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  1. #1
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    Question Coupon XML Feed
    Hi there,

    Apologies if this is a basic question.

    I want to access the Coupon XML Feed programmatically (ShareASale.com Deals Database ). However, the feed does not include my affiliate tag or the merchant id.

    i.e. suppose I take this item from the feed
    Merchant 4091 - Echen Inc. - 20% off Webcam Accessories
    http://www.shareasale.com/a-dealview.cfm?dealID=48115

    would the correct way to use it be to append the merchant id and my affiliate id at the end? In this case:

    http://www.shareasale.com/a-dealview...&m=4091&u=MYID

    Thank you,
    N

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    In the feed, you'll see:
    HTML Code:
    <trackingurl>http://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=111111&m=111111&u=YOURUSERIDHERE</trackingurl>

    Replace YOURUSERIDHERE with 'Your ID'

    Edit: I think you need to view shareasale. com/dealdatabase2.xml to view this information. Someone with more knowledge can explain further. I believe the database.xml doesn't have the tracking URL

    One last edit: Doing a comparison of the differences, database2 has these extra fields:

    HTML Code:
      <dealstartdate></dealstartdate>
        <dealenddate></dealenddate>
        <dealpublishdate></dealpublishdate>
       <dealeditdate></dealeditdate>
        <couponcode></couponcode>
        <trackingurl</trackingurl>
        <restrictions></restrictions>
        <keywords></keywords>
        <category></category>
        <commissionpercentage></commissionpercentage>
        <merchantID></merchantID>
        <merchantname></merchantname>
        <dealtitle></dealtitle>
        <imagebig></imagebig>
        <imagesmall></imagesmall>
        <htmlofdeal></htmlofdeal>
    Last edited by gcarson; December 15th, 2010 at 03:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcarson View Post
    In the feed, you'll see:
    HTML Code:
    <trackingurl>http://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=111111&m=111111&u=YOURUSERIDHERE</trackingurl>

    Replace YOURUSERIDHERE with 'Your ID'

    Edit: I think you need to view shareasale. com/dealdatabase2.xml to view this information. Someone with more knowledge can explain further. I believe the database.xml doesn't have the tracking URL

    One last edit: Doing a comparison of the differences, database2 has these extra fields:

    HTML Code:
      <dealstartdate></dealstartdate>
        <dealenddate></dealenddate>
        <dealpublishdate></dealpublishdate>
       <dealeditdate></dealeditdate>
        <couponcode></couponcode>
        <trackingurl</trackingurl>
        <restrictions></restrictions>
        <keywords></keywords>
        <category></category>
        <commissionpercentage></commissionpercentage>
        <merchantID></merchantID>
        <merchantname></merchantname>
        <dealtitle></dealtitle>
        <imagebig></imagebig>
        <imagesmall></imagesmall>
        <htmlofdeal></htmlofdeal>
    Thanks for the help! I wasn't aware of the dealdatabase2.xml feed.

    From some reason every single link I generate with it seems to be invalid and I get:

    The link is not currently active.

    There are a number of reasons that you may have received this message. The most common is that the merchant who was advertising is temporarily not-actively promoting that program. If, however, you feel you have reached this page in error, please let us know. Shareasale.com does not tolerate or send any SPAM mail to anyone. If you feel you have been targeted by a SPAM message, we would appreciate if you could forward the message to us at abuse at shareasale.com.

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    If you are seeing that error and you have signed up and been approved with all the merchants in the feed, it might be time to open a trouble ticket with SAS. At least they could clarify things for you.

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    That's what I'll do - thanks!

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    Full Member gcarson's Avatar
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    ^that

    Or you could have an error in your script where you change YOURUSERIDHERE with 'Your ID'

    Or you aren't signed up with the merchant. I believe that feed gives ALL merchants and not just merchants you are signed up with. When a link is clicked on a merchant you are not signed up with, I believe you get that error.

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    Yea - Thanks for the help At least one of the merchants I wasn't signed with so that's probably the problem.

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