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SUGGESTION: Notice, flag, or other message when an Amazon link fails?

  1. Jeff Berndt profile image88
    Jeff Berndtposted 5 years ago

    So I recently reviewed an older hub, and discovered that several of the Amazon products I'd linked to had disappeared. In their places were messages like this:

    "Amazon is not providing us a price for this item. Therefore it can not be displayed."

    Or this:

    "No Amazon products found"

    I know that these links worked when I first published the hub.

    I only have about 60 hubs published, but someone with a few hundred won't realistically be able to go through all of their hubs and check to see if Amazon hasn't broken the link they originally posted (I don't really have time for this to be a regular thing, either).

    I suggest a flag, like the Broken Links triangle, on the "My Hub Statistics" page to let us know when an Amazon product link fails. It could be black, like the Broken Links one, but with a question mark instead of a bang.

    Is this possible?

  2. MickiS profile image85
    MickiSposted 5 years ago

    Jeff, thanks for the suggestion. This is one of the downsides of picking specific products (versus keywords) with the Amazon capsule.

    It's not not trivial for us to implement and given the few cases where it happens, I'll be honest and say that it's not something we will get to implementing in the next few months. However, I will keep track of this suggestion for the future. When there is an update, I will post it to this forum thread.

    1. Jeff Berndt profile image88
      Jeff Berndtposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the response. I kind of figured it would be a tricky thing to code.

      Am I right in thinking that I can avoid this problem by using keywords on the Amazon capsule as opposed to recommending specific products?

      Thanks again, and I'll keep an eye open for updates.

  3. 2uesday profile image83
    2uesdayposted 5 years ago

    Sometimes you get that message even when the product is available. I had to remove some of my pages with Amazon products as I did not like leaving them as they were.