Hosting Your Own Affiliate Program

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I want to host my own affiliate program, so I've been looking around for software that does that kind of stuff. Any suggestions or advice?
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Originally Posted by Mikhail Hunter View Post

    I want to host my own affiliate program, so I've been looking around for software that does that kind of stuff. Any suggestions or advice?
    There are wordpress plug-ins. idev is a pretty popular script.
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    • Profile picture of the author Deskpops
      I use Affiliates Enterprise by ITThinx. MagicAffiliates used to be pretty good, but expensive. WPMUDev's Affiliates is also good. Depends on what your needs are.
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  • Profile picture of the author mediamarket
    Its harder than you think managing a affiliate program. My suggestion is go with CJ.
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  • Profile picture of the author MonopolyOnline
    Hey.

    Brent is correct iDevAffiliate is an elegant solution for as little as $149 usd.

    idevdirect.com

    iDevAffiliate is NOT only for WordPress, it is a stand alone php solution which can be integrated with other languages (I used it with ColdFusion and RubyOnRails, just need php running).

    Do not worry about programing.

    Once the iDevAffiliate is installed (they can help with the installation), you use the Admin interface to control everything.

    Tracks everything. Even has PayPal MassPay to pay out commissions to affiliates.

    There is a steep learning curve because it can do everything - signup forms, page peels, lightbox, tracking, reporting, etc..

    There are more than 30 training videos - access is restricted to purchasers only.

    Just watch the installation video tutorials to get an idea:

    iDevAffiliate - Affiliate Tracking Software - Affiliate Program Software

    Highly Highly recommend iDevAffiliate.
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  • Profile picture of the author MonopolyOnline
    Hey Big Mike - KUDO! Awesome product.

    I just spent some time going through DigiBilly CloudPay installation, configuration, user guide and even the PayPal app setup instructions.

    As a developer I have to say very thorough. Very detailed.

    Even his website is super clean - no hype - I like that.

    And the Obtaining PayPal App ID instructions helped to clarify some PayPal questions I had.

    If I could figure out how to run this side-by-side with my Rails app on Heroku, I personally would consider using it.

    Kudos Mike!

    To Your Success!!!, Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author Mikhail Hunter
    Thanks for the help guys, I'm going to review each of them and make a choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidaclark
    Originally Posted by Mikhail Hunter View Post

    I want to host my own affiliate program, so I've been looking around for software that does that kind of stuff. Any suggestions or advice?
    I am assuming electronic products. In this case, I would sell it through ClickBank. If more than one product, sell it on ClickBank using EasyClickMate software and set up resources for your affiliates using Affiliate Surge.
    They are a great combination and you should get both of them for about $100 the pair.
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  • Profile picture of the author SpiderT3
    I use e-junkie to manage my affiliate program for my product. It is very affordable (starts at $5/mo. I'm currently paying $15/mo cause my digital product files are large. They don't charge a transaction fee or anything like that.

    Works with Paypal, Authorize.net, and a few more.

    E-junkie Shopping Cart for selling downloads & tangible goods
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    • Profile picture of the author TheWillisWay
      I use a replicator/affiliate software made by Ricochet. It uses PayPal as the processer. All sales are tracked and once per month, or daily, or whenever you can run the soft ware and it send commissions to all your affiliates that are due them directly to their paypal accounts.

      http://www.mlmsoftware2000.com

      The guy who supports it all his name is Ken. He always answers the phone during business hours and gives great support. The software can also be upgraded so that you can be your own MLM company or have sub affiliates.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Self hosted affiliate programs is very time consuming and required man power. if you have that than go on otherwise you can opt for third party like cj, shareasale, linkshare and clickbank
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    • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
      Sorry Vishwa - but I "manage" my own affiliate program (duh), and spend NO time on it whatsoever.


      Originally Posted by vishwa View Post

      Self hosted affiliate programs is very time consuming and required man power. if you have that than go on otherwise you can opt for third party like cj, shareasale, linkshare and clickbank
      Maybe the self-hosted systems you have tried are time consuming, but that speaks more to your selection of the system than it does to the nature of self-hosting.

      A well written affiliate system manages itself, once the merchant has done the basic set up (i.e. what commission rate do you want to pay).

      I have run a self-hosted affiliate management system for the past 7 years (duh again) and basically do nothing at all. I spend my time on customer support, and rarely (maybe 3 times total in that timeframe) even have to field a question at my help desk from an affiliate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raelyn Tan
    Check out Rapid Action Profits (not an affiliate link). This system does everything for you, including affiliate management, list building, conversion tracking and more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Mikhail Hunter View Post

    I want to host my own affiliate program
    Why?

    The number one, top, most-important, outcome-determining issue that many serious, pro-affiliates want to know about, when first looking at an affiliate opportunity, is "Am I going to be dependent on the vendor for payment?". If the answer to that question is "yes", then you have an uphill struggle.

    Be aware that 5% of the affiliates make 95% of the sales, and those are the few you don't want to lose. "Having as many affiliates as possible" and "Making as many sales as possible" are two very different things.


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    • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
      Sorry Alexa...


      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      The number one, top, most-important, outcome-determining issue that serious, pro-affiliates want to know about, when first looking at an affiliate opportunity, is "Am I going to be dependent on the vendor for payment?". If the answer to that question is "yes", then you have an uphill struggle.
      As much as I value your input on a lot of things - I think that on this issue you have drawn your conclusion based on limited experience.

      There are a number of very good self-hosted affiliate programs, and not all of them depend on the vendor for payment. If the affiliate program software controls payment of the affiliate automatically - the vendor doesn't get involved.

      At least 2 such affiliate management scripts have been previously mentioned in this thread, and the commissions are paid immediately (no waiting period)

      Be aware that 5% of the affiliates make 95% of the sales, and those are the few you don't want to lose. "Having as many affiliates as possible" and "Making as many sales as possible" are two very different things. .
      That's a very true statement, but I think you're implying that the top 5% of affiliates would not consider signing up to a self-hosted affiliate program.

      My experience has been that those affiliates have no hesitation when it comes to accepting automatic commission payments - especially when they realize that there is NO waiting period involved.
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