Enabling your users to become affiliates for your products is now very easy to do inside of MemberVault.  This step by step guide will show you how to set everything set up and how to track/pay your affiliates!

Setting Up Products

Affiliates will be able to go back to the Affiliate Center at any time to check their stats and see what conversions they have made.  After you pay your affiliates, they'll see that they were paid.

Click "Edit" next to the products you want to enable your affiliates to share. Set the status to "Active" so your users will see it, then you can select your payout type, amount, currency and even supply a message for affiliates about that product.

Payout Type "None" should be used for your subscriber hub, which will allow your affiliates to share it and have their affiliate cookie set, but there is no financial payout for conversions on that product.

Payout Type "Percentage" will calculate the payout based on how much the user actually paid for it.  So if they used a coupon, the percentage is taken post-coupon.  This only works for products that are using the MemberVault payment system.

Once you have these settings in place and have at least ONE active product, your users can start sharing already!


How Affiliates Use It

As soon as there is an active affiliate product, all users will see a new navigation item called "Affiliate Center".  When they click it, they will see all the products they can share, info about them, basic stats on clicks and conversions.

Each product has its own unique link, so your user can share whatever product they want directly.

When one of these links are clicked,  the customer will land on the teaser page for that product, and a cookie is set for 30 days on that device.  Whenever that customer is browsing the teaser content, they will see "Referred By: X" in the upper right-hand corner if that cookie is still valid.  Anything they sign up for / buy will be tracked to that affiliate.

Affiliates will be able to go back to the Affiliate Center at any time to check the stats, and see what conversions they have made.  After you pay your affiliates, they'll see that they were paid.

Generating Reports / Payouts

As soon as there is an active affiliate product, all users will see a new navigation item called "Affiliate Center". When they click it, they will see all the products they can share, info about them, basic stats on clicks and conversions.

You can generate a CSV from this report which will allow you to easily bulk pay affiliates in Paypal, or whatever payment system you use.  Once you've paid everyone, simply click "Mark as Paid".  This will clear out your pending commissions, AND your users will see them as paid on their end as well.


Please note: this is version 1 of affiliate tracking and therefore is very basic with a few limitations.  The main limitation is that this doesn't track recurring payments yet.  Our payment system will have to go through some upgrades until we can track that properly.  This should work GREAT for users who are running a basic affiliate program.  If there is a feature you'd like to see added to this system, please let us know