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iDevAffiliate 8 Is Finally Here!

We are pleased to announce, the long awaited iDevAffiliate 8 is now available for download in your account. The new version has an update user interface making it much more user friendly and easier to manage.

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Along with the new UI, comes more than 30 built-in admin training videos consisting of more than 3 1/2 hours worth of instructions.

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We’ve stripped out any/all Flash features from the new version. As you may or may not be aware, Flash is not compatible with mobile devices and we all know mobile devices are becoming more and more popular. Any older Flash based features have been replaced with HTML5 versions. One example would be Page Peels which now run with HTML5/CSS instead of Flash.

Another new enhancement is the email feature. We’ve upgraded it so you can email all your affiliates using your provided tokens without worry of a browser timeout. Little things that make a nice difference have been added such as being able to set a direct URL for banners and sort all your marketing materials so they are delivered to your affiliates just the way you want them to be.

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Like to offer your affiliates training videos? You got it. With iDevAffiliate 8 you can now upload your own Youtube or Vimeo videos.. or we have our affiliate training videos package available now with the ability to brand your own logo directly inside our professionally built video library! VAT has been added as an option as well as PDF invoicing.

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We’ve also added GEO identification to incoming traffic as well as commission records.

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Also added as an add-on module, is Vanity Coupon Codes. If you’re doing coupon code commissioning, this feature will allow your affiliates to request a specific coupon code that you can then approve or decline for them.

Of course no major update would be complete without enhanced security features and tons of little updates to existing features!

How do I get this update?

Existing Customers
Login to your customer account on our website.
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Once logged in, click on My Packages then View Details (next to your iDevAffiliate order), then click the Downloads button and download iDevAffiliate 8.

New Customers
Just purchase iDevAffiliate and you will automatically get iDevAffiliate 8 available to you for installation!

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iDevAffiliate 7.4 Update

Get The iDevAffiliate 7.4 Update

I know it’s only been a few weeks since the iDevAffiliate 7.3 update but we really felt the need to get this update package out to you as quickly as possible. As we all know, the usage of “smart devices” such as tablets and smart phones to access the Internet is steadily becoming more and more popular. That being said, we always want to present our visitors with the best possible viewing experience. The 7.4 update now includes a “responsive” template. If you’re not familiar with the term “responsive” where web development is concerned, have a look at the video below for a demonstration and tutorial on the new templates being offered with iDevAffiliate.

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Also included with the iDevAffiliate 7.4 release, is a new integration with Member Mouse! This is an exciting integration for us primarily because we’ve yet to see such an in-depth integration be completed with iDevAffiliate. Eric and his team at Member Mouse really went above and beyond with the integration. This isn’t just the typical “create a commission” integration. They have basically taken advantage of all the APIs we make available for commission removal, and we even built-in some new stuff just for Member Mouse for Payout Level assignments and much more. For the complete list of things this incredible integration does, have a look at the video below.

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If you ordered professional update service to 7.3, we’ll be happy to update your system to 7.4 for you, free of charge until Nov 1st, 2013. Simply open a support ticket and provide us with your order number and/or payment receipt number as well as required login credentials (FTP and iDevAffiliate).

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iDevAffiliate + MemberMouse – Building Your Affiliate Program For MemberMouse

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We are pleased to announce the latest integration with iDevAffiliate. This is our seamless, direct-integration with MemberMouse. This WordPress membership plugin allows you to operate any membership website or subscription business with ease. The MemberMouse integration is now built-in to, and available in the iDevAffiliate 7.4 release.

We are excited to offer this integration as an option for iDevAffiliate users as it’s one of the most advanced integrations we seen to date. Eric and his team at MemberMouse really put a nice package together. Nearly all of the existing API scripts plus some custom scripts were built to complete this highly flexible integration.

A few benefits to the MemberMouse/iDevAffiliate integration:

  • No tracking code required. In just minutes you can have both systems communicating with each other, seamlessly tracking your affiliate commissions with 100% accuracy. Absolutely no slippage in your reporting.
  • You have complete control over when commissions are tracked. Edit settings on a product by product basis. Specify special partner payouts. Cancel commissions when a refund occurs and more. Plus you get advanced functionality like tracking commissions on recurring payments, specifying their percentages, limiting their duration, and more.
  • You can optionally create affiliate accounts automatically for new members who join your site.

We highly recommend taking a look at MemberMouse if you run your business on WordPress.

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5 Sources You Might Not Be Using To Find Affiliates

Every online marketer that has been doing Internet marketing for any period of time knows you need affiliates as part of your marketing strategy. Now the big question is.. where do I find affiliates? You want quality affiliates that are self-starters and able to convey why they promote your products as well as how they work. Here are five places to find affiliates that you may not be using.

