At AyeCode, We Love Affiliate Marketing!
Affiliate Marketing is one of the things, which made GeoDirectory as successful as it is.
When in 2011 we launched GeoTheme, the predecessor of GeoDirectory, our affiliate program, and a few awesome affiliate marketers, gave our first product the visibility that it needed to take off.
It helped us create an audience.
Affiliate marketing is definitely one of the reasons why we have been profitable since day one, and we have been growing ever since.
Today, we still rely on Affiliate Marketing, and we pay five figures per year to our partners in affiliate commissions.
Currently, we have 277 affiliates, but 7 of them, are accountable for 80% of the revenues generated by our affiliate program.
This means that you don’t need too many of them, you need a few good ones.
BTW, if you want to join our Affiliate Program, we do offer a 30% commission for each sale and you can register here.
What is Affiliate marketing?
In case you don’t know, affiliate marketing for the eCommerce industry consists of offering a commission for each sale referred by a third-party website.
An Affiliate plugin will help you automate this process.
Website owners who want to promote your products can register on your website’s affiliate program.
The plugin will provide “special links” to your partners and will track anytime a visitor lands on your store, after clicking on one of these special links on a partner’s website.
If the same visitor purchases one of your products or services, or a premium listing, the affiliate plugin will record the commission.
At the end of the month, you can generate a payout report of all commissions and pay your affiliate partners.
Should you start an Affiliate program for your directory?
If you are selling premium listings, absolutely yes! Do it now…
If you haven’t, you are not taking full advantage of your online business.
Seasoned Directory Developers know how challenging monetizing a directory can be. Especially when it is newly launched.
A well thought Affiliate Marketing Program can greatly help you with that.
For example, in the case of a Local Business Directory, you could contact every Local SEO, Web Developers, and Marketing agency in your area and let them know they can earn a percentage for each premium listing that they buy for their local clients.
Their clients are your clients!
Other than sending you targeted traffic, affiliate partners will improve your backlink profile, and as a consequence, your SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
Most affiliate partners will cloak the affiliate links on their website. Some will add the “nofollow” tag to them.
However, a good percentage will still give you a 100% “dofollow” link and each backlink can make a big difference for your website’s rankings.
What Affiliate Plugin should I use with GeoDirectory?
Until recently, you only had one choice. However, you had to buy that plugin and our integration add-on just to get started.
Unless your directory was already generating decent revenues, the initial investment could appear a bit high.
Today the answer is a no-brainer. You should use SliceWP!
SliceWP is the newest Affiliate plugin for WordPress, its core plugin is free, it is incredibly easy to use and its developers, just made it fully compatible with our GetPaid plugin.
As a consequence, it is compatible with GeoDirectory too!
The free plugin is more than enough to get you started and if you manage to attract a few good affiliate partners (3 or 4) they will have a huge impact on your revenues.
I’m sold, show me how it’s done!
This is the easy part. It will literally take minutes.
1. Install SliceWP
Go to Plugins > Add New, search SliceWP, click on Install Now and Activate. This will launch the setup wizard.
2. Complete the Setup Wizard
- Select GetPaid
- Set your Sale Commission Rate, Subscription Commission Rate, Currency, Cookie Duration and Allow visitors to register as affiliates.
- Create the pages needed: Affiliate Register Page, Affiliate Login Page, and Affiliate Account Page
- Enable the notifications needed (all 4)
- All required options are now setup. You are almost done, click Review Settings to fine-tune your configuration of SliceWP
Here you can add the final touches through options that are not required like:
- Exclude Taxes
- Reject Commissions on Refund
- Zero Amount Commissions
- Affiliate Own Commissions
And a few other options.
From now on, every sale referred by an affiliate partner will be tracked and a commission will be recorded.
This is how commissions will look like on the backend:
This is how the affiliate account will look like on the frontend with the starter theme:
As the site admin, you will be able to moderate the affiliate partners’ registration. You can track referrals, visits, and you will be able to add creatives (Marketing material like logos and banners.)
Payout files are easy to create by start and end dates and you can set a minimum amount.
SliceWP Premium Features
If this is not enough, you have several premium add-ons to choose from.
For a very reasonable price, you can add extra features like:
- Lifetime Commissions
- Custom Affiliate Fields
- Recurring Commissions
- Product Commission Rates
- Affiliate Commission Rate
and much more.
If you wish to test it, you can do so on this demo: https://demos.ayecode.io/starter/
You can register a new affiliate here:
You can login as affiliate here:
And you will find the affiliate account page here:
We hope you will enjoy using SliceWP, if you have any questions about it, please leave it in the comments down below.
AyeCode is not currently affiliated with SliceWP, nor we own any interest in it. We are suggesting to our audience purely because we like it, and because its developers were kind enough to make it compatible with GetPaid.
We think it is a fantastic addition for any Online Directory Developer.