Hello! I’m close to launching my wordpress website.
Monetization as a paid newsletter. I need integration with Patreon to make it possible to get paid subscribers on a recurring monthly basis.
The issue. Using Wordpress plugin pro is a good solution for me. But for my business model, it is crucial to be able to attract affiliates to grow much faster. I have two options - 1) Clickbank and a membership plugin for Wordpress 2) Patreon and a solution to integrate it with an affiliate marketing platform
I really want to integrate my business with Patreon, because the launching process will be easier & faster, that is why I need your help with an affiliate marketing integration with services like Leaddyno, Jvzoo or similar. I suppose that it’s possible with Zapier, but I don’t know what exact steps to take. Does anyone have a solution for that?
AffiliateWP offers easy integrations. Have you looked into that?
Basically the general affiliate integration involves setting a cookie to a visitor who came through an affiliate link with the id of that affiliate, and then counting any purchase/subscription that visitor does in a certain time period (say, a month, 2 months etc) as a referral for the affiliate whose link was used.
AffiliateWP should have some easy guides on integrating with any cart. Which, Patreon WordPress is, in a sense.
Please update this topic with any info you get. Not only this is an interesting integration i would like to look at and it may be relevant to many other users into the future, but also we can help you with potential issues.
I wrote them a second question: “After the payment is finished on Patreon a customer can be redirected to the Thank you page, which can be hosted on my website (or any other url). Thus as a proof that a purchase was made can be 1) the email address of a customer 2) a visiting of a Thank you page on my website. Maybe this can solve the problem of integration your service and Patreon?”
Checking the generic integration document, i think it should be possible to send the info for the user and subscription amount to Patreon, receive them back and process it for the relevant affiliate - regardless of the page.
The main catch is that we would need to track first time registrations or pledge changes. The former could be done by checking pledge relationship start date and checking if this matches the affiliate cookie time. The second is more tricky - to check whether the user increased the subscription amount and pledged to a higher tier.
Ill think on this in the next few days and update this thread. If its very simple we may do this via just a snippet. If its a bit complicated it may make into Patron Pro in the next few releases.
I would love this integration to be able to work as well. I would need to track only the first time subscribers. I’m able to build a Wordpress site on my own, and have experience with AffiliateWP already, but I don’t know how to code, so the link Michael brought up, does not open on my end.
I would also appreciate this integration as it would make my Patreon numbers grow.
This thread will be updated with the results i mentioned earlier within next week. This week there is a Patron Pro release pending - but it wont have this affiliate integration - its going to be for the frequently requested “Lock parts of content by $ level” feature.
Next week i will likely have something that you can use.
The situation looks like it will necessitate a decent amount of code and ongoing maintenance:
Its necessary to detect affiliate cookie on user’s browsers.
Then user’s pledge level and pledge relationship start date must be acquired from the user’s Patreon info.
The function that runs in AffiliateWP’s custom integration shortcode must be somehow used to credit the affiliate if the pledge was recent enough when compared to user’s date of affiliate cookie. AffiliateWP’s shortcode in that documentation page is not designed to be used dynamically - its meant to be put in a static page where the users will land after purchases, like a checkout success page.
With Patreon WordPress, it needs to be dynamically used since any user can start the unlock process from any post and return to that post after subscribing.
Then there is the issue of handling pledge upgrades - a user may have subscribed before, but s/he may have upgraded to a $10 tier from a $5 tier. This must be credited to a relevant affiliate as well.
Naturally the code would need to be updated to keep up with future API changes and updates/changes in AffiliateWP and greater integration.
Im pondering whether this would be much better to have in a separate, premium addon.
After examination, it indeed became obvious that this will require non-negligible development time, and it would need its own separate addon. There are currently no plans to do this via PW, but an addon from Codebard may be possible in mid-term. However currently there are more pressing concerns that must be addressed. That said, I will keep this in mind.
Wouldn’t marketing be the most important factor to further grow your Patreon? Hopefully this is something we can integrate very soon lol. It’s the key deciding factor for me either to or not to transition from another program which already has affiliate integration on Wordpress, which plays a big chuck of the traffic to the site.
I like Patreon, and what’s lacking in other programs are tracking pledges/changes for loyalty and other creative ideas. An ocean of benefits will go to Patreon if they have the upper-hand in this avenue to keep tabs with affiliates and members, which can increase the value to decide on WP for Patreon compared to other membership site programs.
When delegation is possible, many will flock to the call tbt.