Disabling The Built-In Affiliate Program
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.
Completely Disabling The 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.
Signing Up Affiliates
Allowing Only Hand-Picked Affiliates
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 But do not publish a public sign-up form for that product.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.
Hide Affiliate Info On dap/index.php (Non WP)
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.