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Understanding Webmaster Settings

Within the AffiliateShop Webmaster Account under the Settings menu option, is the Webmaster Settings Pane. This is very important in setting the major characteristics of your affiliate program and marketing.

An explanation for each of the field will be shown on each row.

Merchant Account
Affiliate Program Name This field states the name of your Affiliate Program which will be known as by your affiliates. E.g. of names are "My Company Affiliate Program", "My Company Partners Reward Program"
Website URL (Main) The URL of your website.
Redirect URL After Signup This states the URL to redirect the new affiliates to after submitting the application on your affiliate program sign up page. You may like to thank the user for joining your affiliate program after he or she has submitted the form. Hence, you should click on the "Yes" option and enter the full URL for that thank you page. e.g. "http://www.mydomain.com/thankyouforjoining.html"
Self Replicating Page (SRP) Check yes to activate SRP.
Affiliate Agreement URL This states the URL pointing to your company's Affiliate Agreement. This feature facilitates a legal platform as the new affiliates must check on the box in order for our AffiliateShop system to process his application. If you enter the URL to your Affiliate Agreement, the Affiliate Sign Up form will display the following text at the bottom of the Affiliate Sign Up form:
"[ ] I agree to the Affiliate Terms and Conditions"
Types of Industry Select a maximum of 3 industry types that best relate to your website.
Description (Short) This field contains the short description for your affiliate program. It acts as a marketing "clincher". i.e. it should draw as much attention from your potential and new affiliates. E.g. of some short description text are "Earn more money with 20% payout. No initial investments" or "Join our affiliate program and be richly rewarded"
Description (Long) This field will describe the nature of your affiliate program and the detailed commission model. It should also describe your business nature.
Fraudguard Settings
Surfer Visit

States the number of seconds to lapse before the second clickthrough from the same machine will be logged. This is an AffiliateShop anti-fraud mechanism. E.g. of how it works (in hour:minute:second format) assuming Surfer visit value of 60 seconds.

6:00:10 pm : Visitor clicks on the affiliate's link. Click is registered by AffiliateShop
6:00:50 pm : Same visitor clicks on the affiliate's link again. Click is not registered.

The second click is not registered as it is less than 60 seconds from the first clickthrough.
Surfer Transaction

States the number of seconds to lapse before the second sale transaction from the same customer's machine will be logged. This is an AffiliateShop anti-fraud mechanism. E.g. of how it works (in hour:minute:second format) assuming transaction value of 60 seconds.

6:00:10 pm : Visitor clicks on the affiliate's link. Click is registered by AffiliateShop
6:00:50 pm : Same visitor buys your product. Sale is registered and the referring affiliate is credited with the commission.

6:01:40 pm : Same visitor reloads the Order Receipt page. Sale will not be registered by AffiliateShop

The second sale is not registered as it is less than 60 seconds from the first sale registered.
Valid HTTP Referral This option allows you to consider a commission as valid if the HTTP Referral value is empty.
Statistics show that most frauds have empty HTTP Referral values.
Valid IP Range Set 1 States the first level IP number of the customer's machine which commission will be considered valid. This feature allows you to restrict commissions earned based on IEEE IP Address allocation for geographical regions and countries.

To disable, set to zero.

Valid IP Range Set 2 Second set. If the IP address is specified for the second set, the validation criteria will be based on a OR condition.
If customer's IP falls within Range 1 OR Range 2 =>valid.
Validate IP This option allows you to record a commission even if the IP address of the customer's machine cannot be derived.
Advanced Settings
Cookie Life Span This field states the number of days before the cookie expire. Used to track purchases if customer returns x days later. E.g. if you set the value as 30, a customer who returns to buy your product (after buying four days ago) will have his sale registered. But, if the customer returns 35 days later (after making his first purchase 35 days ago) to buy your product, the second sale will not be registered.
Enable Automatic Sale Notification This field allows you to specify if you want an email to be sent to you whenever an affiliate referred a visitor who ultimately buys your products.
Email New Affiliate After Signup This option allows you to configure AffiliateShop to send an email to an affiliate after signing up for your affiliate program.
* Note: Please remember to customize the New Affiliate Notification Mail Template if this option is enabled.)
Capture Affiliate Website Profile

This option allows you to configure AffiliateShop to capture applying affiliates' website profiles (i.e., their industry types).

You can specify whether they should fill in the industry types during signup, or after approval.

You can also specify if you want the "Adult" categotry to be displayed.

Email Affiliate after Sale made This option allows you to configure AffiliateShop to send a sale notification email to an affiliate if that affiliate referred a customer to your products.
Auto Approve New Affiliate Application This field allows you to specify if you want the AffiliateShop service to automatically approve new affiliates' submissions. If "yes", then new affiliates are automatically enrolled into your affiliate program. You do not have to manually approve them. However, the downside is that your affiliate base may soon swell up with non-qualified affiliates. If you enable this option, we strongly recommend that you review your new affiliates particulars to see that they meet your internal qualification criteria.
Multi-Page Redirect Base URL This field specifies the Base URL which will be prepended to the affiliate's linking code. It allows your affiliates to link to any page on your site, over-riding the configured Redirect URL for the affiliate's parameter setting.

This base URL will be prepended to the "Redirect" GET field value for security purposes.

Usage: AIDLink.cfm?AID=######&Redirect=/anydir/page.htm. Base URL value is "http://www.mydomain.com".

AffiliateShop will automatically prepend the base URL to the Redirect value, i.e. http://www.mydomain.com/anydir/page.htm, and redirect the visitor to the latter URL.

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