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Discussion in 'Help and Feedback' started by Amin Sabet, Oct 31, 2014.

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  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hi all, I am experimenting with a plugin that converts camera names to links to B&H. For example, I have it enabled now for the Canon G7X, so anytime someone writes "G7X" it will automatically link that to the B&H page for that camera.

    My question is, will this be too annoying? I'll be choosing the terms specifically, so it's not gonna link to some wrong page. And there will never be any popups. Just a significant increase ink links to B&H. I think it'll help a lot in increasing affiliate revenue, which is at an all-time low and has been an important part of paying the bills here.

    Please vote and let me know.
     
  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I was about to ask for an example to see if it would be irritating. And then I realized you had it in place. On my monitor, I can't even see a difference. I'm totally cool with it.
     
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    In the gray site style it is basically invisible.
     
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Ninja Links
     
  5. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I'd only vote "irrelevant" rather than "annoying" because it is largely useless to anyone outside the US. The taxes and customs for importing anything into Europe from America are punitive - I know because I have been stung more than once and won't do it again. I understand the need, but is there any way to link the linkage (if you see what I mean) to the location of the logged-in IP address?
     
  6. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Grey on grey doesn't irritate me. I'm okay with it.

    Cheers, Jock
     
  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Bill, I don't think I can do geographic targeting, unfortunately
     
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  8. Ya, I don't see an issue.
     
  9. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

    527
    Dec 15, 2011
    I think it is a good thing. Beyond the ease to purchase it provides a direct link to specs about the item at hand. From that standpoint it does have some value globally.
     
  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I have no issue with it. I'm not buying from B&H at the moment (haven't for a while, because Aus prices have actually been better over the last couple of years) but I still look to see what the prices are like and will buy if it works for me financially. Having embedded links like this is much easier than seeking out that affiliate link which I seem to keep losing.
     
  11. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    No-brainer. Do it.
     
  12. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Thanks, all. I'll put in the links in the default site styles and create site styles that don't use the links. So there will be an option for those who don't like 'em.
     
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  13. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Smart compromise, Amin. Really good idea.
     
  14. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

    527
    Dec 15, 2011
    Here's a little bug Amin. Type LX100 and you get a link to the X100. Probably others, but I just stumbled on that one. Given that most every camera is some variant of Xs and 1s and 0s today it may be tough to avoid.

    RX100
    RX10
     
  15. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Looks like the text string search function needs a few conditional statements for certain cameras
     
  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Should be fixed now. Had to be set to match whole words only. Thanks, Dean.
     
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  17. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Wow, I just did a post where I managed to mention I think three different cameras, and when I posted it, they all came up in red and were linked straight through to B&H. I thought'd I'd done some amazing slight of hand without even realizing it. But no, Amin at work! I don't have any problem with it. Pretty cool actually.

    -Ray
     
  18. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    Jun 10, 2013
    I would say: go for it!
     
  19. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
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