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We have two kinds of affiliate programs:


  • Digital market affiliate: When people buy products using a link with your affiliate code, you get a percentage of that sale!


  • Thread-boost affiliate: Create a thread for a product, service, event, etc.  Convince the seller to boost that thread and earn 40%! The rest of this page is about the digital market affiliate program.  For more information about the thread boost affiliate program, click here.


Sign up to the affiliate program

Click here and follow the prompts.  There is no approval process.  You can start making affiliate links immediately.


That's it! You are now an official permies affiliate!

You will then see your personal affiliate console, which would look like this:



You can access your affiliate console at any time through this link:
https://permies.com/forums/affiliate/list#console

As you can see under the "Explore Products" tab at the bottom, there is a list of products you can become an affiliate of. Choose a product and click the "become affiliate" button next to it.

It will then take you to a page that shows you a list of links. Each of these links contain a 'code' that identifies the affiliate, which, in fact, is you. Feel free to share any of these links as you wish, and whenever someone follows one of these link, we will make sure to work that out to your affiliate account.




You can also use your f-code to become an affiliate of any product that we sell on richsoil.com . For example, if your f-code is 68, you can simply append ?f=68 to any richsoil.com link.

For instance, here is a link to our rocket mass heater DVDs on richsoil.com

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If your f-code is 68, your affiliate link to this product would be

https://richsoil.com/wood-heat.jsp?f=68

Share this link, and whenever someone follows this link to buy anything on richsoil or permies, you will get your affiliate commission.

To know your f-code, take a look at the top-right corner of your affiliate console. It should show your f-code in a yellow-ish background:


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Looks great - I like this setup!

I'm already planning how I'm going to use this system when my blog/business goes live sometime between now and June.

Thanks for setting this up!
 
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You can access your affiliate console at any time through this link:
https://permies.com/forums/affiliate/list#console



Could there be a link to this from My Stuff?

Do pie purchases count towards the affiliate thing?
 
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I just made a few Google ads, with the rocket mass heater icons I made, to the cob style rocket mass heater affiliate links. I used these images, because I wanted to get permission first to use other images.

I was wondering, are there pictures or images that we are allowed to use in making affiliate ads?
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What images would you like to use?
 
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Could this image be used in the cob style rocket mass heater ads?

 
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Dave Burton wrote:Could this image be used in the cob style rocket mass heater ads?



yes.
 
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As a professional computer programmer, I find it really useful to test things. So, when I bought myself a copy of one of the Rocket Mass Heater videos, I checked to see if I got paid through my affiliate link I used.
I did not. I understand Paul wanting to get paid, too. So, I don't begrudge him the money. I'm guessing that he considers it to be a cheap way to get a large discount on purchases which would be unfair.

However, I would like to get paid at some point for getting other people to use the affiliate links.
If I'm going to get friends and relatives to buy things from the site so that I can earn an income, what do I need to do differently to actually get paid?
I mean, it is one thing to buy something once as an experiment and find out I must have done it wrong.
It is another thing to have people over and try to sell them something and not get paid over and over again. I would like to avoid that.
What's the difference? Do I need to have people just not use my computer (as in, the tracking is by cookie) or do they need to have a different IP address to not look to the system like the people buying using my link are actually me?

I appreciate the generous affiliate commissions that Paul advertises. I also appreciate all the valuable information I have received from listening to Paul's podcasts and from reading his web pages.
Thank you for the additional details.
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David LaPointe wrote:As a professional computer programmer, I find it really useful to test things. So, when I bought myself a copy of one of the Rocket Mass Heater videos, I checked to see if I got paid through my affiliate link I used.
I did not.



The affiliate system appears to be working rock solid.  

If found your purchase.   It says "no affiliate".  

I know that I get affiliate income from a lot of the stuff sold in the digital market.  And I know that when people sell my stuff, I see who sold it instead of "no affiliate."

So before suggesting that I just elected to keep your money for hoots - I think the system works far better if the affilate gets paid.   Of course, that means that you have to actually buy with the proper affiliate link.  What affiliate link did you use?


However, I would like to get paid at some point for getting other people to use the affiliate links.
If I'm going to get friends and relatives to buy things from the site so that I can earn an income, what do I need to do differently to actually get paid?
I mean, it is one thing to buy something once as an experiment and find out I must have done it wrong.
It is another thing to have people over and try to sell them something and not get paid over and over again. I would like to avoid that.
What's the difference? Do I need to have people just not use my computer (as in, the tracking is by cookie) or do they need to have a different IP address to not look to the system like the people buying using my link are actually me?

