Blink is a new iOS app that provides a great way to generate iTunes affiliate links. The app has a great feature set (such as Markdown formatting and in-app search results), though one feature I particularly like is that you can call Blink from the Action sheet within the iTunes or App Store and create an affiliate link directly.
While reading a review of Blink over at Macdrifter, Gabe Weatherhead had this little piece of advice:
Let me start by saying that even if you don't have a blog, you should create an affiliate account and generate affiliate links. You'll make some money back on your purchases you make with it.
This got me thinking about how useful it would be to have a workflow that not only creates an iTunes affiliate link within the iTunes or App Store, but immediately opens that URL as well.
Here’s a workflow I created that does just this, which can be called from the Action sheet within the iTunes or App Store. Whenever I’m about to buy an app, I run the workflow before purchasing it, and it creates an iTunes affiliate link, copies it to the clipboard (if I want to share it) and then immediately re-opens the link in the appropriate store. In short, the workflow is simply reloading the item’s store page, but with my affiliate tracking code attached.
Make sure to edit the workflow and update the
Text action with your own affiliate tracking code.
If you use iTunes affiliate links on a regular basis, I'd highly recommend checking out Blink - I have and it's awesome.