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Best Affiliate Plugins for WordPress

Do you own a WordPress website and want to launch an affiliate program? Then you're in luck, because today we are bringing you a collection of the best WordPress Affiliate plugins for WordPress.

Do you own a WordPress website and want to launch an affiliate program? Then you’re in luck, because today we are bringing you a collection of the best WordPress Affiliate plugins for WordPress.

Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of great competitors in this plugin niche, even though so many companies and individuals need to launch affiliate programs for their products. You can use an off-site solution like Shareasale, Clickbank, Impact Radius, or E-Junkie, but I find it easier for the product seller and his affiliates to have everything in-built within your own site.

If you came here looking for affiliate link management and cloaking plugins for WordPress, check out our other review of these plugins.

These are the best WordPress plugins for affiliate programs:

AffiliateWP

AffiliateWP

Created by the well-known WordPress developer Pippin Williamson (of Easy Digital Downloads fame) this AffiliateWP is the answer to all those who have been looking for a great affiliate management plugin for WordPress but always felt that something is missing in all the other solutions offered.

By signing up to AffiliateWP, you’ll get:

  • Accurate affiliate tracking: the plugin tracks affiliate referrals reliably, even on servers with aggressive caching.
  • Integrated payouts service: easily pay your affiliates directly to their bank accounts or debit cards.
  • Real-time reporting: the plugin tracks affiliate-referred visits, referrals, earnings, and affiliate registrations in real-time, without delay.
  • Unlimited affiliates: no restrictions to the number of affiliates on your affiliate program.
  • Affiliate coupon tracking: easily connect coupon codes to specific affiliate accounts.

SliceWP

SliceWP

SliceWP is one of the most easy-to-use affiliate WordPress plugins you can find. Even if you’re not a technical person, you can get up and running with your own affiliate program in a matter of minutes. The plugin comes with a handy step-by-step setup wizard that makes it easy for you to enable the most important parts of your program.

Besides being user-friendly, SliceWP also has a handful of powerful features that help you boost your sales and keep your affiliates happy:

  • Affiliate coupons: connect affiliates to coupon codes to create special discounted promotional campaigns.
  • Lifetime commissions: link customers to affiliates, so that future sales made by a customer automatically reward the linked affiliate with a commission.
  • Recurring commissions: reward your affiliates with commissions for a subscription’s recurring payment.
  • PayPal payouts: bulk pay your affiliates through PayPal, directly from your WordPress dashboard.
  • Reports: analyze the performance of your affiliates, so you can improve your affiliate marketing strategy.

🔗 Check out our in-depth review.

Affiliates Pro

Affiliates Pro

The Affiliates Pro plugin provides an affiliate management system for sellers, shops and developers, who want to increase sales with their own affiliate program immediately.

Important features include fully automated affiliate registration, unlimited affiliate management and the ability to integrate Affiliates Pro with virtually any E-Commerce platform.

Affiliates Pro also provides a solid framework for developers, who wish to build customized solutions based on a sound data model. With unlimited affiliate program management tools available on the back end and a set of shortcodes to provide Affiliates information on their performance on the front end, there is everything you need to start an affiliate program.

Post Affiliate Pro

Post Affiliate Pro

Post Affiliate Pro is an affiliate software designed to empower your affiliate program. It makes it easy to manage campaigns and to track affiliate referrals and sales.

Post Affiliate Pro runs your entire affiliate program from top to bottom, with the exception of processing the financial transactions. However, most payment processors and shopping carts can be fully integrated with Post Affiliate Pro.

It’s intuitive, fast, effective, and infinitely expandable affiliate software – it will grow with you. It is a great tool to recruit and manage your affiliates as it will track your affiliate’s referrals, clicks, commissions, record payouts, and much more.

If you want to experience Post Affiliate Pro from your affiliate’s point of view and see how easy is to manage and maintain your affiliate program, you can go ahead and check out their demo.

Affiliate Royale

Affiliate Royale is a complete Affiliate Program plugin for WordPress. Use it to start an Affiliate Program for your products to dramatically increase traffic, attention and sales.

Once you launch your affiliate program with Affiliate Royale you’ll be able to easily track your affiliates to see how they’re doing. You’ll see how many clicks they’re driving, sales they’re making and how much to pay them at the end of each month.

Even better, your affiliates won’t have to go anywhere but your site (with your look & feel) to login to their Affiliate Dashboard — because it will be seamlessly integrated into your website.

With Affiliate Royale you’ll:

  • Launch your affiliate program in a matter of minutes
  • Monitor affiliates’ clicks, sales and payments
  • Maintain your brand with your own Banners and Links
  • Drive more traffic to your site from your Affiliates
  • Increase revenue with more sales!

WP Affiliate Platform

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The ‘WordPress Affiliate Platform’ is an easy to use WordPress plugin for affiliate recruitment, management and tracking that can be used on any WordPress blog or site. This plugin lets you run your own affiliate campaign/program and allows you to reward (pay commission) your affiliates for referred sales.

The admin can configure banners and links which the affiliates can use on their site to drive traffic to your site. All the clicks, leads, sales etc are tracked by this plugin.

If you are running online ad campaigns for your products and services then you can use the affiliate platform plugin to measure the true conversion rate of each campaign to find out the profitable ones. This allows you to weed out the non-profitable campaigns and save money in the process.

In a nutshell, the Affiliate Platform Plugin will help you achieve the following:

  • Launch your affiliate campaign in a short time.
  • Monitor clicks and conversions of visitors sent by your affiliates.
  • Maintain your brand with your own product Ad Banners and Links.
  • Drive more traffic to your landing/sales page from your Affiliate’s site.
  • Significantly BOOST revenue with more sales.

