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#1   hmonem

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 17:28

Hi guys,

I have this section in my OS Commerce store, but I don't understand how to set up the affiliate program. I've never set one up. If you've done this before, please share some info on how this is done and how to link to products and how a potential affiliate signs up on our site.


Affiliates
Summary
Affiliates
Payment
Sales
Clicks
Banners
Affiliate News
Affiliate Newsletter
Contact


Thank you,

Sam
www.buywholesaleclothing.com

Edited by hmonem, 16 September 2008 - 17:29.


#2   varnco

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 05:13

How to use OSC Affiliate:
++++++++++
CONFIGURATION TAB IN ADMIN:

Affiliate Pay Per Sales Payment % - amount of commission you will pay each affiliate for each order. This is a global %.
Payment Threshold - minimum amount an affiliate has to have earned before you will payout. This is a total of all commissions, not per sale.
(example: if your threshold is $25, when you press payment, commissions to be paid won't be calculated until their cumulative commissions equals $25 or more.)
Cookie Timeout - how long the cookie to track affiliate clicks will be active. This is in seconds.
Billing Time - How aged an order needs to be before you will pay commission. This is important so you can exclude any returns. Recommend 30 days
Order Min Status - The status the account needs to be in before it will calculate a commission for an affiliate sale. In my shop, "1"= pending, "2"= processing and "3" = completed/shipped.
Pay Affilaites by (check, bank, paypal) - Payment methods you will offer your affiliates for paying their commissions. This program does not have a payment system.. you will have to do that seperately/on your own using paypal or writing checks, etc.
Individual Affliate Percentage - If you want to assign a specific percentage to an affiliate instead of the global %
Use Affiliate Tier - set whether your affiliate can have affiliates
Tier Levels - how many levels? Just an affiliate and one affiliate under, or can the affiliate under the affiliate have an affiliate under them and so on?
Percentage Rate for Tier Levels - Payout options for the tier affiliates. You must have Individual affiliate turned off
to use tier levels
Affiliate News - How many "Affiliate News" items appear under news for affiliates when they log into their affiliate account.

+++++++++
AFFILIATE TAB IN ADMIN:

Summary - Self Explanatory
Affiliates - Names of affiliates signed up and a link to their individual stats (similar to "Summary")
Payment - This will generate a "payment sheet" for any affiliate sales that qualify for a commission and have the commission amount as pending. That is, the customer's order must be in the "STATUS" that you set in configuration (1, 2, 3, etc.) AND the "billing time" must have passed (set up in configuration) AND the total of commissions for the affiliate must exceed your set "payment threshold". After you actually pay your affiliate, you mark the sale as paid and send an email update to affiliate (similar to how you send one to a customer for a update to their order). This module does not automatically pay any $$ towards affiliate. You do that separately.
Sales - Sales made by the affiliates.
Clicks - Clicks made on affiliate links (sources)
Banners - Set up banners (and text links) for your products/categories
- Set up a banner link and ti will automatically set up a text only link as well, using the name of the banner link.
- Click on the little double squares graphic to the left of the listing of the banners, to see a popup of the banner.
Affiliate News - News to your affiliates. Displays on the screen once your affiliate has logged in. HTML can be used.
Affiliate Newsletter - create affiliate newsletter if you want to mail a newsletter to your affiliates. If you
want HTML newsletters, see below how to make this change.
Contacts - If you want to send an email to an individual affiliate or all affiliates.

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CHANGE AFFILIATE NEWSLETTER FROM TEXT HTML:

in admin/includes/modules/newsletters/affiliate_newsletter.php
Find this:
$mimemessage->add_text($this->content);
change to:
$mimemessage->add_html($this->content);
++++++++
DISABLE PAYING TAXES ON AFFILIATE PAYMENTS:

Find in admin/affiliate_configure.php:
define ('AFFILIATE_TAX_ID','1'); // Tax Rates used for billing the affiliates

Put this from a 1 to a 0 tax rate.

++++++++
"From" email address on affiliate newsletters or regular affiliate email is not correct:

-Make sure you have set up the email address for your server.
-Make sure you have entered the return email address under the configuration tab.

