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October 6, 2010 at 10:10 am #419
Hi Is there anyway you can have a more user friendly affiliate link as I have affiliates who do not have websites and want to put their affiliate links on to business cards and need a more simple link
Cheers NormOctober 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm #25116David KakonMember
you can make a subdomain in your cpanel, so if your site is kennedy.com and your affiliate is mike you can create mike.kennedy.com and it will redirect to kennedy.com/?ap_id=mike
what I would like to know is if you can have the affiliate URL use the affiliate id # or someother reference number instead of user name, some people wont want to see http://www.url.com/?ap_id=davidkakon2 , looks funny that there name is in the website, but this would fly better:
let me know if this can be done
thanksOctober 7, 2010 at 12:32 am #25117
@Kennedy, by simple links do you mean not a HTML code that you get from the Ad section?
@David, the username is basically the affiliate ID. In every affiliate system you need to have a unique ID that can be used for tracking purpose. Maybe changing the text “username” to “Affiliate ID” would help?
Yes the affiliate ID can be a number.October 8, 2010 at 10:23 am #25118
Thanks for replies What is the Ad section?October 8, 2010 at 11:32 pm #25119wpCommerceModerator
When your affiliates log into the affiliate panel, they will be able to see all the textlink ads and banners you have created in html codes next to them. This is the Ad section.October 9, 2010 at 12:41 am #25120
Browse to the “Manage Ads” menu of the plugin and you will see that you can configure ads for your affiliates to use.October 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm #25121
What I want is to make the affiliate link simple eg nameofsite.com/john or something simalar so my affiliates can use it on business cardsOctober 10, 2010 at 12:20 am #25122
Any affiliate software will need a unique ID for tracking purpose and the only way you can do that is by using HTTP GET. So everywhere when you see an affiliate ID you will see it has a “?” character in the URL which is used for HTTP GET parameter. So the simplest link that you can offer will be the following:
Now you probably have seen sites where an affiliate link looks like the following:
Now, what you probably don’t know is that the above link is done on the client side (the affiliate’s site) using a plugin similar to the following or using a similar technique:
There are techniques that your affiliates can do so the affiliate link like the following:
looks like the following on their site:
This is not something the affiliate software can do as the affiliate software is installed on your site. Your smart affiliates will automatically use a plugin or technique explained earlier to mask the link.
If the affiliate software could do this on your end then nobody would need to create affiliate link masking software in the first place. Does it make sense?October 11, 2010 at 7:34 pm #25123
Thank you for your reply. Yes it makes does make sense I understand now .October 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm #25124David KakonMember
1) create a folder on your server nameofsite.com called john
2) make a file in that folder call index.html
3) put this in the file:
<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”0;url=http://nameofsite.com/?ap_id=john”>
thats it, when people go to nameofsite.com/jon it will redirect to nameofsite.com/?ap_id=john, the only thing is the affiliate will never know who reffered him as the referer will laways be index.html, however if he just uses this address on his card hell know th refferer was a card holder
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