StatsRemote: It’s Time To Get Started With Affiliate Tracking
StatsRemote is an interesting piece of software. As you’ll see in a minute, it’s extremely useful and provides some cool features … but it isn’t that recognizable in the affiliate marketing world yet.
If you’ve been involved in internet marketing for any amount of time then you surely know Google Analytics, Google Keyword Tool, Market Samurai (probably), and a handful of other tools. So it’s about time to introduce StatsRemote and make the picture complete.
Essentially, as the name indicates to some extent, StatsRemote is a tool for getting stats from many different sources and displaying it to you in a clear and easy to grasp way.
Now, what kind of stats are we talking about…
If you’re an affiliate marketer then you are sure to be a part of many different networks and affiliate programs. Not only that, but you’re also getting your traffic from somewhere, you’re also processing some payments (or issuing invoices), you’re also taking care of your hosting and other ongoing expenses, and so on.
In the end, affiliate marketing is about a lot more tasks than just writing a piece of ad copy every now and then, like some people think.
This whole business can be scary. There’s a lot of numbers to take care of. And being able to handle them all is essential to your profitability and a good night’s sleep.
You can get a hint on how much money you’re actually making by looking at your bank account only, that is true, but it’s not the most effective approach. Only when you have some way of monitoring your stats round the clock you are truly aware of what’s going on in your business. And this is where StatsRemote comes into play.
What Exactly is StatsRemote?
From a technical standpoint, it’s a multiplatform application that you run from your local computer. You can get a version for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The app runs very fast and uses a minimum amount of your computer’s resources.
Additionally, you can login to your account online using every popular browser (IE, Firefox, Safari, and others).
You’re surely anticipating to see the price-tag, so let’s say upfront that there’s a free trial available, and you can simply download you own copy with no strings attached (no opt-in, actually). After that, the basic plan is $29.99.
What Does StatsRemote Look Like?
The tool has a very clean design, based on a grid layout. Here’s an example with lots of data already in it:
Every source of data is represented in its own row, and every category/group of data sources (i.e. programs) gets an additional row for totals. You can also go into detail view for every program you’re tracking, to get a more in-depth information:
As you can see, the default interface is very simple (which is a great thing, by the way), and it can be customized to fit your personal preferences. The tool provides a really extensive section of settings and options.
Now, since we’re talking about various programs and sources of your stats data…
What Kind of Stats Can StatsRemote Handle?
In a sentence: your whole business – when we’re talking traffic, sales, conversions, and everything else there is to marketing over the internet.
Let’s start from the top:
1. General Affiliate Programs and Networks.
Among others, services like: 1ShoppingCart, 7 Search Affiliate, Affiliate Classroom, Affiliate.com, Amazon.com, AWeber, Azoogle Ads, Chitika Affiliate, Clickbooth Affiliate, Commission Junction, Google AdSense, Shareasale Affiliate, Shopping.com, Yahoo! Publisher Network.
2. Gambling Affiliate Programs and Networks.
Among others: 1 Live Casino, Bingo Bongo, Bingo Reward, Casino Club, i4 Poker, Klub 8, Lotto 24 Bingo, Poker Arsenal, Total Poker, Virtue Poker.
3. Advertising Programs / PPC SE
Among others: 7 Search, Adknowledge Bid System, Buy Sell Ads Advertiser, Facebook, Google AdWords, Microsoft adCenter, Plenty of Fish, Sponsored Tweets Advertiser, Traffic Vance, Yahoo! Search Marketing.
4. Adult Affiliate Programs
5. Billing Services Affiliates
Among others: 1ShoppingCart Affiliate, Click Bank Affiliate, Oakbill, Webcom Billing Affiliate.
6. Billing Services Merchants
Among others: 2CheckOut Merchant V2, Click Bank Merchant, EuroBill, PayPal Merchant, share-it! Merchant.
Actually, from our research there are well over 2,000 programs that StatsRemote can handle. This is really impressive, and it can well be the only tool you need for monitoring what’s going on in all of your campaigns, networks, payment processors, and other places.
Just to make it even more interesting let’s go through some of the features you’ll find in StatsRemote.
What StatsRemote Has to Offer?
One of the first things that might be on your mind is whether you can monitor stats in your own currency. There wouldn’t be any point to a piece of software like StatsRemote without such feature.
Here, you can easily go into options and choose your desired currency. The tool supports: USD, EUR, GBP, CDN, AUD, SEK, CHF, DKK, NOK, NZD, ZAR, JPY, BRL.
The aforementioned groups of data sources/programs come very handy if you want to have a broader look on different sections of your affiliate efforts. With StatsRemote you can group all the ad networks together, or all the CPA networks, all the payment processors, and so on.
Since email is still one of the main methods of communication over the internet StatsRemote provides you with a possibility to have your stats delivered that way for additional lookup into what’s going on with your campaigns. Useful, if you want to access your stats from a mobile phone while you’re on the go.
Other features worth mentioning: handling multiple workspaces and installations, sorting stats in descending or ascending order, multiple fonts supported, proxy servers supported, password protected access, and more.
How to Start Using StatsRemote?
The tool is very easy to get and then to use. Start by going to http://www.statsremote.com/demo.php to get your hands on the free 7-day demo version (remember to choose the correct platform).
There’s a friendly installation wizard built in, so you shouldn’t have any problems launching the software. Once everything’s installed you can log in using both the username and password: demo.
Among the first things you can do is go to File > New Program…
This is where you can add whatever program you are a part of and want to track. The drop-down list is rather long, so it might take a while before you’ll find the programs that interest you.
Finally, click the button labeled as OK and you’re good to go. From now on, your data gets downloaded in the background and displayed in a clear grid layout.
In the end, we find StatsRemote to be a really valuable asset in every affiliate marketer’s toolbox. Even if you’re just starting out you will have to face multiple programs, networks, payment processors, and such. Having a tool like StatsRemote can really get you going, and enable you to focus the majority of your time on actually making money, rather than on playing with this sort of raw numbers.
What’s your opinion on such tools? Are you using something similar you’d like to share with us? Or maybe you have some insights on StatsRemote?