Affiliates

The perfect affiliate marketing plugin for your WordPress site – allows your users to simply become affiliates, send you referrals, track their clicks and sales and get paid while you do!

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Affiliates in action at WPMU DEV
Affiliate Example Banners
Affiliate System Settings
Affiliate Report
Affiliate Dashboard Widget
Affiliate Banners

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Boost your business with the only effective WordPress affiliate plugin on the web.

Integrated or Stand-Alone

WordPress Affiliate integrates perfectly with our Marketpress, Pro Sites and Membership plugins, and so allows you to offer your visitors and users the chance to share in the profit from promoting your site.


And you can even use Affiliate with any regular WordPress, BuddyPress or Multisite installation – or adapt it for any other payment gateway with ease.

The plugin allows any user registered at your site to simply become and affiliate by filling in their PayPal email.

They are then given a link, for example, http://premium.wpmudev.org/?ref=admin-63 which they can then use to promote the site.

The Affiliate Plugin In Action

Yep, that’s right, we use the very same plugin here at WPMU DEV… that’s how good it is :)

All of the unique clicks they attract, standard sign-ups and paid sign-ups are then tracked by the plugin and displayed – oh so nicely – to the user and yourself.

Paid Sign Ups

And what do we mean by a paid sign up? Well, as mentioned, it integrates 100% with Membership & Pro-Sites so that when a free user decides to become a supporter… that’s where the money is earned!

Here it is in action:

And there’s a dashboard widget too:

Not to mention the ability to simply (again, no code required) give your affiliates their own banners:

affilbanners

As well as other features that allow users to use regular old links… which you can then track via referral marking so no one ever knows they are an affiliate… sneaky huh!

WordPress Affiliate as an Ad Management System

This plugin also functions as an ad management system to help you track the effectiveness of your advertising with all of the same reports as you receive for affiliates. You can use it for one or the other or both ads and affiliates in combination, without having to make any hacks to it.

In the case of an affiliate, you’re looking to see X number of referrals and Y number of paid signups.

When using it as an ad management system, you can easily track the same information for the ads you’re placing. Simply enter a fake PayPal email address that identifies the type and location of you’re placing, and then you’re set to go. 

You can even offer a login for these ads so that the person hosting them can check to see how well they’re doing. 

Benefits of Creating an Affiliate Program

  • Exponentially increase your circle without hiring a single salesman
  • Keep the bulk of your profits and share only with your affiliates, instead of paying percentages to large marketing companies
  • Take the ceiling off your earnings and continue promoting your products and services while you sleep!
  • Manage your ads and affiliates all in one place.

All in all, the ultimate affiliate marketing plugin.

Other Plugins for Sales Management:

Pro Sites Plugin – The ultimate upgrade plugin, turn regular users into subscribers with premium themes, premium plugins and more – even works at sign up! Developed for uber-WPMU site Edublogs and provided here for you!

Pro Sites Advertising – This is a very very handy advertising plugin that integrates snugly with our Pro Sites framework and allows you to configure ads to be displayed before and after post content via simple settings.

Usage

For help with installing plugins please see our Plugin installation guide

Once the Affiliates plugin has been installed, log into your WordPress Admin Panel, visit Network Admin » Plugins and Network Activate the plugin.

Getting Started

Once installed, navigate to Dashboard » Affiliates for Single WordPress sites, or Network Admin » Dashboard » Affiliates for Multisite WordPress installations, and there you can configure the settings to suit your needs, manage your affiliates, and view reports.

Once on the Affiliate System Administration Panel, you will see 4 option below the heading.

These are:

  • Affiliate reports
  • Manage affiliates
  • Affiliate settings
  • Manage add-ons

Affiliate reports

Here you have the option of exporting payments and marking transactions as paid.

Manage affiliates

Here you can search through the affiliate users to pull up reports on each affiliate and their performance.

Underneath the affiliate’s username you will be able to click on ‘Manage Affiliate’ which will pull up the reports for the affiliate.

In the reporting module you would also be able to debit and credit the user account, and set payment on account.

Affiliate settings

Here you have 3 options:

  • Column settings
  • Profile page text
  • Banner settings

Manage add-ons

You have the following add-ons available:

  • Directory add-on
  • Membership add-on
  • Pro Sites add-on
  • MarketPress add-on

Affiliate Cookie Days

To set the amount of days that you want affiliate tracking to take place, you can do so by adding the following code to your wp-config.php file within your root WordPress install.

define('AFFILIATE_COOKIE_DAYS',45);

Shortcodes

Besides full access to the Affiliates Plugin features in the Admin Panel, you can use any of the following shortcodes within your posts or pages to provide front-end access as well.

[affiliatelogincheck] – place this at the top of the page that you are planning on using the rest of the shortcodes on and it will display a login message if the user isn’t logged in.
[affiliateuserdetails] – mirrors the affiliate details form from the admin area (yellow box)
[affiliatestatstable] – mirrors the large click statistics table
[affiliatevisitstable] – mirrors the referrers this month table
[affiliatetopvisitstable] – mirrors the top referrers table
[affiliatestatschart] – mirrors the main statistics charts
[affiliatevisitschart] – mirrors the referrers charts
[affiliatebanners] – displays the banners you add to your affiliate settings

If the user isn’t logged in then none of the shortcodes will output anything (except for the top one).

Custom Integrations

The Affiliates plugin is very powerful out of the box, integrating with many WPMU DEV plugins. But you can also with only a few lines of code integrate with other WordPress plugin’s or setups. Checkout our basic tutorial on creating your own custom integration.

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