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How to deep-link to individual SmartSource coupons

submitted on August 22, 2010 by YanBz in "Buxr Website / Contests"
The main problem with SmartSource coupons is that you cannot easily deep link them. The coupons are usually displayed in a grid view on a set of pages. You can select each coupon using a check box but linking to the selected coupon is a challenge. Here are a couple of ways how you can solve this problem.

1. Building the link using email

Email the coupon to yourself using the little envelope icon next to the check box. You will receive an email like this:

Hi,

Your friend XYZ has referred you a coupon.
Click here to know more.


The 'Click here' is a link that opens the SmartSource website with the desired coupon in first position and pre-selected.

2. Building the link using HTML codes

Building the URL by hand based on the coupon information you can obtain from the webpage source code. This requires a bit of HTML knowledge. What you do is you select the desired coupon on the webpage like you would select text in a text editor:



After you do so you right click on your selection and choose "View Selection Source" in your browser (or "View Source" in IE). A new window will open and you will see a bunch of HTML tags. Find a tag formatted like this: selectOffer(X,Y,Z). Those X, Y, and Z number is what you need. Next, build a URL in the following format:

coupons2.smartsource.com/smartsource/index.jsp?Link=5S2ZUA6PWPEPO&selCoupon=|X:Z@Y&Fi=X
(I deliberately skipped the "http" part at the beginning so you could see the link)



Note the X, Y, and Z at the end. You will need to replace them with the actual numbers you found in the HTML source code of the coupon.

That's all, once you put the numbers in place, your URL should open to a window with the desired coupon in the first position and pre-selected. By the way, X is the coupon identifier, Y is the discount amount in dollars, and I am not sure what Z is.
 

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  • 75946
    deby32953
    professor
    Posted by deby32953 on August 22, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Sounds easy enough but I think it's going to take some practice. It's all easy to you but to a beginner...I just figured out how to make broken links work by taking out the spaces. I've never ever messed w/links before that experiment. BTW, how do you import pics from sites like JCP's?
  • 75947
    deby32953
    professor
    Posted by deby32953 on August 22, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    I've got to print this & keep it so I can find it easily!
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    • HouTex
      admin
      Posted by HouTex on August 22, 2010
      [reply] 2 0
      Deby, just click the green plus sign up there to add it to your favorites. Then you can see it on the home page if you have that module visible.
      Thanks Yan, for explaining the steps!
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    • YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on August 30, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      You are welcome! This info needs to go to the wiki together with sandyshore's instructions for linking to CVS circular
  • 75960
    deby32953
    professor
    Posted by deby32953 on August 22, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Thank Hou. Gosh, I feel like such an Idiot! With a capitil I!
  • 77727
    DebsFreebies
    professor
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    10 5 1
    Posted by DebsFreebies on September 2, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    What about deep linking to coupons.com?
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    • YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on September 3, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      Coupons.com coupons are not shopper friendly. They are OK if you come to them from the manufacturer or reseller website that provides more information but if you deep-link directly to Coupons.com then you can't see much of the details (unless you print the coupon) which makes these coupons very hard to verify.

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