Text Link Ads Moving Away from TinyUrl: WTF!

By Ian Fernando

I was just informed by a fellow reader by the name of Yehuda Berlinger about Text Links Ads are doing away from TinyUrl. Yehuda has left a comment on my post about the response I received from TLA. She says TLA is working on a better solution and we do not have to change our affiliate links!

This is causing so much confusion among bloggers. It has caused some confusion to me as well that I decided to confirm this as well. I emailed Brock again and asked if this is so. He stated it is, saying it was released late last week. Here is my email and Brock's response:

Ian, sorry this was just released late last week. Jonathan is correct.
Just hold tight and we will have something else available in about a week or so.

Brock Boser
Inventory Manager

a MediaWhiz Holdings, Inc. Company

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected]
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 4:34 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: RE: Text Link Ads Inc. Online Contact Form - Other


One of my readers have gotten another set of information from a person name:

Jonathan Dingman
Product Manager

a MediaWhiz Holdings, Inc. Company

Jonathan told my reader that you will be switching yet again away from TinyUrl to another form of redirection. Is this so? Jonathan simply stated:

"We are working on a better solution and will have it available next week. You do not need to make any changes."

At this time I would like to know what is going on and why are we switching away from TinyUrl once you have told your users about switching. Also if this is so - why has not a mass email been sent to us about this new change?

Please respond.


Here is the other email which Yehuda Berlinger has politely provided to me:

To: Yehuda Berlinger

We are working on a better solution and will have it available next week. You do not need to make any changes.

Jonathan Dingman
Product Manager

a MediaWhiz Holdings, Inc. Company

> Sorry, I don't get it.
> If I have a feed from TLA on Blogger.com, and an affiliate banner, > what do I need to change?
> Yehuda
> jergames.blogspot.com
> On 8/23/07, Text Link Ads <[email protected]> wrote:
> Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 13:19:02 -0500 (CDT) > > > Yehuda, > > > > As a Text Link Ads affiliate we're pleased to let you know that we've > > begun using tinyurl.com to shorten and secure our affiliate referral > > links. We encourage you to update your affiliate links using the > > following:
> Homepage URL................................

You know the rest of the email. If this is so why has Text Link Ad not notify us of this change? We as affiliate marketers are probably switching our TLA links right now without knowing TLA is sending another email about another change.

What happens if affiliate marketers are changing ALL their pages and affiliate links on every page they have, later to find out that they need to change it again! I personally find this an issue. I personally only have to change one file in my redirect script and all my links are fixed, but for the others out there that do not use redirect scripts - which maybe a good percentage out there. These affiliate marketers are probably going have to change thier links once more and they will be angered.

Text Link Ads needs to really think about this and start notifying their users of such sudden changes as it can affect ALOT of us.

Thanks Again to Yehuda! Great Job!

Ian Fernando
Involved in the internet space since 2002 and have been through the ups and downs of this online industry. I am a traveling digital nomad, media buyer, online strategist, and many more online titles.

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