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    Member dsharpie's Avatar
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    New SAS Get Links Interface - Bad Text Links
    Hey, I just went to get a text link at SAS for one of the programs I'm promoting and there's a cool new Get Links interface.

    BIG PROBLEM...

    Go to a text link and click Get HTML and you'll get a link that doesn't have any affiliate tracking in it!

    I sent them a support ticket to alert them to the problem, but thought I'd better post it here to be sure it got noticed as quickly as possible.

    If you use the new interface to grab a text link, you'd better check it carefully to be sure it has your SAS id...

    If anyone has a phone number for someone at SAS, you might want to alert them right away, as this is a disaster waiting to happen for unsuspecting affiliates until it's fixed...
    Last edited by dsharpie; September 2nd, 2010 at 05:37 PM. Reason: Added suggestion for someone to call them

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    Ah damn, you're right. Just tried one:

    YOU SHOULD COPY AND PASTE THIS CODE EXACTLY, TO BE ASSURED THAT THE LINKS WILL OPERATE. You can edit the HTML within this code, but it is recommended only if you are familiar with HTML code

    a class= body Link href=" http: // w w w. acherry ontop . com" target= "new" >A Cherry On Top, Scrapbooking Shoppe

    That was the link, no ids in there.

    Ok. Looks like they do have something new. With the new stuff, not seeing my id. Switching to Classic View and I see it.
    Last edited by Trust; September 2nd, 2010 at 05:30 PM. Reason: fixed code so link would show

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    Yep, it's messed up. I logged out and back in just to get links they way I normally do.

    It's set to the new way and I go to get a basic text link to the home page and the first link has nothing whatsoever, straight link to the merchant home page.

    Next link, the shortest link has the affiilate id in there.

    I see this - Click here to use the classic view.

    Click that, go back to the classic view, click Text Links and my id is there as usual.

    But with this new default it isn't.

    Probably should send out an email to affiliates about this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust View Post
    Probably should send out an email to affiliates about this one.
    Yep, it's definitely an "egg on face" moment, and as a software developer myself, I feel a great deal of pain for the person who was supposed to test this out.

    OK, I see how someone might have missed this in testing...

    If the link text is only part of a string of words (ex: Try our new link text here for the best...) the link seems to be ok.

    But if the link text is the entire string of words, the link is bad with no affiliate tracking.

    So if they were testing it with a link that has some plain text words mixed with the link text, it would have looked like it was working right.

    Anyway, they definitely should email affilates to alert them, as well as shut off that interface immediately until it's fixed.
    Last edited by dsharpie; September 2nd, 2010 at 05:55 PM.

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    fixed!
    Last edited by Jason Rubacky; September 2nd, 2010 at 05:53 PM.
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    It's fixed according to me trying myself and SAS
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    I typed way too slow and Jason demolished my revelation.
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    Is this something new that launched today or how long was it live? Haven't been in there for awhile so not sure how new the system is.

    edit - nevermind, answered in the email.
    Last edited by Trust; September 2nd, 2010 at 06:16 PM.

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    Working on it - and we'll make sure folks are notified.

    Thanks for sending this one in dsharpie, it definitely saved everyone some trouble here as we're able to minimize the problem...
    Thanks,

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    President/CEO - ShareASale.com, Inc.

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