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Comm2a, custom amazon link?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Cmaro21, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. Cmaro21

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    Is it possible to link to a specific item using part of the comm2a link? I am thinking this would be an easy way to generate them some revenue during christmas. For example, I was asking for these shooting ear muffs from Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001T7QJ9O/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1387245058&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL60

    Rather than telling people who may be buying them for me to click the comm2a amazon link then search for it, could you just add somthing to the end like /comm2a?

    Here is the comm2a link, http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&tag=com0d0-20

    Thanks in advance!


    Blame my phone's auto spell for the previous misspellings and / or bad grammar.
     

  2. Knuckle Dragger

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    That's exactly how the referral program is supposed to work - sort of.

    We can create links for specific item, although I haven't done it. The idea is that we can feature or recommend certain items sold by Amazon and when a visitor to our website click the link they go to Amazon and we get a referral fee.

    However, to do what you want we'd have to create individual links for specific products and add them to our website.
     
  3. Cmaro21

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    Ok, thanks. Pm sent.

    Blame my phone's auto spell for the previous misspellings and / or bad grammar.
     
  4. Knuckle Dragger

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    I think Amazon pays a slightly higher commission on specifically linked items.
     
  6. Matt E

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    It'd be nice for there to be some way to know if it's actually working. Typically what I do is search for what I want. Make note of it and then go to the link and then pull it back up and buy it. Is there any way to get amazon to identify it benefit purchase?
     
  7. Knuckle Dragger

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    It's working very well.
     
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  8. dragonballzz

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    What is the percetage Comm2a receives? How do we know if our purchases went through for the donation?
     
  9. JJ4

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    -The important part of the URL for the referral is the "tag=com0d0-20" part.

    -The other important part of the URL is "/dp/THEASIN" which is the link to the actual item. Where ASIN is the ISBN or Amazon Id Number of the item.
    -Attributes are additional things at the end of a URL that passes information to the web server. The list of attributes starts with a question mark ? and if there are more than one attribute they are separated by ampersand & and each one has the form attributeName=someValue
    - The tag is the attribute that tells the web server the referral information.

    Most URLS will have the form:
    www.amazon.com/Some-Long-Description-In-English-Here/dp/ASIN?attribute1=value1&attribute2=value2

    Here the the long ass url for an item that has additional items at the end.
    http://www.amazon.com/3M-39008-Headlight-Restoration-System/dp/B001AIZ5HY/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1387255501&sr=1-1&keywords=headlight+restoration+kit

    You can get rid of some of the other stuff and shorten it to:
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AIZ5HY

    Then tack on the ?tag=com0d0-20 to make it:
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AIZ5HY?tag=com0d0-20

    That *should* work. The other thing you can probably do is tack on &tag=com0d0-20 to the version of the URL with the extra stuff, as long as there isn't an extra tag in there already. However, I don't know if some other attributes like ref=something could mess it up.
     
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  10. Cmaro21

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    Thank you!

    Thank you too. After I PM'd knuckle last night I did a little searching and found similar info but your description is easier for most to understand than this. http://blog.crazybob.org/2008/10/how-to-create-simple-amazon-affiliate.html
    I also mentioned to Knuckle that it would try and write some code to automatically do this for them. Example, you find something on amazon, go to Comm2a page, paste the ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number, this is found under "See more product details" of every product) and then hit enter. It would hopefully result in your custom link to paste around or share with people. I am not a web dev so I will monkey around with the html code for a short while. If anyone is a guru at it please chime in. I think this would benefit the community, Comm2A and Mass.

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    https://foliovision.com/seo-tools/marketing/amazon-affiliate-link-generator

    If you need a custom referral link to share with someone, find the item at Amazon, click on "See more product details" and then copy the ASIN. Go to that link posted above and paste it in the appropriate field. In the associate ID field paste com0d0-20

    Knuckle, can you confirm that this works correctly using the link and the above instructions?
     
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  11. Knuckle Dragger

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    The percentage varies by item and our overall volume for the month. Again, Amazon isn't donating anything. They pay use (and many others) a referral fee for driving business to their site. In that respect it should be transparent to the user.
     
