Now, MyCommerce can support tracking of affiliate downloads and sales in addition to the traditional cookie-based tracking system. Using the MyCommerce affiliate program you have two options for enabling affiliates to earn commissions on trials:
Affiliates can now request your product file from the MyCommerce system which will include their affiliate ID within the buy URL,
assuring credit for the sale. This solution, hosted by the affiliate, is fully automated and removes the need for you to manage
one-off custom builds for your affiliate partners.
Affiliates simply link to the MyCommerce system for on-the-fly downloads and custom builds. Each download request dynamically inserts
the affiliate ID into the buy URL. This solution easily scales, because MyCommerce hosts the file and all affiliates use the same
file. All you have to do is update one file. This eliminates the need for affiliates to re-download your file in the event of an
upgrade or patch.
Here's how it works:
Incorporate Affiliate Tracking Code Into Your Trial.
Click the link below for a Word document with detailed instructions as well as sample code in several formats:
- Add Your Trial To The MyCommerce Control Panel.
Complete the following steps:
When you create a new product, you can select a previously uploaded trial file or upload a new file to your account to be used by this product.
If you upload your file via Catalog --> Components --> Product Files, ensure you check the ‘Affiliate Tracking’ box. This triggers the Affiliate
Tracking Mechanism within your code PLUS makes your title available to affiliates as a downloadable item.
Attach the file you created in Catalog --> Components --> Product Files by going to your Catalog --> Products --> Manage Products section of your control
panel. Edit your product and edit the Marketing section of your product. Check the Affiliate Network checkbox and add your trial file.
Let your existing affiliates know that your products are available for download in addition to Buy Now links. If they link to MyCommerce for
the trial, they are guaranteed to be pushing out the latest version of your software because updates are done automatically through the
MyCommerce system. Also, begin recruiting new affiliates that may only be interested in offering downloadable titles. By adding downloadable
content to the MyCommerce affiliate program, you’ve taken the first step towards acquiring more affiliate relationships and greater online revenues.
Once you've done this coding, each time a file is downloaded from MyCommerce
on behalf of your affiliates, a 'buy url' will be created and stored on
the user's machine. When the end user clicks to buy your program, they
will be taken to this stored URL.
What are the benefits to this option?
Once your code has been updated with this new tracking option, this
single program can be delivered via MyCommerce to any affiliate, without
having to create custom builds each time. This saves you quite a bit of
Your affiliate sales will grow as their confidence grows in the
assurance they will get credit for each sale.
Cookies are still used as a backup, continuing with the current
Please note that Affiliate Tracking does not provide any Digital Rights Management(DRM). It only tracks affiliate sales of your trial products.
That's it! Integrate, upload, create the affiliate relationships and
continue to sell your programs.
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