Or also called as network builder. And we introduced this feature in DAP v4.4.
We call it DAP “Upline” – basically a shortcode called [DAPUpline] that allows you (site admin) to display the person’s upline’s affiliate code to the person. So in effect, it is a downline builder.
1) John joins your site
2) John fills out profile with (say) his ClickBank nickname
3) John refers Adam
4) When Adam logs in, he sees affiliate link to some xyz third party product, but CB nick in the affiliate link is replaced with John’s CB nickname.
5) Adam fills out his profile with his own CB nickname
6) Adam refers Jill
7) When Jill logs in, she sees affiliate link to same third party product, but cbnickname is replaced with Adam’s CB nickname.
This can be done with any number of third-party programs, as long as the nickname can be easily replaced with the info provided by the upline affiliate.
DAP even takes this one step further.
When Jill joins through Adam’s DAP affiliate link, if Adam has not filled out his CB nickname in his profile, then the third-party CB link shows CB Nickname of Site Admin in its place.
So if an affiliate fails to claim his affiliate link, then site admin gets credit for it (and all such links).
Here’s the documentation for [DAPUpline]
DAP integrates with ClickBank “PitchPlus”, which is their 1-Click Upsell process.
So you can basically start by selling one front-end product, and then if your buyer purchases that product, you can then upsell them more products right after, and since they’ve already entered their payment information once, ClickBank remembers this information and allows them to purchase further products without having to re-enter all of the information again.
The basic idea is the same for DAP/CB integration, whether it’s one product, or multiple Upsell products .
You basically do a one-time set up of INS and the secret key as explained here.
Once that’s done, then for every Front-end product or Upsell-product, they are all integrated with DAP the same way: You just make sure the “Item Name” in CB and the “Product Name” in DAP both match, that’s it!
And for the last product in your upsell, be sure to point it to a static page containing a message like “Thank You, please check your email inbox for login details”.
And since CB notifies DAP separately for each product purchased, right then and there, if they end up buying 3 products during checkout (1 main + 2 upsells), then DAP will send the user 3 separate welcome emails. Of course, that’s optional – you don’t have to send out a welcome email for all products, but we highly recommend that you do.
Plus since they would be using the same email id for all 3 purchases, DAP will give them access to all purchased products under a single DAP account. So they need to log in to just one account to access content from all products that they just purchased.
DAP is so powerful and flexible, that you can sell access to your membership through different payment processors, all at the same time.
And we often get asked how to leverage different affiliate networks like ClickBank and JVZoo and Warrior Plus at the same time while making sure no affiliate commissions are lost, and every affiliate gets credited their commissions for sending potential buyers to your site.
1) If buyer arrives ONLY through DAP affiliate link, and ends up purchasing through ANY payment processor, then DAP affiliate will get credit.
2) If buyer arrives ONLY through CB affiliate link, and ends up purchasing through CB payment processor, but the buyer has a different DAP affiliate’s cookie from a link he clicked on at some point before (but did not purchase at that time, say), then both CB affiliate and DAP affiliate will get credit (double commissions on same purchase, but to two different affiliates).
If there’s no DAP cookie on his computer, then only CB affiliate will get the commission.
If the DAP affiliate “chains” two of his own affiliate links – his DAP affiliate link and CB affiliate link – like shown below, then same affiliate will get both CB commission as well as DAP commission. Again, double commissions but to same person.
3) If buyer arrives ONLY through JVZOO affiliate link, and ends up purchasing through JVZOO payment processor, but the buyer has a different DAP affiliate’s cookie from a link he clicked on at some point before (but did not purchase at that time, say), then both JVZOO affiliate and DAP affiliate will get credit (double commissions on same purchase, but to two different affiliates).
If there’s no DAP cookie on his computer, then only JVZOO affiliate will get the commission.
If the DAP affiliate “chains” two of his own affiliate links – his DAP affiliate link and JVZOO affiliate link – like shown below, then same affiliate will get both JVZOO commission as well as DAP commission. Again, double commissions but to same person.
To make sure that you’re not paying double-commissions on purchases, and also to make sure that sales don’t get lost between affiliate networks (and your affiliates losing their commissions in the process), you have to set things up the right way.
The main thing to do, is to create a separate set of the following for each affiliate network:
So the net effect of this, is…
If a CB affiliate sends traffic to a page, that page must have a CB buy link ONLY on that page. If you have, say, a JVZoo button on that same page, and the buyer buys through the JVZoo link, then the CB affiliate will get no commissions for that purchase. Which means, they will stop promoting your product because you’re basically funnelling off their visitors to a different affiliate network.
Similarly, the landing page for JVZoo affiliates must have only JVZoo buy buttons.
