Creating a self-hosted affiliate program?

by art72 1 replies
Hi All,

I have a dilemma, whereby I am using a sales page that is pre-scripted to support an affiliate program.

If I decide to use Clickbank, obviously the promoting affiliates will simply use their nickname in a hop link.

But, right now, I have the affiliate.php page set-up, whereby my website URL displays in all the banners...

However, I am confused as to how do I track sales? and pay my affiliates?

It gives examples for Clickbank and PayDotCom but can I set this up by creating a database (mysql) and host the affiliate program myself?

This is what the affiliate.php file looks like (with my URL...)

************************************************** ********
<?php
$domainurl = $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'];
$link = $_POST['link'];
if ($link=='') $link = 'http://www.business-tools-mastery.com';
$alt = "Business Tools Mastery";

// replace http://www.yourdomain.com on line 4 with your raw affiliate link.
//
// Example 1: If you've set up an affiliate program with ClickBank your raw affiliate link will be..
// http://xxxxx.CLICKBANKID.hop.clickbank.net
//
// Where CLICKBANKID is your ClickBank ID and xxxxx is your affiliate's ID.
// You must instruct your affiliates to change 'xxxxx' with their ClickBank ID in the link to get credited for sales.
// If your ClickBank ID was 'john' and your affiliate's ID was 'mary' the link will be Sell Products - ClickBank
//
//
// Example 2: If you've set up an affiliate program with PayDotCom your raw affiliate link will be..
// https://paydotcom.com/r/12345/xxxxx
//
// Where 12345 is your PayDotCom product ID and xxxxx is your affiliate's ID.
// You must instruct your affiliates to change 'xxxxx' with their PayDotCom ID in the link to get credited for sales.
// If your product ID was '12345' and your affiliate's ID was 'mary' the link will be https://paydotcom.com/r/12345/mary

************************************************** *****

Is is complicated to set up my own affiliate program with tracking, etc...?

If you prefer you can view source, the affiliate page is:

business-tools-mastery[dot]com, then scroll to the bottom of the page and "click" the affiliate link. (aside from gaining access from my cpanel, I didn't know how else to get you there.)

If this is something that is really advanced, I may not be ready...but if it can be done with a few simple steps, I'd appreciate any advice you can provide.

Thanks in advance,

Art

P.S.- I haven't set-up my AWeber list, as I wasn't sure if setting up the affiliate.php, might require specific instructions to joining affiliates (via email messages) thru my autoresponder?
#website design #affiliate #creating #program #selfhosted
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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Barr
    There are scripts available that don't rely on clickbank or paydotcom. Just google "affiliate scripts" and you'll see tons. However, if it's your first time using affiliates, I'd suggest going with clickbank or PDC. Self-hosting a script is quite complicated and means you're responsible for EVERYTHING - paying your affiliates, tracking their progress, setting up CRON jobs, etc. If you're not experienced with PHP/MySQL, this could be a bit of a nightmare. Of course you could always hire someone on to take care of it.
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