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still confused about how to add an affiliate link

chants
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still confused about how to add an affiliate link

Hi

I received some help from your support desk re how to add a link to my site.

The help they gave me was as follows...

I wanted to add the url http://bfpsa.co.za to my website

the code they gave me was..


<a title="BFPSA.co.za" href="http://bfpsa.co.za" target="_blank">Please click here to be directed to our main site.</a>

Now I want to add an affiliate link to my website which is ( all details not revealed for privacy )

http://www.hamper.com?etc

My query is ... should my code look like this..

<a title="www.hamper.com?etc" href=".http://www.hamper.com?etc" target="_blank">Please click here to be directed to our main site.</a>

That is , I'm not sure exactly what to put after " title" and after" href" ... for example should the www go in both since it appears in the link given me

Also should I just put in the hamper.com part or should I add the last part as well ... I imagine so , since this is my affiliate ID.

This is my first affiliate link I am putting up so I'd appreciate your help.

Thanks a lot

Chantelle
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essexboyracer
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Hi Chantelle,

I would do a bit of reading on HTM Llinks first. Try the following pages:

http://w3schools.com/html/html_links.asp
http://w3schools.com/tags/tag_a.asp

W3Schools even have an online editor that you can try stuff out to see if it will work:

http://w3schools.com/tags/tryit.asp?fil ... _link_test

The HREF part needs to have the complete link included. This means you need the following in order for it to work:

http://www.hamper.com?etc

You need to copy and paste into your code the complete link given to you

The TITLE part needs a description (very short sentence) of what the link points to. You could put in the link address again but I would go for something more descriptive, for example:

<a title="Buy Picnic Food Hampers Online" href="http://www.hamper.com?etc" target="_blank">Please click here to be directed to our main site.</a>

The TARGET bit should be "_blank" if you want a new browser window (or tab) to open when someone clicks on the link. if you omit the target part then when someone clicks on the link it will open in the same window/tab as your site.
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chants
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Hi

Thanks a lot .... really helpful

Just one point I'm still confused about...

What does it mean effectively if a new browser window opens or if it opens in the same window/tab on my site... ie which is the most suitable for an affiliate link ?

Thanks again

Chantelle
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essexboyracer
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I would say same window/tab, e.g. leave out the target from your link.
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chants
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Hi again

Thanks a lot for taking the trouble... just to clarify

so my code would be...


<a title="Buy Picnic Food Hampers Online" href="http://www.hamper.com?etc" >Please click here to be directed to our main site.</a>

Thanks again if you have time to help

Chantelle
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essexboyracer
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You got it
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chants
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Hi

Great ... thanks so much

May you have much success for your kindness and willingness to help

Chantelle
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jetpackbuilder
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Oli, you gave Chantelle some great advice but my vote is for using the target="_blank".

Often times a page viewer will see a sales page come up and click to close the tab. If that happens he won't make it back to your site.

If he is closing a newly opened tab he will go back to the tab with your site on it and you will get another chance for an opt-in or sale.

Steve
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chants
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Thanks a lot for taking the time
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What does it mean effectively if a new browser window opens or if it opens in the same window/tab on my site... ie which is the most suitable for an affiliate link ?


Opening the page on the same window/page means the information on the user's current page will be erased and the new page will load. Whereas opening it on a new window or tab means another window will open and the new page will load there.

I prefer to have affiliate links open in a different window/tab. This way the user can go back to my site in case he doesn't want to go through with the purchase. At least my site still gets a chance to change his mind.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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