Landing page for a regular payment processor – like Paypal or Authorize.net – should have only a Paypal and/or Authorize.net buy button (and no CB or JVZoo buy buttons). In this case, for these products in DAP, you should set up an affiliate commission row on the “Affiliates > Manage” screen, so that your DAP affiliates can get credited for sales made through your regular web site.
“Login Xpress” is a DAP feature that enables your members to be logged right into your membership site immediately upon completion of their purchase.
This is roughly how it works:
DAP supports this feature with the following payment processors:
If you use any of the payment options above, then you can set up your sales funnel in such a way that buyers are logged in right away immediately after purchase.
DAP integrates with the above processors via some kind of “back-end payment notification” – similar to Paypal’s “IPN” (Instant Payment Notification). Which means the notification between the payment processor and DAP on your site only happens on the “back-end”. Which is why DAP can only deliver the login details to the buyer via an email, and cannot log them in right away (like it can do with “Login Xpress”), because the buyer’s information is available to DAP only when the payment processor sends out the IPN notification behind-the-scenes, so to speak.
So if you’re using the above processors to accept online payments, then what you need to do, is to redirect your buyers to a static “Thank You” page that has a message similar to the one below…
“Thank you for your purchase. In a few minutes, please check your email address used during purchase for your log in details to log in to the members’ area and access the product you just purchased.”
And behind the scenes, DAP would’ve already received the payment notification from the payment processor, and it would’ve created an account for your buyer, given them access to the purchased product, and sent them the “Thank-you Email” for the product(s).
DAP has built-in support for ClickBank’s Instant Notification Services (INS) (starting v3.9)
This is very similar to Paypal’s Instant Payment Notification (IPN).
The ClickBank INS notification will be processed instantly in real time, and your members will receive their welcome email with their membership login info instantly after purchase.
For high-level ClickBank user-flow, see this post.
Integrating with ClickBank is the same whether it’s a one-time product, a subscription product with recurring payments, or a PitchPlus (one-click upsells) product.
1. Login to your ClickBank account
2. Go to the “Account Settings” tab at the top
3. Click on “My Site” from the sub-menu at the top.
4. Under Advanced Tools, update the Instant Notification Service URL (accept the terms of service etc), and make sure the URL points to:
Replace YourSite.com above with your actual domain name.
5. Screenshot below shows Version 1.0, but starting DAP v4.2, we have added support for CB INS 2.1.
So if you’re using DAP v4.2 or later, then select INS Version 2.0 and set the CB INS URL TO :
But if you’re using DAP v4.1 or earlier, then select Version 1.0
and set INS URL TO:
6. Whatever value you put in the Secret Key field in ClickBank (see image above), put the same value (must be ALL UPPERCASE) in to your DAP Admin Dashboard on your web site, at:
Setup > Config > Payment Processing > Secret Authorization Key used when interfacing with external systems
7. The Product Title in CB must match the Product Name in DAP.
8. The Thank You Page url in CB product settings page, should be set to point a static thank-you page you create in your WordPress blog – something like http://YourSite.com/thank-you/ .
And the page should state something to the effect of…
Thank you for your purchase. The download information for the product you just purchased has been sent to the email id you just use during the purchase.
Please check that email id in a few minutes, and you will see an email from us with your login information.
Make a test purchase.
If the integration was setup correctly, the user will be registered in DAP. You will find the user account in the DAP Users > Manage screen and you will find the completed transaction / order details on the DAP Orders page.
If the test order is listed in DAP Orders page, then CB is correctly integrated with DAP. Check the payment status in DAP Orders page. If it says Success, but no welcome/thank-you email got sent, then make sure you set the thank-you email for that product in DAP products page.
If no order is listed in DAP orders page for the test purchase, then CB is not integrated with DAP.
To troubleshoot, do the following:
We are frequently asked, why should someone use DAP’s built-in affiliate program, rather than using ClickBank’s affiliate program.
Here’s the difference in a nutshell.
When you use DAP’s built-in affiliate module, …
Of course, you should also be aware of the flip side.
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DAP directly integrates with the following Payment Processors without the need for any additional third-party shopping carts:
DAP also integrates with the following Shopping Carts
Since DAP integrates with Shopping carts like WooCommerc, 1SiteAutomation.com (our white label of 1Shoppingcart), e-Junkie, Premium Web Cart and Infusionsoft, that means that it also integrates (albeit indirectly) with all of the Payment processors and gateways that these carts support. So, for example, since DAP works with 1SiteAutomation, it essentially integrates with all payment providers supported by 1SiteAutomation, like:
Bank of America
DPI Merchant Services
ECX QuickCommerce 3.0
Paymentech (direct integration via Authorize.net)
PayPal Payflow Pro (via e-Junkie)
TrialPay (via e-Junkie)
VeriSign PayFlow Pro
ViaKlix (Nova Systems)
For the full list and more details, click here
If you use the DAP Shopping Cart Plugin, you can do 1-Click Upsells/Downsells like the pros, without the need for any external shopping cart or upsell service provider.
