How To Directly Sign-up Affiliates

Now please note that every member is automatically enrolled as an affiliate. Which means, that the moment they become a member, they are also an affiliate by default. So your members are all automatic affiliates, and if you wish to create a page for them where they can get their own unique affiliate link and affiliate stats, then you can create an “Affiliate Info” page as explained here.

However, there may be times when you wish to directly sign up affiliates – those who may not be or become actual members, or those who you do not expect to buy anything just to become an affiliate (like your JV partners or super-affiliates), or simply those whose help you want in promoting your site, but don’t wish to give them any content access.

In those cases, here’s how you can create a direct affiliate sign-up form for JV partners and super-affiliates.

Using an “Affiliate Signup Page”

1) Create a new DAP Product called “Affiliates”

2) Select the product in DAP products page and set “Allow Free Signup?” to “Yes“.

In the price&recurring tab (DAP products page), set “Is this a FREE product (that has FREE content)?”  to “Yes”.

3) Use the product’s “Generate “Free Signup” Form Code“, and publish it on any page of your web site. Let’s call this the “Affiliate Signup Page”

4) Now this form has 2 fields: First name & Email. Anyone can sign up via this form by entering their first name and email id, and DAP will create an account for them, and they will have access to one product, which is “Affiliates”

It’s then up to you whether you want to publicly link to this “Affiliate Signup Page” from your home page (using text that says “Affiliates, Click here to sign-up”). Or if you don’t wish to allow anyone and everyone to be able to sign up as an affiliate – and subsequently signing up through their own affiliate link (of course, they’ll use someone else’s name during the purchase 😉 – then don’t make this page public. And email the link only to your future partners or affiliates.

Manually adding Affiliates from the backend

1) Log in to DAP Admin Dashboard

2) Go to Users > Add

3) In the “Add New User” table, enter the affiliate’s first name, last name (optional), select the product “Affiliates” (which you must have created previously), and add them to that product.

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PV Reymond - December 17, 2009

Hi Ravi,

I’ve been playing around with this and it works, the affiliate is added immediately to the database but there is something that I don’t get…

How do affiliates receive their usernames and passwords to login?

An email is not sent for this so, I was thinking about creating a product named ‘Affiliates’ of course with nothing in it and set up the Thankyou Email, this way they can receive the login info.

I don’t know if there is another way to do this.

I look forward to your opinion.

^PV Reymond

Ravi Jayagopal - December 17, 2009


The best way to do it, is like you rightly noted:

1) Create a Product called “Affiliates”
2) Send them their login info and anything else, using the “Thank You” email on the Product page.

– Ravi Jayagopal

PV Reymond - December 17, 2009

Okay Ravi I’ll do that.


Barry - December 17, 2009

How do you get the affiliates to join without having to go through the payment processor?

Is there a way for them to join the site for free while by passing paypal?


Ravi Jayagopal - December 17, 2009


>>How do you get the affiliates to join without having to go through the payment processor?< < The post above tells you how to do just that. But if you want people to enter their name and email address and "join" your site for free, then see this link: http://www.digitalaccesspass.com/doc/how-do-members-get-added/

– Ravi

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Max - May 7, 2010

When they have signed up for ‘Affiliates’ how do I specify what they can promote?

Do I just create the usual PayPal sales page, and they just link to it using the special affiliate link?

Max - May 12, 2010

And then the PayPal sends them commission..
i.e. if they sign up to a one time payment they get 50%
or recurring the get it every month

does dap do that automatically?

Ravi Jayagopal - May 12, 2010


>>When they have signed up for ‘Affiliates how do I specify what they can promote?< < They can promote any product on your site (that is being sold through DAP, of course). There's only one affiliate link regardless of which product they promote. Of course, you need to make sure you have actually set up affiliate commissions on the backend for all of your products. Affiliates will not earn commissions on products for which you have not set up any commissions. >>Do I just create the usual PayPal sales page, and they just link to it using the special affiliate link?< < Correct. >>And then the PayPal sends them commission..< < Paypal won't automatically send them any commissions. From the DAP Dashboard, you have to "export" affiliates for payment (say at the beginning of each month), which generates a CSV file that is "Paypal Mass-Pay Ready". You then upload the file to Paypal (click on "Send Payments" > “Mass Pay” in your Paypal account), and then send out payments through Paypal.

– Ravi Jayagopal

Mark Wolfinger - June 18, 2010

I see traffic from affiliates.
How do I know when a sale is made? I don’t want to wait until I can run the payments report.

Ravi Jayagopal - June 19, 2010


You can run “Affiliates > Reports”.

Mark Wolfinger - June 19, 2010

Thank you.
Does ‘no data found’ tell me ‘no sales’ or does that tell me that I made an error somewhere?

Ravi Jayagopal - June 19, 2010

“No data found” means that no affiliates have made any referrals. If you want order info, go to the “Orders” (previously “Transactions”) page.

Andrea Goodsaid - June 24, 2010

Hi Ravi –

Is there a way to assign a sale to an affiliate? I just made a sale that should have gone to one and would like to credit them within DAP.

Thanks – loving this software 🙂


Ravi Jayagopal - June 24, 2010


Sorry, not yet. This feature is coming soon though – hopefully in v4.0 (mid August).

– Ravi Jayagopal

Rick Wilkes - July 28, 2010

The affiliate sign-up page in 1ShoppingCart asks for key information like full name, company, address, SSN/EIN for tax purposes, paypal email address (if different from the email they use). Also there is an agreement they have to confirm.

I’ve looked around the docs and didn’t see how that is handled here.

Carlos Barahona - December 22, 2010

Ravi / Veena..

When I sign up an aff can I put a 3rd text field i.e. CB ID?

So I can make up their AFF Id in the mailings I send them, for example…


So this link tags both aff programs? and affs just copy and paste our launch materials?.


laurence galambert - March 9, 2012


You explained on this tutorial we should Use the products Direct Signup HTML, but how does that work, is it a specific code?


Ullysee Wood - April 25, 2012


I’ve already configured our site to support 2-Tier commisions. We have several JV partners that we’ll need to add to DAP manually.

That’s no problem. However, a few of those JVs have recruited their own affiliates they want to be included under their 2nd-tier. How do we assign 2nd-tier affiliates (manually) from DAP’s back-end?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Ravi Jayagopal - April 26, 2012


So you want Mary to be the 2nd tier of Joe, correct?


=> Mary
=> => Jack

If so, all you have to do is make Joe the affiliate of Mary on the Users > Manage page. From that point, Joe will be earn 2nd tier commissions on all of Mary’s referrals – in this example, from Jack’s purchases.

Sylvain Carufel - November 6, 2012


Is it possible to ask for more informations in the sign-up form. Like pretty much all the info that an affiliate could enter in his profile section?

If yes how can I do that?

Thanks! DAP is making my life much more simple! 🙂

Veena Prashanth - November 14, 2012

Hi Sylvain,


Pls see:


You can also add custom fields in dap and accept it in the signup form.

See – http://digitalaccesspass.com/doc/custom-fields/


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