NATS4 Affiliate Referrals
The Affiliate Referral program (also called webmaster referral) allows affiliates to refer other affiliates, receiving a percentage of the referred affiliate's sales revenue. NATS4 allows you to further encourage affiliate referrals by setting up multiple tiers for Affiliate Referrals.
For example: Affiliate Alice signs up Affiliate Bob; Alice earns 10% of Bob's sales. Affiliate Bob signs up Affiliate Conrad; Bob earns 10% of Conrad's sales and Alice earns 2% of Conrad's sales. In this setup, Bob is Alice's first tier, and Conrad is Alice's second tier. You can have up to eight tiers and you can pay a different percentage of your choosing for each tier.
Adding an Affiliate Program
To add a new Affiliate Program, create a new disabled program in the Programs Admin named Affiliate Referral (or something similar), and add a shortname (no spaces). Select Affiliate Referral Program from the Program Type drop-down menu and save.
Next, scroll down to "Tours In This Program" and add your Affiliate Referral site tour from the "Add Site Tours" drop-down menu.
Under Program Default Payouts, edit the default settings and enter the program's payouts.
- $ Flat is a flat rate for an affiliate referral and $min can be used to specify the minimum amount of money the referred affiliate would have to send in traffic before the referring affiliate would get the flat rate.
- Days Min specifies the amount of time the referee has to make the $min minimum.
- $Sale specifies a flat rate per paid per referee's sale.
- %Revenue allows specifies a percentage of the referee's sale to pay the referrer.
- %Tier2 is an easy way to set up a second percentage tier.
Once you have done this, go to the Sites Admin page and create a new site. Name the site "Affiliate Referral" (or something similar), fill in the short name, and select Affiliate Referral for Site Type. Click Save Changes. After the site has been saved, add it to the affiliate referral program by clicking the "Set Active Programs" icon. This will be the only site to be added to this program.
Your affiliates will now be able to grab link codes for the affiliate referral program like any other program; they will also see the payouts in their stats.
Adding an Affiliate Site in NATS
Before you can use your newly created Affiliate Referral Program, you will also have to set up an Affiliate Referral site in NATS. This allows you to create tours, which allow you to promote your program.
To do this, go to the Sites Admin and click the "Add a Site" tab at the top of the page. On the next page, choose the Affiliate option in the "Site Type" section.
Once you have done that, configure the rest of the site to your choosing and click Save Changes. For more information on setting up sites in NATS4, please see our NATS4 Site Setup wiki article.
Finding an Affiliate's Referring Affiliate
You can find a referring affiliate through the Affiliates Admin. To do so, enter the referring affiliate's username in the referrer box in the search options and click search.