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Recieved the following from our existing affiliate system people. I was wondering if anyone here has been hit out by this sort of activity?

 

We at KowaBunga!, in a continued effort to ensure our merchants are running the

most profitable affiliate programs in the industry, want to alert you to an

important issue. Our records indicate that you currently have this affiliate

enrolled in your program:

Affiliate ID ****, representing **** Direct.

 

This affiliate/company has recently been exposed as engaging in possibly

fraudulent activity. A complete analysis of their business practices is here:

http://www.benedelman.org/spyware/180-affiliates/

 

In summary, this company encourages users to install software on their

computers, often in exchange for mp3 downloads or other incentives. This

software, once installed, will track the user's browser activity and, most

importantly, will attempt to take credit for any hit to your web site,

regardless of how the visitor finds your site. In this scenario you are

rewarding this affiliate for a commission even if the visitor actually found

your site through another affiliate, or even if they simply typed your domain

into their browser. We believe that these practices not only cheat your other

affiliates, they cheat you directly.

 

In most cases, this affiliate can be one of your top earners, so we understand

that it may be a difficult decision to drop them from your program, despite

this knowledge. Our best advice is to contact them directly and confront them

with this information. We would also encourage you to let us know what response

you receive from them and what action you do take, as this will help us form

policy on our end with respect to new merchants and affiliates in our Kolimbo

network. If they assert, for instance, that their practices are not unfairly

drawing revenue away from your other affiliates and/or advertising budget, we

can work with you to test this assertion. In any event, we again encourage you

to keep in touch with us about this matter.

 

Sincerely,

Jeff Doak

CTO of KowaBunga! Technologies

 

Just thought I would bring it to your attention.

 

Mocara.

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Hi folks.

 

I wanted a way to display the actual PRODUCT IMAGE in the BUILD A LINK feature instead of displaying an uploaded banner.

 

Therefore, I've reworked a bit of the code in affiliate_banners_build.php to enable this.

 

 

If you'd like to do this, here's how:

 

 

Open catalog/affiliate_banners_build.php

 

Firstly, find this line:

 

$link = '<a href="' . HTTPS_SERVER . DIR_WS_CATALOG . FILENAME_PRODUCT_INFO . '?ref=' . $affiliate_id . '&products_id=' . $individual_banner_id . '&affiliate_banner_id=1" target="_blank"><img src="' . HTTPS_SERVER . DIR_WS_CATALOG . DIR_WS_IMAGES . $affiliate_pbanners['affiliate_banners_image'] . '" border="0" alt="' . $affiliate_pbanners['products_name'] . '"></a>';

 

 

Change it to:

 

$link = '<a href="' . HTTPS_SERVER . DIR_WS_CATALOG . FILENAME_PRODUCT_INFO . '?ref=' . $affiliate_id . '&products_id=' . $individual_banner_id . '&affiliate_banner_id=1" target="_blank"><img src="' . HTTPS_SERVER . DIR_WS_CATALOG . DIR_WS_IMAGES . $affiliate_pbanners['products_image'] .  $affiliate_pbanners['products_name'] . '"></a>';

 

 

 

 

 

Find this line:

(This line of code appears TWICE in affiliate_banners_build.php, so make sure you change both lines.)

 

 

$link1 = '<a href="' . HTTP_SERVER . DIR_WS_CATALOG . FILENAME_PRODUCT_INFO . '?ref=' . $affiliate_id . '&products_id=' . $individual_banner_id . '&affiliate_banner_id=1" target="_blank"><img src="' . HTTP_SERVER . DIR_WS_CATALOG . FILENAME_AFFILIATE_SHOW_BANNER . '?ref=' . $affiliate_id . '&affiliate_pbanner_id=' . $individual_banner_id . '" border="0" alt="' . $affiliate_pbanners['products_name'] . '"></a>';

 

 

Change it to:

 

$link1 = '<center><a href="' . HTTP_SERVER . DIR_WS_CATALOG . FILENAME_PRODUCT_INFO . '?ref=' . $affiliate_id . '&products_id=' . $individual_banner_id . '&affiliate_banner_id=1" target="_blank"><img src="' . HTTP_SERVER . DIR_WS_CATALOG . DIR_WS_IMAGES . $affiliate_pbanners['products_image'] . '" border="0" alt="' . $affiliate_pbanners['products_name'] . '">' . '<br>' . $affiliate_pbanners['products_name'] . '</a></center>';

 

 

 

That's it! :)

 

:D

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By the way.....

 

As always...

 

....Be sure to BACK UP BEFORE changing your files.

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No, mine had two options... either a text link or a banner.

You had to upload a banner for that particular product.

