Posted by on 18 February 2011 02:29 PM
Here is how the Affiliate Module works:
When someone clicks an "affiliate" contest link, it behaves like a regular contest link, but we also fire a cookie so it appears that they came to your site through the affiliate link and registers them as having been from that affiliate. With the cookie dropped, if that person then buys your product, the affiliate will get credit and the commission.
Setting up your contest for Affiliates:
Under the Other tab in your contest admin area, check the box to Enable Affiliate Link.
You then need to edit your contest links shortcode to tell it to display the box where the Affiliate can enter their Affiliate URL.
Now, when someone signs up through that shortcode, they will see in addition to their links, a box where they can fill in their Affiliate URL for your product. The affiliate MUST put in their affiliate URL, otherwise they will not receive affiliate credit, only contest points.
*We recommend that you set up a separate page for your affiliates to sign up for your contest through. This way you can have a "public" facing page which just has a normal contest links page (using [contest_links contest="your_contest_slug"] for the shortcode) and setup and a separate page where your affiliates can sign up. This avoids confusion from visitors who aren't affiliates and who just want to participate in the contest.There is some confusion and questions regarding the Affiliate module which we will try and address here:
1. You need to have Contest Burner Ultimate Edition in order to activate the Affiliate module. If you have purchased the Ultimate Edition, or upgraded to it and don't automatically see the options available try removing your license key, saving, putting your license key back in and saving. This will call our license servers and should unlock the features. If this does not work, please send in a ticket and we will get it resolved.
2. Almost every major affiliate program will work with Contest Burner.There is something called 3rd party cookies, which basically means that the affiliate tracking cookie isn't being dropped directly from your site, but through a 3rd party (in this case, Contest Burner). This is how we are able to award both contest points and affiliate credit from a single link. As long as the affiliate program will allow 3rd party cookies (which almost every single one does), then it will work with Contest Burner.
3. The upline works this way: