Sometimes you want to get a little creative with your affiliate links. This post may give you an idea of how to use WooCommerce and your external / affiliate links option in new ways.
Using the Product Retailers Extension
In anther post, I showed you how you can add additional external links to products you may want to see on your site: for example, a book. You sell a downloadable version on your site, but also want the option available for people to purchase it as a paperback on Amazon and/or a version for Kindle.
Let’s take that post a step further now and think about affiliates.
Why Would You Group Affiliate Links?
This may not make a lot of sense to you at first, but let me give you a couple of examples.
Let’s say you run a niche affiliate site for certain kinds of electronics and you want to add a monitor. You are using WooCommerce for your affiliate marketing site. You are an affiliate on Amazon, eBay and TigerDirect. You want to give your customers the option to buy available products on all three.
To do this, you would simply add your affiliate link as a retailer using the Product Retailers extension.
This extensions general settings are simple and basically allow you to configure the text on a couple of buttons under WooCommerce >Settings > Products > General.
Setting Up Those Affiliates
First, we have added our links using the features of the extension:
To do this with the extension, instead of using the external/affiliate product option, you would use a simple product, toggle it as Virtual, and for Reader Availability, you would choose to use only the retailers you add and hide the add to cart button. You would also have the option to choose between buttons and dropdown. For this example, we will go with the buttons:
To add the prices, click Add Retailer:
And here is your product page:
Get Creative With Your Grouped Affiliates
The second example takes this in a different direction.
Let’s say you decide to create a store of WordPress plugins that are all affiliate links. Since the plugins are not sold on separate sites, normally, you would not need it in this instance. But what if you wanted to group them by the kind of plugin instead of listing them individually? If you have dozens of affiliate links, this may make more sense.
We will take form plugins for an example. I want to create a product page called WordPress Form Plugins and list choices for premium versions of the plugins.
I would simply add those four to my retailers list using my affiliate link:
Then I create a product page for WordPress plugin forms and add these as retailers, I did in the previous example.
And your WooCommerce page would look like this:
And if I wanted I could use the widget that comes with this extension to add the product links to a sidebar or any other widget area.
I am sure that you will think of your own creative ways of using this extension for your affiliates. If you want to see a bit more about this extension, and how you use it in combination with selling on your site and using external links, you can see that post here.
Or check out the WooCommerce Product Retailers extension here.