Recently, I have been involved in a couple of discussions asking how to implement an Affiliate Program and whether that program is ‘part’ of the shopping cart you use.

There are several ways to provide an affiliate program, that are independent to a shopping cart.  Of course, there are some shopping carts that also provide Affiliate Programs – but it’s not always the case.

Here are some ways that you can implement an Affiliate Program, almost regardless of the shopping cart you use!

iDevAffiliate will allow you to create an Affiliate Program on your own hosting, and will integrate with a wide range of Shopping Carts, including paypal.

Clickbank – not my choice because it also handles the payment processing, but it is relatively easy to setup. Be careful, Clickbank requires a 60 day no questions asked money back guarantee and each Clickbank account is really only good for one product, unless you have some fancy coding skills or a third party service

You could also look into using services that actually manage and look after the affiliates for you:
Commission Junction (
ClixGalore (
LinkShare (
Share A Sale (

Most of these will require you to put code on your ‘success’ page that will indicate a successful sale has been made – therefore, they are ‘mostly’ shopping cart or payment processor independent.

What other affiliate programs do you know of that are ‘shopping cart independant’?

About the Author Charly Dwyer

Charly has more than 30 years experience in the IT industry ranging from hands-on technical, to high-level business management, Charly has installed and configured computing equipment and has managed business contracts in excess of $25 million dollars.

As a result, Charly identifies the best way to integrate solutions and technologies for the most cost effective way to achieve a businesses outcome.

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