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Hi guys

Does anyone know of an affiliate plugin I can use or how I can build one?

Basically, for every member that signs up to my site, I want to give them the opportunity to make some money back. Any member they refer to my site that signs up to my newsletter or purchases a product, I want to give them a bonus.

I found this link but it's out of date and I don't really get the code at the moment and without seeing the end product, I could be wasting hours on something that either doesn't work or won't do what I want although it seems like a great place to start.

I'm new to concrete so i'm still getting to grips with it, I could probably get this done in wordpress in about 5 minutes but I don't want to use that anymore...

I've come to the dark side!!!!

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mnakalay replied on at Permalink Reply

There is no affiliate plugin at the moment.

The example you found on C5Hub is good but it's really just a small piece of the puzzle. All that code does is check if the user got to the site using an affiliate link and if yes, sets a cookie on the user's computer to mark it as having used an affiliate link.

You still need:
1- a system that generates unique Affiliate URLs
2- a system that allows you to define rewards (how much for what)
3- a system that defines what actions entitle affiliates to a reward (click on a button, buying something...)
4- some dashboard system that allows you to check all the data and know who to pay when
5- eventually a system that allows affiliates to check their account...

All this would need to be built.

At this point I think you have 3 options:
1- You could try and build it yourself
2- You could hire someone to build it for you
3- You could use a third part but you're generally looking at a minimum of $250/month
4- you could go the Wordpress way and I am saying that with a broken heart believe me
OKDnet replied on at Permalink Reply
RE: @mnakalay point #4, this really is to me the epitome of the Concrete5 VS WordPress question. When you consider the platform by itself, on it's own merits (meaning not considering the ecosystem as a whole) Concrete5 is really such a better platform, for so many reasons I don't feel inclined to get into here and now. However (and this is my point), WordPress has an ecosystem and market that can't be touched (apparently, at least at this point in time) that often has with it real options that make the choice not always so easy.

I researched affiliate programs quite a bit. You could set up your Concrete5 website with what I feel is the best option, Post Affiliate Pro (seen here w/ my affiliate link of course ).

Besides being what I feel is "the best" affiliate solution feature-wise, it is available both via a cloud SAAS (monthly charge), or as a download you install on your server (one time charge). And it's modular, so you can pay less for less features, and ad what you need when you need it.

I think your end result could be better than a WordPress solution using one of the WordPress affiliate plugins, but you probably should research it yourself and consider your own needs and goals.

Good luck.
Danuk9 replied on at Permalink Reply
Thanks for the link, I'll take a look at that. That might just be the best option
OKDnet replied on at Permalink Reply
NP. I think so.