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Linkmoney App Reports Link Errors (all detectable link errors explained)

This post has all the different Linkmoney App Report errors explained.

Dashboard Report

The Linkmoney App Dashboard tracks, gathers, and displays all of your Amazon Affiliate link information and metrics.

Warning Report Errors

The Linkmoney App Warnings Report shows unexpected or potential link problems found on your site.

Redirects– We processed a link on that page that was actually a redirect. When linkmoney app looked up where the redirect goes to – it encountered an error. These could be any of a few things. The error message in the report will show details if they are available (depends on what went wrong – see below)

  • Redirected to a 404/500 or other error page – maybe a missing product or a page/post that was deleted etc.
  • Redirected to a forbidden part of the site (like to something behind a login/password wall)
  • Redirect was a bad link (mostly when a shortcode was expanded to something that is not a valid link. Perhaps a typo or similar error)
  • Redirect was broken on the webserver (i.e. the site redirected a slug but did it wrong in the .htaccess or rewrite rules or wherever – depends on the web host)
  • Redirect was forbidden on your webserver (some sites can disallow certain redirects). Also some sites disallow redirects from external sites too (not typical though)
  • Also if there is a redirect loop where you redirect to some link that is also a redirect and so-on. Link Money app will bail after 5 levels of redirection.
  • Lastly, you may have redirected to a page that has some kind of WordPress error.

Unsupported Links– The link that LinkMoney App attempted to process was not found within the HTML (i.e. the text tab of the post editor) in the WordPress post.

This generally happens because that link is managed by a different WordPress plugin that LinkMoney App is unable to automatically fix. These can include existing affiliate link management services such as Geni.us (GeniusLink), EasyAzon, AAWP, etc.

This warning is also produced when LinkMoney App detects the link is not directly in an HTML element in the post and therefore is likely in some other kind of shortcode like AmilinksPro, TablePress, etc.  

LinkMoney App will only automatically fix a specific set of supported plugins (todo: AmiLinks Pro) as well as links that are found directly in the post content in an element. 

For example, LinkMoney App does detect links such as [awesomeplugin link='https://www.amazon.com/dp/ASIN?tag=affiliate-20'] but if it is not a specifically supported plugin or shortcode, it cannot automatically be fixed since the syntax of shortcodes vary widely between these plugin authors and there are thousands of different plugins.

Javascript– LinkMoney App has detected that a link has what is called the “navigation fragment” within it. This means the link has # within the link – generally at the end. This is often used by javascript libraries to manipulate buttons or other links.

It is also often used to get an “anchor” link to some sub section of a page such as: https://www.somesite.com/mypage#reviews or similar.

Generally speaking these should not be required to link over to an amazon product listing. Using custom javascript libraries or custom buttons can hide or add these unnecessary characters to your link as well as make it difficult to maintain.

Secondly, you might be attempting to link to some sub-head or other region of an amazon product page which should probably be avoided.

The product information at the top of the page should be the target of your link – which does not require any anchor.

Region- These are links that link to an Amazon store outside the United States. If you do not have an Amazon account in another country and you link to that Amazon store, this will result in you not earning your Amazon Commission.

Encoding– LinkMoney App will warn you when it detects irregularities in the text of your link. The vast majority of links should appear in your post editor / HTML exactly as they appear in the address bar of a browser.

However, it is possible to cut & paste links from the visual mode of the WordPress editor or from other sources that may have encoded that text to be “HTML safe”.

This replaces certain characters / symbols with codes and other HTML escape sequences and is unnecessary for web links. As an example:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b0014x7b54/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=utf8&tag=affiliate-20&creative=9325&linkcode=as2&creativeasin=b0014x7b54&linkid=8304fb68da5f41ba0da750f9cae43784
could become
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b0014x7b54/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=utf8&tag=affiliate-20&creative=9325&linkcode=as2&creativeasin=b0014x7b54&linkid=8304fb68da5f41ba0da750f9cae43784

Note that typically you can notice when the character & is replaced with & and there can even be other characters replaced with hex codes like - or similar results.

It also can lead to proof-reading errors as these encoded links are difficult to read. Note in the case above, LinkMoney App would fix the link to read simply: `https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b0014x7b54?tag=affiliate-20

No Affiliate– These are links that are missing an Amazon Affiliate store tag. Amazon links with no store tag will result in you not earning your Amazon Commission.

Non-Product Link Report Errors

The Linkmoney App Non-Product Link Report is specific to the Amazon Products on your site and shows errors and issues from your Amazon Affiliate links.

