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Gmail Tip – Easily Store Affiliate Links

February 18, 2010 · 11 comments

If you’re anything like me you get quite a few different emails each and every day. I’ve noticed a lot of people who had emailed me would, either initially or further down the road, be looking for recommendations on things like hosting or WordPress themes. I’d either give them a direct link or have to take the time to search and find my affiliate links so I can make an extra buck.

Getting tired of this (hey– every minute counts) I searched through Google Labs to find an easier solution. Luckily, Gmail has a featured called Canned Responses which, when enabled, you can create and delete responses you find you use often. This works perfectly with affiliate links.

Enabling Canned Responses

If you’ve never searched through Google Labs, you’re really missing out. They have loads of interesting, useful, and border-line ridiculous features that can be enabled.

Click on the Labs icon.

Anyways, to enabled our feature we have to access Google Labs. First, click on the green beaker thing in the top right corner of your Gmail screen.

Enabled Canned Responses and save.

From there scroll all the way down and find the featured called Canned Responses (tough, right?). Enable it, scroll down further and save.

Using Canned Responses

Cake walk. Whenever you’re replying to an email or you compose a new email you’ll now have a new option right under your subject on the far right. Here you can add, delete, and of course insert your affiliate links.

When in an email, click Canned Responses under the subject.

To insert new links, just compose a new blank email, paste your link into the email body, drop down Canned Responses, and hit New canned response naming it whatever you want.

Congratulations, you now have an extra 30 seconds to do whatever you want. You can thank me later.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Brecht February 18, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Good tip. We use gmail for company mail system. I am going to set this up for our support responses. Despite our updated FAQ page people seem to ask the same thing again and again.
.-= Brecht´s last blog ..1st American State Bank of Minnesota Fails =-.


Vitos April 5, 2010 at 10:16 am

Interesting. Definitely gonna try this


Fragonzal May 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Sweet article. I’ve kinda cruised through Gmail but didn’t know about this. As Vitos said, it’s definitely worth a try.

Thanks Matt! -Fragonzal


Udi June 6, 2010 at 5:19 am

Huh, I wasn’t aware of this! Thanks for the information – definitely going to use it. Gmail Labs often have cool stuff, I guess I should check them more frequently…
.-= Udi´s last blog ..Gaining A Million Followers In Less Than 30 Days =-.


Harsh Agrawal June 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm

That’s a really cool and handy tip. Till now I use Canned response for Email templates…but now I can use it for more.. Thanks Matt for useful insight… 🙂
.-= Harsh Agrawal´s last blog ..Thesis WordPress Theme and WordPress 3.0 =-.


Robin July 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Interesting one 🙂 thanks Matt. will surely try it out.

– Robin
.-= Robin´s last blog ..Hellotxt – Integrate Your Social Networking Accounts =-.


Lisa July 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Hey, what a great tip! I use canned responses a little but never thought to use it to store affiliate links. Thanks!


Narek July 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Pretty Cool Matt! That’s a good one!
Thanks for pointing it out!


Hieu Martin@Blog Tips July 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

Realy cool tips. Thanks matt


Pham Thu October 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Thanks for great tips !


Bernard December 10, 2011 at 3:36 am

If all those folks got it to work, how come I can’t?
Whats up with that ?….I mean with me. (smile)


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