For a full run down on what this new plugin has to offer, check out the affiliate plugin page.
This plugin has been developed to help support my own sites, the idea is to help manage the partner links used throughout my pages, here are some of the things that motivated me to create this:
- To track which links are clicked on most, this helps guage the popularity of certain stores and optimise anchor text.
- To track where the links are being clicked, this helps me to create the right pages and build on ideas that work and pull back from ones that don’t.
- Provide a single list of affiliate links so that if I want to change or update them I can do so without having to change content throughout my site. For example, if I drive traffic over to Shop A one week but they close down their scheme, I can quickly shut down those links or redirect them all to Shop B without having to update any of my content pages!
- Easily inject adsense into the forum, with 1000 of unique visits landing right into the forum everyday this was a great source of income. These visitors are looking for something so this makes a great place to put ads because if the context matching works well the ads should be relevant to what they are looking for.
How Can this Be Expanded?
Note that this Beta is based very much around my needs and the information I wanted to know to help and support my own site and maximise funding without being too intrusive. However there must be plenty of other ways to enhance this plugin? I have a few ideas of mine so expect to see them integrated soon but I would love to here from other people!
- What other functionality would help people monetise their website?
- This plugin tracks all clicks on the redirect links, how can this information be displayed?
- How can we make e107 the best CMS choice for people wanting to make money online through affiliate links?
Any ideas, let me know! Lets make e107 the best CMS for affiliates! Joomla and WordPress have a few decent plugins but they are usually commercial and cost money, not really in the spirit of the open source community that drives the development of these content systems! I will keep this a free affiliate plugin for as long as I develop it.