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User Manual
Administrator’s guide for creating and managing an affiliate program of any scale
using
VM Affiliate 4.5
The powerful and fully integrated affiliate program extension for Joomla!™ & VirtueMart
Contents
Product Overview ......................................................................................................................................... 3
Integration Benefits ...................................................................................................................................... 4
How It Works ................................................................................................................................................ 5
Feature List.................................................................................................................................................... 6
What’s New ................................................................................................................................................... 7
Installation .................................................................................................................................................... 9
Configuration .............................................................................................................................................. 10
General Settings ...................................................................................................................................... 10
Tracking Settings ..................................................................................................................................... 11
Affiliate Program Terms .......................................................................................................................... 12
Commission Rates ....................................................................................................................................... 13
Payment Methods....................................................................................................................................... 15
Managing Affiliates ..................................................................................................................................... 16
Paying Affiliates........................................................................................................................................... 17
E-mailing Affiliates ...................................................................................................................................... 18
Advertising Material.................................................................................................................................... 19
Banners ................................................................................................................................................... 19
Text Ads................................................................................................................................................... 20
Product & Category Ads .......................................................................................................................... 20
Logs & Statistics .......................................................................................................................................... 21
Uninstallation .............................................................................................................................................. 23
Additional Help ........................................................................................................................................... 24
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Product Overview
VM Affiliate is a complete and powerful affiliate tracking software, developed specifically for the
Joomla! ™ CMS and its popular e-commerce component, VirtueMart.
Affiliate tracking software, also known as affiliate program software, is software which provides the
tools and technology to create, manage and track an affiliate program/network, within a unique yet
successful type of marketing called affiliate marketing.
As described by Wikipedia, affiliate marketing is a marketing practice in which a business rewards one or
more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate's own marketing efforts.
Thus, VM Affiliate provides these tools and technology required to create, manage and track an affiliate
program, from scratch, with no hassle, providing that e-commerce activities are powered by VirtueMart.
Basically, installation and configuration takes less than 5 minutes. At the end of this simple process, your
affiliate program has been deployed. Affiliates can then already bump into your affiliate program’s
offerings, sign up for it, and start advertising your products.
VM Affiliate integrates seamlessly with VirtueMart, acknowledges and uses its settings, blends within its
administration, as well as website’s layout, automates many tasks, and, best of all, it achieves everything
without interfering in any way with VirtueMart processes or files.
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Integration Benefits
Unlike other standard, stand-alone affiliate tracking software, VM Affiliate takes full advantage of its
integration with the shopping cart, namely VirtueMart. This integration provides VM Affiliate with
precious knowledge that enables it to grab the wheel and automatically operate and maintain the
affiliate program, relieving you of this effort.
It starts saving your time from configuration, since it detects many of your CMS’s and shopping cart’s
preferences, such as database connection, currency settings, and so forth. Thus, VM Affiliate blends
perfectly in your website and shopping cart environment, becoming an essential part of it.
Regular affiliate tracking software requires you to manually verify order’s statuses, determine its
validity, and approve/disapprove commissions issued to affiliates. This is one of many things that VM
Affiliate does automatically for you.
It automatically tracks visits and orders referred by your affiliates. It automatically credits the
corresponding affiliates with the corresponding commissions, if the referred order has been confirmed.
Should the order be cancelled or refunded at any time, VM Affiliate will, as well, remove the associated
commissions from the affiliate’s balance.
VM Affiliate automatically generates advertising material from your store’s product and categories, and
of course, it automatically attaches the required tracking code to all the advertising material.
Integration also frees you of the need to insert custom tracking code in your page, or go through any
kind of hassle for that matter. VM Affiliate automatically installs and enables a smart tracking plugin
which tracks – but does not touch – VirtueMart orders.
Other nice features, such as offline tracking using discount coupons, and many others, would also not be
possible without this integration between VM Affiliate and VirtueMart.
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How It Works
First of all, affiliate marketing allows you increase your sales potential, by letting third-parties a.k.a.
affiliates, promote your products. They can e-mail their friends, write blog posts, place ads on their
websites, even promote them by word of mouth.
Affiliate marketing has better results, and is more profitable than regular advertising. Probably the
biggest benefit is that you can pay commissions only for confirmed orders; in other words, you pay for
results.
