Affiliate reference to put on the end of our URL for Affiliate Advanced Settings

While testing referral link, I created this brand new one:
http://seafar.com?ref=seafar-63

Then, below the lines, it's "Affiliate Advanced Settings" which was described as "There are times when you would rather hide your affiliate link, or simply not have to bother remembering the affiliate reference to put on the end of our URL. If this is the case, then you can enter the main URL of the site you will be sending requests from below, and we will sort out the tricky bits for you. "

I'm confused if someone replaced "http://seafar.com?ref=seafar-63" to be http://yahoo.com" could work for nothing or earns tons of tons.

For running an affiliate program, I am a newbie. Can you help me with an example for Affiliate Advanced Settings to replaced "http://seafar.com?ref=seafar-63"?

  • Tyler Postle

    Hey Seafar,

    I'm confused if someone replaced "http://seafar.com?ref=seafar-63" to be http://yahoo.com" could work for nothing or earns tons of tons.

    It wouldn't necessarily replace the original URL. You could still use that one to send traffic; however, lets say you set the "Your URL" field as testing.com - now, whenever any user clicks a link from testing.com and lands on seafar.com then buys a membership. The affiliate associated with that URL will be credited the sale.

    The admin of the site can edit these links as well, in-case someone puts on there that isn't their site.

    So, to recap, you aren't replacing the original affiliate link. You are simply providing an alternative method to drive traffic and credit affiliates :slight_smile:

    Let me know if you still have any further questions! Happy to help out.

    Cheers,
    Tyler

  • Tyler Postle

    Hey Seafar,

    It actually has nothing to do with the current affiliate URL. Instead of tracking the URL visitors clicked to get to your site - it tracks the WEBSITE they came from.

    For example, if I am your affiliate and and say I own this website. I put "wpmudev.org" in the YOUR URL field then it links my affiliate account to this website (my website). Whenever I link to your website from this one, it will track clicks/sign ups. I don't even have to use my affiliate URL (seafar.com?ref=tyler) because it knows that those visits are coming from wpmudev.org and therefor are my affiliate referrals.

    Hopefully I didn't just make that more confusing. Let me know if that makes sense or not :slight_smile:

    All the best,
    Tyler

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