//Commerce Anywhere lets you create one-off monetized URLs programmatically.

Creating one-off monetized URLs is easy using Commerce Anywhere. Paste any URL and get a portable Commerce URL which monetizes the original whenever possible.

It’s sometimes useful to create Commerce Anywhere URLs programmatically. The URL format and behavior are documented below.

Request

URL: http://redirect.viglink.com
Method: GET

Parameters

Parameter

Type

Description

key

string

Your Commerce API key, found on your account page. *Required

u

string

The URL to monetize. URL must be properly encoded. *Required

cuid

string

An ID of your choosing that identifies the clicker, the page the link is on, a campaign or the click itself. **32 alphanumeric character limit.

opt

boolean(false)

By default, Commerce will not modify the destination url to help you earn more money. Enable this to send the visitor to the same product at a higher paying retailer.

fbu

string

Fallback Url to go if "u" url cannot beat the bid floor provided.

bf

double

Bid floor for the fallback url

Response

The server will respond with one of these HTTP status codes:

302
The request was successful. The client should be redirected.

If the input URL (specified by the u parameter) could be monetized, the client is redirected to the monetized version of that URL. If there is no monetized version, the client is redirected to the original URL, unmodified.

400
Required parameters are missing, or their values are not valid.
403
The specified URL is unsafe.

To protect users from malicious web sites, URLs are checked against a list of “bad” sites before redirecting. If the URL is found to be unsafe, a warning page is displayed. For more information visit stopbadware.org.

Example

You’d like to share a monetized version of this URL: http://amazon.com/dp/0316769487. You must encode it first. So the URL will look like this http%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fdp%2F0316769487

After building the monetized link, it should look something like this:
http://redirect.viglink.com?u=http%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fdp%2F0316769487&key=88ac2a40e081e283ac504d1789d398ac

When someone follows the VigLink URL, they’ll be redirected to the monetized version of your original URL:

$ curl -D - 'http://redirect.viglink.com?u=http%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fdp%2F0316769487&key=88ac2a40e081e283ac504d1789d398ac'
        
HTTP/1.1 302 Moved Temporarily
Content-Length: 0
Location: http://amazon.com/dp/0316769487?tag=vig-20