The process is simple:
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Users visit your website
They see you have an affiliate program available on your website
They realize they have a website, or many friends, or otherwise know they can properly
promote your products
They find your offer attractive (the commissions you offer are reasonable)
They decide to sign up for the affiliate program and promote your products
Doing so, grants them access to their affiliate panel
In the affiliate panel, they find advertising material which they easily place on their websites
Visitors come to their websites, and click on the advertisements
They land on your website, and VM Affiliate takes note of the fact they have been referred, by
placing a cookie in the visitor’s browser
The visitor purchases a product, either then or any time in the future
VM Affiliate detects that the customer has been referred by an affiliate, and, when the order is
confirmed, credits the affiliate the corresponding commission that was agreed upon
Please note that the time interval since the user’s last visit through an affiliate link, to the
moment their purchase can be tracked is defined by the lifetime of the cookie, which can be
set in VM Affiliate’s configuration. It defaults to 1 year.
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Feature List
1. Online tracking – VM Affiliate automatically detects the affiliate ID from incoming links, and
tracks incoming visits;
2. Offline tracking – VM Affiliate supports tracking of users referred through offline advertising
efforts, such as printed material. The user can type the username of the referrer, or select his
name from a list;
3. Coupon-based tracking – Your affiliates’ usernames can become discount coupon codes which
can be tracked. Thus, an affiliate can hand out the coupon to a person, which gains a discount,
while the affiliate earns a commission;
4. Multi-tier tracking – Commonly referred to as MLM – Multi-Level Marketing, this enables your
affiliates to refer other affiliates, which leads to more marketing, thus greater profits, for both
the merchant and the affiliate! VM Affiliate can track and commission up to 5 tier/levels.
5. Automatic commissioning – VM Affiliate automatically assigns the corresponding commissions
to the corresponding affiliates, only if the order is finalized (confirmed or shipped). Likewise, if a
commission is given to the affiliate, but then the order is cancelled, the commission will be
deducted from the affiliate’s balance;
6. Affiliate Panel – VM Affiliate provides a complete user panel for affiliates, where they can see
their earnings, visits, orders, have access to advertising material, monitor their referred traffic,
conduct an e-mail campaign, or update their personal information;
7. Affiliate Management – Goes without saying that you have full control over your affiliates. You
can add, remove, edit, enable or disable them, and edit their preferences;
8. Advertising Material – VM Affiliate allows you to upload banners (either images, animated GIFs
or flash SWF files), create text ads (either normal text or HTML), or manage the automatically
generated product and category ads;
9. Affiliate Program Configuration – Without any bloated settings, you can specify key
preferences of your affiliate program, regarding tracking, registration, payments, and so on;
10. Default Terms & Conditions – Don’t feel like writing a huge terms & conditions text? Don’t
worry! VM Affiliate provides such a text by default, automatically customized using your site’s
name and address. So you can just review it and make sure it meets your needs;
11. Payout Method Management – You can add or modify existing payment methods that you like
to offer to your affiliates. You can pay them by PayPal (semi-automatic), Check, Bank Transfer,
or you can easily add your own payout methods, or edit existing ones;
12. Logs & Statistics – Easily monitor, review and filter through traffic, sales, payments, or affiliate
program’s performance. VM Affiliate logs and provides access to all this information;
13. MVC Framework – Following Joomla!™’s development standards, VM Affiliate uses the MVC
architecture for the frontend Affiliate Panel, which enables you to easily modify the layout of
your affiliates’ panel, and preserve this layout, even if you update VM Affiliate in the future;
14. Multi-language – At the moment, VM Affiliate is available in 14 languages. Need another? VM
Affiliate uses standard INI files, which are very easily translatable. Only 300 lines, or 1330 words;
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What’s New
You have just upgraded from version 4.0, and want to know what’s new? Here we lay it out for you.
The most important changes are in the fields of stability, performance and reliability. However, VM
Affiliate 4.5 does also deliver new and tangible changes.
