What are Groups?

Groups can be used to organize your links into various buckets, in order to track click data coming from different places. For example, create a group for your 'Website,' another for your 'Facebook' page, and yet another for your 'Twitter' page. Within each of these groups, you can add your geni.us links, and begin to see how your various marketing campaigns compare to one another.

Managing Groups

At a minimum your dashboard will have one group as a default. You may add as many groups as you wish, but consider using tracking tags for by-link stats first. You can add new groups by simply selecting the "Add a new group" button on the Groups page in your Dashboard, or by selecting "New group" when creating a geni.us link.

From the dashboard, you can then edit groups, archive / restore groups, and see reporting for multiple groups.

Group Overrides

Each group will be associated with a set of affiliate tracking parameters.If you have multiple Amazon or iTunes affiliate IDs / tags, and you want to be able to track separate items per tracking tag, Geniuslink provides you a way to do so through Group Overrides. With group overrides, you can create links, separate them into groups, then have those links use a different affiliate ID (or tracking tag) automatically added to each link when someone clicks. Here's how to configure the overrides:

Adding Overrides:

1. Log into your Geniuslink Account.

2. Navigate to the Groups page and create a new group (name it whatever you’d like)

3. Navigate to the Affiliate tab and select “Set custom overrides for a group”

4. Choose the new group you created in step 2, which will bring you to a page with all of your tracking IDs and the option to “Set Overrides” next to each. Click the button for the countries you want to change, then input the second tracking ID that you’d like to use instead.

Add link to new group:

Once those overrides are set, any time you create a link using that group, it’ll use the secondary tracking IDs instead. To create a link, you can navigate to the Links page, then follow the steps below:

1. Paste in a link that you want to globalize and affiliate into the giant bar at the top.

2. Under “Put in Group,” select the group that you created. You can also change the end of the URL to be something fancy if you’d like (make it a shortened vanity link), add a tracking tag to say where this link will be posted (such as Twitter vs Facebook, or different sites), and add “scenarios” to send users to different locations based off device, operating system, date, or any combo of the above (if you have further questions about that feature, please contact us).

3. Once you’re happy with your link, click Save

4. Copy that link to wherever you’d like it to live. That link will automatically be globalized and affiliated with the proper tracking ID that you set.

Using Overrides with the JS Snippet:

If you have multiple Affiliate IDs and you're utilizing the Geniuslink JavaScript snippet on multiple websites, you can also use the group overrides to keep your clicks/commissions separate per Affiliate ID. To do so, follow the steps above to create a Group Override. Then follow the below:

1. Note the Group ID (four digit number next to the group name) on the Groups page.

2. Locate the JavaScript snippet in the code of your site.

3. Find the line that states "var tsid = 2053;"

4. Change the tsid variable to the new Group ID

5. Save the changes (don't edit any other details).

This will update the JavaScript snippet to use your new Affiliate Parameter and keep things separate.