Use Revisions to run experiments

Revisions are versions of a page or post on your your website.

You can use them to measure how your changes are affecting your revenue and RPM, as well as on-page metrics like click-through rate.

In this article:

When will a new revision appear after I've changed my site?

Every night, Affilimate will check your website for any pages that have changed, according to the LastMod date indicated in your sitemap.

If we discover a new revision, Affilimate will:

  • Check the page for new affiliate links
  • Take a new screenshot, and start building your next heatmap
  • Create a new revision, listed on the Revisions page

Once a new revision exists, you'll be able to see it in the list of Revisions (shown above) and next to the Date Picker on your Heatmap.

If a Revision is less than 30 days old, we recommend using the Align dates to a single revision setting.

When will a new revision appear after I've changed my site?

If you don't do anything, new revisions and heatmaps will generally appear by the following day.

That's because the check for new revisions happens nightly, around midnight in your local timezone.

But if you want a revision to start tracking right away, you can trigger a new revision by manually scanning your site for affiliate links.

Any pages containing newly imported affiliate links will have their revisions created immediately.

You might want to do that if you've just changed your site and plan to send out an email campaign, which would drive an immediate surge of traffic to the updated page or post.

What does "Align dates to a single revision" mean?

When you're looking at a heatmap, you can choose whether to view all the data from the latest revision of the page at once. Even if it's a longer timeframe than what's shown in the date selector (for example, "Last 30 Days").

This is important because if you edited a post more recently than the visible timeframe, you may be mixing data from the previous version on top of a fresher heatmap.

When in doubt, it's a good idea to check this box so you can assess the results of an entire revision together. Even if that's a long timeframe because you don't edit the page very often.

If your recent change was something minor, like fixing a typo or other changes that wouldn't affect the conversion rate, you can ignore a revision.

What does the blue checkmark next to a revision mean?

This means, that revision of your page or post has collected enough data for analysis. Specifically, it's been live for at least two weeks and has a minimum of 2,000-3,000 pageviews.

This is the recommended minimum dataset recommended for reviewing heatmaps.

What does the gray clock next to a revision mean?

This means we are still collecting data for that revision, and we advise waiting until the blue check appears before assessing your results.

How can I ignore a revision?

If you've made a minor change to your page, you can ignore a revision. This will combine any analytics attributed to that revision to the previous one.

To do this, click the three dots on the right side of any row on the Revisions page for a post or page on your site.

Then choose Ignore revision.

You can reverse this at any time by clicking the three dots again, and choosing Reactivate revision.

Have questions? Contact us at anytime.

Last Updated 9/29/2021

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