Without further ado, these are, basically, the changes:
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Completely re-written and re-thought, from scratch;
Dozens of bugs were fixed, or better put, not “implemented” again;
MVC architecture for the frontend – Affiliate Panel – allowing for easy layout modification and
template overrides;
Installation package is compatible with Joomla!™’s standard installer, and automatically
upgrades 4.0 installations, with no data loss;
Following Joomla!™’s standards, language files are now INI files, placed in Joomla!™’s standard
language folder;
The frontend now validates against the W3C XHTML Strict standards, including the generated
advertising material;
Absolutely no VirtueMart core “hacking”. VM Affiliate 4.5 uses smart techniques for all the
tracking and integration needs without modifying a single VirtueMart file;
Completely reliable tracking using a smart tracking plugin. No more custom code is required in
payments’ configuration;
New layout, using new icons, for both the frontend, and backend;
Offline tracking support – one of the most important new features is offline tracking, which
enables your users to either type the affiliate’s username, or select him from a list of names
Coupon-based tracking – additionally, a long time requested feature, which is another type of
offline tracking, allows your affiliates to hand out coupons, which provide a discount for the
customer, and a commission for the affiliate;
Product Ads now display prices including taxes, if VirtueMart also does;
Product Ads now display the discounted prices, the way VirtueMart does;
Commissions are now calculated after the discount has been deducted from the order subtotal;
The E-mail Campaign feature, in the frontend, now supports HTML content, so affiliates can
place actual banners in the message;
The E-mail Affiliates feature, in the backend, now supports HTML content;
The Text Ads now support HTML content;
Support for GIF, animated GIF, and SWF (Flash) banners;
Banners have been moved to a frontend folder, thus not interfering anymore with passwordprotected administrator folders;
On new installations, a standard Terms & Conditions text is provided, automatically customized
with your website’s name and address;
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When multiple product ads exist, specifically more than 100, the product ads page will group
products by category;
Product and Category Ads can be published/unpublished in bulk;
The Traffic, Sales, and Payments pages, in both the frontend and the backend, contain multiple
filters which can be used to narrow down specific information;
All advertising material is now previewed in modal boxes;
A new button is added to VirtueMart’s administration control panel, which links to the affiliate
program management;
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Installation
The installation of VM Affiliate 4.5 is trivial, and is just a couple of clicks away, VM Affiliate’s installation
package being completely compatible with Joomla!™’s standard installer.
These simple steps will guide you throughout the very simple installation process:
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Open up your Joomla! ™ backend;
Choose Install/Uninstall from the Extensions menu;
On the Upload Package File field, click on the Browse button;
Browse through your operating system’s file structure and select your VM Affiliate 4.5 package;
Push the Upload File & Install button.
In a couple of seconds you should see a confirmation message letting you know the installation was
successful!
That’s it! You can go configure your affiliate program preferences now!
At this point VM Affiliate’s installation package has installed the backend (administration section), the
frontend (the affiliates’ control panel), the language file (based on available translations that match your
site’s language), the tracking plugin (which tracks visits and orders), and a new menu link in your main
menu, which links to the Affiliate Program page.
Please note that if you are a VM Affiliate 4.0 user, and want to upgrade, the exact same steps
above apply to the upgrade process as well. The VM Affiliate 4.5 installation package will
automatically detect the old files and data, and will seamlessly migrate your VM Affiliate 4.0
installation to version 4.5. It is advisable to create a full backup of your website before
upgrading, though.
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Configuration
VM Affiliate’s configuration settings are found in the Joomla!™ backend -> Components -> VirtueMart > Affiliates -> Configuration.
You can set various parameters for your affiliate program. The settings are grouped in 3 tabs: General,
Tracking and Affiliate Program Terms. The General tab holds Registration and Payout Settings, the
Tracking tab holds settings for Online, Offline, and Multi-tier tracking features, and the Affiliate Program
Terms tab enables you to manage your affiliate program’s terms & conditions.
Let’s review these settings one by one.
General Settings
Registration
- Checking the Allow affiliate registrations checkbox enables free sign-up to your affiliate
program. Enable this if you wish that everyone could be able apply to your affiliate program.
Disable it if you wish to manually add specific affiliates from the backend.
- Checking the Automatically approve affiliates checkbox makes sure everyone is automatically
approved, after sign-up. This way, they can instantly access their Affiliate Panels, and start
promoting your site. Disable it if you wish to review affiliate applications prior to approving
them.
- The Initial bonus text box allows you to specify an initial commission balance, that affiliates will
start with, when they sign up for the affiliate program. This is a common and efficient way to
attract affiliates to your affiliate program.
Payout Settings
- The Minimum payout balance specifies the commission balance the affiliate is required to have,
each month, in order to be eligible for a payment.
- The Payment day of the month is, as the name suggests, the day of the month on which you
wish to issue the actual payments to your affiliates. Use the attached calendar to set it.