I appreciate the generous affiliate commissions that Paul advertises. I also appreciate all the valuable information I have received from listening to Paul's podcasts and from reading his web pages.
Thank you for the additional details.



You need to use a link that has your affiliate code in it.  Maybe a good idea is to have daron share an affiliate link to something pretty cheap and then daron can tell you the details.   I know that I have sent daron a lot of affiliate income, so he knows how to use it correctly.



Staff note (Nicole Alderman) :

Daron's profile for easy refrence: https://permies.com/u/209591/Daron-Williams

 
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Paul,

I'm sorry. I thought it was an issue of my having done something you might have viewed as me trying to take an unfair discount. I was trying to see things from your perspective. I hadn't meant you were keeping back "my" money "for a hoot" or anything like that.
I appreciate what you do with Wheaton labs and I'm trying to help. I know you do a lot of things for a lot of people and are not trying to set things up in a way that prevents people from getting paid. I said I figured I had done something wrong.
My apologies for improperly guessing which thing I had done wrong.

I can certainly understand why a message like "no affiliate" would make you think I had used the wrong link.
I'm trying to find my notes where I may have written down which link I used. I think it was the "send purchaser directly to PayPal" link.
I have attached a screen shot of the place where my affiliate page says that I used one of my affiliate links (or that's how I understand it, anyway).
Perhaps I took too long at PayPal and some software somewhere timed out causing it to be registered as "no sale" even though I did actually make the purchase?
Timeouts can be tricky.
I will get with Daron to figure out what I'm doing wrong.
Thanks again for your help.
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I got an email from devaka.  He says that if the buyer is also the affiliate, then it will be treated as if there is no affiliate.

I thought daron might pop in here by now, but since he's not here, let me try this    .... here is a link to daron's product complete with my affiliate code:

https://permies.com/t/105722f7/wild-homesteading/Unofficial-Companion-Guide-Rocket-Oven

Five bucks.   Buy that and I'll tell you what i see.    And when daron arrives, he will have some things to tell you also.  

Again, I think this stuff is currently rock solid.   I see the paypal emails coming through and I see that about half the stuff has an affiliate and half doesn't.   So from that angle it seems to be working correctly.  

And because I am SO angry about affiliate stuff that doesn't work, we have a lot of failsafe stuff in place.    So you get an email for every sale, and an email for every affiliate sale.  The moment the sale happens.   And the reporting is up-to-the-second.   So if a friend buys something using your link, then you get notified within seconds and see the updates to the reporting within seconds.   If the system is flawed, then your friend would make the purchase and you would NOT get the email.   Then you have a serious beef.

I think there are some glitches in the system, but they are cosmetic.   And I think there are things that could use improvement, but they end up being a low priority because hardly anybody is using the features we have now.  So it would be good to see a lot more use - for a lot of reasons.  

But I am freakishly passionate that the money fondling part is rock solid.   I wrote this four years ago, praising a service that is now gone.  All because nearly every service I was part of turned out to be a big bunch of lies and bullshit.   For permaculture to move forward, there MUST be a trusted entity.  So I am trying to build that.  If there is an authentic flaw of any kind, I very much want to know about it - but, of course, we need lots of details and we need the ability to duplicate the issue.  And, of course, let's not crush faith in the whole system due to lack of understanding the features.

I think if you are the buyer and the affiliate, that would fall into a legit undefined space.   It seems the developer was one step ahead of both of us.   I think a real test of the system is something where there are a total of three parties:   the buyer, the seller and the affiliate.   I feel confident that that is working well - but I don't think you have tested that yet.



 
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I don't know if this is helpful.

I have a little ebook for sale with a 50% affiliate on it https://permies.com/t/edible-clean

It's set at $8 so the affiliate gets $4 and I get about $3-something after the paypal and permies fees.  It looks like the affiliate doesn't have to pay the paypal fee which is fine by me.  They did all the hard work of selling the product.  I haven't actually promoted it anywhere yet so I'm happy for the affiliate to get more than me.  

I suspect over half of my sales have been through the affiliate system.  

(it's a great book to promote as I think it has a very wide audience - just about everyone loves to have a clean house with hardly any work or expensive chemicals - hinthint.)  
 
