tracker/
  5. Take the URL which you're provided with and use it in your Facebook account as a tracker URL
Now, where can you place these URLs? I don't claim to be a Facebook expert, but here are a couple of places that should work:

  1. Wall posts
  2. Share a Link (under the Wall tab on your Profile page)
  3. In comments on notes
  4. In comments on status
  5. In the website box under your Contact Information
  6. You can experiment with the other boxes of the Contact Information area (under the Info tab on your Profile page). Many of them may accept tracker URLs as well.
If I've missed anything or gotten something wrong, please comment back and let me know.

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