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Setting up commission rates

Commission rates determine the amount of money an affiliate is rewarded when a referred visitor makes a purchase from your store.

These rates can be either percentage based or fixed amounts.

Percentage based commission rates are calculated from the cart’s total amount. For example, if you set a 25% rate and the referred customer makes a $120 purchase, the affiliate will be rewarded a $30 commission.

Fixed amount rates on the other hand are calculated independent from the cart’s total and they are of two types:

  • fixed amount per order: for example, if the commission rate is set to $10 and if we have a cart with 3 items totaling $120, the affiliate’s commission will be $10;
  • fixed amount per product: if we take the same example with the $10 rate and 3 items totaling $120, the commission rewarded to the affiliate will be $30, because there are 3 items in the cart.

The general commission rates are the global default rates used to calculate commissions. This means that all your affiliates will be rewarded the same percentage or fixed amounts for their referred orders if you have no other commission rate rules (discussed further below) set in place.

Here’s how you can set the general commission rates:

  1. Firstly, navigate to your WordPress admin area > SliceWP > Settings > General (tab) > Commissions Settings (section).
  2. Select the commission type and set the percentage or amount you wish to reward your affiliates:
  3. If you opt for “Fixed Amount”, select if you wish to reward the amount per order or per each individual item from the cart.
  4. Lastly, save the settings.

Now that you have the general commission rates set, all of your affiliates will be rewarded equally.

However, if you’ve created affiliate groups and have separated your affiliates in these groups, you can set commission rates on a per group basis.

If you set commission rates for a group, whenever an affiliate from that group refers a purchase, they will be rewarded a commission based on the rates set for the group, instead of the general commission rates. In short, the per group rates will overwrite the general rates.

Please note: this functionality is available only with SliceWP Pro installed.

Let’s take an example. Let’s say that you have a handful of important affiliates that you want to offer higher commissions. 35%, instead of the general 25%.

You can add these affiliates to a group, let’s name it “VIP”, and then customize the commission rates for this group.

Here’s how you can set the rates for a group:

  1. Navigate to your WordPress admin area > SliceWP > Affiliates > Groups. Here, either click to create another group or click to edit an existing group.
  2. In the add/edit affiliate group admin page, scroll down to the “Commission Rates” panel.
  3. Here, similar to how you’ve set the general commission rates, select the commission type and set the percentage or amount you wish to reward your affiliates.
  4. If you opt for “Fixed Amount”, select if you wish to reward the amount per order or per each individual item from the cart.

Besides the general commission rate and the affiliate group rate, you can also customize the commission rates for each individual affiliate.

Please note: this functionality is available only with SliceWP Pro installed.

The commission rates that you set for a particular affiliate will have the highest priority. It will overwrite any other commission rates set.

For example, let’s say that you have an affiliate, named Alex, which is in the “VIP” group. Let’s say that you’ve set a 15% general rate, a 20% rate set for the VIP group (that Alex is in) and a 25% set for Alex.

When Alex refers a $100 purchase, they’ll be rewarded a $25 commission, calculated using the 25% rate set for Alex.

Now that you know how rates per affiliate work, here’s how you can set them up:

  1. Navigate to your WordPress admin area > SliceWP > Affiliates > Edit the affiliate you wish to have different commission rates.
  2. Enable the custom commission rates for the affiliate:
  3. Select the commission type and set the percentage or amount you wish to reward your affiliates:
  4. If you opt for “Fixed Amount”, select if you wish to reward the amount per order or per each individual item from the cart.

You can also set custom commission rates on a per product or membership level basis. This allows you to reward different commission rates for different products.

Please note: this functionality requires the Product Commission Rates add-on.

For example, let’s imagine the following scenario. One of your affiliates is referring a purchase that contains 3 products:

  • Product A, priced at $50.
  • Product B, priced at $30.
  • Product C, priced at $20.

The above purchase totals $100.

If you have a 25% general commission rate for your affiliate program, without any custom rates set for each product, the referring affiliate is rewarded a $25 commission.

However, let’s say that you want Product A to have a lower commission rate. Also, let’s say that you want Product B to have a higher rate, like so:

  • Product A, priced at $50, with a 20% commission rate.
  • Product B, priced at $30, with a 50% commission rate.
  • Product C, priced at $20, no rate set for it, defaults to the 25% general commission rate.

For the above case, the final commission rewarded to the affiliate will total $30 = $10 (from Product A) + $15 (from Product B) + $5 (from Product C).

Important note: Commission rates set for the affiliate will always take precedence. The product/membership level commission rates will not be taken into account if the referring affiliate has custom commission rates set.

Now that you know how commission rates per product work, let’s see how you can set them.

The settings for these rates are located in the product’s/membership level’s edit pages, not in SliceWP’s administrator pages.

Please read the documentation article for the integration you’re working with. Click on the integration link below to jump to the commission rates section:

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