One of the things I really appreciate about the diy site is that it allows users to link to the product they have chosen and even make use of referral codes in their ingredients links. For users who spend a considerable time coming up with helpful, affordable and accurate recipes, the little gesture of making an affiliate reward is a great bonus for their services of sharing. However, I’ve noticed something odd about iherb.com links. Any time I make a link and include in it the rcode (referal code) for my specific rewards link, the code is automatically changed on the DIY site to another code completely. Specifically it’s changed to rcode=jbv822t whereas mine is significantly different. Moreover, I’ve noticed this is true of other recipes as well - any time i see a link to an iherb.com product, the link is referring to “jbv822t”. Whats up with that?!
Here’s an example of what I have found happening:
Original link posted:
after saving gets changed automatically to:
(I purposefully left a blank there to avoid having people click it).
So my questions are: 1. is this a scam - has someone hacked the diy site to cause this to happen? 2. Or, am i simply naive of the way that URL’s are being handled on the site? 3. Who is jbv822t ? 4. Cab anyone else verify this? i’ve noticed many Canadian recipes make use of iherb so that might be a good place to explore. 5. is this happening with other reward based links? Amazon etc?
Sorry for being overly paranoid but this was just an odd discovery and I’d love some clarity on the mystery.
PS. Feel free to use my rewards link!