How to Create an Affiliate Program in WordPress (Simple Referral Plugin)

How to Create an Affiliate Program in WordPress (Simple Referral Plugin)

Trying to figure out how to create an affiliate program in WordPress?

Affiliate programs, also known as referral programs, help you promote your website by encouraging other people (your “affiliates”) to share your site in exchange for a commission.

While you can find third-party affiliate networks that will manage everything for you, they don’t let you build a direct relationship with your affiliates and they’re also expensive – you’ll pay hefty setup fees plus an extra commission to the middleman affiliate network.

A much better solution is to use an affiliate program WordPress plugin to create your own referral program.

That’s the topic of this post – we’ll show you step-by-step how to set up a referral program in WordPress using a completely non-technical plugin.

Without ever looking at a line of code, you can create a great frontend affiliate area for your promoters that looks like this:

And you’ll also be able to easily manage everything about your referral program without leaving your WordPress dashboard:

Solid Affiliate dashboard

Ready to create your WordPress affiliate program? Let’s dig in!

Why Create a Referral Program for Your WordPress Site? The Main Benefits

If you want to create an affiliate program for your WordPress site, you’ll need a few key features. You’ll need a…

  • Way to register and manage your affiliates.
  • Way to track sales so that you can credit the proper affiliate.
  • Frontend dashboard for affiliates so that they can create tracking links and view their stats.
  • Backend dashboard to manage your affiliates and commissions.
  • Way to pay your affiliates.

So – how can you add those features to your site?

As I mentioned in the introduction, there are two main solutions for how to create a referral program in WordPress:

  1. A WordPress affiliate plugin.
  2. An affiliate network such as ShareASale or CJ.

We think that using a native WordPress referral program plugin is a much better choice for a few main reasons:

  • Simple setup – instead

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This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WP Mayor.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the product, We may receive an affiliate commission.

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