The free DAP shopping cart that comes with your DAP purchase allows you to do unlimited 1-Click Upsells using Stripe, Authorize.net and Paypal Website Payments Pro (legacy).
However, for doing 2-Click Upsells/Downsells with Paypal Standard, you need our Paypal Upsell-Tree plugin that is sold separately. Or you can also get this plugin for free with our Platinum subscription.
Of course, if you need advanced shopping cart features – like ability to calculate shipping, tax, and coupons – then you should consider using 1SiteAutomation.com.
If you want automated recurring order processing using 1ShoppingCart (1SC) or 1SiteAutomation.com, then DAP needs to be able to process the recurring email notifications sent by 1ShoppingCart, which it does on the back-end when the DAP Cron Job runs every 10 minutes.
However, if you’re using Godaddy as your web host, then because GoDaddy disables a mandatory PHP library (“imap”) on all their servers for some reason, DAP is unable to process the recurring order email notifications from 1ShoppingCart.
This is not an issue if you are using GoDaddy as just your domain name registrar, and using some other service like Liquid Web or Hostgator as your web host.
But if you’re using 1SC & GoDaddy hosting, you will have to end up doing manual cancellations if any member cancels their subscription, or if their credit card fails and their recurring payments don’t get processed.
Please note that 1ShoppingCart order processing works great with all other (non-GoDaddy) hosts.
There are many reasons for wanting to have more control over the affiliate program – or even completely disable it for the entire web site.
1) You simply don’t wish to let people know that you have an affiliate program – maybe it is because you don’t want to confuse the mom-and-pop niche that you are in with crazy words like “Affiliate” and “Commission” :-). Or you just don’t need affiliates and don’t wish to pay commissions
2) You want to allow only certain users to be affiliates. You don’t want every member to automatically become affiliates.
3) You are using a 3rd party affiliate service – like ClickBank – and don’t wish to use DAP’s built-in affiliate program.
This is easy to do. Don’t announce any affiliate program. Don’t say anywhere that you have one, or that you’re offering commissions. Do not setup commissions for your products. Do not create an “Affiliate Info” page, so no one will know what their affiliate link is, and since no commissions are set, no one will get paid anything.
Basically, don’t do anything to set up any of the the affiliate stuff, and that’s as good as having no affiliate program.
If you do not want all members to become affiliates, and only want people you want – like your business associates and JV partners – to be the only affiliates, then…
a) Create a separate product called Affiliates. But do not publish a public sign-up form for that product. So no one can sign-up for that, and the only way to get access to it is if you manually added them in from the DAP Admin Users > Add screen.
b) Create the Affiliate Info page that displays all of the affiliate information and stats. But add that page only to this Affiliates product, and not to any other product. So only those with access to the Affiliates product can even get to the Affiliate Info page.
If you are using DAP with a non-WordPress site, or simply using the the default http://YourSite.com/dap/index.php page as your members’ area, then all you have to do is go to…
DAP Admin > Setup > Config > Display Affiliate Details
… and set it to “N”.
That will essentially “hide” the affiliate section from showing up on the default DAP home page (at http://YourSite.com/dap/index.php)
NOTE: In a future version of DAP, we will have the ability to selectively turn off an individual’s ability to use their affiliate link, so DAP will completely ignore all referrals from the affiliate, and won’t track anything from them.
How does a customer, once they have signed up and become a member, cancel their membership (or get for a refund)?
If it’s Paypal, they could go into their Paypal account, and cancel their subscription themselves.
If it’s ClickBank, they can log in to their CB account, and cancel their subscription themselves.
If it’s any other payment processor or cart – like 1SiteAutomation.com, Authorize.net, Paypal Payments Pro, etc – then they have to ask you (the membership site owner) to cancel.
Except with CB, in all other cases, they have to ask you for a refund
Whether it’s a cancellation or a refund, log in to your Payment Processor (1shoppingcart, Authorize.net, etc), and make sure you perform the cancellation or refund there. DAP does not store any of the payment information of your subscriber. So both cancellations and refunds have to be performed at your Payment Processor.
Now that you’ve cancelled the actual charging of the customer at the payment processor level, you have to also take care of the customer within DAP – only for refunds.
Cancellation Of Ongoing Subscription in DAP
If this is the cancellation of an ongoing subscription, then no action required within the DAP Dashboard as far as the User is concerned. DAP already does “Pay As You Go” processing – which means, their account will automatically expire at the end of the current recurring period (eg., end of current month). The “Access End Date” of the user’s access to the Product will automatically expire if no new payments come in. And then they’ll automatically lose all access to the content that is part of that Product.
