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Does CJ's 1x1 gif determine whether I get a commission?

Trouble figuring out dynamic linking to a search form

     
4:18 am on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm trying to set up dynamic links from my product pages (using a set of keywords for each item) to go directly to a company's search form (using GET to deliver keywords).

The company's welcome email contained a link to a CJ page where it appends my PID and their AID to one of CJ's tracking/forwarding domains and spits out some HTML (a link and a 1x1 pixel).

The company said all I have to do is add "&url=" and then the url of any page on their site, and it will be tracked properly.

I noticed, however, that the link with my PID & their AID also has a 1 pixel by 1 pixel gif that goes with it. This gif also has my PID and their AID in it. I'm just curious if I need to add the "&url=" to the name of this pixel as well, or if I should leave it alone (meaning it would be the same for every product). It appears to be a "fake" pixel, as I can name it anything I want and it displays properly (some .htaccess voodoo no doubt).

I tried asking the company but they said I didn't need to update the name of the gif - just the link. CJ hasn't responded to my requests, and I'd just like to make sure I don't deliver commission-free sales to the company.

Does anybody have experience using this kind of link?

4:26 am on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Alternatively, the company said I could just put a link like this:

ht*p://www.(CJForwarderDomain).net/click-PID-1234567890?url=h*p://www.company.com/anypage.htm

They just said to replace the number after "PID-" with my PID. Is this a scam or will CJ be able to track any sales even without the AID number or a beacon gif?

12:12 pm on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The 1x1 pixel gif is for tracking impressions for stats, I'm pretty sure. I do know that Half.com lets you mess with the link to link to any product, and those commissions go through. It should be okay.
1:04 pm on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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He's right, it's for impressions tracking - I experimented
4:57 pm on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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it's to see test what links work better. There's no other way to see how many times the link is shown...
6:32 pm on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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They just said to replace the number after "PID-" with my PID.

I've done this for a vendor before, it worked.

If you don't know what your PID is it's under ACCOUNT > WEB SITE SETTINGS

4:11 am on Apr 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for all the replies! This relieves a lot of my worries so I'll set things up and see how it goes.
 

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