How does the Shift4Shop Affiliate program work?
This will be a brief explanation of Shift4Shop's built-in Affiliate Tracking Program. For more in-depth coverage and information regarding the Affiliate program, please click here.
In order to use the Affiliate Program functionality, you will first need to enable the Affiliate Program module in your store. To do this, log into your Shift4Shop Online Store Manager and, using the left hand navigation menu::
Any shoppers that are referred by the affiliate will have a tracking cookie added to their browser which will let your store track and calculate orders generated by the affiliate. The tracking cookie can be set to last between 30 days to 360 days. After the cookie expires, the referred customer's orders will no longer track for the affiliate unless they are referred to your store again, by the affiliate.
Your site visitors will now be able to sign up for your affiliate program and receive their respective Affiliate tracking codes that will be placed on their website to direct traffic to your store. Again, more information on the full set up can be found here.
To view or edit your affiliates, once again go to Modules in the left hand navigation menu and:
This page can also be reached by going to Customers >Affiliates in the left hand navigation menu where you will see your current affiliate payout report. At the top right of this page, you'll see a button labeled "View Affiliates" which will take you to the list of Affiliate Customer records.
Here you will be presented with a list of your site users who have registered for your store's affiliate program. At the top of the page you can search for individual users or otherwise click on the "Advanced" button to filter for users by Customer Group or whether their affiliation is active (enabled) or not.
Within this page, you will have the ability to activate the user's affiliate account as well as change their commission percentage and review orders placed under the affiliate's tracking code.
When affiliate referrals generate sales, you can pay your referral a commission fee as specified in your Affiliate store module settings.
As a merchant, you also have the ability to view Affiliate referred orders as they come in. This allows you to approve or deny orders as necessary.