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John Cunningham
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February 3, 2015 - 10:43 am
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Hi Rick,

I want to be able to have other eCommerce sites be able to have an affiliate link on their website that will give them a credit for purchases of our physical product on our website from traffic that originates from their website. I see you have a series on this with the WP Affiliate Platform Plugin. Based on our situation would you say that is the right set of instructions?

Also, thinking about creating a website where helpful resources & information is posted for parents of dyslexic children. We have thought about this for a long time. Our original thought was to have a page or blog category committed to this. Now I'm wondering if a better plan would be to have a separate site where we host this information, along with affiliate links to learning products created by others in the industry so that we could collect some income to support the site, etc. Which do you think is the best idea?

 

Looking forward to your thoughts,

John

 

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February 4, 2015 - 8:24 am
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The choice of affiliate plugin is dependent on the choice of shopping cart.  If you are using WPeStore then yes that is the right plugin to use.

I would probably make a separate site for it.

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We are using marketpress. I may want to discuss this in more depth. Is it a good topic for Live Answers?

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I would use WPMU Dev's affiliate product then.

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February 4, 2015 - 12:59 pm
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do you have video (s) on that?

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Hey Rick, this is the reply I got from WPMU (below):

I am hoping that we can talk about this plugin at one of the live call in sessions. Anyhow, see below; I'm stil;l confussed about how this works:

Hey @John, hope you're doing well this evening! :)
Is there a full tutorial on how to use this plugin?
We do have our usage guide available over on the product page, you can find it by clicking on the "Usage" tab here:
https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/wordpress-mu-affiliate/
We would like to be able to give specific people the ability to advertise our product from their website so that they can promote the product and get paid for doing so.
...We do not want to advertise an affiliate program on our website.
By default, any user is able to opt-in to your affiliate program via the WordPress Dashboard, but a possible workaround would be to use the User Role Editor plugin to create a custom user role for your users to use (you could just copy the existing Subscriber role), and then use Admin Menu Editor to restrict the "Affiliate Referrals" menu option to restrict that menu to only that user role.
How does that sound so far? :)
Ultimately we think a banner or link would be displayed on the site of our partners where users could click on the image/link to be sent to our site.
That'd be doable, your affiliates would just need to enter the URL for their sites in the "Your URL" field under the "Affiliate Advanced Settings" section inside:
Users -> Affiliate Referrals
That way, any references back to your site would be logged inside of Affiliates.
From what I understand a cookie is placed in the users browser that stays there for a determined number of days so that if they visit our site again the original site owner where the first click occurred is credited.
Payment: they would get paid through paypal, right?
That's correct, and yes. :)
Let me know if this helps please!
Kind Regards,
Michael

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Sure - we can talk about it next week.

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