How to start with your affiliate program

Hi, thank you for choosing Affiliatly.
On this blog post you will find how to start with your affiliate program and setup it.

First, the integration of Affiliatly with your store
Depending of your framework, the integration can be:

  • completed, if you are using Shopify
  • 1/2 completed, if you are using BigCommerce, please check your Integration page in your Admin panel how to complete it.
  • not completed for all other frameworks, please check your Integration page in your Admin panel

1. Test the integration by using the test affiliate, this is an affiliate inserted by us, so that you can test the integration (visits tracking and purchase tracking) and see the affiliate’s panel. The credentials for the affiliate panel are:
email: test@test.com
password: 123456

The visit and the referred purchase should be visible immediately in your admin panel (or with maximum delay of up to 5 minutes). If they are not, please contact us describing the problem and giving us your account ID (AF-10XXX) so we can check the integration.

Notice: After making a successful test of the integration, be sure to add your IP address and/or email (if you are using the same email for your purchases) in the “Block certain user IP addresses” and/or “Block client’s emails” options in the Settings page. When you do this, the app will not track any purchases made by you or your staff.

2. After completing the integration, your affiliate program is now tracking visits and referred purchases. All you need to do is check the Settings and make the appropriate changes suiting your tastes.
3. Go to page Settings in your admin panel, the most important options are:
Methods for tracking affiliated users: how do you wish to track visits and sales, by default only the Link tracking is turned on.
Default Cookie Duration: only valid if you are using link tracking, it tells how much days the tracking cookie will be active i.e. for how long will the referred visitor be tracked and his purchases be associated with the affiliate
Mark Earnings: how are the earnings going to be calculated, as percent from the total sum of the purchase, a flat rate for each purchase not depending of the price or per client’s visit
Default Affiliate Percent: if you choose percent per purchase, here you can set the default commission percentage
Amount per purchase: if you have chosen Flat rate per purchase, then here you can set the flat amount that will be given to the affiliate for each referred purchase.

For the other options, you can check
http://www.affiliatly.com/faq.html?id=6
or the whole available FAQ page:
http://www.affiliatly.com/faq.html
You can also check the FAQ that is specifically for your installation, by clicking on the blue info icon at the right of your admin panel.

12 thoughts on “How to start with your affiliate program

    • Hi Mariah, there is no problem helping you with the setup of your affiliate program, but support is via email only. Please send an email to the support email, explaining what exactly do you need help with and we will help.

  1. I am having issues getting the test link to work. I’ve inserted the script into the footer, but when I try the test link it tells me there were “too many redirects” and the page cannot be opened. How do I fix this issue?

    Thanks!
    Katelin

    • Hi Zacharie, register an Affiliatly account choosing CrateJoy as your framework and then when you are in your panel, check the Integration page. In there you will see tutorial how to integrate.

  2. i just finished setting up my affiliately apps and i have 1 registered affiliate, question 1. having my first affiliate, what is the procedure if he wants to share/post my products to facebook, instagram, twitter etc? can i monitor his activities his postings /sharings? if someone buy his product shared or posted, can he monitor it? and what is the use of link generator? thank you

    • Your affiliates can find their personal link or coupon code in the Info page of their panel and can share their links the way they normally would share any link on social media. For Instagram it is best to use coupon code, since there cannot be links in the descriptions of posts.

      When the link is clicked, the visit and subsequent sale (if there is one) are recorded in the Affiliatly database and you can see this info in your panel (tabs Affiliates and Orders). It is much the same with coupon codes – when the code is used, you will see the referred order in the Orders tab and a commission will be calculated for the affiliate. You can also view aggregated info about the visits and orders on the Dashboard tab. Your affiliates can also see the visits and orders associated with them in their panels.

      The link generator’s purpose is for your affiliates to be able to easily create a link to a specific product page, for example. They should copy and paste the URL in the generator and when they click the “Generate” button, they will receive their personal tracking link for it, which includes their tracking parameter.

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