My site currently has an affiliate program in place, using iDevAffiliate software. My main competitor has their own in house software and their affiliate links look like this:
123= their unique affiliate number.
I want to have a similar system rather than the way that my software currently links. I understand that this method would use the http request parameter. I'm not a programmer so I'm wondering how best to set up a new affiliate program. Should I:
a) Get a programmer to develop a completely new system with features I like from a variety of programmes.
b) Get a programmer to make some modifications to an exisiting piece of software such as iDevAffiliate?
I want to steer clear of the affiliate networks, because I don't like the 20% fee they take and the other costs. My site is in a niche area so I don't feel I need to be on a network, although I do see some of the benefits.
Does anyone here have any experience with building an affiliate system? Where did you find the programmers? Are there important factors I should consider?
Thanks in advance.
[edited by: encyclo at 3:03 am (utc) on Mar. 18, 2007]
[edit reason] switched to example.com [/edit]