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    HI guys, I have been using cj for a while and always wondered if there was away that I could make my own buy button, for products. I know that with befree that they have a standard link template thing that I use. Cj appears to have the same. Just wondering if there was away to redirect the link, so I could put it on my buy button.

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    KingConnections are you seeking a way to spoof the buying public into thinking they're buying the product from you. CJ individual product links automatically generate a "buy" button. If your wishing to use the CJ merchant datafeeds to import into a shopping cart program to pose as a merchant I can't and won't help you.

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    EcomCity,
    I am not looking to try and fool the public. I was thinking of making a "Buy it Here" button. So that I could make my site look the same, no matter if it comes from cj, befree, or linkshare. I am not trying to pass it off as though I am selling the product. I am just trying to pass on the savings. Maybe it was not a good idea, and I hope I did not offend you. As I am a newbie, I don't want to do anything that would be considered wrong. Just thought I would ask a newbie question that may or may not improve my site.

    Thanks
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    bump, Can I get some feed back EcomCity?
    Just want to learn and do it properly.
    Thanks
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    Your question, me thinks, is a bit confusing because you refer to both buttons and links...which are entirely different things in HTML. A button is a thing on a form, a link is in a anchor tag. Off the top of my head, a button would look like:

      
    <form action="www.qksrv.net/click-PID-AID" method="get">
    <input type=submit name="" value="Buy It Here">
    </form>


    BeFree, Linkshare, SAS use parameters for their options. Buttons for befree would look like:


    <form action="service.bfast.com/bfast/serve" method="get">
    <input type="hidden" name="bfmid" value="???">
    <input type="hidden" name="siteid" value="???">
    <input type="hidden" name="bfmid" value="???">
    <input type="submit" name="" value="buy it here">
    </form>

    The get method basically puts all of the parameters back into the form of a link and sends it to the server.

    A page full of buttons would look awkward. My guess however is that you are actually asking a different question, and that you didn't get the response you want because people are confused by your use of link and button in the same question.

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    I am talking about a "buy it here" picture of a button with a hyperlink, to the vendors product page. This way I can make all my links look consistant.

    So It would be my review on blah product, blah blah blah...... Buy it Here!

    Then it would looks nice, other than just a text link a paragraph.

    Thanks for all your help guys. Maybe its just not a good idea. Thanks yintercept!

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    Hi King...

    Some vendors make this very easy by providing a "redirect link". That is you can change the link to point at any page on the vendors site.
    Click on "Show Advanced Options" on the "get html screen" and see if there is a spot to change the Destination URL.
    You can change the text to be what ever you wish.

    If a vendor doesn't provide a redirect link, I add one of their text links or banners to my page and then point a button to the vendor by copying the destination URL from the text link or banner.
    The only problem is, you typically cannot alter the destination URL to point to a specific page or product on the vendor's site.

    I wish more vendors had redirect links. IMHO it allows me to make a site that is easier to navigate. Less clicks between my site and the shopping cart

    Chris

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    King, to add to what cdc said to change the wording on your button from Buy to Buy it here In your html editor look at your html source and and find the word Buy in the code. You can the highlight it and change it to Buy it here. If you use Dreamweaver you can do them all at once with the Replace feature. Hope this helps.

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    quote:
    Originally posted by kingconnections:
    I am talking about a "buy it here" picture of a button with a hyperlink, to the vendors product page.


    To make a consistent looking "buy it here" button, you first design a button, then use that inside the merchant link

    Assuming your button is in the file "buyit.gif" then the link would look like:


    <a href="http://affiliateLink">
    <img src="buyit.gif" alt="buy it">
    </a>



    Unfortunately, people in computer science are very picky about terminology. I take it the question is really: Can I modify links?

    Everyone has this question...it is a big question because all the networks basically say "No, you cannot modify links."

    Of course, everyone modify links. Especially the big advertisers that put all ads in databases. This is really poor wording on the network's part.

    Anyway, the subject is "redirect." a redirect is a completely different thing than modifying links. A redirect is a thing were a person goes to URL A, URL then forwards the user to URL B.

    In affiliate marketing you can do really nasty things with redirects. You make a person think that A is happening when B happens. For the most part, they are just for doing counters.

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    I agree that redirects can be misused but in some cases they are great. Example: Zappos.com,
    If I have a customer that wears a size 5 and are looking for dress shoes I can send them right to the Zappos page that has only dress shoes that are made in size 5 (not all shoes are) This helps the customer find just what they are looking for and saves them a lot of extra clicks.
    That said anyone who uses redirects to mislead a customer

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    quote:
    That said anyone who uses redirects to mislead a customer
    If it can be done, rest assured someone is out there doing it...

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    Thanks for all the great info guys!! Robert, what you are talking about with the shoes is exactly what I want to do. If I have a article about computer at tiger direct, then I want them to goto the page that the computer is on.
    Thanks for all the help guys!!! Keep the information comming.

    Dan
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