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. And finally, as of v1.3 you can set a lifetime length limit for the number of days a customer is connected to an affiliate for lifetime commission referrals.

Enabling lifetime referral rate and length settings

  1. Go to Affiliates → Settings → Integrations
  2. Within the Lifetime Commissions section, click the Enable Lifetime Referral Rates checkbox. 
  3. The Lifetime Referral Rate input field will be automatically set to the Referral Rate at Affiliates → Settings → General, the Lifetime Referral Rate Type dropdown list field will be set to Site Default , and the Lifetime Length input field will be set to 0.

Lifetime Referral Rates settings

Setting the global lifetime referral rate, rate type and length

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 enter the rate that all affiliates should receive for lifetime referrals. For example, enter 20 for 20%.
  2. For a different global referral rate type, set the Lifetime Referral Rate Type dropdown list field to Flat or Percentage. 
  3. To limit the length of time a customer is connected to an affiliate, enter a number of days in the Lifetime Length input field.
  4. Click Save Changes.

Setting a per-affiliate lifetime referral rate, rate type and length

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 affiliate's name on the affiliate you’d like to set a lifetime referral rate for.
  2. On the affiliate 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%.  Continue on to set the Lifetime Referral Rate Type and Lifetime Length if you'd like these to be different values than the global settings above. 
  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