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    Amazon's link generation, how much it can be modified, etc
    Hello everyone! New affiliate here with lots of web development experience.

    The Amazon link generation page gave me something like this:

    Code:
    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?blahblahblah">More About This Item</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?blahblahblah" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />
    It looks like they added an image tag after the end of the link, presumably so they can track people who merely visit the page and not just those who click on the link. Does Amazon require this image tag to be there? The referal should work fine with just the URL of the text link, right? (I have already developed PHP system that makes having this extra image tag very inconvenient.)

    I learned from someone that Sharper Image / Link Share doesn't seem to require that image tag. I want to make sure the same was true of Amazon. (Is it true of all programs?)

    Basically I am asking: Is it true that I can do pretty much anything I want with that URL (within reason as good business practice) to get referral credit?

    Thank you so much!
    David

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    i never use the image tag for any place (amazon included) and it all tracks fine.

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    Thank you so much, it looks like I am all set then!

    As a courtesy I would have hoped the programs would explain that the URL is all that is actually needed. But I'm sure they have their reasons.

    Onward with development.

    Thanks again!

    David

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