AVID Can Host Your Landing Page

The most successful affiliates have great landing pages. They also spend a lot of time making new versions of every page for each new offer. It takes time and money to maintain hosting servers or monitor cloud services. What if there was a better way? What if you could easily integrate your ads to your landing pages in one system? What if you could clone a page and switch out the offer name, offer image, and offer links all in under 2 minutes? Now you can have all the tools the big dogs use to host and manage web pages all in one platform.

We’ve put a new feature in AVID’s ability to serve and host HTML files and its our latest AVID Hack. You already know that you can load and serve HTML5 ads in AVID, but did you know that AVID’s HTML capabilities are not limited to ads. Anything you can code in HTML, CSS, or Javascript can be hosted in AVID, from third party ad tags to whole web pages.

When creating an HTML Ad, click on “Show Advanced Macros” to see a new section where you can add placeholder macros for text and files (images, video, css, javascript, etc.). Watch our video below to see this new feature in action.

For the first step we used DreamWeaver, but you can use any HTML editor that you’re familiar with. Do a search and replace throughout your web page to replace the name, image, and link for the offers on your page with the macros you will use in AVID. When you do this, remember the macro names should all be encased in squiggly brackets as they are case sensitive.

This is where the hack starts. Copy and paste your webpage code into an AVID HTML “Ad.” The awesome thing about AVID is that they don’t limit you to only serving HTML ads. Any HTML, CSS, or Javascript code will work, from third party ad tags to whole web pages.

First, add your click tags. These are the links to your offer. The tag name should match the naming you used in your code, without the squiggly brackets. Then, copy and paste in your offer links.

Next, click on the “Show Advanced Macros” link to open up the options for adding text and file macros. Again, name them the same as the naming you used in your code and make sure the casing matches.

Last, Save and Close.

Next part of the hack, click the Get Tag button and select the IFrame option. Copy the iframe source URL up to “&rnd=[CACHE-BUSTING-ID-HERE]”. This will be the URL of the the page you just created.
Paste the URL into any browser window to see your AVID HTML page. You can also put this URL in the destination link of any ads you’re running in your DSP, Facebook, AdWords, or content ad network account.

Now here’s the best part of the hack. It will save so much time when you have a new offer you want to split test on the same page, or switch out an old offer with a new one.
First, clone the page.

Second, update your offer name, link, and image.

Last, Save and Close.

How long does it normally take you to update your offer pages? If you watch the video, you can see me add a new offer in the rotation in less than 2 minutes. Plus you don’t have to update any URLs in any of your ads because it’s still using the same destination URL. Did you see how fast the AVID hosted pages are loading in the video? This is because the images and webpage code are all on AVID’s lightening fast CDN. That’s not fancy video editing, the pages really do load that fast.

The best part about this hack is you can still use all the AVID targeting options to customize who sees certain pages based on geography, device type, browser, IP type, or any other targeting condition in AVID.