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« on: September 06, 2012, 17:20 »
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Anyone have any good suggestions for affiliate software to use with a ktools install?  I thought it had one built it but don't see it so I think I was mistaken.


velocicarpo

« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2012, 18:29 »
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mmm...better switch to CMSaccount. Better, cheaper, has a Affiliate Module built in.

« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2012, 18:39 »
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I used idevaffiliate, but it required help to set up.

« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2012, 18:44 »
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Here's some that I've heard quite often (can't give a reference though).

http://www.shareasale.com/
http://www.cj.com/
http://www.linkshare.com/

« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2012, 01:57 »
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mmm...better switch to CMSaccount. Better, cheaper, has a Affiliate Module built in.

I have purchased CMSaccount and even tried it out for a few days but trying to modify the look and layout was a nightmare with embeded tables and hard coded styles.  With the new Ktools it was really a dream. They make use of CSS for essentially everything making it very easy.

« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2012, 02:02 »
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Here's some that I've heard quite often (can't give a reference though).

http://www.shareasale.com/
http://www.cj.com/
http://www.linkshare.com/


I think those are mostly referral programs for the small time publisher (you have a blog and want to put ads on it).  For our own stores we are advertisers (we have goods for sale that we want people to promote in exchange for fees).

Anyhow, I checked out linkshare, just in case.  Here's what they said

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   Is Rakuten LinkShare Affiliate Marketing right for you?
Do you generate more than 1 million dollars per year in online sales?
    Are your conversion rates greater than 1 percent?
    Do you have the margins to pay commissions on goods sold or leads generated?
    Is your site clear of any adult oriented materials?

 If you answered "YES" to all of these questions, than it is likely that a profitable partnership with Rakuten LinkShare is within your reach.

« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2012, 02:08 »
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Here's the info for shareasale
http://www.shareasale.com/learnmore.cfm

That site looks like it would be feasible but would cost $550 to set up, $25 minimum in payouts per month and 20% fees on top of what you pay the advertisers.  If I had a reasonable amount of sales I think this one would work.

The advantage of using a referral site like this is they already have the publishers that are looking for things to advertise.  If I set up my own software like cthoman did I'd save quite a bit but also not have the exposure of a large user base.  Also, the publishers would have to sign up to my site just to set up the referral program.  If they were a part of shareasale already they wouldn't need to sign up to yet another account and check referral earnings.

« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2012, 02:09 »
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and the last little check for ComissionJunction

They keep their prices hidden (you know what that means!) and are a really big company like linkshare so I don't even think I'll try asking them for prices.

« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2012, 02:38 »
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Here's another software solution - JAM which i see ArenaCreative is using.  The cost is $250 for the basic software.

« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2012, 05:55 »
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leaf, which photostore do you have?

basic or pro?


« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2012, 06:38 »
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leaf, which photostore do you have?

basic or pro?


just the basic.  Why do you ask?

« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2012, 06:50 »
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leaf, which photostore do you have?

basic or pro?


just the basic.  Why do you ask?

I thought pro version had an affiliate module.. but found out that it doesn't..

I am considering pro version for following features:

- Block By IP, Domain & Email Address
Block access and signups to your site by the IP, domain and email address.
- Block External Linking
Block other domains from linking to your thumbnails.

do you think it's worth it just for these features?

(btw CMS account have block IP feature built in)
« Last Edit: September 07, 2012, 06:53 by cidepix »

« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2012, 07:12 »
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leaf, which photostore do you have?

basic or pro?


just the basic.  Why do you ask?

I thought pro version had an affiliate module.. but found out that it doesn't..

I am considering pro version for following features:

- Block By IP, Domain & Email Address
Block access and signups to your site by the IP, domain and email address.
- Block External Linking
Block other domains from linking to your thumbnails.

do you think it's worth it just for these features?

(btw CMS account have block IP feature built in)

You can block IP addresses within cpanel, same with external linking.  It might be more handy to access it from the back-end of ktools but if that's all you need from the pro version it might not be worth it.

Poncke

« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2012, 08:06 »
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Is it worth to get ktools for my 500 photo port?

« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2012, 08:13 »
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Don't get a "external" one - get a script - either the one from Arenacreative (i work with him too and its good enough) or i recommend http://www.qualityunit.com/de/postaffiliatepro/ (there is a free version too)

« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2012, 08:43 »
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Is it worth to get ktools for my 500 photo port?

