OSI Affiliate has some unique quirks and features such as a social share signup widget where people can promote brands on social channels just by only providing their email address.
It also has a host of reward options available to “advocates” such as coupons, discounts or even gift cards. A very useful feature is named auto signup where you can automatically turn any customer that purchases from your store into an affiliate.
Check out how the dashboard looks for your affiliates below.
OSI Affiliate comes with a free 15-day trial with plans based on the number of affiliate users starting from just $47/m.
Affiliate WP (also known as WP Affiliate) is an extremely popular affiliate tracking program as its a plugin for
It’s really handy to stay on top of affiliate management directly from the
So let’s see an example in action for affiliates. Below is the dashboard that Human Proof Designs uses to track their affiliates, which connects to their domain using a subfolder (https://www.humanproofdesigns.com/affiliate-area/).
You are greeted with your affiliate ID and a referral URL generator which easily turns any page of your wordpress site into an affiliate landing page – this is the simplest solution we have seen to do this.
You have the choice of making a one-off purchase for $499 for lifetime updates or monthly plans starting from $99/m. Unlike other software, all plans do not restrict the number of affiliates you can have.
Backpack Clickfunnels enables you to create two-tier type commission plans, fire affiliates who are less productive, quickly audit and review commissions that have been paid out to date and mass pay everyone or pay people individually.
You can easily customize the look and feel of your affiliate area using the drag and drop functionality of their funnel building tool as shown in the video below.
Below is a screenshot of the dashboard for managing your affiliates.
The main feature, and what Clickfunnels states it the number one reason people are moving their affiliates to their Backpack are what’s known as sticky cookies.
The sticky cookie is the genius of
To get Backpack (part of what is known as ActioneticsMD) you need to upgrade to their $297 per month.
But you can trial their full suite, which includes Backpack and Actionetics, their email marketing product, free for 14 days.
iDev Affiliate (iDevDirect) claims to have been providing the #1 selling affiliate tracking software since 1999 and the UI certainly looks a little 1990s even though the functionality for affiliates is extremely comprehensive. We cover all the pros and cons in this detailed iDev Affiliate Review.
Brands can run iDevAffiliate from their own hosting account and add their branding which is why it has proved so popular over the years.
One of their customers who self hosts on their
Outside of self hosting, iDevAffiliate also now have a cloud edition where you can host iDevAffiliate on their own servers for just as $39 /month.
Once you have connected iDev Affiliate to your website it’s time to set it up. and integrate your shopping cart as well as
You will want to set tier commissions for your affiliates which is very simple to do, explained in the video below.
You can choose between percentage and flat-rate payouts as well a pay per lead or even pay per click.
Now that you have installed and set up iDev Affiliate and added your marketing materials take a look at what the dashboard looks like for their affiliates below.
Once affiliates log in they are greeted with this dashboard where you can quickly see the total number of transactions along with total earned to date and quick access to your standard affiliate link.
But what is really great is the ability for affiliates to choose whatever page is on the companies website to turn into a landing page with their affiliate code by heading to ‘Alternate Incoming Page Links’ shown below.
Watch the video below to learn how to pay your affiliates.
iDevAffiliate has an innovative pricing model where users can choose from a one time fee for self hosting or monthly pricing from $39/m for cloud hosting.
Impact by Radius (formerly Impact Radius) enables companies to consolidate their partnerships (such as managing influencers alongside traditional affiliates) on a single intelligent software platform. Below is our impartial impact radius review.
Impact Radius simplifies the process of recruiting, tracking, and paying all of your partners. Huge companies are now using the platform such as Coinbase, as well as well know marketing automation SaaS companies such as Drip or Leadpages.
Brands working with affiliate marketers get to enjoy next generation insights and workflows for managing their sites, bloggers and
Below are some of the features of Impact by Radius:
New affiliates get greeted with this sign up page. If they already have an account as are already promoting other merchants who use the Impact platform they can simply click the button ‘I already have an account’.
Impact gives companies the ability to set different terms on signup payments vs transactional payments. With Coinbase, they selected $0 payments for signup but 50% payments for the first 3 months for transactions:
Once affiliates are signed up they can visit the ‘Brands’ section inside their dashboard and find other offers to promote. There is a handy ‘New Brands’ section that lists well known companies such as Wealth Front and Lastpass along with a summary of their payout.
Impact does not provide pricing information on their site, instead you need to Request a demo.
According to the technology search engine Datanyze, Refersion is currently running on twice as many websites as Lead Dyno – but does that make it best?
Well according to Lead Dyno it’s not even close as in the video below!
Both software affiliate products share the accolade of being the highest rated apps on the Shopify store, however what they don’t share is their pricing model.
Put another way, Refersion has unlimited visits each month to your ecommerce store however has different level pricing plans where your have to pay more for the most advanced features wheres Lead Dyno includes all their features with every plan.
What’s your preference with Refersion vs Leaddyno? Let us know in the comments below 🙂
It has a wide customer base, not focussing on targeting either SaaS or ecommerce companies, rather the whole market including service and lead based companies.
It integrates with iver 170 CMS, payment gateways and shopping carts and powers over 30,000 affiliate programs such as Lastpass, Onnit and SpyFu.
Installation takes just 30 seconds and free setup with a real human is included with all their plans. The software offers real time reporting.
The software powers many of the software products I use and also promote as an affiliate such as Ninja Outreach. When you log you are greeted with a well laid out dashboard below which shows commissions, clicks & impressions and any news you want to push to your affiliates.
Under the Promotions tab in the side, you reach campaigns which offer banners and links, directlink URLs, ad channels an affiliate link protector (for cloaking) and reports.