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I received a commission!
Paul,

I have sent you some technical findings I discovered while testing things related to this.
I sent you those to the e-mail which shows up in my PayPal history as your contact information (at Javaranch.com).

Thanks again.

Dave
 
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Hey all... sorry for the delay showing up here--you know... stuff came up. Anyways, anything I can do to help?

I recently got an affiliate sale for Raven's Cleaning Book: Clean with Cleaners You Can Eat

I think I'm too late providing an affiliate link for testing but just encase...

Anyways, I will watch this thread so if I can do anything let me know.
 
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Dear super Permies affiliate team.

I have a questionf for you:

In the permies affiliate management section, it seems there's no correspondance between the number of total unique clicks (in the attached screenshot there are 21 clicks) and the number of unique cicks per product (please see the attached screenshot that shows that for the "all of the PDC and ATC (177 hours) as HD download" product there are just 2 unique clicks).

Can you kindly let me know if all is ok?
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Giuseppe,

That doesn't look right.

How many affiliate links have you published? Can you please show me two of them?
 
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Hi Devaka, thanks for your feedback. Here there are the link plus one in our newsletter.

Thanks you again
 
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Giuseppe Tallarico wrote:Here there are the link plus one in our newsletter.


I don't see any links. ??
 
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Sorry, here it is: https://worldpermacultureassociation.com/rocket-stove/
 
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Hi Devaka, did you had the chance to take a look at my affiliation board problem?
 
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Giuseppe,

From what I can see, it seems to be related to Companion Planting Guide. The forum software is designed in such a way that a seller wouldn't see their own items under the "My Affiliations" tab. From our back-end, I can see that you have sent a lot of clicks to the companion planting guide. These clicks show up as "total clicks", but you don't see the companion planting guide on the list of products because you are the seller of it.

We plan to make an update to the software a little later today, which should fix this problem. I will let you know when that happens.
 
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Giuseppe,

We have made the necessary changes. Can you please check it again and see if the numbers are matching?
 
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Thanks Devaka, that's working perfectly, thank you so much
 
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Hi Devaka, could you kindly explain how the trackers work?
 
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Giuseppe Tallarico wrote:Hi Devaka, could you kindly explain how the trackers work?


Sure! I just created this thread just for you:
https://permies.com/wiki/151676/Permies-affiliate-trackers
 
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Super thanks, you're toooooo kind!
 
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I'm glad I could help :)
 
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Hello, I'm new to affiliate marketing, but am excited to begin promoting Permies products.
I've set up my affiliate account and generated links for products.  I've embedded those links into my website, but notice that when I click one of the generated links, permies.com/wiki/65386f379 for instance, the new tab that opens does not have my code in it anymore.  If I follow it through to the PayPal stage, the code doesn't appear in the URL there, either.  I got the same result when I added my f-code to the sales page URL, as directed in the main affiliate forum.  Is that normal?  Is the information hidden, or is something not carrying over?
 
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Test it.  

Pick something with a very low price and have a friend purchase it with your f-code.

 
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Jason,

It is normal.

When you go to permies.com/wiki/65386f379 it stores your affiliate code (which is 379 in your case) into the user's computer. After that, it redirects to permies.com/wiki/65386.  This can happen in less than a second.

It won't show your affiliate code anywhere after that. But it remains on the user's computer for a few days and silently carries over when they make a purchase.
 
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I'm about to launch some emails to promote the PDC/AT course. I prefer the sales page that can be found at https://permaculture-design-course.com/.  The provided affiliate links, however, takes people to the thread page, https://permies.com/wiki/65386/hours-video-Permaculture-Design-Technology.  

I've seen the exact same sales page, that I linked to above, reproduced on other people's websites.  Is this permitted?  Can I recreate the sales page https://permaculture-design-course.com/ on my own site, and use the affiliate link to check them out?  

Is there a way to apply my affiliate link to that landing page and send people directly to that sales page, from an email?  
 
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Jason Bliss wrote:I've seen the exact same sales page, that I linked to above, reproduced on other people's websites.  Is this permitted?  Can I recreate the sales page https://permaculture-design-course.com/ on my own site, and use the affiliate link to check them out?  


Not sure I follow. Are you asking if it is okay to create a clone website on your server which will look identical to https://permaculture-design-course.com ?

This sounds like a bad practice and google will hate it for having duplicate content.

But you can always create a similar-looking, but not identical site.
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