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Tracking Settings
Online
- Select from the Track which referrer list who do you wish to track and credit, in the event the
customer was referred by more than one affiliate. You can credit the first referring affiliate, or
the last one.
- The Link feed string text box allows you to set the URL parameter that will be used for holding
the affiliate’s ID, in the referral links. The default is aff_id. You can set it to whatever you wish,
except, of course, parameter names already used by your website.
- You can set, in the Referral cookie lifetime text box, the time, in seconds, you wish the tracking
cookie to last. In other words, how long do you wish to commission the referring affiliate, for a
customer’s purchases, from the last time he referred him. This defaults to 1 year.
Offline
- Use the Enable offline tracking checkbox to enable or disable offline tracking features.
- The Offline tracking type specifies the behavior of the offline tracking feature. The Username
and Name options provide additional fields to the registration form of customers. This way,
when customers register in the shop, they can either type in the affiliate’s username in a text
box, or select his name from a list. An additional type is Discount Coupon. This option allows
your affiliates to hand out their usernames as regular coupons, which, at the same time, will
grant the customer a certain discount, and the affiliate – a commission. The discount amount
can be set on the Commission Rates page, either general or on a per-affiliate basis.
Please note that offline tracking using discount coupons requires the Enable coupon usage
setting in VirtueMart to be on.
Multi-tier
- The Enable multi-tier affiliate tracking checkbox allows you to enable or disable the Multi-Level
Marketing features of VM Affiliate.
- Select the maximum tier level you wish to track and commission, from the Maximum affiliate
levels list. VM Affiliate supports up to 5 levels, including the top level.
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Affiliate Program Terms
This tab holds the Affiliate Program Terms & Conditions.
Enabling this feature, by checking the Must agree to Affiliate Program Terms? checkbox, places a link
on the Affiliate Program registration page which displays the Affiliate Program Terms text in a modal
box, along with a checkbox, that the user has to check in order to accept them and be able to sign up to
the affiliate program.
The Content text area enables you to write or edit the Affiliate Program Terms text. VM Affiliate 4.5
provides such a text by default, customized using your website’s name and address, for your
convenience. You can just review it, and eventually adjust it to your needs.
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Commission Rates
Commission rates represent the value of the rewards you offer your affiliates, in exchange for their
marketing efforts and results.
Commission rates can be accessed in two different manners, depending on the type of commission rates
you wish to set.
The General Commission Rates page is found in the Joomla!™ backend -> Components -> VirtueMart ->
Affiliates -> Commission Rates.
This page allows you to set general commission rates, which apply to all affiliates by default.
Regardless of other settings, you always have four types of commissions you can award your affiliates:
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Per Click – a commission that is given for each visit brought by an affiliate through a referral link,
regardless of whether this specific visitor was previously referred or not;
Per Unique Click – a commission that is given only for different (unique) visitors;
Per Sale – Fixed Rate – a commission that is awarded for each confirmed sale brought by an
affiliate, regardless of its value;
Per Sale – Percentage – a commission that is awarded for each confirmed sale brought by an
affiliate, based on this sale’s value; this is the most commonly used rewarding option used in
today’s affiliate marketing business; the higher the sale’s amount is, the higher the commission
earned by the affiliate.
You can combine these commissions as you see fit, and award any or all of them.
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Additional options may be available on the commission rates page, depending on your affiliate
program’s settings.
If Multi-Tier Tracking is enabled, you are able to set the commissions that affiliates who refer other
affiliates earn from these referred affiliates’ sales. For example, if affiliate A refers affiliate B to the
affiliate program, affiliate B becomes a level 2 affiliate for affiliate A. If affiliate B refers another affiliate
to the affiliate program, called affiliate C, this new affiliate becomes a level 2 affiliate for affiliate B, and
a level 3 affiliate for affiliate A.
Thus, on the General Commission Rates page you can set how much do top affiliates earn from their
sub-level affiliates.
Please note that the commission rates earned from sub-level affiliates are, like general
commission rates, calculated directly on the order’s value. For example, if an order’s value is
$100, and this order was referred by a level 2 affiliate for another affiliate, and the
commission rates are set to 3% from the 2nd tier, the top affiliate will earn $3.
If Offline Tracking based on Discount Coupons is used, you can set the discount that the customers will
receive, if they are referred by an affiliate using discount coupons.
You can set the type of the discount (Fixed or Percentage) and the amount, just like you would for a
standard coupon in VirtueMart.
