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Remember to remove your email address from deal links

submitted on August 9, 2014 by HouTex in "Member's Lounge"

Just a reminder for your privacy and safety -- always check your deal links to make sure you have removed your email address. Normally the addresses are used for tracking when you click your email offers, and you can safely remove everything after "doc.html" before posting. It may take a little trial and error, but it does work most of the time.

For coupons, you can usually remove everything after ".pdf" without altering the coupon link. Test the new link to see that the offer is still visible with bar code. When the link is encoded, the email address may not be seen in the deal URL, but it does still appear at the "unsubscribe" or "edit your preferences" links on the page. Be sure to first click "view as a web page" or something similar on the email to get a link to the offer.

If all else fails and you still don't have a link that is not personalized, go ahead and click through the email to the site and see if that removes your address from view. Or try right-clicking on the coupon to see if there's a complete image that will represent it correctly.

Please feel free to ask about specific store links and we can show you how to edit them.


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