+++++++
FAQ can be found and edited here:
includes/languages/english/affiliate_faq.php

TERMS can be found and edited here:
includes/languages/english/affiliate_terms.php

+++++++
OTHER CONFIGURATION OPTIONS:
Other configuration options change from false to true or true to false to suit your needs. Where the option
is days, you either enter "false" or the # of days:

/admin/includes/affiliate_configure.php

define ('AFFILIATE_NOTIFY_AFTER_BILLING','false'); // Notify affiliate if he got a new invoice
define ('AFFILIATE_DELETE_ORDERS','false'); // Delete affiliate_sales if an order is deleted (Warning: Only not yet billed sales are deleted)
define ('AFFILIATE_DELETE_CLICKTHROUGHS','false'); // (days / false) To keep the clickthrough report small you can set the days after which they are deleted (when calling affiliate_summary in the admin)
define ('AFFILIATE_DELETE_AFFILIATE_BANNER_HISTORY','false'); // (days / false) To keep thethe table AFFILIATE_BANNER_HISTORY small you can set the days after which they are deleted (when calling affiliate_summary in the admin)

#3   rvsupply

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 16:50

Hi guys,

I have this section in my OS Commerce store, but I don't understand how to set up the affiliate program. I've never set one up. If you've done this before, please share some info on how this is done and how to link to products and how a potential affiliate signs up on our site.


Affiliates
Summary
Affiliates
Payment
Sales
Clicks
Banners
Affiliate News
Affiliate Newsletter
Contact


Thank you,

Sam
www.buywholesaleclothing.com

Have to search the forums on this matter? FYI, I dont think you posted in the right forum.

#4   oscanta

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 06:39

How to use OSC Affiliate:
++++++++++
CONFIGURATION TAB IN ADMIN:

Affiliate Pay Per Sales Payment % - amount of commission you will pay each affiliate for each order. This is a global %.
Payment Threshold - minimum amount an affiliate has to have earned before you will payout. This is a total of all commissions, not per sale.
(example: if your threshold is $25, when you press payment, commissions to be paid won't be calculated until their cumulative commissions equals $25 or more.)
Cookie Timeout - how long the cookie to track affiliate clicks will be active. This is in seconds.
Billing Time - How aged an order needs to be before you will pay commission. This is important so you can exclude any returns. Recommend 30 days
Order Min Status - The status the account needs to be in before it will calculate a commission for an affiliate sale. In my shop, "1"= pending, "2"= processing and "3" = completed/shipped.
Pay Affilaites by (check, bank, paypal) - Payment methods you will offer your affiliates for paying their commissions. This program does not have a payment system.. you will have to do that seperately/on your own using paypal or writing checks, etc.
Individual Affliate Percentage - If you want to assign a specific percentage to an affiliate instead of the global %
Use Affiliate Tier - set whether your affiliate can have affiliates
Tier Levels - how many levels? Just an affiliate and one affiliate under, or can the affiliate under the affiliate have an affiliate under them and so on?
Percentage Rate for Tier Levels - Payout options for the tier affiliates. You must have Individual affiliate turned off
to use tier levels
Affiliate News - How many "Affiliate News" items appear under news for affiliates when they log into their affiliate account.

+++++++++
AFFILIATE TAB IN ADMIN:

Summary - Self Explanatory
Affiliates - Names of affiliates signed up and a link to their individual stats (similar to "Summary")
Payment - This will generate a "payment sheet" for any affiliate sales that qualify for a commission and have the commission amount as pending. That is, the customer's order must be in the "STATUS" that you set in configuration (1, 2, 3, etc.) AND the "billing time" must have passed (set up in configuration) AND the total of commissions for the affiliate must exceed your set "payment threshold". After you actually pay your affiliate, you mark the sale as paid and send an email update to affiliate (similar to how you send one to a customer for a update to their order). This module does not automatically pay any $$ towards affiliate. You do that separately.
Sales - Sales made by the affiliates.
Clicks - Clicks made on affiliate links (sources)
Banners - Set up banners (and text links) for your products/categories
- Set up a banner link and ti will automatically set up a text only link as well, using the name of the banner link.
- Click on the little double squares graphic to the left of the listing of the banners, to see a popup of the banner.
Affiliate News - News to your affiliates. Displays on the screen once your affiliate has logged in. HTML can be used.
Affiliate Newsletter - create affiliate newsletter if you want to mail a newsletter to your affiliates. If you
want HTML newsletters, see below how to make this change.
Contacts - If you want to send an email to an individual affiliate or all affiliates.

++++++++
CHANGE AFFILIATE NEWSLETTER FROM TEXT HTML:

in admin/includes/modules/newsletters/affiliate_newsletter.php
Find this:
$mimemessage->add_text($this->content);
change to:
$mimemessage->add_html($this->content);
++++++++
DISABLE PAYING TAXES ON AFFILIATE PAYMENTS:

Find in admin/affiliate_configure.php:
define ('AFFILIATE_TAX_ID','1'); // Tax Rates used for billing the affiliates

Put this from a 1 to a 0 tax rate.

