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All EPCs are NOT created equally

Discussion in 'Guides, Case Studies and Tutorials' started by JakeMA, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. JakeMA

    JakeMA Affiliate Manager Affiliate Manager affiliate

    All EPCs are NOT created equally

    I wanted to share an article that was written from our Network Manager Chris Patrick.

    When shopping for a network to run a campaign, how many of you have run a campaign split test between two networks? Most all of you I would guess! Did you know that if you make your decision on EPC alone, you may be short changing yourself because all EPCs are not created equally.

    What’s different? Let’s start by discussing how EPC is calculated. Earnings per click, or more accurately earnings per UNIQUE click. The variable that isn’t usually considered is when a click is determined as a unique.

    There are a couple things to take into consideration when determining a unique click:

    HOW a unique click is identified and WHEN a unique click is still considered unique. First, HOW a unique click is identified varies. In our research, we found that some people identify a unique click by using some combination of the following: IP, User-agent, Cookie, DFP (device fingerprint) etc. The difference is what combination is used. Is it IP or IP + Cookie, or IP + User-agent, DFP + cookie etc.

    The next thing that can make a difference is WHEN a click is considered unique and just like how, when varies by advertiser/network. Some advertiser/networks reset the unique daily, some after 48 hours, some monthly. This can have a massive impact on how many uniques you are credited for and what your effective EPC ends up being.

    Keep all this in mind as you split test to get the top provider for your offers. MonsterAds HIGHLY recommend you split test 1:1 (1 click network A 1 click network B) at the exact same time as this give a true and fair reading when reviewing the EPC. This would also show if someone was shaving clicks or leads. Sending 100 clicks to network A then 100 clicks to network B wouldn't be a fair comparison as it wouldn't pick this up. You also need to ensure you test with the exact same lander, the exact same offer and the exact same creatives.

    If you would like to discuss this subject further or have anything else, please feel free to reach out.
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  3. clements

    clements Affiliate Manager Affiliate Manager affiliate

    Jake, if your looking for offers, I sent a friend request on Skype.