No ASIN: Filter what links are missing the Amazon ASIN.

No affiliate: Filter what links are missing your Amazon Affiliate Store tag

Query parameters: Show links with excessive query parameters.

Expanded: If you use shortcodes on your site that are generated by a plugin, Linkmoney App will expand them and detect any issues. Depending on the shortcode generator you use, Linkmoney App may be able to fix them. In some cases, you will need to do this manually.

Here is an article called “What Are Expanded Links in Linkmoney App?” for more detailed information about expanded links.

You can click here to read more about what short links are and which short links Linkmoney App supports and does not support.

/s: This filter will show what Amazon Affiliate links are Amazon searches instead of Amazon products. In most cases publishers would like to link directly to a specific Amazon product. This filter will show you which ones need to be fixed.

/Search: This filter will show what Amazon Affiliate links are Amazon searches instead of Amazon products. In most cases, publishers would like to link directly to a specific Amazon product. This filter will show you which ones need to be fixed.

Video: This filter will show what Amazon Affiliate links are connected to a video. In most cases, publishers would like to link directly to a specific Amazon product. This filter will show you which ones need to be fixed.

Music: This filter will show what Amazon Affiliate links are connected to an Amazon Music link.

Help: This filter will show what Amazon Affiliate links go to Amazon help. In most cases, this is an error, but not always, because publishers want to link to products to earn Amazon commissions.

Alexa: This filter will show what Amazon Affiliate links go to Alexa.

Product Link Errors

The Linkmoney App Product link Report shows every “unique” link to Amazon.com discovered during the last scan and details any errors or issues with your Amazon Affiliate links.

Extra text: These are links that have lots of additional query parameters in the link. Linkmoney App will clean these links up for you.

This is a picture of an Amazon Affiliate link before and after Linkmoney App
Amazon Affiliate link before and after Linkmoney App

No affiliate: These are links that are missing an Amazon Affiliate store tag. Amazon links with no store tag will result in you not earning your Amazon Commission.

Region: These are links that link to an Amazon store outside the United States. If you do not have an Amazon account in another country and you link to that Amazon store, this will result in you not earning your Amazon Commission.

Shortlink: These are links that are embedded in shortcode. Linkmoney App can fix some plugins that generate shortcodes. You can click here to read more about what short links are and which short links Linkmoney App supports and does not support.

Detailed Report (Pro Only) Errors

The Linkmoney App Detailed Report is a detailed view of all the updates made to your Amazon Affiliate links for the last time you ran a scan.

Manual: These are issues and errors Linkmoney App found that will need to be fixed manually. Notice in the Updated Link filed it says “unmodified”.

This is a screenshot of the Linkmoney App Updated link filter manual buttons

Updated Tag: Use this button to sort by Amazon Affiliate links that have been updated the last time you ran Linkmoney App.

Extra Text: These are Amazon Affiliate links that had extra text in the links. Linkmoney App cleans up these links to meet Amazon Affiliate link standards.

Query Parameters: Similar to Extra Text, these links had additional query parameters in the Amazon Affiliate link. Linkmoney App cleans up these links to meet Amazon Affiliate link standards.

No Affiliate: These are Amazon Affiliate links that did not have your Amazon Store code. Linkmoney App adds your Amazon Store code to these links so you will earn your Amazon Commission.

Region: These are Amazon Affiliate links that had a region other than the United States.

Encoding: These are links that Linkmoney App has detected that have HTML encoding errors. Linkmoney App will correct and update these improperly encoded URL’s wherever possible, so you earn your Amazon Affiliate Commissions.

Shortcode: These are Amazon Affiliate links that were in shortcode. Linkmoney Apps will expand shortcode and fix your affiliate link for some plugins that use shortcode. You can click here to read more about what short links are and which short links Linkmoney App supports and does not support.

Shortlink: These are links that are embedded in shortcode. Linkmoney App can fix some plugins that generate shortcodes. You can click here to read more about what short links are and which short links Linkmoney App supports and does not support.

Charles Joyner

Charles Joyner

Hello, I am a fellow Niche Website Publisher. Like you, I’m always looking to earn the most revenue I can from Amazon Affiliate websites. We created Linkmoney App so we all could earn more revenue from our hard work and time publishing and operating affiliate websites. I love all things SEO and Publishing! Software nerd since 1998. Leave me a “whoot!” in the comments if you read the article, and please comment on what would make it better. Thank you!

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