Using Amazon Affiliate Program + TinyURL

Jed had a great idea the other day, so I’ll give him all the credit up front.

The Amazon Affiliate Program Tiny URL Maker

*Gongs sound*
*Loud billowing god-like voice comes down from heaven*

World! I give to you, the TinyAmazonAffiliateURL.

*Squeaky little voice shouts up from a law firm*
(the true name of this program has been changed to protect the fact that I don’t know what it should be)

The Short Story without a Moral

Jed and I (and a zillion other people) use Twitter pretty often, and Jed wanted a way to refer to an Amazon product using an affiliate program, but quickly.

So, alas, I whipped together a very rough program to search for amazon products and with your affiliate number/key, you can not only get the url to the amazon product, but I throw it through the TinyURL hoops and come out with a really short URL that obfuscates (read: hides) the affiliate key.

This little script is useful for a few reasons. First, it’s quick to get a url for affiliate products, and second, you can hide the fact that it’s got an affiliate link on it.

The second reason is a bit more sketchy than the first, but they both serve their purposes. So, without further ado, I give to you the TinyAmazonAffiliateURL. Long name for a tiny url. Go figure.

Now, for your moment of zen. Here’s Jed speaking at his commencement:

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

12 Comments on "Using Amazon Affiliate Program + TinyURL"

  1. Jed says:

    HAHAHAHA. Thanks!

  2. nate says:

    No problem Jed. :) Thanks for being so cool. Now everyone knows what I know.

  3. Vince says:

    Wow Jed, you’re a great speaker.

  4. Vince says:

    D’oh! And the amazon/tinyurl stuff is pretty sweet too.

  5. nate says:

    Thanks Vince. :) Let me know if you use it often and if you have any suggestions for improving it. I’m open to that.

  6. Heather says:

    Wow, this is pretty cool – but is there any way you can have it search all of amazon instead of just the specific areas?


  7. nate says:

    Heather, I thought about doing that, and it’s possible, it just takes a little longer to run, so I didn’t do it. But, if you beg and plead, I could probably get that to happen. :)

  8. Sukh says:


    Is it possible to get a copy of this Amazon TinyUrl script?


  9. nate says:

    That’s a great question Sukh. I’ll have to think about that. What do you think it’s worth? What would you like to do with it?

  10. nate says:

    By the way, I changed the links in this post to point to a new page dedicated to the script. I’d love for your questions and my subsequent answers (including the one about “Can I get a copy of this script?”) to be over there. Thanks.

  11. nate says:

    And yet, you took the time to drop in your spammy links. Thanks, but you’ve been edited.

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