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How To: Building App Developer Links

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In our ongoing effort to provide customers with helpful tools and resources to accompany our world-class platform, we’ll be posting a series of “How To” blogs designed to help maximize your efforts and ensure the success of your affiliate linking campaigns.

Today’s topic: Building App Developer links.

Unlike standard links to apps, songs, movies or books, links for App Developer pages are device and desktop-specific.  Because of this, the standard itunes.apple.com link for an App Developer doesn’t always work on certain iOS devices and will result in an error message (and you know how we feel about any user getting an error message!).

The workaround is simple: use a “search.itunes.apple.comlink with the developer name as the term, “media=software” and “mt=8” in the link parameters.

Using the link below, simply update the “term” value to reflect the name of the app developer you’d like to use,

http://search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=software&term=rovio%20entertainment

Finally, jump into GeoRiot dashboard to create your GeoRiot link.  Click Links > Create a Link to build a link that works on iOS 4, 5 and 6 as well as across the desktop stores. (And “yes” this link will work just like all of your other GeoRiot links and use the affiliate tracking parameters you’ve provided.)

We got a little carried away testing all sorts of link combinations to see why some links work on some devices and not others. Check out our notes below and of course, feel free to drop us a link and tell us what you think.

Artist Links

1.) Developer/ artist page with mt=8

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rovio-entertainment-ltd/id298910979?mt=8

iPhone iPad
iOS4 Yes
iOS5 No Yes
iOS6 Yes Yes
PC Desktop Yes
Mac Desktop Yes

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:
iOS 5 iPhone: “Item not available in the US Store”

 

2.) developer/ artist page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rovio-entertainment-ltd/id298910979

iPhone iPad
iOS 4 Yes
iOS 5 No Yes
iOS 6 Yes No
PC Desktop Yes
Mac Desktop Yes

 

 

 

NOTE:
iOS 5 iPhone: “Item not available in the US Store”
iOS 6: iPad – blank screen titled “Rovio Entertainment Ltd.”

“ax” Search Links

3.) “ax” Search link with %20 & mt=8
http://ax.search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=all&term=Rovio%20Entertainment&mt=8

iPhone iPad
iOS4 No
iOS5 Yes No
iOS6 Yes Yes
PC Desktop No
Mac Desktop No

NOTE:
iOS 5 iPad – No search information in header or search box.  Loaded all media types excluding apps.
iOS 5 iPhone – Search bar “Rovio Entertainment”
iOS 6 iPhone – “Rovio Entertainment” in search
iOS 4 iPad – Didn’t set search box.  Loaded all media types BUT apps.
Desktop – Just loads the main storefront.

4.) “ax” Search link with + & mt=8
http://ax.search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=all&term=Rovio+Entertainment&mt=8

iPhone iPad
iOS4 No
iOS5 Yes No
iOS6 Yes Yes
PC Desktop No
Mac Desktop No

NOTE:
iOS 5 iPad – No search information in header or search box.  Loaded all media types excluding apps.
iOS 5 iPhone – Search bar shows “Rovio+Entertainment” – not ideal.
iOS 4 iPad didn’t set search box.  Loaded all media types BUT apps.
iOS 6 “Rovio+Entertainment” in search
iOS 4 iPad didn’t set search box.  Loaded all media types BUT apps.
Desktop – Just loads the main storefront.

5.) “ax” Search link with %20 http://ax.search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=all&term=Rovio%20Entertainment

iPhone iPad
iOS4 No
iOS5 No No
iOS6 Yes No
PC Desktop No
Mac Desktop No

NOTE:
iOS 5 iPad – No search information in header or search box. Loaded in iTunes
iOS 5 iPhone – Loads Rovio Entertainment inside iTunes… not what we are looking for.
iOS 4 iPad – Didn’t get search box.  Loaded all media types BUT apps.
Desktop – Just loads the main storefront.

6.) “ax” Search link with +

http://ax.search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=all&term=Rovio+Entertainment

iPhone iPad
iOS4 No
iOS5 No No
iOS6 Yes No
PC Desktop No
Mac Desktop No

NOTE:
iOS 5 iPad – No search information in header or search box. Loaded in iTunes
iOS 5 iPhone – Loads Rovio Entertainment inside iTunes… not what we are looking for.
iOS 6 iPhone – Has “Rovio Entertainment” in search, but no app results shown w/ all other types displayed
iOS 4 iPad – Didn’t set search box.  Loaded all media types BUT apps.
Desktop – Just loads the main storefront.

