Amazon Link Shortening

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Does anyone know how to shorten Amazon Affiliate links? I'm not looking to cloak the links from my website.
Please PM me about this. I would be willing to pay for advice or service.
#amazon #link #shortening
  • Profile picture of the author Karan Goel
    You can do it for free using bit.ly.

    If you're needing some special feature, then please mention it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lazy Larry
      I need to keep Amazon in the displayed link.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Karan Goel View Post

      You can do it for free using bit.ly
      Bit.ly no longer allows affiliate links, many are reporting.

      And is hosted in a country currently undergoing a civil war and continual internet disturbances and interruptions.

      All of which, if you'll excuse the observation, rather demonstrates some of the points made in this thread yesterday about not depending on unnecessary third-party services to do something you can far more easily and safely do yourself, thus avoiding a whole chapter of potential accidents.
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      • Profile picture of the author moneyten
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Bit.ly no longer allows affiliate links, many are reporting.

        And is hosted in a country currently undergoing a civil war and continual internet disturbances and interruptions.

        All of which, if you'll excuse the observation, rather demonstrates some of the points made in this thread yesterday. about not depending on unnecessary third-party services to do something you can far more easily and safely do yourself, thus avoiding a whole chapter of potential accidents.
        Thanks for this information. Its helpful.
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        • Profile picture of the author athenistic
          This is the way I set up all of my links. It still isn't short, but it's a heck of a lot shorter.

          1. Grab the ASIN from the address bar link of the amazon product page you are promoting.

          E.G. Kindle: B003DZ1Y8Q

          2. Make your own shorter link and verify that it still points to the right page:

          hxxp://amazon.com/dp/B003DZ1Y8Q

          3. Add your tag to the end of it.

          hxxp://amazon.com/dp/B003DZ1Y8Q?tag=your-tag-ending-in-20


          Hope that helps.
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          • Profile picture of the author ThrillerAuthor
            Originally Posted by athenistic View Post

            This is the way I set up all of my links. It still isn't short, but it's a heck of a lot shorter.

            1. Grab the ASIN from the address bar link of the amazon product page you are promoting.

            E.G. Kindle: B003DZ1Y8Q

            2. Make your own shorter link and verify that it still points to the right page:

            hxxp://amazon.com/dp/B003DZ1Y8Q

            3. Add your tag to the end of it.

            hxxp://amazon.com/dp/B003DZ1Y8Q?tag=your-tag-ending-in-20


            Hope that helps.
            1. The above method works fine. I created a formula in an Excel spreadsheet to automate the process - it's very simple to do. You just need to enter the ASIN and your aff code. I've tested it these links with Amazon - they have a page somewhere that checks the validity of your aff links - and that page reports these kind of links as being valid ones.

            2. On any Amazon page, at the top you get an affiliate toolbar that you can use to create your affiliate links from (the long ones). There is also a share button that allows you to create links for twitter and fb. Create the link for twitter and tweet it and it will be automatically shortened for you.
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      • Profile picture of the author Karan Goel
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Bit.ly no longer allows affiliate links, many are reporting.

        And is hosted in a country currently undergoing a civil war and continual internet disturbances and interruptions.

        All of which, if you'll excuse the observation, rather demonstrates some of the points made in this thread yesterday about not depending on unnecessary third-party services to do something you can far more easily and safely do yourself, thus avoiding a whole chapter of potential accidents.
        Oh. I didn't note that. My bad.

        BTW, quoting the OP:

        Originally Posted by LHForce View Post

        I'm not looking to cloak the links from my website.
        If he doesn't want to cloak using his own site, then there are only 2 options left:

        1. Use any 3rd party service
        2. Use a domain of your own and install a URL shortening script on it

        But since relying on other services is not advisable, I think the OP will have to go with 2.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidtong
    I asked in Amazon (ask an associate) a couple of months ago and they said bit.ly's OK, in fact, if you go to Bit.ly and paste an amazon link, it automatically changes into an amazon shortened URL (amzn.to)
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by davidtong View Post

      I asked in Amazon (ask an associate) a couple of months ago and they said bit.ly's OK
      It might be ok for them, David, but that doesn't make it ok for you.

      Do you want to be in control of your own business or unnecessarily dependent on an unreliable forwarding service hosted in country currently under civil war, with regular internet interruptions?

      Have a look at this recent post on Ben Metcalfe's blog: The .ly domain space to be considered unsafe | :Ben Metcalfe Blog. That (and 100 things like it) were said before the civil war in Libya.

      Well, look - it's your business: it's up to you how you want to run it. For me, it's totally unnecessary to depend on stuff like this, and the forum's full of people with horror stories which arose from unnecessarily using tinyurl, budurl, and others.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
    I would never, ever use a 3rd party service for any aspect of my business unless it was completely necessary, and certainly not a 3rd party service that handles my affiliate links. The more aspects of your business that are out of your control, the more risk you're putting yourself under.

    The fact that bit.ly is unsafe doesn't change anything. I wouldn't use a 3rd party URL shortener even if the owner posted a video swearing on his mother's grave that it would be open forever. There are a number of things that could happen when your affiliate links are handled by a 3rd party; use your imagination.
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  • Profile picture of the author dgwicks
    Any domain registrar can sell you a ly, to, co, us etc. domain
    and you can host it where ever you want. I use a URL shortener
    named Shorty. You can get it from code.google.com. Sourceforge.net
    also has a couple of similar programs, so it is fairly easy to
    set up your own service for your own use, or for you and your
    friends, etc. No third party required!

    Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author designerjack
    I wouldn't use services like bit.ly or any free services. You should get a script for your website that can be used to make it seem like a legit link. It's called MAXBLOGPRESS ninja affiliate. This plugin allows you to successfully cloak your affiliate links, and keeps the url extremely short.

    In fact, I had one link shared by 36 different people that generated 640 hits to the link that was linked to my amazon aff product. How did I know the exact measured clicks? This plugin is for WordPress and includes a back end tracking report. I've used the link outside of my WordPress site for Tweets and Facebook shares, and it's worked. Now with Google Plus, it's even better!
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  • Profile picture of the author Link
    One good way to do this if you're running wordpress is to use a plugin like Redirection. You can automatically create pretty urls like mysite.com/product which redirect to Amazon.
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    • Profile picture of the author ADHD Charlie
      What I do, as I am really unsure how Amazon does "their thing" is:
      I have a folder called "Recommend" on my server. I link to an URL in that folder e.g. /recommend/whateveramazonproduct.php or some other nice name, and in that file I have this for html:

      <html>
      <head>
      <title>Amazon Product name</title>
      <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow" />
      <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;url=and-here-is-that-long-amazon-gooledygook-link">
      </head>
      <body>
      </body>
      </html>

      I do it now with php.

      It looks nice on my webpage.
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  • Profile picture of the author guitarjosh
    Much easier is to click the envelope on the right side of the page (under the sidebar boxes)... right next to the word 'Share'. That will popup a link like this:
    http://amzn.com/B004L1M584

    Now.. just add your affiliate link to the end: http://amzn.com/B004L1M584/?tag=theamazonid-20

    A bit of an old post.. but found it when searching amazon posts and was just surprised nobody had suggested it.
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  • Profile picture of the author rragsdale
    Thanks guitarjosh - that seems to be the most expeditious resolve for me. ;-)
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