Deconstructing Click Tracking Links

Overview

Let’s deconstruct the example SMTPProvider Application link below:

http://example.com/ga/click/1-20468219-18-113-706-31663e54be-8f8f6b03d0

It consists of five parts:

  1. http://example.com/ga/click/ – The base click tracking URL, derived from the URL Domain setting that was used.
  2. 1 – This is the version number (version 1) of the URL. This exists so that we can update the URL format in the future without breaking compatibility for existing campaigns.
  3. 20468219 – This is the subscriber ID that the link was sent to.
  4. 18 – This is the ListID that the link was sent to.
  5. 113 – Stat Slice ID – This is an internal value that we use to determine where to put the stats for this click.
  6. 706 – Link ID – This is the database identifier for the link that was clicked on.
  7. 31663e54be – Link anti-tamper code – This exists as a security measure to make sure that the click is real.
  8. 8f8f6b03d0 – Anti tamper code – This is a more general security measure on all of our URLs in emails sent by Application to make sure that the address wasn’t tampered with.

Web Interface Lookups

Once you’ve identified the subscriber ID and ListID, you can lookup information about the mailing list or subscriber.

To lookup information on the mailing list, go to the following URL:

  • http://HOSTNAME/ga/mailing_lists/LISTID/

The following replacements will need to be made:

  1. Replace HOSTNAME with your SMTPProvider Application server’s hostname.
  2. Replace LISTID with the ListID.

To lookup information on the subscriber, go to the following URL:

  • http://HOSTNAME/ga/mailing_lists/LISTID/subscribers/SUBSCRIBER_ID

The following replacements will need to be made:

  1. Replace HOSTNAME with your SMTPProvider Application server’s hostname.
  2. Replace LISTID with the ListID.
  3. Replace SUBSCRIBER_ID with the actual subscriber ID.