Lifetime Commissions - Lifetime referral rates

Note: This article relates to the Lifetime Commissions pro add-on.

In Lifetime Commissions v1.2 or newer you can set either a global, or per-affiliate lifetime referral rate.

This feature allows you to set a new lifetime referral rate that affiliates are awarded on subsequent purchases by a linked customer (via Lifetime Commissions). You can define the per-affiliate lifetime referral rate to be higher  or lower than the global lifetime referral rate.

In addition to setting the actual lifetime referral rate, you can specify a new rate type (percentage or flat amount) making it easy to fine-tune the rates.

Enabling lifetime referral rates

  1. Go to Affiliates → Settings → Integrations
  2. Within the Lifetime Commissions section, click the Enable Lifetime Referral Rates checkbox. 
  3. A new Lifetime Referral Rate input field will appear and will be automatically set to the Referral Rate at Affiliates → Settings → General.
  4. Click Save Changes

Setting the global lifetime referral rate

The global lifetime referral rate will set a rate that all affiliates will receive on lifetime referrals. That is, referrals generated with the Lifetime Commissions add-on.

  1. In the Lifetime Referral Rate input field (appears when you enable the option mentioned above) enter the rate that all affiliates should receive for lifetime referrals. For example, enter 20 for 20%.
  2. Click Save Changes

Setting a per-affiliate lifetime referral rate

A per-affiliate lifetime referral rate will only apply to the affiliate that it is set for.

  1. Go to Affiliates → Affiliates and click the Edit link from the Actions column on the affiliate you’d like to set a lifetime referral rate for.
  2. On the edit screen, and within the Lifetime Commissions section, enter a custom referral rate in the Lifetime Referral Rate input field. For example, enter 20 for 20%;
  3. Click Update Affiliate.
Priority order of referral rates
Depending on how Lifetime Commissions is configured, certain referral rates will take priority over others. Here's the order in which commission rates are calculated. If a rate is not set, the next rate will be used (and so forth).
  1. Per-affiliate Lifetime Referral Rate set from Affiliates → Affiliates → Edit (the affiliate’s edit screen)
  2. Lifetime Referral Rate set from Affiliates → Settings → Integrations
  3. Per-affiliate Referral Rate set from Affiliates → Affiliates → Edit (the affiliate’s edit screen)
  4. Referral Rate set from Affiliates → Settings → General

Priority order of lifetime referral rate types

Just like lifetime referral rates, certain referral rate types (percentage, flat) can take priority over others. Here's the order of which referral rate type will be used.

  1. Per-affiliate Lifetime Referral Rate Type set from Affiliates → Affiliates → Edit (the affiliate’s edit screen)
  2. Lifetime Referral Rate Type set from Affiliates → Settings → Integrations
  3. Per-affiliate Referral Rate Type set from Affiliates → Affiliates → Edit (the affiliate’s edit screen)
  4. Referral Rate Type set from Affiliates → Settings → General