7.) “ax” Search link with +, mt=8, and media=software http://ax.search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=software&term=Rovio+Entertainment&mt=8

iPhone iPad
iOS4 Yes
iOS5 Yes Yes
iOS6 Yes Yes
PC Desktop No
Mac Desktop No

NOTE:
iOS 5 iPad – Loads in the App Store.  Best series of results from the ax.search list, but nothing in search box.
iOS 5 iPhone – search bar shows “Rovio+Entertainment” – not ideal, but not bad. In App Store and shows games.
iOS 6 iPhone – has “Rovio+Entertainment” in search
iOS 4 iPad didn’t set search box.
Desktop – Just loads the main storefront.

8.) “ax” Search link with %20 , mt=8, and media=software http://ax.search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=software&term=Rovio%20Entertainment&mt=8

iPhone iPad
iOS4 Yes
iOS5 Yes Yes
iOS6 Yes Yes
PC Desktop No
Mac Desktop No

NOTE:
iOS 6 iPhone – Has “Rovio Entertainment” in search
iOS 4 iPad – Didn’t set search box.
iOS 5 iPad – Correct results, but nothing in the search box
iOS 5 iPhone – Correct results w/ “Rovio Entertainment” in the search box
Desktop – Just loads the main storefront.

Search Results

9.) Search link with %20 and mt=8
http://search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=all&term=Rovio%20Entertainment&mt=8

iPhone iPad
iOS4 No
iOS5 Yes No
iOS6 Yes Yes
PC Desktop Yes
Mac Desktop Yes

NOTE:
iOS 6 iPhone – Has “Rovio Entertainment” in search
iOS 4 iPad – Didn’t set search box.  No app results, but all other media results shown.
iOS 5 iPad – Goes to iTunes, doesn’t show apps, empty search box
iOS 5 iPhone – Correct results, “Rovio Entertainment” in search box, all good!

10.) Search link with + and mt=8

http://search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=all&term=Rovio+Entertainment&mt=8

iPhone iPad
iOS4 No
iOS5 Yes No
iOS6 Yes Yes
PC Desktop Yes
Mac Desktop Yes

NOTE:
iOS6 iPhone – Has “Rovio+Entertianment” in search
iOS 4 iPad – Didn’t set search box.  No app results, but all other media results shown.
iOS 5 phone – Good, “Rovio+Entertainment”
iOS 5 iPad – Went to iTunes store, no apps, empty search box

11.) Search link with %20

http://search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=all&term=Rovio%20Entertainment

iPhone iPad
iOS4 No
iOS5 Yes No
iOS6 Yes No
PC Desktop Yes
Mac Desktop Yes

NOTE:
iOS6 iPhone – Has “Rovio Entertainment” in search, but apps missing from results
iOS 4 iPad – Didn’t set search box.  No app results, but all other media results shown.
iOS 5 iPhone – All good, “Rovio+Entertainment” in search box
iOS 5 iPad – Goes to iTunes, no apps, nothing in search box

12.) Search link with +

http://search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=all&term=Rovio+Entertainment

iPhone iPad
iOS4 No
iOS5 No No
iOS6 Yes No
PC Desktop Yes
Mac Desktop Yes

NOTE:
iOS6 iPhone – Has “Rovio+Entertainment” in search, but apps missing from results
iOS 4 iPad – Didn’t set search box.  No app results, but all other media results shown.
iOS 5 Phone – Goes to iTunes with “Rovio Entertainment” in the subject line
iOS 5 iPad goes to iTunes with nothing in search, showing no apps

13.) Search link with +, mt=8, and media=software
http://search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=software&term=Rovio+Entertainment&mt=8

iPhone iPad
iOS4 Yes
iOS5 Yes Yes
iOS6 Yes Yes
PC Desktop Yes
Mac Desktop Yes

NOTE:
iOS6 iPhone – Has “Rovio+Entertainment” in search
iOS 4 iPad – Didn’t set search box.
iOS 5 iPhone – Gets good results, w/ “Rovio+Entertainment” in search box
iOS 5 iPad – Gets good results with nothing in the search box

14.) Search link with %20 , mt=8, and media=software
http://search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=software&term=Rovio%20Entertainment&mt=8

iPhone iPad
iOS4 Yes
iOS5 Yes Yes
iOS6 Yes Yes
PC Desktop Yes
Mac Desktop Yes

NOTE:

iOS6 iPhone – Has “Rovio Entertainment” in search
iOS 4 iPad – Didn’t set search box.
iOS 5 iPhone – All good w/ “Rovio Entertainment” in the search box
iOS 5 iPad – All good but nothing in the search box