A quick note about testing secret links
When you follow a secret link, Locksmith will remember you, saving a session cookie in your browser. That means that when you come back to view the shop, you'll likely still have access, making it seem like the lock isn't working.
So, when testing secret links, be sure to use a new private browser window each time. That will show you what a new visitor will see.
Creating secret links
To create your secret link key, choose it from the keys dropdown, and you'll see the secret link interface box pop up:
Secret links consist of two parts:
- The secret link code (top box): This is the "secret" part of the link, which you can change to whatever you like.
- The full secret link (bottom box): This is the link you send your customers, or whoever should see the locked content. It's the regular URL for your locked content, with the secret link code appended to it. Click the blue button to copy to your clipboard.
Want your link code to be something different? You can simply change that, and it will update the full link:
This also means that you can copy that secret link code into another secret link key, and if a customer follows one, it will unlock any other locks that have a matching "secret code" in their secret link.
Secret link formatting
It's important to note that secret links must be exact to work. If the customer accidentally adds a character to the end of that link, they won't get access. But, secret links do support keyvals before and after the secret link code. For instance, using the example above, these formats are valid:
Using secret links with Ominsend and other services that email your customers.
If you're sending your secret links through the services like these, you'll need to format the secret link like this before you add it:
Notice the secret link code format is this, after the regular URL for the page:
You'll need to add that "ls=" in there yourself, but when Omnisend gets that, everything will work properly.
Explanation: Omnisend sees the Locksmith secret link as "broken" and tries to fix it. That's because the secret link is non-standard, and they're trying to make sure everything works. Using this format will make Omnisend happy. :)
While Omnisend is the only service we've noticed that requires this, others may have similar issues. We recommend trying this out with a test email before emailing the secret link to everyone in your campaign.