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    In the activity report there's a column "Your Tracking (opt.)". Does this mean that affiliates can append their own tracking codes to the URLs? If so, I suppose it's the "afftrack=" parameter. Is this correct and how many charaters are allowed?

    BTW: Brian, great that you will stay here for longer. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    Karl

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    ShareASale President/CEO and ABW Veteran Brian - ShareASale's Avatar
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    Yes that is correct...

    the afftrack= parameter can hold any value, make sure that there are no spaces, funky characters, etc...

    It'll hold 100 characters, but that is really excessive and not recommended (your reports will look all goofy) ...most times it is just a member's username etc., which is only 6-12 characters or so...

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    Brian,

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    Karl

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    Brian;
    I notice your linking URL code seems to tag all activity to a banner id#. Many times a affiliate wants to link to a specific product image and add in some pre-sell text like the big boys provide. Taking a shopper directly to the specific product page greatly increases chances of a referral sale. MSN's "Clicktrade" made this real easy.

    If I wanted to link the image http://www.suspenders.com/dots.jpg to the web page http://www.suspenders.com/dots.htm to promote a specific suspender and track clicks and sales will your system allow for this? This would also allow for the merchant to build out a promo page ( pictures -text and pre-coded links with XXX replacement for Affil ID#) www.ecomcity.com/holdup.htm to share with all affiliates seeking a full page Ad.

    The other question involves your monitoring sales activity of merchants who might be tempted to remove the reporting tag from the confirmation page. We sure know that what take 1 minute to add ..takes one minute to subtract. Do you regularly perform secret shopper tests to take merchants to task over this issue?

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    ShareASale President/CEO and ABW Veteran Brian - ShareASale's Avatar
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    Webmaster Mike...

    Yes, we do allow several ways for the product linking to occur.

    1. Each individual banner links to a specific spot. So, the merchant has the ability to create a banner that is specific to a product, and link it to that page by default.

    2. We also have a product database that is available for merchants to use, although many of them don't for some reason. Which allows for a little more flexibility than the above..

    3rd...If you want to link to a specific page, you can do the following...In any banner code, use the URLLINK paramater which is displayed at the end (for the short link code you will need to add it...) , and place the page that you want in there....for example...

    this is a link...
    http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=xxx&m=xxx&b=xxx

    this is a link with urlredirect...
    http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=xx....com/page.html

    We are currently working on ways to provide the full page ad's etc...although the possibility certainly exists within the merchant and affiliate relationship, to create a page and code with the text links availabe....what we are working on is an easy way for the masses to use it...experienced programmers and merchants that have this type of creative are already doing it...and I welcome you to encourage any merchants that you use to supply you with this kind of creative... as long as you use the link code from shareasale (short text link is best and easiest) when linking to the merchant's site...it will work...

    as for the testing of merchants, yes..we do this all the time. we don't catch everything...but we do make as much of an effort as we can. most problems are honest mistakes...so we try to supply our merchants with as much information about the code as possible... i.e., why it works, what could happen to make it not work, etc...

    on the average, we check each merchant once per month, on a varying schedule to determine if they are still compliant.

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    So if I'm reading this correctly... an individual page link with affiliate tracking would look something like:
    http://www.shareasale.com/ r.cfm?u=xxx&m=xxx&b=xxx&afftrack=MyComment&urllink=www.merchant.com/page.html

    Yes?

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    quote:
    the afftrack= parameter can hold any value, make sure that there are no spaces, funky characters, etc...


    Does "funky characters" include the "@" and "." symbols? - For those who want to track email addresses.

    -Joey

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    ShareASale President/CEO and ABW Veteran Brian - ShareASale's Avatar
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    Cedric, that link looks good...

    Joey, @ and . should work fine...

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