affiliate plugin paypal question

When I setup a subdomain site the affiliate plugin is set to "no thanks", is there a way to default that to "yes" and even more so do they have to have a paypal account in order to track everything or can I use the same paypal email address for everyone? I guess i'm confused as to why they have to have a paypal email address...help?

  • DavidM

    Hi bford,

    You might be able to use New Blog Templates as a way to auto-fill settings upon blog creation, though if you have your own PayPal email entered in, I imagine it won't really track information in a useful way.
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/new-blog-template

    The plugin has been built to work with PayPal and to remove that functionality would require tweaking of the code. It's just part of the design and works nicely given the Export payment option.

    Are you looking to remove the PayPal functionality altogether?

    Cheers,
    David

  • bford

    I'm not really looking to remove any functionality per se, however if that is what is needed I guess I will have to go down that road. Ultimately I was trying to fully understand the need for the individual paypal email account per affiliate. I have an understanding of "affiliate" programs however that doesn't mean that is the same as the way this plugin was designed.

    At the end of the day I need a system to create a subdomain store ( marketpress ) and display the global product set, however when an "affiliate" has a customer click on a product ( http://subdomain.doaminname.com/products/flux-capacitor?ref=affiliate-123 ) that will go to the global product store and keep track that the affiliate gets credit for the click and ultimately the purchase so a commission can be paid out.

    I'm struggling currently with wrapping my head around how each ( marketpress & wp affiliate ) plugins individually handle this and how to meld the two together to accomplish my goal. I know this is in the works already for Marketpress however i'm sure no one knows when it will be done and I need it now :slight_smile:

    ANY help would be greatly appreciated !

  • Barry

    Yes, you can use the plugin for click tracking, the paypal account is an optional field so you don't need to complete it.

    I have an understanding of "affiliate" programs however that doesn't mean that is the same as the way this plugin was designed.

    The plugin was designed to work in the same manner of the large affiliate systems, e.g. Amazon, ebay, ejunkie, hundreds of others. A user links to a specific link on a site and gets credited with a click when a person follows that link. If they then purchase then they get a percentage of the sale / commission.

    At the end of the day I need a system to create a subdomain store ( marketpress ) and display the global product set, however when an "affiliate" has a customer click on a product ( http://subdomain.doaminname.com/products/flux-capacitor?ref=affiliate-123 ) that will go to the global product store and keep track that the affiliate gets credit for the click and ultimately the purchase so a commission can be paid out.

    How will you pay the commission out?

  • bford

    How will you pay the commission out?

    How is it paid out currently with the affiliate plugin? I would if it makes sense to use it's current functionality. I am still in the process of figuring out how all this works in a stock vanilla environment so forgive me if i'm slightly behind in understanding of current functionality.

    Yes, you can use the plugin for click tracking

    I've got that part down if I just add <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-228" title="xyzco" src="http://domainname.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/08/xyzco.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="100" /></a><a href="http://domainname.com?ref=affiliateuser-123"> The next question is how do I incorporate that affiliate ID into the current function(s) of marketpress so that when a new subdomain site is created and the affiliate account is created it reads from the $db and concats that to the url for each product so that when the product is clicked on it keeps track of that and when it's purchased...so on and so on.

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