I offer web design, web hosting and domain registration to a local market of a city of 80 000. I want to create an affiliate program and am looking for tips. I'm a fan of automation, but I want to reach out to the people of the city as well. How do others do it?
* pay ontime - nothing annoys affiliates as much as waiting for the money when they want to withdraw it
* write a FAQ - if your affiliates are "new" to the process they're likely to take a significant amount of your time in helping them setup links, upload images, code html etc - the more detail you can provide them, the easier that becomes
* if using the WHMCS inbuilt program, you will want to add some additional code, tracking systems and link methods to aff.php
* regularly check the figures - if you're seeing 120,000 hits, 0% conversion find out why - some people do strange things to get their cookie on as many boxes as possible
The WHMCS affiliate program is basic but works just fie, it's fairly easy to extend/code your own features into as well if you find you want to do so.