I’ve got and seem some people using pre-made “buy now” links that are terribly long. Links like: https://www.ecommerceprovider.com/product.cgi?id=12345
Why not use link like this:
Have this type of code in your “buy.php” file: (you can use .cgi or .asp or whatever suits you)
// this code will redirect visitor to your ecommerce provider's site
Basically what you’ve done now is that instead of using the direct link to eCommerce provider’s site (where people pay the game online) you are using a buy.php file in your own site to redirect the player to the shopping place.
- With little trick like this, you don’t have to worry about PAD or review sites getting the link wrong if you decide to change eCommerce provider or need a new purchase link.
- If you always give www.yourgamesite.com/game/buy.php to these review sites, then you can easily change the link in the file to match your current eCommerce provider.
- Downside is that your site must be online or people won’t be able to get to the buying site.
- The additional bonus is that you can track the buy page hits better when it goes through your own site.
The same goes with the download link: instead of having “www.yourgamesite.com/game/setup.exe” you could have “www.yourgamesite.com/game/download.php” and forward it to “setup.exe”.
Hightailed’s buy link www.hightailed.com/buy.php and download links www.hightailed.com/download.php are done like this, and basically it just redirects visitor to shopping cart (or to download site). If I ever consider changing to another eCommerce provider like Plimus or RegNow it’s very easy to me to do the code change – all I need to change is one link in the buy.php file – and any sites that have linked to Hightailed’s buy page are automatically okay. If I want to use different name or different folders for “setup.exe”, it would be easy to change.