Looking to create an affiliate program for your WordPress site? To help, we've selected seven of the best software products and the best WordPress affiliate plugin on the market in 2019.
In this post, you'll find both in-dashboard WordPress affiliate plugins, as well as hosted and self-hosted affiliate program software for WordPress sites that will exist outside your WordPress site but are still easy to integrate into WordPress for tracking purposes. If you have trouble setting any of these up most WordPress web design companies should be able to help you.
Let's dig in…
AffiliateWP is a popular WordPress affiliate plugin from the same developer as the Easy Digital Downloads and Restrict Content Pro plugins.
It helps you create a fully-functioning affiliate program right inside your WordPress dashboard.
AffiliateWP integrates with 28+ popular eCommerce, form, and membership plugins, including WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, Restrict Content Pro, Paid Memberships Pro, Gravity Forms, and others.
You can give your affiliates creatives, coupons, and other special offers. And AffiliateWP lets affiliates track their own stats and helps you pay your affiliates, along with a detailed payout log for each affiliate.
AffiliateWP starts at $99 per year.
LeadDyno is standalone affiliate program software for WordPress sites that's easy to integrate with WordPress and WooCommerce thanks to a dedicated plugin at WordPress.org.
To help your affiliates manage their efforts, you can offer them both a white-labeled web dashboard, as well as a white-labeled mobile app for iOS or Android.
You can also set affiliates up with creatives, including a “one-click social sharing feature” that helps affiliates share straight to their social profiles.
LeadDyno's prices start at $49 per month for up to 3,000 unique visitors.
Ultimate Affiliate Pro is a popular WordPress affiliate plugin at CodeCanyon, where it has over 6,000 sales with a 4.68-star rating out of 5.
Like AffiliateWP, it works right inside your WordPress dashboard and integrates out-of-the-box with popular solutions like WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, and Ultimate Membership Pro.
It lets you get creative with your payouts, with options for:
- Lifetime commissions
- Multi-tiered affiliates (e.g. affiliates can earn a commission for sub-affiliates that they refer)
- Performance bonuses
You can pay affiliates right from PayPal or Stripe, or you can also let affiliates spend their earnings directly on your site.
Ultimate Affiliate Pro costs just $59 one-time with lifetime updates.
Like LeadDyno, HasOffers is standalone affiliate program software that makes it pretty easy to integrate with WordPress. For example, to set up HasOffers with WooCommerce, all you need to do is add the provided code snippet to your child theme's functions.php file.
You can offer a white-labeled dashboard to affiliates to help them manage links and get creatives, and you also get plenty of options for managing affiliates, payouts, and other nitty-gritty details.
HasOffers' plans start at $279 per month, making it one of the pricier tools on this list.
Post Affiliate Pro is a standalone affiliate software that you can set up with WordPress and WooCommerce via its dedicated plugin at WordPress.org.
You can offer lifetime commissions, recurring commissions, and multi-tier affiliate commissions. One unique feature is split commission, which lets you divide the commission between all the different affiliates that participated in a sale.
You can either pay a recurring fee to use a hosted version of Post Affiliate Pro. Or, you can pay a one-time fee and install it directly on your own server.
The hosted plans start at $97 per month and the one-time payment self-hosted plans start at $890.
6. OSI Affiliate.
OSI Affiliate is a hosted affiliate platform that has a dedicated WordPress plugin to help you add the affiliate tracking code to your WordPress site.
Like the other hosted options, your affiliates will get a white-labeled dashboard on OSI Affiliate's servers where they can manage their stats and creatives. And, depending on the goals for your program, you'll be able to reward affiliates with:
- Gift cards
OSI Affiliate's plans start at $47 per month for up to 200 affiliates and 20,000 tracking requests.
Tapfiliate is streamlined hosted affiliate program software for WordPress sites that's easy to integrate via a dedicated plugin at WordPress.org.
Your affiliates will get their own white-labeled dashboard on a Tapfiliate subdomain where they can view stats and generate links, and you'll be able to offer up one-time, recurring, or lifetime commissions.
You can also create affiliate tiers and offer performance bonuses, as well as set commissions on a per-category/product basis.
Tapfiliate's plans start at $69 per month.
Refersion is one of the most complete tools on this list (Captera will back that up). More than just an affiliate platform, Refersion will track influencers and for many different types of performance tracking (ambassador, sales reps, influencer and affiliate). Here are some key features:
- Tracking by way of the tracking link, coupon code, or email address.
- SKU royalty tracking and unique commission structure for first versus returning customers etc.
- Granular options with Product Level Commission feature.
- For messaging & newsletters they have an integration with Mailchimp and Klaviyo.
- Tiered commission structure available based on either sales volume benchmarks or number of sales.
- Automatic cancellation webhook and auto assigning coupon code/creation for Shopify merchants.
- Post Purchase feature allows you to easily turn your customers into affiliates.
- PayPal Payouts integration – you can also pay via gift card or manually.
- Integration with Payment Rails that helps simplify global payouts by working with your bank and or PayPal account to help manage payments to affiliates & influencers. They also help handle all taxes and compliance.
- All clients receive a full onboarding, training and any ongoing support needed by their customer success team.
Refersion's pricing begins at $89 for their Professional Plan that tracks up to 130 affiliate orders per month (regardless of number of influencers). Over 130 sales per month lands on the Enterprise Plan, which includes unlimited affiliate orders. Enterprise pricing plan takes 1.5% of monthly affiliate sales with a $129 monthly minimum.
Wrap it up.
And that wraps up our list of the best affiliate plugins and software platforms for WordPress sites.
Whether you want to manage your affiliate program from inside your WordPress dashboard, install self-hosted software on your server, or use a hosted, white-labeled solution, you should be able to find an option on this list.