++++++++
"From" email address on affiliate newsletters or regular affiliate email is not correct:

-Make sure you have set up the email address for your server.
-Make sure you have entered the return email address under the configuration tab.

+++++++
FAQ can be found and edited here:
includes/languages/english/affiliate_faq.php

TERMS can be found and edited here:
includes/languages/english/affiliate_terms.php

+++++++
OTHER CONFIGURATION OPTIONS:
Other configuration options change from false to true or true to false to suit your needs. Where the option
is days, you either enter "false" or the # of days:

/admin/includes/affiliate_configure.php

define ('AFFILIATE_NOTIFY_AFTER_BILLING','false'); // Notify affiliate if he got a new invoice
define ('AFFILIATE_DELETE_ORDERS','false'); // Delete affiliate_sales if an order is deleted (Warning: Only not yet billed sales are deleted)
define ('AFFILIATE_DELETE_CLICKTHROUGHS','false'); // (days / false) To keep the clickthrough report small you can set the days after which they are deleted (when calling affiliate_summary in the admin)
define ('AFFILIATE_DELETE_AFFILIATE_BANNER_HISTORY','false'); // (days / false) To keep thethe table AFFILIATE_BANNER_HISTORY small you can set the days after which they are deleted (when calling affiliate_summary in the admin)

configurations exist to prevent the counting of clicks from robots? If you like?
Thanks for the answers
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#5   aryallpradeep

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 07:06

configurations exist to prevent the counting of clicks from robots? If you like?
Thanks for the answers
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Hi, I tried every thing to check if the installed affiliate module is correctly functioning. I configured Affiliate Program under configuration tab as per the instruction i.e, followings are the details I configured



E-Mail Address <affiliate@localhost.com>
Affiliate Pay Per Sale Payment % Rate 10.0000
Payment Threshold 1
Cookie Lifetime 7200
Billing Time 1
Order Min Status 2
Pay Affiliates with check true
Pay Affiliates with PayPal true
Pay Affiliates by Bank true
Individual Affiliate Percentage false
Use Affiliate-tier false
Number of Tierlevels 0
Percentage Rate for the Tierlevels 8.00;5.00;1.00
Affiliate News 3


and then I made the transaction to "completed" and when tried to generate bill in through start billing, it is showing no records.

Please help me.... if I am missing something /sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':(' />

#6   Studne00

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 11:08

Hi, I tried every thing to check if the installed affiliate module is correctly functioning. I configured Affiliate Program under configuration tab as per the instruction i.e, followings are the details I configured



E-Mail Address <affiliate@localhost.com>
Affiliate Pay Per Sale Payment % Rate 10.0000
Payment Threshold 1
Cookie Lifetime 7200
Billing Time 1
Order Min Status 2
Pay Affiliates with check true
Pay Affiliates with PayPal true
Pay Affiliates by Bank true
Individual Affiliate Percentage false
Use Affiliate-tier false
Number of Tierlevels 0
Percentage Rate for the Tierlevels 8.00;5.00;1.00
Affiliate News 3


and then I made the transaction to "completed" and when tried to generate bill in through start billing, it is showing no records.

Please help me.... if I am missing something /sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':(' />

Hi,

I have same problem. Have you found any solution? Thanks.

#7   spicy05

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 17:26

Hi,

I have same problem. Have you found any solution? Thanks.


Has anyone a solution. I have the same problem.

Armin

#8   jacksy83

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 13:16

Has anyone a solution. I have the same problem.

Armin


I am having the very same problem, no entries are appearing in the billing section.

Has anyone found a solution to this??

thanks
Iain

#9   Tucker4238

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 20:01

I've tested my affiliate page, and when I login as an affiliate, it shows that affiliates have access to the Catalog, Customers/Orders, Affiliates and Tools sections. Most of the functionality in those sections is disabled either way, but I'd rather it not show up in any case. It looks like they have the functionality to send emails and newsletters to the customer database. How can I set it so when the affiliates log in the only tab they see is the Affiliates tab??

#10   teenymeeny

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 05:15

My affiliate welcome email function is not working.

I have set up my affiliate program, configured everything. It all seems to be working ok.
Except when someone joins as an affiliate, there welcome email is not sending out automatically..

Does anyone know how I can fix this ??

#11   topdeals

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 16:56

Can anyone reccomend a affiliate module for OSC v2.3.1?