The second way of setting commission rates, is if you wish to assign different commission rates for
specific affiliates. To do so, you need to access the Joomla!™ backend -> Components -> VirtueMart ->
Affiliates -> Manage Affiliates, then click on the icon in the Rates column, that corresponds to the
affiliate for which you wish to set the different commission rates.
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Payment Methods
VM Affiliate provides you the ability to manage the payout methods you wish to offer to your affiliates.
You can define and mange payment methods by accessing the Joomla!™ backend -> Components ->
VirtueMart -> Affiliates -> Payment Methods.
VM Affiliate provides, by default, 3 payout methods: PayPal, Check and Bank Transfer.
You can add, edit, remove, enable or disable payout methods.
On the Payment Method Form, you are able to easily define an unlimited number of fields that affiliates
can fill in, in order to provide the information required for you to pay them.
Please note that the PayPal payment method cannot be edited or removed, since it is a semiautomatic payment method. It can only be enabled or disabled.
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Managing Affiliates
The Manage Affiliates page is the heart of the affiliate program, after this has been deployed.
It allows you to manage your affiliates, by adding, editing, enabling, disabling, removing, paying, filtering
them, as well as changing their preferences, commission rates, or merely monitoring their results.
This page can be accessed through the Joomla!™ backend -> Components -> VirtueMart -> Affiliates ->
Manage Affiliates.
The list provides comprehensive and essential information, at a glance, such as the affiliates’ IDs, names,
clicks or sales count, and commission balance.
Clicking an affiliate’s name will lead you to this affiliate’s detailed information page, which displays all
the information VM Affiliate has on this affiliate.
The other buttons on the Manage Affiliates page are self-explanatory: the Edit button will lead you to
the details form of the affiliate; the Rates button will lead you to the affiliate’s commission rates form;
and the New button from the top toolbar will allow you to add a new affiliate.
Additionally, if there are any affiliates that have surpassed the set minimum payout balance, a message
will be displayed, above the affiliates list, letting you know the number of affiliates that need to be paid,
and when. Clicking this message takes you to the Pay Affiliates page, which displays the full list of
affiliates that need to be paid on the agreed payout date. You can manually reach this page by accessing
the Joomla!™ backend -> Components -> VirtueMart -> Affiliates -> Pay Affiliates.
For affiliates that need to be paid, quick payment icons will appear on the Manage Affiliates page,
directly in their Balance field, which enable you to quickly get to that affiliate’s payment page. The
payment icons vary in appearance, depending on the affiliate’s preferred payout method.
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Paying Affiliates
The only recurring maintenance task you are required to perform, when running an affiliate program
powered by VM Affiliate, is paying your affiliates their earned commissions, on the specified payout
date.
The Manage Affiliates page will automatically let you know of affiliates that need to be paid, and
provide quick links for doing so, or you can manually access the Pay Affiliates page, by navigating to the
Joomla!™ backend -> Components -> VirtueMart -> Affiliates -> Pay Affiliates.
This page lists all of your affiliates that need to be paid, and provides links for doing so. Depending on
the payout methods you offer, and your affiliates’ preferences, you may pay your affiliates in different
ways.
The PayPal payout method is semi-automatic, meaning that all you have to do is click the payment
button, type the login credentials on the PayPal page, and confirm the transaction. If the payment is
successful, VM Affiliate automatically redeems the affiliate’s commissions.
All other payout methods are manual, meaning that you have to manually issue the payment (e.g.: send
out a check, initiate a bank transfer). After you’ve made the payment you are required to click a Mark as
Paid button, so that VM Affiliate acknowledges you have successfully completed the payment, and thus
redeems the affiliate’s commissions.
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E-mailing Affiliates
One feature you may occasionally find the need for is the E-mail Affiliates page.
You can access it by navigating to the Joomla!™ backend -> Components -> VirtueMart -> Affiliates ->
E-mail Affiliates.
This page, as the name suggests, allows you to quickly and conveniently e-mail your affiliates.
You can either mass e-mail all of your affiliates, at once, or you can e-mail a specific affiliate.
To e-mail all of them, you need to choose the All option, from the Recipients list. Otherwise, you can
select a specific affiliate from the list, to send the e-mail to.
The message content can be regular text, or rich text through the use of HTML and a WYSIWYG editor.
To send the message as HTML, and enable the editor, you need to check the Send in HTML mode
checkbox. This will switch the normal text area into a rich editor, if you have enabled one in your
Joomla!™ administration.
