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Automated Linkgenerator

The Automated LinkGenerator is a Web Service to create Rakuten LinkShare click links for any product on a merchant's site.It provides the same functionality as the LinkGenerator feature in the Individual Product Links interface, without having to login to the affiliate interface.

To create an Automated LinkGenerator link, an affiliate sends a URL from the merchant's site to Rakuten LinkShare in the format specified below. The URL can be sent through a browser, a tool like wget or curl, or an automated script. For each URL provided, Rakuten LinkShare returns a click link. An affiliate can request up to 1,000 links within an hour.

URLs are sent to Rakuten LinkShare in this format (with the token, mid, and murl parameters in this order):
http://getdeeplink.linksynergy.com/createcustomlink.shtml?token=<token-ID>&mid=<MID>&murl=<URL-from-merchant>

  • The token ID can be found in the affiliate interface on the RSS Resource Page.
  • The MID is a unique identifier for the merchant. It can be obtained from the Web Services--Merchant Links Feed.
  • The URL is the landing page on the merchant's site. Special characters do not need to be encoded.

A URL with these fields populated might look like:
http://getdeeplink.linksynergy.com/createcustomlink.shtml?token=813cc9fbb4ecc65eb3356d7637c015c38358d4c01a
3f48876d62ff7409bed1&mid=560&murl=http://www.merchant.com/productpage?prodid=1224231&buylink=yes

Rakuten LinkShare will return a click link in the form:
http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=AAA111AAA11&subid=0
&offerid=999999.1&type=10&tmpid=939&RD_PARM1=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.merchantname.com%2Fsearch%2Fdetail.cfm%3F
chunk%3D25%2526mtype%3D%2526wauth%3Da%2520name%2526qwork%3D2875272%2526S%3DR%2526bid%3D8713366401%2526
pbest%3D2%252E95%2526pqtynew%3D0%2526page%3D1%2526matches%3D24%2526qsort

The system will give errors for the following situations:

  • The link is provided in an invalid format that Rakuten LinkShare cannot parse.
  • The link does not include a token ID.
  • The link includes an invalid token ID, for example if the affiliate no longer has Automated LinkGenerator enabled.
  • The affiliate is not joined to the merchant MID included in the link.
  • The merchant MID included in the link is invalid.
  • The link does not include a merchant MID.
  • The merchant does not have LinkGenerator enabled for affiliates.
  • The link does not include a merchant URL.
  • The affiliate has exceeded its hourly limit for using the Automated LinkGenerator tool.

Once Rakuten LinkShare has returned a click link, it can easily be placed on your affiliate site.
The format for a text link will be:
<a href="[CLICK_URL]" >[LINK_TEXT]</a><IMG border="0" width="1" height="1" src="http://ad.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/show?id=[AFFILIATE_ID]&bids=[OFFER_ID]&type=2&subid=0" >

  • Paste the exact return value from the Automated LinkGenerator tool in place of [CLICK_URL].
  • Provide link text for the user in place of [LINK_TEXT].
  • The [AFFILIATE_ID] can be found in the returned URL from the Automated LinkGenerator tool. It will appear just after ?id= in the click link just as it will be pasted here. In the example above, the [AFFILIATE_ID] value, AAA111AAA11, would be found as ?id=AAA111AAA11. Paste this value in place of [AFFILIATE_ID].
  • The [OFFER_ID] can also be found in the returned URL from the Automated LinkGenerator tool. It will appear between &offerid= and .1. In the example above, the [OFFER_ID] value, 999999, would be found as &offerid=999999.1. Paste this value in place of [OFFER_ID].

The format for a banner link will be:
<a href="[CLICK_URL]" ><IMG border="0" src="[IMAGE_URL]" ></a><IMG border="0" width="1" height="1" src="http://ad.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/show?id=[AFFILIATE_ID]&bids=[OFFER_ID]&type=2&subid=0" >

  • Paste the exact return value from the Automated LinkGenerator tool in place of [CLICK_URL].
  • Paste the URL of the image on the merchant's site in place of [IMAGE_URL].
  • The [AFFILIATE_ID] can be found in the returned URL from the Automated LinkGenerator tool. It will appear just after ?id= in the click link just as it will be pasted here. In the example above, the [AFFILIATE_ID] value, AAA111AAA11, would be found as ?id=AAA111AAA11. Paste this value in place of [AFFILIATE_ID].
  • The [OFFER_ID] can also be found in the returned URL from the Automated LinkGenerator tool. It will appear between &offerid= and .1. In the example above, the [OFFER_ID] value, 999999, would be found as &offerid=999999.1. Paste this value in place of [OFFER_ID].

 
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