Rakuten Linkshare LinkGenerator Bookmarklet

As you’ve seen in recent weeks, I am a HUGE fan of the ShareaSale Product Discovery Tool – the Commission Junction Deep Link Generator and the AvantLink SnapLinker. Details on the Affiliate Linking Tools by Network Here

Since I do have a couple of affiliate programs that run on Linkshare (Now Rakuten Linkshare), I decided to do a little digging to see if I couldn’t find a similar tool for them.

It wasn’t so easy to find, but one does exist.

In order to access the Linkshare bookmarklet, you must sign into your account and then navigate the following steps:

– Click on Links

– Click on Bento Box

– Click on Get Links

It is in this section that you will find a link to Bookmarklet.

No Login Required

The one advantage I do see with this particular bookmarklet is that, once it’s set up properly, it is not necessary to log into Rakuten/Linkshare in order to get it to generate links. However, getting it set up properly does take a little more time than the others I have mentioned, but, in the overall scheme of things, it’s time well spent considering you don’t have to log back into your Rakuten dashboard. Instead, you simply go right to your preferred merchant, find the product you wish to feature, click your bookmarklet and copy your code.

Again, super easy peasy!

This is what the options look like from within the Linkshare/Rakuten bookmarklet tool

linkshare LinkGenerator

I have chosen 1-800-PetMeds and their adorable product, Claudia’s Canine Cuisine Peanut Butter Paw Print Sucker for this example. The results generated in the LinkGenerator are for a link to the product only. If you want to include a photo or description, you will have to do that by saving the image to your computer and using it in your post. That doesn’t take too much effort. I posted the photo and link shown below in just a few seconds.

Basically, this LinkGenerator works much like the Commission Junction version.

Canine Cuisine Peanut Butter Paw Print Sucker Claudia’s Canine Cuisine Peanut Butter Paw Print Sucker

I did test out the social sharing and link shortening options on Twitter and Facebook – both worked beautifully.

This is the Facebook result:

Linkshare Link Generator social sharing and link shortening on facebook

And this is the Twitter result:

Linkshare Link Generator social sharing and link shortening on twitter 

Rakuten also provides a complete list of advertisers that are enabled for Deep Linking. View the complete list of advertisers here. There is also an option to download an Excel file to keep handy on your desktop.

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