  12. terraformer

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    So, if I am deconstructing this correctly, one could build a link by taking this prefix: "http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/", inserting an ASIN # (like this:1594865671) and then suffixing "/com0d0-20" onto the end of the link.

    I could build an amazon URL parser if every URL has an ASIN number and spit out a modified link...


    ETA: Yeah, the link always has the ASIN but it uses different names. Sometimes "product", sometimes dp, etc; It may make sense to just parse out the number block. It's always in the main URL and not in the query string.
     
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    The reg ex would be /\/[a-zA-Z_0-9]+?.*\//. You would have to strip off http://..../ and ?.*$ and then apply that reg ex to the remaining bit. Hrrmmmm... Anyone with some time want to bang that out with PHP? I can post it on the Comm2A website so anyone can take an amazon URL, paste into into a form and out spits a new Comm2A URL.
     
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  14. Cmaro21

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    This is exactly what I had in mind but know not enough about web dev to do anything about. Awesome, I hope that it comes to fruition.
     
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    Use (bookmark) this path to save yourself half the trouble. It will return an error because you didn't fill in the ASIN, but will leave the Comm2A part populated. Now just drop in the ASIN for the product you want and BABOOM, you have the whole shabangabang. No more having to remember the com0d0-20 part.

    http://code.llbbl.com/amazon/?asin=&amazonid=com0d0-20&submit=Submit

    Blammo! My bookmark worked. I just tried it and got this link to a Sightron scope.
     
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  16. terraformer

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    A better reg ex would be /\/[A-Z0-9]{8}[A-Z0-9]+?.*\//
     
  17. Cmaro21

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    Let me know if you see an order for these mepro sights come in the next few days - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0028MCOAM/com0d0-20

    My buddy was asking what to get his cousin, I recommended sights and just happened to try the link tool I shared. I'll let you know when the order has been confirmed.
     
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    Comm2A can access an online report of what was bought through our link, however, Amazon does not provide us with any information about who ordered the product.
     
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    Yeah that was me. LOL. Actually that one wasn't me, but the Alex and Ani bracelets were.

    This was too:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008JBIH9I/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    and this:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F4F0FQ/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    and this:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008HA4NYO/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    Now to restore my manhood, I bought this:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PD1X8A/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KKB86A/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    But alas my manhood goes astray, and I ordered this:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007V63Y8Q/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    - - - Updated - - -

    There should be a monthly release of the craziest item bought on Amazon through the link.
     
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    Seriously. You know someone out there is buying the Three Wolves t-shirts on a regular basis. And I wouldn't be surprised to find that there are some closet Bronies out there.
     
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    A running thread with amusing Amazon purchases generating revenue for Comm2a would be highly entertaining.
     
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    It would be. I don't often check to see what items people are purchasing through our link, but it's pretty interesting when I do.

    Some lucky gal is getting this for xmas: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ENLL7AY
    There's also lots of beauty and cosmetic products and a few NSFW items..
     
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    I have definitely purchased alot of cosmetics, women's health products, and weird shirts for the Mrs.

    Did you laugh at the syringes a couple weeks ago? I bought varying syringes and needle tips and plastic flow tips for the wife's crafts for glue, and bought some for myself and I fill them with Mobil 1 grease and oil for guns. I figured you would think we had a meth addict on the forum

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00DXPRTHG/com0d0-20
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008MLUS42/com0d0-20
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001PQ4LYY/com0d0-20
     
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    No, I didn't. Honestly I've only ever looked a couple of times to see what gets ordered. If we were in the retail business we'd look much harder at they types of items that come through our link because we'd want to maximize our business and referrals. Comm2A supporters are a diverse and interesting group, our intent is not to out the buying habits of our followers.
     
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    Booooo!
     
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    Feel free to out yourselves. Next time you buy something strange, post it. Others who are willing participants can join in.
     
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    I looked up the commission structure, looks like it's by item shipped from what I understand.
    Pretty awesome then because when I make Amazon orders at work we order a whole bunch of headsets and other various items and it should fluff up that number !
     
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