What Is Uptime Robot And Why Am I Telling You About it?
Uptime Robot is a free website and sales funnel monitoring service, uptime robot checks any URL you enter into your account at a user-specified time increment.
What this means is you can ask uptime robot to check your websites/funnels every 5,10,15,20 minutes etc.
So What Does This Have To Do With Affiliate Marketing?
Good question… and this answer is nothing…
BUT the reason I’m telling you this is so you can protect your hard-earned money.
Let’s imagine you have a Facebook advert running and you’re being charged $0.80 per click, in this example, you don’t have any monitoring setup.
For the sake of this example, your Facebook advert is linking to your website but your website is offline which you’re unaware of.
You check your advert stats through the day and can see 50 clicks but no leads or sales.
At this point in time, you would be charged for 50 clicks at $0.80 ($40) but this would be wasted money as your website was down and all your potential clients saw was a broken page which isn’t great for your brand or your pocket.
So What Can We Do About This?
The solution is really simple and FREE, we can use uptime robot to monitor multiple websites/funnels and send us an email when the website goes down and just as important when it comes back online and how long the website/funnel was down for.
Monitoring your websites/funnels could save you money and you will be notified of issues which would allow you to pause paid advertisements or let your followers know your experiencing issues before they let you know.
Let’s Get Uptime Robot Setup
The first thing you will need to do is register for a free account here.
Once your account has been created please login to your account.
In the top left-hand corner, you will see a green button which says “Add new monitor”, click this button to add your first URL.
You will now be on the options page, if this looks confusing don’t worry I’m going to walk you through each stage.
On the right-hand side, you will see a cream-colored box with your email address under “Alert contact“, make sure this is a valid email address as this is where uptime robot will send their notification to.
Once your happy the email address is correct tick the box to the left of the email icon, this will enable email notifications.
From the “Monitor Type” drop-down select “HTTP(s)”
We now have a few options that we need to supply details for.
The first option is “Friendly Name“, this option doesn’t affect how anything works it’s there purely so you can set a name which will make the monitor easy for you to identify if you have more than one website/funnel set up.
For example, if this was monitoring your blog you could name it “Fitness Blog”.
The second option is VERY important, in the “URL (or ip)” field you need to enter the URL of the website/funnel that you want to monitor.
You can have the URL link to the home page or a specific page, make sure that the URL you enter contains either the HTTP:// or HTTPS:// protocol.
E.g. https://www.example.com – This is how it needs to look
E.g. www.example.com – This won’t work.
The last option is to select how often you want your website/funnel to be checked, I’d suggest every 5 minutes, this will give you the best chance to catch an issue early.
To move the time interval up or down using the slider provided.
Double check the details you’ve entered and click “Create Monitor” once you’re happy to proceed.
You will be redirected back to your dashboard but now you will see a new URL monitor in the top left-hand corner (this will be named the friendly name you entered above).
Awesome, this URL is setup and you will be sent an email any time an issue is found.
If you have any issues let me know in the comments below.