What Is SoManyHits?
A URL tracking and shortening service.
Just the other day I was celebrating the sale of a new affiliate program I had joined and when someone asked me how I had made the sale. In this instance it was obviously from my blog because I hadn't got as far as promoting it elsewhere… but when I decide to promote it more widely, I will definitely want to know more precisely where sales come from.
So it was very timely to see a colleague recommending the SoManyHits.com URL tracking and shortening service.
Right out of the gate the company boasts a sign-up rate of 83% for people viewing the presentation video to completion.
Now I joined primarily for the tracking service so I'll be honest and say that having hardly done any promotion I haven't yet experienced such high rates. However, it could be correct as it's a valuable service, with a good compensation plan, and the program is completely free to join.
Is There A Catch?
While the program is free to join, they do have upgrade options but you don't get hit with OTOs (one time offers) when creating your account. Those really do drive me nuts.
SoManyHits lets you try the service first, and as you work your way through the training you see the benefits of upgrading. But if you don't want to upgrade, don't! Just use the service.
The free account is more than generous and you can even earn referral commissions as a free member.
Before getting into all the benefits you get as a free member, let's first delve into what SoManyHits is…
Benefits of a URL Tracking and Shortening Service
As you'll see in this 6 minute SoManyHits video, SoManyHits.com is first and foremost a URL tracking and shortening service, meaning you can shorten all your affiliate links and track how many clicks they receive.
Unlike many other tracking services (even the paid ones), there is no limit on the number of campaigns you can create or clicks you may receive during a given month before you need to spend more money to keep on tracking. This is true even for free members.
It's really easy to track multiple advertising sources from the same campaign tracking URL, on the fly, because all you have to do is add a keyword you recognise to the end of the tracking URL. For example if you add /soload1 and /soload2 as keywords, when a shortened tracking URL is followed, the hit is recorded and displayed in your back-office, complete with a break-down of whether the hits came from soload1 or soload2 (according to the keywords appended).
This gives a way of checking which solo-ad provider performed best, or obviously, any other place where you may choose to place a link. So you can save time and money by careful monitoring of the results of your advertising.Free URL tracking and shortening service Click To Tweet
The service promises to create “a flood of traffic” to any and all campaigns that will keep on doubling.
While this may sound outrageous, for anyone who actually promotes their links, it is quite feasible that it can happen because of their unusual method of using a 2-up referral system where your first two referrals are passed up to your sponsor into what they call traffic lines. Every person who ends up in one of your traffic lines will first have to sponsor two people who will go to their sponsor, which means that particular traffic line keeps doubling.
If you are put off by the notion that you first have to refer two people to go to your sponsor before the traffic generation can begin working for you, the good news is that sign-ups should not be hard to come by seeing that the program is free to join and they have really novel affiliate tools to help achieving this (more on that later).
Looking more closely at the traffic aspect, every time one of your tracking links is followed, visitors will first pass through an ad gateway, where they will first see an interstitial ad for a couple of seconds before being directed to the site being tracked. That ad will be a random campaign belonging to your sponsor, so when you take into account the way traffic lines keep doubling, it gives credence to the claim that your traffic will also keep doubling.
When you create a new campaign, you can choose to promote the campaign through your traffic lines via an interstitial ad or (for pro members) a pop-under ad. Members may also choose not to promote certain campaigns.
While there is something to be said about the annoyance of pop-under and interstitial ads, bear in mind that their target market is Internet marketers. These are the same people signing up for programs through traffic exchanges, so I can very well see this traffic converting very well indeed.
Apart from the traffic, URL tracking and URL shortening, you can also export the contact details of everybody in your traffic lines into a CSV file to import to the auto-responder of choice. The great thing about this for the new member joining is that they will only end up in their sponsor's mailing list because of the way their referral system works. I like this because the last thing I want when signing up for a new opportunity is to end up in as many mailing lists as are dependent on the size of the member's down-line or up-line.
For those who haven't yet set up an auto-responder (what are you waiting for?), you can still message your traffic lines through the SoManyHits internal messaging system complete with a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor every 10 days. (Pro members can message their traffic lines every 60 hours)
If You Promote SoManyHits…..
The owners of SoManyHits.com realize the strength of an affiliate network and this is reflected in the tools they make available to members to promote their affiliate links. When they launched their sister site EasyCash4Ads, the IM world was abuzz with talk about their beautiful splash and capture pages.
With SoManyHits they did it again with a total of 120 splash, capture and brain-teaser pages (which double as splash pages) and improved on the design by displaying an animation while the image is loading.
Members have an abundance of emails and banners as well as other nifty tools to promote their links, not to mention that affiliate links also get promoted through their shortened tracking links which means they actually stick to their product slogan of working smarter, not harder.
Tracking stats for Pro members show much more detailed reports and real time charts.
Pro members can also message their traffic lines every 60 hours as opposed to every 10 days, and have more options available to them when creating campaigns.
Now it's a great feature that free members can earn commissions, but where the pro membership really shines is in the income plan.
- Platinum membership plans start at $27 for 60 days or $13.50 per month. (a quick Google search revealed most of the competition start at an average of $29/month with limited clicks).
- From there the options go up to $69 for 6 months ($11.50 per month),
- $121 for one year ($10.08 per month)
- $177 for 2 years ($7.38 per month)
As an upgraded member you will receive, $10, $20, $30 and $50 respectively every time the platinum membership is renewed. Free members will receive 40% of the commission amount while the other 60% will go to the first upgraded member in their up-line. This effectively means upgraded members will make an extra 60% commission from members who have already qualified out of their traffic lines.
Taking this up yet another notch, SoManyHits also pay out performance bonuses where you could earn an additional 40% commission. Commissions are paid out twice a month and should you earn $350 during a pay period, they will add another $50 to your commission. Earn $700 and you will get an extra $100 on top of the $50 bonus you received. Earn $1000 and receive yet another $250 on top of what you already earned. From $1000 up, you will get a bonus of $400 for every $1000 you earn.
Taking into consideration that upgraded members also receive 60% second tier commissions from free members who qualified out of their traffic lines, it effectively means you will earn 40% extra commission through your own efforts as well as from free members in your down-line.
From what I understand, the developers are already working on more features to be implemented for pro members.
While the free plan is generous for even the most critical user, members will be hard-pressed not to upgrade, especially taking the affordable upgrade options into account.
Review Of SoManyHits.com – Conclusion
In summary, SoManyHits.com is a well-thought-out link tracking and shortening service offering a lot of value for the cash-strapped marketer with a generous compensation plan and the potential to grow a traffic monster that will serve you well in time to come.
- Unlimited campaigns with no restrictions
- Great way to grow your mailing list, even without an autoresponder
- Very affordable to upgrade
- 2-up referral system gives huge growth potential
- Generous compensation plan even for free members
- A freebie hunter's dream
– Interstitial and pop-under ads
How does SoManyHits compare to the URL shortening and tracking service you use?
After this review Of SoManyHits.com I hope you will be inspired to open a free account here (affiliate link) and check out the features.