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Advertising Material
Advertising material represents personalized images and text, with attached referral links, which your
affiliates can use to promote your website.
VM Affiliate automatically provides such material by default, creating ads from all of your shop’s
published products and categories, which have images attached to them.
Thus, adding additional advertising material becomes optional. It is, however, a good practice to do so.
In addition to the automatically generated Product Ads and Category Ads, you can add Banners and
Text Ads.
Banners
Managing banners is done by accessing the Joomla!™ backend -> Components -> VirtueMart ->
Affiliates -> Banners. To add a new Banner, you need to click the New button from the top toolbar. This
will lead you to the Banner Form.
The first step of adding a banner is uploading a banner image, by clicking the Upload Banner button.
You need to browse your file system, and locate the file you wish to upload. Accepted types are:
JPG/JPEG, PNG, GIF (either static or animated), or SWF (Shockwave Flash) files.
Then you need to specify a name, and choose what to link the banner to. You can link it directly to your
website, the shop’s front page, a product, a category, a menu item, or manually type in a custom URL.
Finally, you can adjust the banner’s size. You can choose to preserve the banner image original size, or
select a size group from the list, to resize the banner image accordingly. You can manage Size Groups
directly on the form, in an interactive modal box, by clicking the Size Groups… link next to the size list.
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Text Ads
The second type of advertising material that you can offer your affiliates is Text Ads.
The Text Ads page is found in the Joomla!™ backend -> Components -> VirtueMart -> Affiliates -> Text
Ads.
The text ads creation process is very similar to the banners’.
You need to specify a title, some text content (can be HTML), what to link it to, and its size (can be
fluid).
Product & Category Ads
As previously explained, Product Ads & Category Ads are automatically generated and maintained by
VM Affiliate.
You may, however, wish to disable any or all of them. You can do so on the Product Ads & Category Ads
pages, located in the Joomla!™ backend -> Components -> VirtueMart -> Affiliates -> Product Ads /
Category Ads.
These pages allow you to publish and unpublish product ads and category ads.
You can publish and unpublish multiple ads at once, by checking the corresponding checkboxes, then
clicking the Publish or Unpublish links, above the list.
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Logs & Statistics
VM Affiliate provides you with complete information on all the important aspects of your affiliate
program.
You can see the referred Traffic, referred Sales, and Payments issued to your affiliates.
These pages can be accessed in the Joomla!™ backend -> Components -> VirtueMart -> Affiliates ->
Traffic / Sales / Payments.
The information can be filtered by specific criteria, helping you learn in-depth details of your interest.
You can see the overall traffic, as opposed to current traffic (traffic that has been referred since your last
payments to affiliates), you can see all the visits or just unique visits, or you can see the traffic referred
by a specific affiliate.
You can, as well, see the overall sales or just current ones, you can see all of them or just confirmed
sales, and you can, of course, see the sales referred by a specific affiliate.
And you can list all or just the confirmed payments that you have issued to your affiliate(s).
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VM Affiliate also provides visual graphs, based on the referred traffic and sales statistics, that allow you
to easily check the performance of your affiliate program, at a glance.
The Statistics page can be accessed by navigating to the Joomla!™ backend -> Components ->
VirtueMart -> Affiliates -> Statistics.
This page displays a graphical representation of your affiliate program’s performance in recent times.
You can see representations of the traffic or sales your affiliates have referred in the current month or
year.
Please note that brief additional statistical information is also displayed on the Affiliate
Program Administration Summary page, for your convenience.
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Uninstallation
The uninstallation process of VM Affiliate is even simpler than its installation.
Should you no longer require running an affiliate program along with your VirtueMart shop, these
simple steps will guide you through the uninstallation process of VM Affiliate:
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Open up your Joomla! ™ backend;
Choose Install/Uninstall from the Extensions menu;
Click on Components;
Check the Affiliate component’s checkbox;
Click on the Uninstall toolbar button.
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Additional Help
If you can’t find your answer in this manual, there are plenty ways to get additional help for VM Affiliate.
The first thing you can immediately try is search our support forum for your question. It is very likely it
has already been asked and answered.
If that fails, please contact us as soon as possible, and request our support, so we can help you and
make sure everything is working great and you have all the answers and help you need.
We offer various support methods: e-mail, phone, support forum, and support ticket system.
So please do not hesitate to contact us, should you require additional help.
We would love to help you!
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