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How do I track affiliate sales through PayPal?


 
Note:  Do not use an Encrypted PayPal button.  Custom variables will not be passed with encrypted buttons and affiliate sales will not record.

Version 3 and higher supports sales tracking through PayPal's Instant Payment Notification (IPN) system.  Follow the steps below to initiate this tracking.  For Version 3 users, change all file extensions from aspx to asp.

  1. Pass the Affiliate ID to PayPal when the customer adds an item to their cart.  To do this, add the line of code shown below to your PayPal order forms and Affiliate Wiz will insert the AffiliateID.

    <script language=javascript src=http://www.yourdomain.com/affiliatewiz/paypal.aspx></script>

    Here is an example:

    <form target="paypal" action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post">
    <input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_cart">
    <script language=javascript src=http://www.yourdomain.com/affiliatewiz/paypal.aspx></script>
    <input type=
    "hidden" name="business" value="youremail@yourdomain.com">
    <input type="hidden" name="item_name" value="Test Product">
    <input type="hidden" name="item_number" value="874578">
    <input type="hidden" name="amount" value="$1.00">
    <input type="image" src="images/x-click-but22.gif" border="0" name="submit">
    <input type="hidden" name="add" value="1"
    >
    </form>

    Be sure to change yourdomain.com/affiliatewiz/ to the proper URL to Affiliate Wiz.  The paypal.aspx script is located in the folder where you installed Affiliate Wiz.
     

  2. Modify your PayPal settings to post the sales information back to Affiliate Wiz.  Post to aw.aspx and append ?Task=PayPal

    For example:

    http://www.yourdomain.com/affiliatewiz/aw.aspx?Task=PayPal

    Make this change by logging into PayPal and selecting Instant Payment Notification Preferences.


    Check the box to enable the Instant Payment Notification then enter the URL to aw.aspx and include
    ?Task=PayPal.



    For example...  
    http://www.yourdomain.com/affiliatewiz/aw.aspx?Task=PayPal

  3. Place a test order and make sure the sale is recorded.

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