Post by athalon7 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:39 am

Hi,

Is there a way to issue a specific link to say a grocery store (example) so that any products sold by that link I could give them a percentage of the sale? I understand affiliate marketing but this does not help with offline leads.

An example would be say my domain with a slash and then the name of the grocery store.

Any ideas on how to tackle this would be appreciated. I thought about issuing a specific code for each store and then during checkout the code would be used but thought this might be too complicated.

Thank you.
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Post by asphole » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:53 am

Why not just use the affiliate option? Set up the grocery store as an affiliate yourself and set the shop name for example as the affilate tracking code? that way you can give the link: www'mystore.com/joes-veg-shop

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Post by athalon7 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:57 am

I did not know you could do that with the affiliate. I will look into that and thanks a bunch.

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Post by asphole » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:00 am

No problem. I forgot to say that this works on 1.5.3.1. Cant recall earlier versions as I never used it until this version.

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Post by athalon7 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:15 am

I am using version 1.5.2.1 and am researching this. I do not see where you can add the specific link. If not, now the question remains how hard is it to upgrade.

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Post by asphole » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:22 am

Im sure you can do this in that version too. Go to: Sales>Affiliates Click the blue 'insert' button to create a new affiliate. There you will see a field called 'Tracking Code:' just enter than name you want to use there. I havent tested it but usual rules will probably apply. (use a-z, 1-9 _- etc but stay away from spaces and funny symbols)

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Post by athalon7 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:24 am

I tried it. no go. When I change it to say "bobsgroceries" in the admin panel and try myurl/babsgroceries it does not work. I am sure I am missing something. Thanks much.

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Post by asphole » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:45 am

Sorry, my bad! you need myurl/?tracking=TRACKINGCODE

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Post by asphole » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:49 am

Mmm interesting post. I havent fully tested this yet but this was my understanding of the new version based on other threads. Unfortunately I have to be up for work in just over 3 hrs so gonna get some zzz's. Will test this thoroughly 2m eve when I get chance unless your able to check it before then. Maybe just add the url link as discussed above an make a purchase?

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Post by athalon7 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:52 am

Yeah I will check it out and I appreciate it.

If I was a mod builder I would seriously look at creating this. Being able to have someone market your site other than on the web could be good in certain circumstances without it being complicated.

myurl.com/"whatever"

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Post by asphole » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:56 am

Yes I'll give it some thought 2m as it shouldnt be too hard.

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Post by athalon7 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:15 am

Ill be there.

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Post by asphole » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:40 pm

I just checked the tracking code and it does work if you use it like this: myurl/?tracking=CODE

Once the user buys something there will be a field in their order details page where you can confirm the commision. The commision then gets shown under reports>affiliates.

This should at least enable you to get going with this. (there also appears to be a few mods related to affiliates so maybe worth checking them out too?

Trick would be to get the url rewrite to strip the tracking info from the url but it would still mean the shop having to write/give out the code in the above format.

I'll have a look at your other issue soon as I get chance, just wanted to let you know that I tested this aspect.

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Post by athalon7 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:02 am

Hey, this has been solved. I asked a developer on a mod they made and although his mod does not do this he gave me this:

Create the directory folder on your domain to be whatever you want. For Example http://www.yoururl.com/clubname

Create a .txt file using notepad and put the below code in it.

<?
Header( "HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently" );
Header( "Location: http://www.myurl.com/index.php?route=co ... 37993951cf" );
?>

Now change the URL next to 'Location:' with your affiliates homepage tracking URL. Then save the text file as a php file named: index.php

Now upload this index.php file to the directory you created called /clubname


I tried it and it works like a charm...... Thanks for the assistance!

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Post by asphole » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:25 am

Yes that would work. Slightly more work than I would like (consider giving a link to 500 shops?)
I'm pretty sure it can be done within htaccess so as soon as I get chance i'll have a go at it. Unfortunately im in the process of relaunching several websites so time is limited. I'll post back if I get anywhere with it but glad you got a solution that works for you.

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Post by athalon7 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:13 am

Yes a lot of work indeed. If you have time to get the htaccess method running would be much, much better. This is going to be a lot of work everytime for sure. Thanks again...

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Post by Simon@j4kofeastpa » Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:30 pm

Is this available on version 1.4.9.1.

If so where do I find it?

If not where can I get it?


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Post by mmtgv » Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:08 pm

The .htaccess method is very simple to implement. Just insert at the bottom of your .htaccess file something like this:
Redirect 302 /new-name http://www.yourdomainname.com/?tracking=55b60ab26c86b
That way, when you click on this link http://www.yourdomainname.com/new-name you'll be redirected to the homepage, but with your tracking code attached.
One more thing: "new-name" must be unique if you use SEO url's.

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Post by ocmta » Wed Dec 25, 2013 6:58 pm

Simon@j4kofeastpa wrote:Is this available on version 1.4.9.1.
OC has affiliate system since 1.5, 1.4.9 doesn't have it.

Extensions for affiliates (openCart 1, 2, 3):
Advanced Multi Level Affiliate System
Customer and Affiliate Accounts Combined into one Account
Affiliate Tracking with Coupons
Discount for Referred Customers - Order Total
Type Tracking Code
Mass Pay
Affiliate Transactions for openCart 3
Affiliate Pack X - all modules with 40% discount


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