 

 

Maybe the very latest oscAffliate has this feature.

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Here is a (hopefully) complete solution - :D - to the needs for Category Banners for osc Affiliate. Installed fine on 2.2MS2. Not sure about anything later.

 

All of the new files and the (few) necessary file changes are in the package, look at CAT BANNERS README.txt in the zip. This adds the ability to create and manage Category banners in Admin, with click counts same as other banners.

 

It also lets affiliates build Category links the same as Product links.

 

The package is available in Contibutions here: osC Affiliate Category Banners

 

The package ONLY contains instructions and the new files for extending an existing osC Affiliate installation. Enjoy!

 

RDB

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Ok guys,

 

I haven't read all 113 or so pages of this thread, but I've looked around, and it doesn't look like there's a *SINGLE PAGE* of documentation for this contribution.

 

While the contribution itself looks fantastic, there's zero docs on how it works. The FAQ isn't nearly sufficient.

 

Releasing a contribution without documentation is like selling a car with an opaque windshield. We really need some nice fat documentation for this contribution explaining exactly how it works.

 

I haven't even installed it yet because I don't know if it accomplishes what I want it to do, because there's no documentation explaining it.

 

Guys, as a developer, I appreciate your work. But if you're going to spend the time working so hard on this code, you should spend some time writing thorough documentation for the people that want to use it. I would never release something like this without extensive documentation. There's not even a README file.

 

I've seen many others complaining about this between this forum, sourceforge, and the .au forums, what's it going to take to get someone (even if it's not the developers) to write some good documentation on this contrib? This contrib was originally released in 2002 apparently, and this current version in 2003, and we're still without desperately needed documentation.

 

-Matt

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Well some 1 please figure out how to post the Banner image right, I'm a noob so please find out the script and post the instructions please. Great Mod.

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I have a question, and can't figure out how to search just this

thread on the forum, so please point me to the solution if it's

already available.

 

I only want to offer commission on certain products (our

own proprietary products, and not the items we re-sell). Is

there a way to select which products generate commissions?

I notice that when the affiliate builds links, they can choose

from all products (even products that are inactive). Is there

any way to customise this?

 

Or... alternatively... is there a way to set different commmission

levels for different products (e.g., Product A gets a 10%

commission, but Product B gets a 20% commission)?

 

Please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks!

 

OZ

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FYI...

 

I've found (and installed) OSC-Affiliate add-on authorized products...

 

and although that allows me to set which

products the Affiliate can choose to link to,

if the customer buys other products, the

system still gives commission for those

that aren't allowed. (What kind of contribution

is THAT?! Defeats the whole purpose of

the thing!)

 

I haven't yet set up Variable Products Commission

(spelt "commision" on the contribs), but I

might try it today. Just doesn't seem to

have an interface to select commissions with.

 

Anyone have any ideas?

 

OZ

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This is probably a dumb question, but I can't

figure it out. How do I create text links for affiliates?

 

In the Admin section, I see:

Affiliates

Summary

Affiliates

Payment

Sales

Clicks

Banners

Affiliate News

Affiliate Newsletter

Contact

Click on "Banners" and you can upload a Banner

which has a link, but none of the other options

allows me to upload text links and/or product links.

 

(These are the links that would be accessible to

the Affiliate on the affiliate_banners_product.php

and affiliate_banners_text.php pages.)

 

Please help.

 

Thanks.

 

OZ

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This is probly the wrong place to ask this, and I am sure that it has been asked before, I can not seem to search a topic or thread, just do general searches, so please take pity on me as you consider flaming me for not posting in the right spot :unsure:

 

I am having an issue with the affiliate module, I completed a test order and when I go into the affiliate account and look at the Affiliate Sales Report the status is Deleted (Admin)

 

I also try to click on the [?] on the affiliate summary page and the link is /catalog/catalog/affiliate_help7.php

 

I am not sure how to get rid of the second catalog directory that is listed in the link, as I do not have any such directory. (I hope this line is not as confusing as it looks :blink:

 

I really thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

 

Sean

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Stop scope creep

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OZ,

 

you are correct The allow products doesn't give you the opportunity to set the commission off. But my main purpose was to disallow the affiliate to advertise for a specific product.

 

as far as I have checked the "variable commission products" I'll make the hack to disallow the affiliate commission and to finalize my contrib... Thanks Bud!

Edited by hal1

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is it possible for affiliates to get a datafeed of your product line from the affiliate module? in addition to banners & images, I have heard that many webmasters/affiliates want a datafeed that they can download.. anyone know?

 

also, can affiliates create links to individual categories or products?

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I'm not sure about datafeed, but affiliates CAN link to specific products with the "Build A Link" feature.