The Reports tab gives your affiliates a detailed breakdown of their efforts to promote your product, offering both click through rate and sales conversion rate which is extremely valuable information that affiliates do not get in most other affiliate programs.
Pricing starts from $97/m on their Pro plan for unlimited affiliates and 1M tracking requests a month.
Check out the intro video below:
Refersion integrates with all the top ecommerce platforms, with their biggest integration and customer base being Shopify.
They also integrate with Shopify subscription software ReCharge to attribute subscriptions to affiliates and email marketing automation software such as Klaviyo for segmenting affiliate communications. And they allow brands to connect to external affiliate networks such as VigLink and network their influencers.
Refersion enables ecommerce brands to track any digital sales their affiliates refer. Using their software you can watch clicks and conversions happening in real-time.
You can set up unlimited commission structures and automatically approve affiliates and orders. You also give your affiliates a personalised portal with a strong analytics dashboard to track performance and transparent commission and payment history.
They have a really great learning area to enable brands to understand how to recruit the maximum number of affiliates from multiple channels such as Facebook or Instagram, as well as run webinars such as the one below.
Refersion not only provides best in class software for managing a company’s affiliate program, but also a marketplace for affiliates to sign up and find offers that suit their own audience and get paid for every sale you refer.
As an affiliate just head to marketplace.refersion.com and register for a free account.
Once inside the dashboard, you simply click to add your first offer you are greeted with a vast selection of ecommerce brands, and the excellent filters means you can find ones that suit your criteria as an affiliate such as payment by paypal.
In the example below I selected the first one by Iron Neck.
You can also promote Refersion the software itself from inside their marketplace dashboard where you get 15% per sale with a 60 day cookie and a $99 EPC. Here is what their standard sign up form for all brands looks like:
Refersion comes with a 14 day free trial for ecommerce brands and then it’s $89 per month (they also have an enterprise plan). Their marketplace for affiliates is free to use.
LeadDyno proclaims to be the “best affiliate marketing software” with “easy setup”. On the setup side it certainly integrates very well with the likes of Shopify, PayPal and Bigcommerce and even has one click integrations with wordpress. It even promotes a 3 minute setup:
However some ex-customers would vote differently. One is the website conversion software company Proof who wanted to move away from Lead Dyno to Partnerstack and had been working on getting every affiliate partner transferred before canceling their account.
For the past 6 months we’ve been trying to move Proof’s affiliate program off of LeadDyno to a much better solution, PartnerStack and they have made it quite difficult for us.Austin Distel, CMO at Proof
My team and I have worked diligently at getting every partner and commission transferred. This morning I woke up excited to finally press that cancel button.
Plot Twist: you think they are gonna let our 4000 affiliates switch without throwing some punches? I shouldn’t have given LeadDyno the benefit of the doubt.
No no… they sent this email **ON BEHALF OF US** to all our affiliates saying we are no longer crediting sales.
Another SaaS customer of Lead Dyno was Leadfuze shown in the example below who have also moved, in their case over to FirstPromoter. Justin McGill is the founder and in charge of marketing and in his words:
I actually stopped LeadDyno and switched over to FirstPromoter because LeadDyno kept showing commissions owed even when the customer cancelled. Literally spend extra thousands on commissions that weren’t actually owed because it apparently it just does a recurring commission but doesn’t associate it to the Stripe.
Above is the dashboard affiliates log into. You are greeted with your affiliate link and easy to share social links which you can pre-populate. It shows how many friends have visited, signed up and purchased your product.
Under Marketing Materials you can upload your banner ads and other assets for affiliates to promote; under Newsletters you can keep your affiliates informed on new products or features that they can focus on promoting.
The SubIDs/Channels is powerful as means your affiliates can can create custom affiliate links that can point anywhere on your website, not just your homepage or sales page. This gives people the ability to soft sell by first linking to say a blog post and still getting commission if the person signs up.
Affiliates can also search for thousands of affiliate programs on the LeadDyno network at e-commerceaffiliates.com.
LeadDyno offer a free 14 day trial and comes with three plans: Starter from $49/m, Biz Builder from $59/m and Accelerator from $79/m. Pricing plans are based on unique visitors to your website but come with unlimited affiliates.
Get Ambassador is referral software I have used for many years myself as an affiliate. Previously the marketing automation tool Drip.co used this software for their affiliate programme and I found it one of the easiest to use and navigate as an affiliate.
Previously every business would have their own login such as https://drip.getambassador.com/dashboard/ for Drip however Get Ambassador has a correctly gone down the path of Partner Stack where affiliates can access multiple programmes from within a single login as shown below for the graphic design as a service company Design Pickle which is the example this review will be using :
Once inside your affiliates are presented with an easy to use and understand dashboard showing you what they’ve earned to date and what is awaiting payout :
The stats tab shows clicks, referrals, revenue generated for your business and commission for the affiliate:
The Commissions tab shows the commission date, customer referred name and email (your affiliates get your customer’s email), revenue, commission and whether the transaction has been approved or was zero commission.
The Payouts tab shows the payout date, customer ID, payout amount, payout method you will want to use to pay affiliates (typically Paypal)and the status (whether paid or not).
The Assets tab is where you can upload your content assets that an help affiliates promote your online business such as adverts, banners, guidebooks and logos.
There are three plans for Ambassador software: Starter (for startups and small businesses), Professional (for mid-to-large size companies) and Enterprise (which can be white-labelled). Ambassador pricing for affiliates is actually not listed on the website where you need to schedule a demo however from googling it appears that Starter is in the region of $800/m, professional is around $1500/m and Enterprise is of course custom by quote.