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  1. #1
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    January 17th, 2005
    What do you tell people who email saying they want to purchase a product from one of my linkshare merchants but they don't see a buy link? Its there I know, I told them if they have Norton to turn it off, they said that didn't help any, what do I tell them?

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    ABW Ambassador Doug247's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
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    E-mail them a link Directly to the buy page for that product.

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    January 17th, 2005
    I sent them a link in an email and they said they could see it but still couldn't click on it. I gave up and just told them to go straight to the merchant. I get at least one of these questions a day and its frustrating.

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    Member gotapex's Avatar
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    January 17th, 2005
    I tell em:

    Your hosts file tells your local computer where domain names on the internet are mapped to (IP addresses). You'll find your local hosts file here:
    Windows XP Pro/Home - c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    Windows NT/2000 - c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    Windows 95/98/Me - c:\windows\hosts
    Hosts is actually the name of the file (with no extension at the end), not a directory.

    To fix the problem, we want to open it up in Notepad.exe. It's a good idea to save a backup of the file first, just in case.

    When you open it up, it'll look something like this:
    # Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
    # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
    # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
    # space.
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
    # For example:
    # # source server
    # # x client host localhost

    Every site below, with a next to it will be sent to your local computer, instead of being routed to the correct website. To allow your computer to correctly reach these sites, simply delete that line. Here are a few that you may see there which are necessary to take advantage of many of the discounts you see here:

    After deleting these lines out of your hosts file, save it and close it. After rebooting, you'll be able to reach all of the sites mentioned on the deals page correctly, instead of being dumped onto a dead page. Piece of cake, eh?

    OK, what if your host file doesn't include any of these URL's and you still can't seem to get links from our page to work correctly? You're probably using some sort of overly enthusiastic banner blocking program like SpyBot or AdSubtract. There will be a something like "permanently run bad download blocker for Internet Explorer" or something like that. If that's enabled, the links will not work. Unfortunately, with programs like this, there is no way to selectively unblock URL's.

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