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    Generic Amazon Link
    Does anyone know how to link "on the fly" to any page on amazon? I know they have the link builder, but that can only be done one link at a time, and I have thousands of products I want to promote.

    I am also aware of the API, but that only works for individual products, and I'd like to link directly to category pages like this one for "today's deals":

    HTML Code:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/909656/ref=stuffandsubnav_td1_/103-0647063-5975061
    or this one for "cell phones":

    HTML Code:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/301185/ref=sd_allcatpop_wi/103-0647063-5975061

    I would love it if there were an affiliate link that I could just "append" the url of where I would like the browser to land, like this:

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    http://www.amazon-affiliate-link.com?url=http://www.amazon-category-page.com

    Can anybody help? Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suluta
    Does anyone know how to link "on the fly" to any page on amazon? I know they have the link builder, but that can only be done one link at a time, and I have thousands of products I want to promote.

    I am also aware of the API, but that only works for individual products, and I'd like to link directly to category pages like this one for "today's deals":

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...647063-5975061

    or this one for "cell phones":

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...647063-5975061


    I would love it if there were an affiliate link that I could just "append" the url of where I would like the browser to land, like this:

    http://www.amazon-affiliate-link.com...egory-page.com


    Can anybody help? Thanks in advance!
    I SO feel your pain, Suluta. I've been asking this same question for more than a year.
    Michael Coley gave some good information on Amazon linking in another thread. Do a search on this forum and you'll find his input on various threads, explaining how to link without the Amazon link builder which I can never get to work properly either.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks Rexanne!

    I actually did a search prior to posting, but couldn't find anything on this. But when I narrowed it down to include only threads that have a post by "coley" I found it .

    For those of you that would like it as well:

    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread.php?t=65158

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    Ok, I found a way to make this a little more generic, so that it works for both products and categories:

    Just append everything after "obidos/" on the link you want to create to this:

    HTML Code:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag={myid}&path=APPENDHERE
    For example, if you want to to create an affiliate link for:

    HTML Code:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060959843/qid=1066586352/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/104-2204464-8137560
    take everything after "obidos/", which is:

    ASIN/0060959843/qid=1066586352/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/104-2204464-8137560

    and append it to:

    HTML Code:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=abw&path=
    which yields:

    HTML Code:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=abw&path=ASIN/0060959843/qid=1066586352/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/104-2204464-8137560
    This doesn't help if there is no "obidos/" in the original link, and it does not seem to work for Searches.

    Does anybody have a solution for SEARCHES?!

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    You don't want to do that. If you use redirect logic on a product link, you won't get the 2.5% bonus for a direct sale. Trust me. I know. That's how I did it for years. And Amazon.com wouldn't even consider compensating me for the lost commissions once I figured it out.

    I don't know of an easy solution for searches. The URL is much more complex and needs to be encoded. It's easiest just to log into their interface for those. Plus, some strange Amazon URLs don't work (even through the interface) as affiliate links.
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    Okay, for the two basic types of links, here's how to do it. (I've broken all the links so they'll display in full.)

    For product links, like:

    http: // www . amazon.com/gp/product/1595230068/qid=1140045860/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/102-2738706-7070560?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    Extract the ISBN or ASIN number (bold above) and insert it into this code:

    http: // www . amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/{asin}/{myid}/ref=nosim

    (The "/ref=nosim" portion is optional. That just makes it go directly to the page instead of the "similiar items" page.)

    Like:

    http: // www . amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595230068/abw/ref=nosim

    For browse or feature pages, like:

    http: // www . amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/feature/-/599912/ref=amb_link_584432_3/102-2738706-7070560?%5Fencoding=UTF8&ref=amb%5Flink%5F584432%5F3

    Find "feature" or "browse" and the ID and insert it into this:

    http: // www . amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag={myid}&path=tg/{feature/browse & id}

    Like:

    http: // www . amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=abw&path=tg/feature/-/599912

    Once you have those two "link templates" and you know for the small pieces to grab out of the URL's, it's really quick and easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelColey
    You don't want to do that. If you use redirect logic on a product link, you won't get the 2.5% bonus for a direct sale. Trust me. I know. That's how I did it for years. And Amazon.com wouldn't even consider compensating me for the lost commissions once I figured it out.
    I've been moaning about this for years and have never figured out why I can't get those direct links to work (thus the extra % on commission). Thanks once again Michael! I'm going to read your next post now and copy/paste the info so I'll know where to find it (in my Amazon folder! LOL). You're a sweetheart!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelColey
    You don't want to do that. If you use redirect logic on a product link, you won't get the 2.5% bonus for a direct sale. Trust me. I know. That's how I did it for years. And Amazon.com wouldn't even consider compensating me for the lost commissions once I figured it out.
    Thanks Michael. I'm sure we would have thought of that eventually, but after a lot of money was lost.

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    Now if we could just get a solution for searches

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suluta
    Now if we could just get a solution for searches
    There are some new filters in the latest documentation. One is supposed to filter out obsolete products, although it doesn't appear to work all of the time and doesn't work with a blended search.

    There is a new Top Sellers response group for searches that is pretty cool. You can pull in the 10 top selling ASINs and titles for any browse node. it's great for a Top Sellers list on a home page.

    Here is the latest Developer's Gude for anyone who is interested. It is a formidable document, but well worth reading if you are a developer. Just click on Amazon E-Commerce Service and download the PDF.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html...8&node=3487571

    BTW Michael, as always, your comments are right on the mark. Good job!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suluta
    Now if we could just get a solution for searches
    I'm not sure, but I might be onto something that could solve the "amazon search link" problem.

    This link works:

    http:// www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ external-search/002-0380744-9960047? search-type=ss&tag=abw-20&mode=books&keyword=angelina%20jolie

    (spaces put in so that it would show up in the post)

    I can't promise this tracks, as I haven't tested it, but the search has results, so that's a good sign.

    Anybody have a good way of making this more "generic" for searches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suluta
    I'm not sure, but I might be onto something that could solve the "amazon search link" problem.

    This link works:

    http:// www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ external-search/002-0380744-9960047? search-type=ss&tag=abw-20&mode=books&keyword=angelina%20jolie

    (spaces put in so that it would show up in the post)

    I can't promise this tracks, as I haven't tested it, but the search has results, so that's a good sign.

    Anybody have a good way of making this more "generic" for searches?
    I do the "make a link to any URL through Amazon for searches but I never trust that it tracks. You just put the url in the box and it spits the link out for you but the url for searches is so long and crazy, I don't trust it. When I see % and numbers in links, I don't trust they'll work right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suluta
    I can't promise this tracks, as I haven't tested it, but the search has results, so that's a good sign.
    I seriously doubt that it tracks, and would never use a self-made link without testing it.

    What's the point of saving a minute when creating a link, if you're not going to get commissions for it?

    If you're doing a lot of similar search links, why don't you create three or four in the interface, look at what is different/unique in each one, and figure it out from there? The search term, browse ID, and sort options are probably the main things that vary.

    As for me, I do search links infrequently enough that I just go to the interface each time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech Evangelist
    There are some new filters in the latest documentation. One is supposed to filter out obsolete products, although it doesn't appear to work all of the time and doesn't work with a blended search.

    There is a new Top Sellers response group for searches that is pretty cool. You can pull in the 10 top selling ASINs and titles for any browse node. it's great for a Top Sellers list on a home page.

    Here is the latest Developer's Gude for anyone who is interested. It is a formidable document, but well worth reading if you are a developer. Just click on Amazon E-Commerce Service and download the PDF.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html...8&node=3487571

    BTW Michael, as always, your comments are right on the mark. Good job!!
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