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Hi...

 

Can anyone answer this? It seems like a pretty

basic question, and yet I can't find an answer:

 

How do I create text links for affiliates?

 

In the Admin section, I see:

Affiliates

Summary

Affiliates

Payment

Sales

Clicks

Banners

Affiliate News

Affiliate Newsletter

Contact

If I click on "Banners", I can upload a Banner which

has a link, but none of the other options allows me

(the Admin) to upload text links and/or product links.

 

(These are the links that would be accessible to my

Affiliates on their affiliate_banners_product.php

and affiliate_banners_text.php pages.)

 

In other words:

Where do the "text links" come from? How do I

put them in?

 

Surely someone (everyone?) has come across this?

 

Please help!

 

Thanks.

 

OZ

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The text links are automatically generated from your banner links.

 

 

i.e. Everytime you upload a banner, a text link is created as a text alternative.

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Hello,

 

Ihave this error, can some one helpme?

 

Parse error: parse error, expecting `T_OLD_FUNCTION' or `T_FUNCTION' or `T_VAR' or `'}'' in /home/totalbie/public_html/compras2/admin/includes/classes/message_stack.php on line 61

Fatal error: Cannot instantiate non-existent class: messagestack in /home/totalbie/public_html/compras2/admin/includes/application_top.php on line 148

 

Thansk

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Ah. Thanks Mikey.

 

But, um... what if you don't want banners?

 

OZ

 

 

Er.... good question.

 

:blink:

 

 

Hopefully someone will be able to answer this.

 

 

 

 

 

Hello,

 

Ihave this error, can some one helpme?

 

Sorry, can't help you....never seen that error before, maquido. :(

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Hello,

 

I install osCommerce 2.2-MS2, via fantastico utility, i install this contributions,

 

7dana.com-osClite.zip (template)

Signup_Confirm_Email_os2_2_millestone_2.zip (password via email)

htmlbar_v3.zip (html editor for product description)

default_image_in_products_and_categories_v1.0.zip

PWA_0.80.zip (pay with out account)

 

And i install osCaffiliate from this page...

 

http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contributions,158

 

And i have this error in admin area...

 

demo site

http://www.totalbienestar.com/compras2/admin/

 

"Parse error: parse error, expecting `T_OLD_FUNCTION' or `T_FUNCTION' or `T_VAR' or `'}'' in /home/totalbie/public_html/compras2/admin/includes/classes/message_stack.php on line 61

 

Fatal error: Cannot instantiate non-existent class: messagestack in /home/totalbie/public_html/compras2/admin/includes/application_top.php on line 148"

 

Can you helpme?

 

And How do i can for activate or show the affiliate box in the end users area?

 

http://www.totalbienestar.com/compras2/

 

Thanks so much, can you helpme?

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I'm running an older version of osC Affiliate and am having a problem.

 

I'm transfering my site to a new host and for some reason when I try to access the admin section I get this warning:

Warning: main(includes/affiliate_configure.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/nisi/public_html/admin/includes/affiliate_application_top.php on line 20

Fatal error: main(): Failed opening required 'includes/affiliate_configure.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/nisi/public_html/admin/includes/affiliate_application_top.php on line 20

What does this mean and how do I fix it? The files are all there so I'm assuming it must be some kind of code error.

 

I will probably upgrade to the new version but the problem is that I'm running BTS 1.0 and it took me a while just to get osC Addiliate to work with BTS so I'm in no hurry. It' works fine for now.

 

Thanks in advance.

Edited by PropioWeb

Samuel Mateo, Jr.

osC 2.2 MS2

Installed Mods:

WYSIWYG HTMLArea 1.7 | Basic Template System 1.0 | osC-Affiliate | OSC-SupportTicket

Featured Products 1.3 | LoginBox 5.2 | LatestNews 1.1.3 | Extras for IE

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OK! Thats weird. :blink:

 

Everything is working fine now.


Samuel Mateo, Jr.

osC 2.2 MS2

Installed Mods:

WYSIWYG HTMLArea 1.7 | Basic Template System 1.0 | osC-Affiliate | OSC-SupportTicket

Featured Products 1.3 | LoginBox 5.2 | LatestNews 1.1.3 | Extras for IE

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Can someone explain the "Build A Link" feature a little more? Does that mean an affiliate can build a link to any product in my store or to any category?

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Can someone explain the "Build A Link" feature a little more? Does that mean an affiliate can build a link to any product in my store or to any category?

 

 

Yes, that's right.

 

 

It is a very cool feature.

 

 

Affiliates simply choose a product that they want to link to, and the product link code is generated for them with a click of a button. :)

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