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    I no longer seem to be getting any results in blended mode on any site.

    Not sure how long this has been going on for - I noticed it a couple of days ago but it seemed intermittent so I put it down to Amazon being flaky, high server load, etc.

    I don't see anything on the Amazon boards about it - has something changed?


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    I noticed that today, too, so its not just your site. I tried typing 'music' and got no results at all. Other searches give some matches but not, for example, 'boxing' doesn't return any books about boxing but you get some matches in video games, DVDs and toys.

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    I just purchased the amazon script last Friday
    and the blended results haven't worked for me
    since I got the script. I just deleted that from
    the search form in my template until it starts
    working again.

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    Yikes - looks like this has been a problem for a while.

    Unfortunately I have whole sites based around the blended results, so it isn't easy to tune out. Not good at this time of year.

    I've raised this via the support form at cusimano.com. Seems weird that there's nothing on the amazon forums about it - you'd think it would be affecting all AWS scripts.


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    Blended search in Associate Engine (v3.06.27) is currently not working because Amazon.com recently changed their website. We're looking into this.

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    per: David Cusimano

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    I was using Mr. Rats free script prior to purchasing this script, and the blended results are still working with his script. I purchased this script because I like the way it brings up the subcategories which the other script doesn't do. I was surprised because the day after I started linking to my new site with this script, I already had 19 pages indexed in Google. Not a lot, but a start for the first day. I've been using Mr. Rats script with the mod rewrite for a few months now, but just can't seem to get my pages indexed in Google even though Googlebot has been hitting it real hard.

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    Thanks David

    I'm constantly amazed by the number of merchants who decide to make significant system changes in the most important few weeks of the year.




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    As temporary solution, if the only search form on your website is blended search, then you might want to use the following form (or a variation of it) in your Associate Engine template:

    <FORM METHOD="GET"
    ACTION="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/external-search">
    <INPUT TYPE="TEXT" NAME="keyword" SIZE="10" VALUE="">
    <INPUT TYPE="SUBMIT" VALUE="Search">
    <INPUT TYPE="HIDDEN" NAME="mode" VALUE="blended">
    <INPUT TYPE="HIDDEN" NAME="tag" VALUE="{amazonid}">
    </FORM>

    *** IMPORTANT: If you are going to use this on your home page (e.g.: on a page not generated by ae.pl), then replace {amazonid} with your actual amazon.com associate ID.

    This form will display blended search results at the amazon.com website. You can continue to display other search results on your website using Associate Engine (e.g.: bestselling DVD's).

    Yours truly,
    Cusimano.Com Corporation
    per: David Cusimano

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    David

    Do you have any feel for how difficult this is going to be to fix ... and a timescale?

    This is crucifying what should be a lucrative time ... so much so that it may be worth my time doing some complex, devious and probably vey inefficient redesign and rescripting to work around it.

    But I don't want to spend a day doing that if a fix from you is imminent.

    Thanks for your efforts.


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