I know it's possible to turn any Amazon link into an affiliate link simply by appending your Associates tracking ID to the end of the Amazon URL, so this:
But when I use the linkbuilder tool in the Amazon Associates interface, a lot of extra bits get added, like this:
What do these extra bits do? In particular, does the 'linkId' attribute affect reporting within the Amazon Associates interface?
I want to understand whether, for plain text links, I gain anything by using the Associates Interface instead of just creating links manually (like in my first example, above), which is much quicker.