If you’ve ever wanted to test your links but were concerned that your test clicks might be affecting your monthly bill or throwing off your reports, then here’s a handy tip that you may find useful!
Since we’re not currently able to filter test clicks based on your devices local IP address (something we’d still very much like to do) the easiest way to “exclude” your test clicks from your reports is – perhaps somewhat poetically, to make them look like they came from a bot.
Fake It Till You Make It
To make clicks from your browser appear as bot clicks in your Geniuslink account, you’re going to need a browser extension that lets you modify your “Request Headers”. These headers contain all the information passed on about a click when a request is made for any page on the web. (Picture ordering take-out over the phone and leaving your name and phone number for the order.)
What we’re essentially doing here is ordering that Spicy Mongolian Chicken, but with a fake name and your parent’s credit card.
The “User-Agent” header is what we’ll be faking for this tutorial. By overriding your real UA, and setting it to “Crawler” (a known UA our system automatically filters as a bot) any clicks on your links from your browser will be treated as such, and not counted towards your total “real” clicks.
There’s a bunch of “Modify Headers” extensions out there for every major web browser, but we found that these two were the easiest to install and setup.
We’ll skip over the basic installation instructions as they’re pretty straight-forward, but if you still need any help getting setup please reach out to us and we’ll be happy to explain further!
Once you have one of these extensions installed, you’ll want to configure a “Profile” that you can use whenever you’re testing your links. Below are some screenshots of how you’ll want to set up those profiles for the above extensions, so just copy that info and you should be set. Don’t forget to disable the header mod when you go back to normal browsing!
Configuration for Modify Headers in Chrome
Configuration for Modify Headers in FireFox
If you’ve followed along so far and gotten setup correctly, you’ll now be able to quickly and easily open either extension from your browser’s Toolbar, and enable the testing profiles whenever you want for peace-of-mind link testing.
Let us know if this post was helpful or just plain confusing – we’d love to do future posts about the more advanced and technical tricks that can help you fully master Geniuslink!
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– Team Geniuslink