How do I do a test join?
Doing a test join helps ascertain if referred sales are being attributed correctly. To perform a test join you simply need to follow the same steps a customer you refer does:
- Clear all GMB and CCB cookies. If already set, these will confuse the result of this test.
- Get your own GMBill (and, if using merged links, a CCBill) cookie set in the same way a potential customer would. Access your promotional method the same way your traffic does, then click on the affiliate link that sends the potential customers to the merchant you’re promoting (this will set the affiliate cookie). Go through the entire join process. Enter a username that includes your four-digit Aff ID.
- Log into your GMB Affiliate account, and check if the sale shows up in the ‘Summary’ menu, (stats are updated hourly, so you may have to wait a bit, or time your join carefully).
- Once you have seen the results be sure to contact the merchant and ask them to refund your subscription – advise that you’re an affiliate performing a test join, quote the username you chose, and the unique GMBill subscription ID allocated to the account upon creation.
If the sale does not show in your GMB account, there’s a deeper problem somewhere – contact us, and we’ll help you solve it.
If the sale does show up, you’ll know everything is working as it should.