Why using a custom domain?
Dedicated domain pros and cons:
+ It is provided for free;
+ You don’t need to do anything. It will work from the start;
+ Has an SSL certificate;
– It is generated randomly for each user. You can customize it a little bit but still, there are a lot of restrictions and the root domain remains the same.
– The root domain is the same for all and is used by the majority of RedTrack users, and due to the variety of advertising campaigns that they are running, it may be blocked by antivirus software and ad-blocking plugins.
– Does not work with Google and Facebook.
Custom domain pros and cons:
– You need to buy it;
– It does not have a certificate so you will have to buy it additionally;
– Adding a custom domain isn’t hard at all, but you will need to work for some time to set it up;
+ Custom domains look attractive and secure for users, advertising networks, antiviruses and ad block plugins.
+ Google and Facebook-friendly
Custom domain integration is done on the domain registrar side.
Adding a CNAME record
What is a 3-level domain? It’s a domain that looks like that something.domain.com. Those domains work fine for simple tracking and are easy to integrate. The integration is performed via creating a CNAME record. A CNAME record is created on your domain registrar side. Here we will have GoDaddy example but the principle is pretty much the same for all.
1. Go to your domain DNS settings
2. Press ‘Add’ -> fill in the fields -> save the changes:
Host: can be anything you like – this is the word that will be at the beginning of your domain (e.g: track.mydomain.com)
Points to: put your RedTrack dedicated tracking domain here (can be found in Profile -> Dedicated tracking domain)
TTL: the lowest possible
The domain will be ready to use once the data replication takes place (up to 24 hours for some registrars but in general it takes about an hour)
Integrating a 2-level domain
What is a 2-level domain? It’s a domain that looks like domain.com. Basically, it’s the domain itself.
Using a 2-level domain is super-useful if you work with affiliates and run your own panel with offers – like that, they will see your main domain when login and it’s much better for a brand name.
Keep in mind that you can use a 2-level domain only for one purpose – either for tracking or for a publisher panel. You can still create 3-level domains after.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice as integrating this type of domain is a bit tricky.
Adding your custom tracking domain to RedTrack
Once the CNAME record is added, you can proceed with adding the domain to RedTrack.
1. Go to Tools -> Domains -> New
2. Put your domain name, root domain (the URL the visitor will be redirected to in case of a direct entry to the domain URL), SSL certificate (if you have one as it is supposed to be obtained additionally) and save the changes.
Important: If you are using a secure lander (have SSL certificate – https), your domain should also be secure. So for the cases where you prefer using a custom tracking domain, you will obligatory need to have an SSL certificate for it added to RedTrack. Otherwise, the script and LP Click URL will not work.