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WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin: Affiliates Tracking extension

Installation

1. Make sure that you have the WordPress Shopping Cart plugin installed.

2. Download the Affiliates Tracking from the downloads management section in a ZIP archive (you may need to login to your Tribulant Software account in order to access your download).

3. Extract the ZIP archive named checkout-affiliates.zip in order to be presented with a single folder named checkout-affiliates.

4. Upload the checkout-affiliates folder to the wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation,like seen in the example image below.

Activation

Once you have installed the Affiliates Tracking extension via FTP you need to activate it.

To activate it you need to go to the normal Plugins > Installed Plugins section via your admin sidebar. There you will see the extension as a plugin listed amongst other plugins, look at the screenshot below.

Once activated, you will notice that it is listed in the Checkout > Extensions section via the admin sidebar. As seen in this image below.

Configuration

Configuring the WordPress Shopping Cart plugin Affiliates Tracking extension to work with your affiliate tracking software is easy. Most (if not all) affiliate tracking software provides clicks and sales tracking code which you’ll paste into the Affiliates Tracking extension under Checkout > Configuration > Affiliates Tracking.

Clicks Tracking

1. Type Of Code

You can choose the type of code you will be use by ticking any one of the 3 radio buttons.

2.  Clicks Tracking Code

Javascript, PHP or HTML tracking code provided by your affiliate software provider which will be placed on each and every page of your site to log incoming clicks from affiliate links published by your affiliates to promote your products/services.

Sales Tracking

1. Type Of Code

You can choose the type of code you will be use by ticking any one of the 3 radio buttons.

Javascript, PHP or HTML tracking code provided by your affiliate software provider which will be placed on each and every page of your site to log incoming clicks from affiliate links published by your affiliates to promote your products/services.

2. Sales Tracking Code

Javascript, PHP or HTML sales/leads tracking code provided by your affiliate software provider which will be placed on the thank you/confirmation page of the checkout procedure to record that a sale/conversion has been made and log the commission to the referring affiliate accordingly.

3. Variable Tags In Tracking Code.

You can use the following variable tags to insert dynamic values into your tracking code.

Google Analytics Tracking

The Google Analytics tracking part of the Affiliates & Tracking extension plugin will do two things for you. It will install regular pageview tracking on your site which tells Google Analytics about your visitors, the pages they visit, the location they are from, etc. The second thing it does is it will do eCommerce tracking by sending transactions and individual items/products through to Google Analytics for you as sales are made on the site.

Here are the available configuration settings for the Google Analytics tracking feature:

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1. Tracking Type

Google Analytics upgraded their tracking code with new, Universal Analytics tracking which uses a new analytics.js script. Their old tracking is now called Classic Analytics which worked on the ga.js script.

It is highly recommended that you use the Universal Analytics tracking unless you still have an old Google Analytics property which requires you to use the Classic Analytics.

2. Google Tracking ID

Your unique tracking ID for your site/property which you can obtain under Admin > Property > Tracking Info > Tracking Code in your Google Analytics account.

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3. Pageview Tracking

It is recommended that you use this feature and turn it on so that the plugin can install regular Google Analytics tracking code on your site to track pageviews.

If you already have Google Analytics tracking code installed on the site for pageviews, you can turn this off so that your existing tracking code will work as intended and expected.

4. Ecommerce Tracking

The eCommerce tracking uses the Google Analytics eCommerce module to send transactions with their items/products through to Google Analytics as sales are made on your site.

To turn this on, you can select the On radio button in the settings but you still need to go and turn on the eCommerce tracking in your Google Analytics account accordingly. You can do that under Admin > Property > View > Ecommerce Settings. It is off by default so ensure that you turn it on, else this will be completely ineffective.

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Affiliates Tracking Integration

You can integrate any 3rd party affiliate tracking software with the WordPress Shopping Cart plugin and the Affiliates Tracking extension plugin. Here are some popular affiliate tracking software providers and instructions for them:

Release Notes

Release notes of the Affiliates Tracking extension plugin.