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Amazon Associates Hack for VB3
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vB Version: 3.0.3 Rating: (2 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 35
Released: 06 Dec 2004 Last Update: 19 Jul 2005 Downloads: 35
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This hack converts any US amazon link posted on your board to use your affilliate id and is based of some work Logician did for me in Vbulletin 2, but is an improved rewrite. The old version did not track well with Amazon because it did not strip out Amazon session ids.

Please note that you need to change my affilliate id to use yours.

Also note that the chunk of code you are looking for in edit.php may not be an exact match in your file. You are looking for the query that updates the post table with the edited post.

Regarding Update.zip Update.zip contains a new functions_amazon.php that I would like some people to try out before I add to the regular zip file. The new function handles Amazon's new link format, and I believe, works better than the original function. Please LET ME KNOW if you try it and it works for you.

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  #61  
Old 22 Apr 2005, 05:13
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Amy,

Is this right? I posted this link.....

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

and it changed it to this...


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

It loses the 002-5061230-3600869 and adds a extra /
Not sure but I also think the dealmeinnet-20 part is the persons ID from where I grabbed the link to post to my site..
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Old 22 Apr 2005, 11:52
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Nope. It's not. It needs to kill the dealmeinnet-20 part or you won't get credit. When you post a link to a product, it does kill any other referral links. But, it may have issues when you post a link to a general page.
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Old 10 Jun 2005, 23:11
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I have good news and bad news.

First the good news. This hack will be trivial to port over to 3.5 as a plugin. It won't require any code edits on your part when I release it.

Now the bad news. Amazon has changed their affilliate link format again. The links to direct products are working still, but the rest is not. So, those of you who are using this hack are probably seeing a drop in revenue.

I'm working on getting it fixed, but parsing the urls has been less than fun. I'm not sure why Amazon keeps changing how they do their links. You would think they would leave well enough alone.

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Old 18 Jul 2005, 18:07
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ported to 3.5
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Old 19 Jul 2005, 15:13
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I just added a new zip file called update.php. In it, there is a new version of functions_amazon.php. Please give it a try as it handles the new link formatting style that Amazon now employs. I am running this version of the file on my 3.5 board with no problems. If a few of you 3.0.x guys let me know that it works for you, I will replace the file in the original zip with the new one.
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Old 29 Aug 2005, 07:14
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I just installed the update, and here are the results.

Random affiliate link found on the web:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

gets changed to this:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

which doesn't work. I'm guessing it's the double slashes. But I could be wrong. I did try the URL with only one of those slashes, and it takes me to the product page.

I'm going to look it over to see if I can find anything. But thanks Amy for your contribution. I'll probably head over to your forum to join.
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Old 29 Aug 2005, 07:23
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Well, now that link seems to work. Not sure why...

Let me do some playing around tomorrow with different links to see how it goes. It's getting a little late here.

Thanks again.
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Old 29 Aug 2005, 11:36
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The double slashes don't mess it up on my site. I haven't seen this version of the mod break, but it's not the heavy time for my users to be using it yet.

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Old 14 Jan 2006, 19:04
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A little help?

Amy, this modification would be absolutely perfect for my site, but I'm having some trouble with it.

I followed your instructions and here's what happens:

Test 1 is where I just copied and pasted a link from amazon into a post.

Test 2 is where I used the Insert Hyperlink button in the post and typed in the text "this is using a hyperlink button in a post".

Can you give me any ideas about what I'll need to change? I'm using vBulletin 3.03.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Old 23 Jan 2006, 03:37
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So does this hack work still at all for V3.0.X?

and if so which ZIP do I need? the original one or the update one?
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Old 07 Feb 2006, 10:47
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Originally Posted by zerokarma
So does this hack work still at all for V3.0.X?

and if so which ZIP do I need? the original one or the update one?
Is there something similiar vor 3.5.x?
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Old 24 Jan 2007, 02:53
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Originally Posted by KarateKid View Post
Is there something similiar vor 3.5.x?
Check her page here on vB.org to see what hacks she has for what versions of vB.
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