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

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

ParameterTypeDescription
keystringYour Commerce API key, found on your account page. *Required
ustringThe URL to monetize. URL must be properly encoded. *Required
cuidstringAn ID of your choosing that identifies the clicker, the page the link is on, a campaign or the click itself. **32 alphanumeric character limit.
optboolean(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.
fbustringFallback Url to go if "u" url cannot beat the bid floor provided.
bfdoubleBid 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 get an affiliate link for the following URL: https://www.macys.com/shop/product/?ID=9792476

  1. Your URL must be encoded first, the resulting encoded URL should look like:
    https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2F%3FID%3D9792476

  2. Make a GET request to the API including your API key and the newly encoded URL.

  3. The API response will include a URL similar to:
    http://redirect.viglink.com?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2F%3FID%3D9792476&key=88ac2a40e081e283ac504d1789d398ac

When someone clicks on the Commerce URL, they’ll be redirected to the monetized version of your original URL:

$ curl -D - 'http://redirect.viglink.com?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2F%3FID%3D9792476&key=88ac2a40e081e283ac504d1789d398ac'
        
HTTP/1.1 302 Moved Temporarily
Content-Length: 0
Location: https://www.macys.com/shop/product/?ID=9792476