Probably not unless you want to start building for the future in mind.

« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2012, 08:50 »
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Don't get a "external" one - get a script - either the one from Arenacreative (i work with him too and its good enough) or i recommend http://www.qualityunit.com/de/postaffiliatepro/ (there is a free version too)


Thanks for the suggestion Amos.  Post Afiiliate pro is $100 more than idevaffiliate but the UI looks quite a bit nicer and may be worth it.  I see that wiredtree is using what looks like idevaffiliate  - both options are probably good.

But why don't you recommend getting an external one?  You'd have instant access to a lot more publishers.
« Last Edit: September 07, 2012, 08:59 by leaf »

velocicarpo

« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2012, 09:53 »
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mmm...better switch to CMSaccount. Better, cheaper, has a Affiliate Module built in.

I have purchased CMSaccount and even tried it out for a few days but trying to modify the look and layout was a nightmare with embeded tables and hard coded styles.  With the new Ktools it was really a dream. They make use of CSS for essentially everything making it very easy.

True, customization requires some CSS skills in CMSaccount. I wasn`t aware that Ktools is making this easier with the new version...gotta check this out soon :D

« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2012, 09:54 »
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But why don't you recommend getting an external one?  You'd have instant access to a lot more publishers.


Why? Because you simply pay to much! All of them take comission and setup fees and they do almost nothing for you. You also stuck with them and their system and can't manage your own one.

It would worth if there is a massive amount of publishers for stock photos, but there arend. I know it because i'm looking into this for long time.

IF YOU LIKE TO USE EXTERNAL ONE: If you like to try out external solutions go where iStock is: http://www.linkconnector.com/traffic_affiliate.php?lc=046369001223001435&lcpid=1343&atid=Microstockgroup (Aff. Link) they have awesome support and a great system too!

Feel free to ask more detailed question, i'm happy to help!

« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2012, 12:34 »
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mmm...better switch to CMSaccount. Better, cheaper, has a Affiliate Module built in.

I have purchased CMSaccount and even tried it out for a few days but trying to modify the look and layout was a nightmare with embeded tables and hard coded styles.  With the new Ktools it was really a dream. They make use of CSS for essentially everything making it very easy.

True, customization requires some CSS skills in CMSaccount. I wasn`t aware that Ktools is making this easier with the new version...gotta check this out soon :D

But if they don't make heavy use of CSS in the original script you have to manually add the css to EVERY file.. that's not going to work since every update you'll have to re code everything.  With ktools you can make a ton changes to the look with just the css file then that's the only one you have to update if you upgrade the software.

« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2012, 12:36 »
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But why don't you recommend getting an external one?  You'd have instant access to a lot more publishers.


Why? Because you simply pay to much! All of them take comission and setup fees and they do almost nothing for you. You also stuck with them and their system and can't manage your own one.

It would worth if there is a massive amount of publishers for stock photos, but there arend. I know it because i'm looking into this for long time.

IF YOU LIKE TO USE EXTERNAL ONE: If you like to try out external solutions go where iStock is: http://www.linkconnector.com/traffic_affiliate.php?lc=046369001223001435&lcpid=1343&atid=Microstockgroup (Aff. Link) they have awesome support and a great system too!

Feel free to ask more detailed question, i'm happy to help!


Thanks for the thoughts.  They have high set up fees and a monthly minimum of $100.  I won't be using them :)

« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2012, 17:03 »
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Leaf, V4 = PhotoStore Pro, I'm pretty sure, so you have Pro.

V4/Pro is all uses the Smarty template engine, so it's easier to mess with the layout once you see how it works.

« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2012, 17:43 »
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Leaf, V4 = PhotoStore Pro, I'm pretty sure, so you have Pro.

V4/Pro is all uses the Smarty template engine, so it's easier to mess with the layout once you see how it works.

There is a pro and non-pro version of V4, I have the non-pro one.
But yes, it uses the smarty template engine as well as lots of CSS.  I've played with the layout quite a bit.

fujiko

« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2012, 05:56 »
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Leaf, V4 = PhotoStore Pro, I'm pretty sure, so you have Pro.

V4/Pro is all uses the Smarty template engine, so it's easier to mess with the layout once you see how it works.

There is a pro and non-pro version of V4, I have the non-pro one.
But yes, it uses the smarty template engine as well as lots of CSS.  I've played with the layout quite a bit.

What does cmsaccount use? Php only or some other kind of template engine?


 

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