Blink, the incredibly useful utility for generating iTunes affiliate links, was updated to version 1.1 today bringing with it a number of new features and improvements.
A lot has changed in the iTunes content space since Blink first launched in March of this year, and today's point update addresses some key areas:
Global Linking — Most iTunes content is region restricted. If I send you a link to a movie generated in the US iTunes Store and you tap it while signed into the iTunes Store for Italy, you will get an error. "Geo" prefixing links fixes that. If the equivalent content is in both stores, users of your links are directed to the correct version.
The iTunes Link Maker is the only way to generate these links right now, but with Blink 1.1, users can add a "geo" prefix to any link created with the app. Blink extension goes even further. If you convert a link from country other than the one you selected in Blink's settings, the converted link includes a "geo" prefix automatically so it will work in your home store and any other store that offers the media to which you are linking.
Music — Affiliate commissions are different for Apple Music and the iTunes Store. With Blink 1.1, you can choose to direct users to either destination. You can also generate affiliate links to Apple Music-only content like playlists and radio shows.
Developer Analytics — Blink 1.1 lets app developers create links to their apps that include a Provider ID token so they can track the performance of those links using iTunes Connect Analytics.
A lot of bloggers and publishers use affiliate links to generate revenue and support the upkeep of their projects — Noted included — and adding that "geo" prefix to links helps to ensure that readers in as many countries as possible are directed to the linked item in their local App or iTunes Stores.
With Apple Music now upon us, creating affiliate links to music content is now a little different. Blink's update takes the hassle out of sending users to the right place — iTunes or Apple Music — to buy or stream the linked content.
And I'm sure the developers among us will be happy to see support added for Provider IDs.
Blink: Better Affiliate Links is available on the App Store for $4.99 and is highly recommend for those looking to generate and share affiliate links on iOS.