Direct Link Tracking - FAQs

Note: This article relates to the Direct Link Tracking pro add-on.

Which integrations does Direct Link Tracking support?

The Direct Link Tracking add-on includes support for all  integrations.

How can I prevent affiliates from registering other people's domain names?

Direct Link Tracking can be configured so that affiliates can enter their own URLs from the Settings tab of the Affiliate Area. This means they could potentially attempt to register a URL that does not belong to them. To prevent malicious affiliates from trying to claim traffic coming from URLs they do not own, Direct Link Tracking includes an approval system for submitted URLs. When a URL is submitted by an affiliate from the Affiliate Area, it will be given a status of Pending and will not function until a site administrator has approved the URL. 

Important note: It is the responsibility of the site owner/administrator to verify the authenticity of the URLs submitted by affiliates.

How does Direct Link Tracking work?

When a visitor comes to your website from another site, AffiliateWP is able to see the URL of the referring website. If the referring URL is registered as a direct link for an affiliate, and the URL has been approved by a site administrator, the associated affiliate will be credited with the visit exactly like they would if the visitor had clicked on a URL to your site that contained an affiliate's referral code.

An example:

  • Your site is called
  • Jane (the affiliate) is promoting your site on a specific website, which she owns. The domain for that blog is
  • Jane writes about the products/services on, and links to, without using her affiliate referral variable (eg, or
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  • You want every purchase coming from to be automatically credited to Jane's affiliate account on your site, without Jane needing to use her referral variable.
  • After setting up Direct Link Tracking and notifying your affiliates of the new feature, Jane can now refer readers to your site directly.