Affiliate programs are a great way to help generate traffic to your online business. Here's how they work:
- You give your affiliates a special link that they then place on their website or their email campaigns
- Your affiliate's customers click on that link and come to your site
- That customer's actions are recorded taking note of the affiliate that referred them
- You can then reward your affiliate based on the actions that customer takes
Affiliate programs are a great win/win way to grow your traffic - and with BC, working with Affiliates is easy!
If you haven't already, create an Affiliate program in your system. You can do this by going to Content->Tools->Affiliate Programs. Click Add New and then give your program a name, and specify a landing page. The landing page is the page that customers land on when they follow a link on an affiliate's site or email.
Now you need to add your clients to your affiliate program. If they are not in your customer database already you should add them first via Customers->New Contact.
If they are in your database already, simply go to Customers->Search and then search for their customer record using their email address or name. When you find the right client, click on the record. Now click the Subscriptions tab. Under Affiliate Program Subscriptions click Edit.
Tick the check box next to the affiliate program you want them to be a part of, and click Save and Finish.
Next to the Program you just subscribed them to, click View Info.
A pre-made email will pop up for you to send to your newly minted affiliate, as well as some information on how to take the next steps.
And you've begun Affiliate Marketing - Huzzah!