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  1. #1
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    Create Re-Direct Links - Linkshare
    Is there a way to create Linkshare affiliate links that redirect to a merchant without logging into your account. For instance, I want to create an individual product link on the fly and don't want to have to always log in, to create the link.

    I know CJ allows you to do this using the URL parameter followed by the merchant url.

    For instance: http://www.************/click-XXXXXX...05823_04242007


    And Performics allows you to do this using the redirect parameter as discussed in this post: http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread...8&page=1&pp=25

    So does Linkshare have a url or redirect querystring parameter that can be used to dynamically link to a merchants page, without having to build the links on the linkshare website and then wait up to an hour before your created links go live...

    Any details regarding this would be helpful. thanks,
    d.

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    Yes only if the merchant is DRM enabled.
    Quite a lot are but not all are.

    Here is an example.
    http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=[site.code]&offerid=123701.5152&type=14&catid=-1&subid=0&hid=5152&tmpid=1988&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252F
    www.fairfieldgetaway.com/rc154p4343sB0001218
    Replace the last string with the merchant's landing page URL

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    Thanks Eric, that's really helpful. Any idea how you know or find out if a merchant is DRM enabled. Does linkshare have this listed on the site for each merchant?

    Also what's DRM an acronym for in this context.

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    DRM = Dynamic Rich Media which basically means Javascript.

    Click on the Create Links tab. Then click on a Merchant. You'll see the available link types.

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    I do not think there is a list that you can sort through. Unfortunately, you have to click though each merchant to find it.

    If you have a contact at LS, I am sure that they are able to generate a list for you easily.

    Hint to LS: It's good to have a sortable list of merchants based on features. i.e. DRM enabled, data feed (via LS and outside LS), allow PPC, allow limited PPC.
    I am sure that affiliates will find it useful as opposed to clicking on each merchant.

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    Developerz, I am presuming that you are an affiliate. DRM does not allow you the ability to build your own links. It is a feature for merchants to build links that they can update on their end automatically and have the changes reflect on the Affiliate site without having the affiliate to change their links.

    What you should look into is the new web service that LinkShare released called Automatic Link Generator. http://www.linkshare.com/rc/webservi...generator.html

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    Hey Pen, Yep, I'm kinda a new affiliate although i've actually been with linkshare for probably 6 years or so, but never did do anything with the account, except for using a few banners. Now, I'm getting into the game!!! Anyway, I actually sent Linkshare an email regarding Automatic Link Generator, but have yet to hear back from them.

    Has anyone on the forums been able to get Automatic Link Generater, enabled for their account yet?

    I emailed them a few days ago so I will probably wait a bit longer before contacting them again.

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