1. Social Networks

You’re already on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social networks. Why not look for good affiliates there?  Personal contacts on your social networks are more likely to create comments, ask intelligent questions about the launch or product, and most of all, they will have a trust factor with you.

Resources: http://www.facebook.com | http://www.twitter.com | http://plus.google.com

2. Work at Home Mom Forums

If you want a group of motivated affiliates, try any of the numerous work-at-home mom or parent forums. There are usually places to put free or moderately priced advertisements. These potential affiliates are balancing being a stay-at-home parent along with working. Many are looking for additional opportunities to earn extra income.

Resources: http://www.wahm.com | http://www.hbwm.com/ | http://www.internetbasedmoms.com/

3. Make a Pinterest Board for Recruiting Affiliates

If you haven’t explored Pinterest, it’s a great way to get opportunities out there. A case study by Boticca showed Pinterest clicks resulted in 10% sales, over Facebook’s 7%. Create a board and call it “Opportunities” or “Make Money from Home” and write what the opportunity is, don’t be vague. You get 500 characters. Also, there are a ton of boards you can join that accept posts from board members. The idea is to get your affiliate opportunities in front of the people most likely to click.

Resource: http://www.pinterest.com/

4. LinkedIn is Good for Finding Affiliates

Most people think that LinkedIn is just for networking and finding jobs. It’s actually a great place to meet people seeking affiliate opportunities. When you join, be sure to fill out your information completely. If you know someone has specific skills, and you are comfortable vouching that “Scott is a great affiliate marketer” or “Sarah has killer blog promotion skills”, chances are they will promote you back and increase your star power on LinkedIn. There is a news feed that you can post on, and just like Facebook, make every offering for affiliates a quality one, and you’ll attract quality affiliates.

Resource: http://www.linkedin.com/

5. Craigslist is Still Valid

Craigslist is still a good place to find great affiliates. There are numerous people seeking opportunities every single day. When you place an ad on Craigslist, be real about what the opportunity entails. If you already have a landing page, link to it. You can place a few ads in a few cities, just make sure each ad is unique.  Be a good member and you’ll find good potential affiliates to promote your products there.

Resource: http://www.craigslist.org/

Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Running an Affiliate Program

Affiliate programs are commission-based operations run by a business, whereby affiliates are paid for selling products, services or leads. Whether your business is a small individually-run site or a large company, here are some great reasons you should have an affiliate program for your business:

1. Expand Your Sales ForceExpand your sales force with affiliate tracking software
An affiliate program can extend the sales force by using a commission-based model. Having an affiliate program and using affiliate software is just like adding extra members to any existing sales team you may already have. For a small or average-sized business this can open up the possibility of greatly increasing the manpower available to direct traffic to your site while for larger businesses starting an affiliate program it’s just the next obvious step in modern expansion. It’s one way to increase your stake in the market without having to physically hire more staff. Many times existing customers will choose to join an affiliate program and this makes for a great resource – they are likely already familiar with your product and will take their own steps to promote it.

2. Pay For Performance – You Only Have To Pay For Sales Delivered
pay for performance with affiliate softwareThis is one of the big positive points of affiliate marketing. As a business owner you want to get the most out of your money whether you’re a small, medium or large company and so paying based on performance is the optimal choice. You decide what you’re going to pay affiliates by coming up with a Cost Per Action (CPA) and affiliates only receive the CPA once they’ve achieved the goals you have set out for them.

3. Affiliate Programs Are Low Cost and High Rewardpay for performance
Affiliate marketing is one of the most cost-effective ways there is to get your business or product out there. For instance if you are a small business in search of more subscribers and potential customers, a pay-per-lead program would be the perfect fit while for an average-sized or bigger business sales can be increased by paying out for each individual item sold. You can find the perfect motivation for affiliates and a great profit margin for the business. For a larger business the low expense of starting an affiliate program is rewarded by the opening of new online markets.

4. Affiliate Software Simplifies the Whole Process
It’s easy to download the correct affiliate software for the initial set-up and monitoring of a program. This software allows you to host the program and customize it to meet your requirements. Affiliate software lets you choose your payment options and rank affiliates based on performance while affiliate tracking software lets you keep an eye on said performance so that you can track sales, commission and profit.

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5. Cutting Out The Middle-Man Saves Moneyaffiliate software
Going through an affiliate network can be expensive. Combined with the use of affiliate tracking software, the creation and monitoring of your very own affiliate program is a more affordable alternative to using a third party to facilitate the operation. It also means you get to keep all profits and if you run an efficient affiliate program you will soon see the benefits of choosing to keep the program in-house. If you run a small business, it is easy to set up a program by yourself using the software, all you have to do is keep an eye on it from time to time and with the right software a larger business can delegate the task to the administrative staff.