Conclusion

Affiliate WP and SliceWP are definitely the leading affiliate management plugin right now. Both can be easily integrated with Easy Digital Downloads, the top digital download e-commerce plugin for WordPress. Of course, you can also use it with other e-commerce systems as well.

Jean Galea
Jean Galea
Jean Galea is an investor, entrepreneur, and blogger. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and Spotlight, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.

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28 Responses

  1. Thank you , this is just the information I was looking for. I have been looking for an easy integration for my wordpress sites and this was a clear and concise article.
    many thanks. Now to figure which one and start getting some affiiates 🙂

  2. Hello Jean, love the site and great write-up here. I am hunting for an affiliate software/plugin right now. I currently am a paying subscriber of the WPMUDEV site and they have some great plugins and themes. I just wanted to let you and your readers know that they do not currently offer multi-tier capability to their affiliates plugin and for me and the project I am currently working on, this is a showstopper.

    Cheers,

    Nick

  3. Affiliate WP is not the way to go for a multi tier system. With the appropriate add-ons needed ur in for over 600$…

  4. Hi Jean,

    I did a little checking into AffiliateWP. From what I can tell it’s $199 per year for a simple system. I didn’t notice any discount for year two and beyond, but it might be there.

    Drew may be right on how costs escalate. It looked to be about $600-700 per year for a system with add-ons.

    My needs are pretty simple at present and a decent plugin that didn’t drag down on the system resources would be fine. One thing that is an issue, is automatic refunding. Some of the lower-priced plugins don’t offer it. In a product launch that generates say, 1,000 sales, a 1% refund rate is 10 manual refunds. That’s a chunk of time.

    If you dig into this again, looking at critical features like that versus costs would be great.

    Thanks.

  5. Affiliate WP is a great plugin with great support… HOWEVER!!! I wanted tier commission capability, they offer and add on for it for $150! You are forced to buy the ultimate license for multiple sites and multiple add ons even if you want just one add on for one site. Ridiculous! Went with Affiliate Royal, works fantastic, got all the features for half the price of Affiliate WP

    1. You’re not the first one to comment about the pricing structure of AffiliateWP. I still think it’s the best plugin out there and worth the price if you’re making money from affiliates. Glad you got sorted with Affiliate Royale though.

  6. Great selection of plugins here, thank you!

    Unfortunately, many of these plugins don’t cater to the shop owner who has a sales force (or multiple sales forces) out on the street selling their product in person. Earlier this year, I decided to do something about this.

    I just released the WP Sales Tracking plugin on CodeCanyon. You can check it out here.

    I was frustrated with not being able to easily track sales so I could pay sales reps’ commission. The only solutions available were affiliate plugins like these that created a unique URL for each sales rep. For my customers, it was asking too much to require each of them to shop through a unique URL just so the sales rep would get credit. Many are not very tech-savvy.

    So, I created this plugin to make it super simple. The admin assigns sales reps to customers on the back-end, and customers can simply shop from the normal URL.
    In addition, the WP Sales Tracking plugin allows for entire sales organizations to track their revenue.
    There’s a beautiful front-end dashboard that provides a view into each representative’s revenue for a particular time-frame. The plugin uses order data from the WooCommerce plugin.

    I really hope this helps those of you who have run into this problem. Please check it out and let me know feedback!

  7. I appreciated the review. You brought up programs I have not even found on the internet and I consider myself an avid researcher. I was trying to decide between WP Affiliate and Post Affiliate Pro for this new site I am launching.

    The pricing on Post Affiliate Pro is quite a bit higher and so I thought it might be better and they have a long list on their site of all the benefits but I installed WP Affiliate on a clients site with their Restrict Content Pro and thought it worked very well.

    Thanks for taking the time to do this review. I am going to go with WP Affiliate, one thing for sure is there website is more modern and appears more professional.

    Tara

  8. We want to give our affiliates Lead capture pages so that they save their aweber list name or detail in their affiliate panel. they promote those pages and leads got added to their aweber list. But same time they should also got added to our aweber list. Which plugin will work for this and how it is possible. Please share some detail. We are making membership based platform.
    Waiting For Reply

  9. How can this post be dated December 1st, 2016 and have comments from 2012?

    Could make one lose faith in WPMayor…and I would image…this list is out of date.

    1. Hey Doug, 2012 is when it was first posted. 2016 is when it was last updated, so it is mostly up-to-date right now, hence the discrepancy.

  10. Wow~
    Great Post Jean,

    I would also suggest you use ThirstyAffiliates Plugin because it has something very amazing for Affiliate Marketers.

    I’ve been using it personally on my blog for the last few years and much like it.

    #Yasar

  11. I’ve read through this string and looking for a plug in also.

    I had a partner who did all my programming and is no longer with me. She is growing a family now. I have decided to take all my work on myself using WP.

    What you are all talking about is an affiliate system that’s one tier. What I am looking for is multi tier kinda of downline builder? Something that can be used for an existing MLM team. A team site with capture pages and a membership area with training and more. Something that can be connected to a commerce site or not and perhaps connected to a merchant account like paypal?

    For example

    1) John joins your site
    2) John fills out profile with (say) a username he’d like to use and get’s his own subdomain of the main site like xyz.com/username
    3) John refers Adam
    4) When Adam logs in, he sees affiliate link to some xyz third party product or tool set up by the admin, which would be connected to his referrer John or the next available upline user or admin.

    5) Adam fills out his profile with his own username
    6) Adam refers Jill
    7) When Jill logs in, she sees affiliate link to same third party product or tool, this is connected with Adam’s username.

    Is there anything out there like this? Or do you all think custom programming?

  12. please can i dont know which wordpress plugin that will be good to build and manage downlines and a refferal link or that can generate a code ? please any idea help

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