is common for sites to give a commission to those
sites that referred successful customers.
CoastCart offers a simple way to know who deserves
commissions on sales.
somebody links to your cart, they need to place in
their code a number or series of letters and/or
number that you have assigned the link
owner. The system then places a cookie
on a customer's browser. When you view the
order you know if it came from one of your
referring sites or not.
that you have set up a system where you pay your
referrers 5% of the total sale. You have
assigned a website the affiliate code abcd1234, which
is something that you choose and maintain.
Setting up a link to your shopping cart
If an affiliate is linking to the cart home page, they need
to use ?ref=abcd1234, for example:
an affiliate wants to deep link to a specific cart
product, they need to use &ref=abcd1234,
get this string, open the cart to the specific
product and copy the URL from the address
you will know that an order has been referred
because you will see a new field appear in your
order view indicating which referrer should get
is up to you to forward the commission on to the
How long will the cart keep
track of an affiliate?
Once a person clicks on an
affiliate link to go to your cart, that affiliate
code is stored in a cookie for one calendar day.
The person can then leave the cart to browse
somewhere else, or even closes the browser. If
they come back and buy a product within a calendar
day, the cart should still see the affiliate in
the cookie and give the affiliate credit for it.