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    What is my linkshare ID?
    This is probably a pretty dumb question. I can sign into linkshare and see my userid at the top of the browser. How do I find my 11 digit ID to put into product links?

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    The id is the letter/number combo in any url. It comes right after the click?id= .

    I think it's in their help section but I could have learned that elsewhere.

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    I scoured help too. could not find a thing.
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    Your LinkShare tracking code is the 11-digit string that appears after the "id=" and before &offerid=. You can view this code by going to Create Links for any of your merchants. Below is a sample of the code that you should see in the merchant link section.

    <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=XXXXXXXXXXX&offerid=111...

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    mine has a "/" at the beggining is this ok?

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    Code:
    <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=xxxxxxxxxxx&offerid=88976.10000056&type=3&subid=0" >blahblahblah</a><IMG border=0 width=1 height=1 src="http://ad.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/show?id=xxxxxxxxxxx&bids=88976.10000056&type=3&subid=0" >
    You LS ID is usually found twice in a typical link. make sure you get both. The id is shown in bold.
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    yes, but is it usual/normal ids first letter being a "/" ?

    thats what i wonder cause mine seems to be this character

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    my ID does not begin with a slash, though it may be possible. Getting in touch with LS might be the only way to know for sure.
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    So it looks like I have to go to some merchant and generate a link to even see it? It is not in my account info someplace? What a pain. My userid is right there at the time but that is not useful at all.

    I working with a datafeed where I have to plug in that number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KGP
    mine has a "/" at the beggining is this ok?
    Yes, that is fine.
    it can start with "_" also.

    As long as you get the checks every month

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    I am not sure if Linkshare is willing to regenerate any encrypted affiliate site IDs. But the '/' (slash) is too dangerous to be used in some programming.

    Why? Because it conflicts with many programming languages as an escape character. Unless the programmer is diligent enough or the script is fully tested, it is just like having a ticking bomb waiting to explode and cause problem.

    Best solution is to have an encrypted linkshare affiliate ID without any '/' character.

    Just my 2 cents...

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    andrew will my LS id have any impact with your scripts? now we found out that ...yes it can beggin with a slash ? (which still makes me wonder why)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataFeedFile.com
    it is just like having a ticking bomb waiting to explode and cause problem.
    That's Linkshare, right there.

    Just use numbers, scramble them all you want, as many times as you want, causes no problem, no confusion whatsoever. Oh, no! That would make things easier.

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    Quote:
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    it is just like having a ticking bomb waiting to explode and cause problem.
    So true.
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DataFeedFile.com
    Best solution is to have an encrypted linkshare affiliate ID without any '/' character.
    Just be aware: LinkShare DON'T TRACK if you encript their links.
    If you have "&amp;" instead of "&" in one of your linkShare link, (and it's happening quite often) you can kiss goodbye your commission.

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    The characters in the string really don't matter and don't need to be encrypted (Is there something we are trying to hide?). Proper programming can handle any special characters or escape strings. It is a far cry from any ticking bomb. However the point of it being tested is true. Why would anybody do otherwise? Get it right test it well... lose the encryption.
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    Slashes, gggggrrrrrrr
    But the '/' (slash) is too dangerous to be used in some programming.
    I suspect that I've lost several thousand bucks because the idiot programmers at Linkshare got fancy and included non standard characters like slashes and stars in their id. There are many programs, browsers and routers that like to encode and decode the query string between the customer and merchant. It seems to me that putting characters that are not alpha-numeric in the query string simply ups the chance of the affiliate id being stripped from the purchase.

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