Thanks for responding. I have searched and searched, read and read for ways to actually set up Google Analytics to track affiliate links including Skimlinks, Amazon, and eBay amongst others with a WP plugin(s).
Plenty of people have sites throwing in their two-cents but never really get down to the nitty-gritty if doing it. Yes, Yoasts plugin is always mentioned and the addition of other plugins to work with it such as "Pretty Links" or "Simple URLs" but it seems to me they want to to isolate each outgoing affiliate link specifically to set it up.
This links are always changing and depending on how many you have it's impossible to do it that way. And there is no way to capture affiliate outbound URLs without actually clicking the link, which is against all Terms and Services for any reputable affiliate program.
In essence I would like to track affiliate links the way GA tracks Adsense clicks. That, of course is built in by Google, so how do we do the same for everyone else. That is the question.
And without getting a Phd in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Software Engineering.
So far the Yoast plugin is not capturing a thing yet I know product affiliate links are getting clicked by checking my Skimlinks account, EPN or Amazon.
The issue is analyzing the clicks the way you can do with Adsense and setting up the correct event tracking and goals. I even have a book, "Advanced Web Metrics - Google Analytics" but now Google has changed the GA interface, although you can revert to the old version, but not set it. The new interface comes up with each login and it presents a new learning curve to find events and custom variable.