Problem.. All network feeds contain a lot of junk, typos, bad spelling, cheesy sales jargon, poor formatting, codes and dates in descriptions, 'no code needed' codes, duplicate codes, strange characters, no or poor titles / descriptions.. (the list is endless)
Workaround.. Use your common sense, ensure each and every deal is tidied up to be similar in quality and formatting to what you find in our feeds. If it's beyond help just trash it, if you are unsure just leave it. Never enter a code or offer unedited
Commission Junction & Linkshare
Problem.. Doesn't include a unique / static merchant id in the links or feeds so the system struggles to auto match deals to the merchant while entering from pending. (CJ is much worse than LS for this)
Workaround.. If the system cannot match the merchant it will show 'Select Merchant', simply select the merchant from the list manually, once submitted the deal in the pending list will require manually removing by pressing 'trash'.. if the merchant isn't present it will require adding.
Google Affiliate Network
Problem.. Doesn't have a code field in the network feeds.
Workaround.. Locate and remove the code out of the title or description field and place it in the code field.
Problem.. Can contain invalid characters which stops our feeds from working if entered. (usually in Sears and Kmart deals)
Workaround.. Ensure all strange looking characters are removed.
Problem.. Duplicates deals and gives them new id's so we can't auto detect they are duplicated.
Workaround.. Never enter a GAN deal without first checking if it already exists, if it does then trash the deal.
Problem.. Sometime codes are post dated in the description but use todays date in the start date field.
Workaround.. Alter the start date field to whatever the start date is in the description.