Paid On Results (POR) were the first affiliate network to create a deep-linking tool for affiliates, and this was back in 2005 [see the way it used to work]. Ever since then they have been perfecting and renewing the tool, and came up with the “innovative” 2010 version [see demo here].
No wonder why. Other UK networks have similar tools: buy.at launched their FireFox (FF) Deeplink Generator in March of this year (see point #3 here), Affiliate Window has had their FF plugin for generating deep links for some time too, and LinkShare UK offers a tool as well.
POR’s newest version of the Deep Link Generator is probably the most advanced of all. It allows you to do everything in one screen (without leaving the merchant’s site), automatically detects product images, offers URL shortening options, supports all major browsers, and has a number of other affiliate-friendly functions of which you may read here.
Does “any USA network have a tool like” the Deep Link Generator? Some do indeed offer deep link generating tools:
- AvantLink — Custom Link Builder
- LinkShare — LinkGenerator Bookmarklet
- ShareASale — “Create a Custom Link” tool [tutorial here] + License Plate Links
…but none do it at the level that Paid On Results does now.
It is always good to see an affiliate network come up with a more advanced tool (like the buy.at’s video linking tool too). Competition challenges other affiliate networks to grow, and their development is good for everyone involved: merchants, affiliates, outsourced program management agencies, and the networks themselves. Thank you for the setting the bar high, Paid On Results!