I’ll be honest: I was a bit skeptical when we first released our Firefox add-on for displaying real-time reporting results as part of our Notification Center tools back in December 2007. At the time I didn’t think very many of our affiliates or merchants would choose to use the QuickStatsBar, as we called it. But over the years, as we’ve updated the add-on to support each new version of Firefox – often being prompted by users who were a little ahead of us in browser adoption – I’ve come to believe that it really is a valued utility.
And I think after our latest round of improvements our affiliate users in particular will find the QuickStatsBar more useful than ever!
We’ve incorporated two new tools into the QuickStatsBar for affiliates, providing functionality previously available only by logging into the AvantLink website:
- the ability to easily generate a custom link to any page of a merchant website
- the ability to quickly retrieve ad campaigns for any merchant
For the first feature, if you’re browsing on a merchant’s site and decide you would like to build a custom link to the page you’re currently on, you just click on the QuickStatsBar icon in the bottom of your browser, and choose the “Create an affiliate link to this page” option from the pop-up menu. So long as the site you’re on is an active merchant program that you’re affiliated with in AvantLink, you’ll see a screen like the following:
The full custom link HTML (or plain URL if you prefer that method) is displayed on that screen, along with functionality for personalizing it even further – such as by adding a custom tracking code.
As you would probably expect, if you’re on a website that is not associated with a merchant program at AvantLink, you’ll see a message to that effect if you try to build a custom link. Similarly, if you happen to be on the website of a merchant that is active in AvantLink, but with which you’re not yet affiliated, instead of the above screen you’ll be given the option to apply to the merchant directly within the add-on – again, without logging into AvantLink’s site at all.
If you’re interested in these new features and you already have the AvantLink QuickStatsBar installed, just go to your “Tools” -> “Add-Ons” menu in Firefox and search for updates. The new version will be found automatically and a quick restart of your browser later, you’ll have access to these new features. If you don’t already have the QuickStatsBar installed, log into your affiliate account at AvantLink and go to the “Account” -> “Notification Center” page for the installation link.
As always, questions are welcomed and feedback is appreciated!
-David & AvantLink