January 9, 2014 at 4:21 am #84142
I have always wondered how huge Deals sites with dozens of people in their staff manage to assign their contributors the responsibility of adding affiliate links.
I don’t know you but I wouldn’t let my contributors log in into my shareasale or cj account, get the deep link and add it to the site, so there must be a script of some sort that does that.
Does anybody have any clue where to get this sort of script that can allow me to assign my contributors the responsibility to add aff links without need to give them my passwords to affiliate programs?
Thanks a lot!
FabioJanuary 9, 2014 at 9:02 am #84171
Not sure if this is what you’re looking for, but you could use a plugin like Pretty Link Lite to generate aff links that are easier to remember (like mysite.com/product) and they would be able to see the shorter links in the dashboard. Well, I’m not sure if users with the contributor role would be able to view them or not… But it may be worth a look.
There are also several plugins that will add affiliate links automatically when a certain word or phrase is used in a post. I haven’t used this one personally but here’s an example: http://wordpress.org/plugins/affilinker/
January 9, 2014 at 6:36 pm #84275
Thanks Andrea for your reply.
What I mean is this:
Let’s say tomorrow I create a deals site and I hire a freelancer to write down the latest deals, everyday. This guy will find the deals, will write them down… but how will he deep link to the product in question?
If it were me to do it, I would log in to my shareasale account, get the deep link and insert it into the post/deal.
But I wouldn’t allow freelancers to log into my shareasale account, and if I’d use a plugin that generates links automatically it wouldn’t link to the specific product page I need to link to from the specific affiliate program I’m using.
Let’s take a given deals site, like blackfriday. com for example (not my favourite but probably a good example).
These people have a staff of many employees and I don’t think that everytime they need to put an affiliate link they call the business owner asking for his cj password to get the link… There must be some sort of script that does that.
Probably so expensive I would need to sell my house (if I had one) to buy it, but there must be something…
I don’t even know what to google for it…January 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm #84302
If you used a plugin that inserted the affiliate links, you’d first have to go in and insert all your links. So you would tell the plugin (via the settings), “If I put the phrase Genesis framework into a blog post, you insert this link.” You would go through and set up every link you had an affiliate account for ahead of time, so that your staff writers wouldn’t have to do anything at all. I don’t know if that fits into what you’re trying to do, but since all affiliate programs require prior approval, you would know which affiliate links you have available. And if it was something like Amazon affiliates, your writers would just need to know your affiliate ID, which they could append to any Amazon URL (they all use an identical format).
You might try reaching out to a few deals sites to see how they manage that type of thing. There could very well be another option I don’t know about. I’d definitely love to know if you find anything!
January 10, 2014 at 1:51 am #84332
Hi Andrea thanks,
I know what you mean with the plugin.
Thing is that if I for example want to deep link to a specific item like an asos skirt that is on sale only today I would need a specific deep link for that. Actually this might just be the way these deals sites may be dealing with this issue.
Probably they have something similar to the plugin you wrote but for the whole websites they partner with, so that the contributor can deep link to whatever item and it will automatically generate the aff link for it.
I doubt deals sites will reply to me when asking, but I’ll give it a try and if I discover something I’ll write it here.
FabioJanuary 19, 2014 at 10:01 pm #86020
For anybody still interested in this,
CJ allows publisher to create “link user” account, where your contributor can simply log in and get the links without being able to do anything else. Plus they suggest to download product feed and get the links altogether.
And last I think they also have an API, which looks quite complex but I think servers that purpose.
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