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    Link DNA Recombination Question...
    Okay, it's a silly subject line, but I'm not that creative... I have a question about link deconstruction/reconstruction...



    Here are some components of a text link I use:

    offerid=nnnnn.10000001
    bids=nnnnn.10000001

    where:

    "nnnnn" is the merchant program identifier I'm participating in, and
    "10000001" is the specific item I'm linking to


    My questions:

    1. Does the "offerid=nnnnn.10000001" item work/exist for every merchant?

    2. Does it always point to a merchant's homepage?

    3. Does the "bids=nnnnn.10000001" in a link's IMG tag work/exist for every merchant, also?


    Thanks for any/all help..!

    Sincerely,

    Joe E.

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    the nnnnn.xxxxxxxxxxxxx will vary depending on the merchant, the # 10000001 may or may not work with all merchants, which is why you should stick to the code as provided via the affiliate interface, whenever possible, so that you won't mess up the links functionality or tracking of commissions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by promosoft
    ... the # 10000001 may or may not work with all merchants, which is why you should stick to the code as provided via the affiliate interface, whenever possible, so that you won't mess up the links functionality or tracking of commissions.
    Hi, promosoft, thanks for replying..!

    You hit the nail right on the head... I suspect it may work for some, but not others, which is why I'm asking whether it does, or does not, work for all merchants.

    I'm guessing it's a question that only a Linkshare customer service rep can answer definitively...

    By the way...

    I completely understand that it's best to stick with the code as provided by the link builders/datafeeds/affiliate interface, which is why I'm asking, before changing anything on my end...

    Thanks for your help..!

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    It definitely doesn't work for all Linkshare merchants. From what I've seen, it's probably even less than half. Product and/or deep linking varies from merchant to merchant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelColey
    It definitely doesn't work for all Linkshare merchants. From what I've seen, it's probably even less than half. Product and/or deep linking varies from merchant to merchant.
    Aw, dang...

    Well, okay, I'll have to stick to diligent browsing for other ways to be lazy, then...



    Thanks to both of you , promosoft and MichaelColey, for your replies... I appreciate it very much..!

    Sincerely,

    Joe E.

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