So there we have it, just some of the key reasons any business should use affiliate software to set up their own program. As online marketing continues to advance, creating your own affiliate program is a wise choice to ensure your business continues to grow and sales continue to rise. With such a reasonable start-up cost and ease of use, it’s the smart choice for savvy businesses.

Preparing your affiliate program for the holiday season

With the holiday’s right around the corner, this means a lot of consumer buying and a lot of affiliate groundwork. For affiliate marketers, that means there is a lot to prepare for in the upcoming weeks. While this may be the busiest time of the year, it most likely is the most profitable time of the year. They don’t call it Black Friday for nothing, right? So roll up your sleeves, grab an energy drink, and be primed for the chaos with these tips for the upcoming season!

Getting started early is probably one of the best ways to capitalize on your marketing efforts. Have a game plan, determine which major holiday will affect your business, and establish holiday promotions beforehand. Keeping last minute shoppers in mind, be sure to clarify shipping deadlines and publish them as soon as you can. Perhaps encourage every shopper to make a purchase by including a gift with purchase as well.

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Know in advance what the holiday trends are this season. Every year, consumers rush to find those highly sought after items. Google trends is a great place to search so you can take advantage of the hype. However, don’t let the latest trends be the center of your attention; promote other non-traditional gift ideas. What are gift options you would like that are unique? Spa days, magazine subscriptions, gym memberships, charity donations, and sponsoring a child are some great examples.

Holiday services are another way to take advantage of the holiday season. Gift wrapping, specialty food delivery, or even creating your own holiday card or video can be a very successful way to boost your profits, yet making life easier on your shoppers.

Outside of the products you are selling, take advantage of the exclusive opportunities available for affiliate marketers with every day items. If consumers are shopping for gifts, they most likely need other items to go with their purchase: gift wrap, seasonal cards, and ribbon to name a few.

Maximize your profits with other holiday promotions such as gift certificates, buyer rewards for regular customers, and pre-ordering incentives. As a side note, free shipping is a preferred advertising strategy according to consumers. Create gift themed baskets and find ways to upsell to shoppers. If consumers are purchasing a Kuerig coffee maker, pair it with gourmet coffee and other related items.

The holidays are a perfect time for your affiliate marketing business to be successful. Planning ahead and having a strategy for the holiday buying seasons sets you up for victory. Every penny counts, so let your success be your gift this year.

Affiliate Tracking for Squarespace

We’ve had a recent influx of customers asking whether or not we can integrate with Squarespace so we looked in to it and as it turns out, the integration process is very simple. So simple in fact, we already have it added to the latest release of iDevAffiliate. If you’re wanting to run an affiliate program with your Squarespace cart, iDevAffiliate now has this functionality built-in and ready to go! If you’re a Squarespace user, you can now take advantage of all the features iDevAffiliate has for running your affiliate program.. and complete your shopping cart integration in just seconds!

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Once logged into your iDevAffiliate admin center, just pick Squarespace in the dropdown menu of the built-in shopping cart integration wizard and you’ll find the following instructions will be presented for you.

Affiliate Tracking with Tribulant for WordPress

After all these years, adding a NEW shopping cart integration is still one of the most exciting things we get to do. It’s always fun to work with a new group of people and learn about the community in which they belong. That being said, we’re excited to work with a new community of users.. Tribulant for WordPress! We’ve added Tribulant into the built-in shopping cart integration wizard, found inside the latest version of iDevAffiliate. To integrate iDevAffiliate with Tribulant, simply choose Tribulant from the dropdown menu and follow the very simple, easy-to-use instructions. Once the instructions are complete, iDevAffiliate and Tribulant are integrated together and you’re now operating your own affiliate program!

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Affiliate Tracking with Discount Codes for Shopify

If you’re a Shopify user wanting to add affiliate tracking to your website, you’ll be pleased to know iDevAffiliate not only seamlessly integrates with Shopify but now has built-in support for coupon code commissioning. If you’re not familiar with coupon code commissioning, this feature allows you to assign a coupon code to an affiliate. Then, each time that code is used at checkout, the customer gets a discount but the assigned affiliate also gets an automatic commission. This is all done without the need for affiliate links and is completely transparent to the customer.

Affiliate Tracking for LemonStand

We’re proud to announce the latest shopping cart integration for iDevAffiliate. Already built-in to the current release of iDevAffiliate, is the ability to integrate your affiliate program with LemonStand. This is an especially nice integration as it includes built-in support for coupon code commissioning. In the video below, you’ll find the very specific instructions on integrating LemonStand as well as commission testing once it’s done and a sample commission created via the coupon code commissioning feature. This is a great video to watch even if you’re not a LemonStand user as it’s a great way to learn how the coupon code commissioning feature works in general.

iDevAffiliate LemonStand from iDevAffiliate on Vimeo.