Up until now I have only developed for e107, but I have a fair few affiliate sites running on the WordPress blogging platform to. Don’t get me wrong, e107 is still my fave CMS, but when it comes to quick micro niche affiliate sites WordPress is fantastic for getting something up and running very quickly.
WordPress has a billion plugins but I find they don’t work in quite the way I want, they are commercial (pfff shame on you – if WP can be given away for free…!), or it is out of date and no longer developed.
I wanted to add 3 things to my standard WordPress install:
- Tidy affiliate links: Sometimes known as link cloaking, but I just prefer the neatness and order this idea brings to one’s site. I also like that by using a redirect you can swap out one merchant without updating your whole site.
- Product units: I want to be able to import feeds and build product units from them. Much like Easy Content Units does over here. My plugin will never be as sophisticated or as easy, but it will be great for mini affiliates like me who don’t want to give up 20% of an already small income! Besides, I wanted greater control over how I used the imported data and the ability to track all clicks in any way I liked. As a data warehouse professional I want all this data for myself!
- Voucher Code Feeds: And my final goal is to include voucher code feeds. The plan will be to have a WP shortcode that will show a load of voucher codes based on a list of merchants passed in. So if posting about electronics I can display Dixons and Currys codes for example!
Like most of my plugins, I will be coding this to meet my own needs but am always open to suggestions. I have set up a site specifically to distribute this new wordpress affiliate plugin. And will offer limited support on the beginners affiliate forum.
It’s early days, the plugin is currently in use and undergoing final testing. As I am new to coding wordpress plugins the code is pretty flakey right now but it should harden during subsequent refactors and then after that I look forward to adding the more interesting parts.
I am still planning to release my equivalent e107 affiliate plugin in due course, both systems will share some of the basic code! However I am really just waiting for the release of e107 0.8 now. Until then I will be getting up to speed with WP!
Update: Product units and voucher codes are currently not available in the “public” Affiliate101 version. This is for two reasons: a) It seems unstable and tricky to use, this would just be a support nightmare for me. b) It uses a copyrighted commercial class “MagicParser” that I would not be able to distribute.