However, if this is the cancellation of a “trial”, where if the user comes back and signs up again for another trial a few weeks or months later, then you want the user to start all the way AT THE BEGINNING. So if it’s the cancellation of a “trial” then you must manually remove the user’s access to the product. So for that, follow the process below.
Refunds (and Cancellation of Trial) in DAP
If it’s a refund of the entire purchase, then…
If it’s a refund of just one recurring payment from among a series of subscription payments, or the cancellation of a trial, then you can go into the “Users > Manage” screen, search for the user, and do a “Rollback Access for Selected User(s) to the Product by 1 Recurring Cycle“.
For a big-picture view, also see Cancellations & Refunds
DAP offers you a built-in Affiliate Program for your web site, where all your Members can automatically and instantly be enrolled as Affiliates.
And here are a few, rare and powerful features in DAP, that you won’t find in most other affiliate providers:
This means that as soon as a buyer purchases any product, or even signs up for a free product, they can get an instant affiliate link that they can immediately start using to promote your membership site.
In fact, you can even send them their own unique affiliate link right in their welcome email itself, the same email where you send them their login info! So even before they’ve logged in to your site to download or view the content that they’ve just purchased, they’re already and affiliate and can start promoting your site to others, and earn back their investment even before they’ve reached your refund period.
There’s just one “core” (default) affiliate link that your affiliates can use to promote your web site, and regardless of which product the referral ends up buying, your affiliate gets paid on all of those purchased products.
So it’s like an Amazon affiliate link. One global link that gets you paid on any resulting purchases. So your specific affiliate link could be promoting a book, electronic gadget, shoe or clothing. And once your referral gets to Amazon.com after clicking your affiliate link, even if they don’t purchase that specific product that you just them to, and go on to purchase ANY other product from the entire Amazon.com catalog (which are commission-eligible, of course), then you’ll make commissions on any resulting sale. That’s exactly how the DAP affiliate program works too. Just one default affiliate link. Affiliate can redirect visitor to any landing page (see details below), and affiliate gets paid for any resulting sales.
Let’s say you were an Affiliate of Amazon.com. Now imagine if Amazon gave you just one, static affiliate link to promote ALL of their products across their ENTIRE web site. That is, one standard affiliate link to promote millions of products, and anyone who clicked on that standard link would always land at Amazon’s home page, no matter what – and that there was no way to direct affiliate traffic directly to any of the actual product pages.
Imagine if you saw a link on our blog that read “Click here to check out the amazing Bamboo Fun tablet” and the link, instead of taking you directly to the product page of the Bamboo fun, took you to Amazon’s home page? How incredibly annoying would that be for the visitor to always be taken to Amazon’s home page no matter what product someone were recommending? Think Amazon would be the e-commerce juggernaut it is today without that implementing that simple feature?
But Amazon lets you link directly to the product pages of the product you are referring to (or recommending, or promoting).
“Check out the amazing Bamboo Fun tablet” (links directly to product page)
“Check out my best-selling book ‘No Business Like E-Business’ on Amazon” (links directly to the book page)
We are amazed that so many affiliate software providers do not offer this simple, basic feature. And that is the ability to set the affiliate cookie, and then redirect the referred visitor to any page on any web site the affiliate wants the visitor to land on.
So when you use DAP, your affiliates are not forced to always send traffic to your home page. They can redirect the visitor (who just clicked on their affiliate link) to any part of your web site. In fact, they can redirect the visitor to any web page on any web site anywhere online! So they could be sending traffic to one of your free videos, one of your blog posts, or even to one of your articles published on someone else’s web site!
DAP allows you to offer multiple tiers of commissions, not just one. So you can create an incredible revenue stream for your affiliates, where they get paid on the sales generated by their 1st level referrals. Which means more incentive for them to join and promote your affiliate program!
You already know that DAP supports ClickBank purchases, and you can turn off the display of your affiliate section if you are using ClickBank’s own affiliate program, instead of DAP.
But wait – that does not mean that you can’t use the two affiliate programs IN TANDEM to pull of something really crazy – like awarding your ClickBank affiliates with a commission just for sending you a lead – meaning, the lead just signs up for your “free” newsletter – and of course, if they go on to purchase something from your web site (assuming you are selling through ClickBank), then they get the usual CB commissions.
So here’s how it works:
So that sums up some of the best features that are part of DAP.
Of course, there’s still all the other cool affiliate features in DAP, like…
So these are the features available to right out-of-the-box, just waiting for you to start signing up an army of affiliates from day 1!
For more information about the Affiliate Module, check out our documentation page at http://DigitalAccessPass.com/documentation/ and see the