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    Shorten Product Links - Questions
    Hi Guys. I have a few questions about amazons affiliate program.

    How do I shorten the affiliate links to something like:

    amazon.com/product/trackingid

    The links associates central kicks out are way too long, and filled with junk.

    Also, will I get credit if the person decides to buy something that my affiliate link doesn't include? For example, I have an ipod ad up for amazon, they click through, and end up buying a samsung mp3 player instead....

    Are these stupid questions? Im new, sorry.

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    If you go on over to bit.ly and put in the long link the partner program gives you. You should get a nice, short, amazon branded link.

    You'll get commission for any amazon purchase made through your affiliate link.
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    thanks man.

    so there isnt a way to just do amazon.com/product/affiliateid?

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    Amazon's pages don't work like that, so no. You can create links to any page on Amazon, but the output isn't going to be pretty. Like Steven said, if you put your affiliate link through bit.ly you get a link like: http://amzn.to/xxxxxx and you'll get credit for any traffic that comes to Amazon through that link.
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    wow, thats neat. so, who gets the commission if the user has clicked say 3 amazon affiliate links in the past week, then decides to buy? the last one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvthesnapper View Post
    wow, thats neat. so, who gets the commission if the user has clicked say 3 amazon affiliate links in the past week, then decides to buy? the last one?
    Yes, the last click gets the credit.
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    The shortest direct product link that I've seen is

    amazon.com/dp/B002Y27P3M?tag=TRACKING-ID
    You really do not need all of the garbage that Amazon throws into some of the links that they generate.

    I don't think you can test a redirect link, but you can test any direct link with the Amazon Link Checker.

    https://affiliate-program.amazon.com...cker/main.html
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    That's EXACTLY what I was looking for. I'm not sure what I can remove and what I can't, from their junky links, though. Not savvy in that department. I know if you remove one wrong character, the whole thing collapses.

    Any idea what the "dp" is in the link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvthesnapper View Post
    Any idea what the "dp" is in the link?
    I do not know what that means. That is the link format that they used in the "Earn up to 8.5% on the new Kindle!" message that they sent out on 7/30. It could be a shortcut code for a browse node, such as Digital Products.

    If you are going to use it for a wide range of products, I would run several tests with their Link Checker to make sure that it works with all nodes.

    I received a message on 6/3 with links with multiple formats.

    Code:
    Father's Day: 
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html?node=502661011&tag=YOUR_ID_HERE-20
    
    Kindle: 
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015T963C?tag=YOUR_ID_HERE-20
    
    Patio, Lawn, & Garden: 
    http://www.amazon.com/b/?node=286168&tag=YOUR_ID_HERE-20
    The short URL for the Father's Day browse is interesting.

    Watch for eBay's e-mails where the subject starts with "Earn...". They usually contain a lot of short URLs.
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    If you have a website hosted on linux, you can shorten it down by using your .htaccess file.

    If you don't have a .htaccess file, you can easily make one. It would, of course, make the link appear from your site.

    You could do this by putting the following into the .htaccess file:

    RewriteRule ^product-name/etc http://amazon.com/the-rest-of-origin...iate-link.html [L]

    It is as simple as that, and you have the link coming from your site.

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    "If you have a website hosted on linux, you can shorten it down by using your .htaccess file."

    This is a good method if your site name is short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvthesnapper View Post
    wow, thats neat. so, who gets the commission if the user has clicked say 3 amazon affiliate links in the past week, then decides to buy? the last one?
    With only a 24 hour cookie, it's usually not something to worry about, but as was stated, like most affilate programs, the last click gets the sale.

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    Hi all,
    newbie here, and this is one of the things I've been wondering about too.

    Is it not possible to use something like Gopages or Pretty Link with an Amazon link?

    Cheers, J

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