Top 13 Options for Affiliate Tracking Software

Promote Your Products With One of These Affiliate Software Programs

One of the most common online business models is selling a product online. But what is the best way to promote it? 

One of the most effective ways to expose your products to a lot of new eyes is by opening up your own affiliate program. Essentially, you are paying affiliates to help you sell your product. And they only get paid when they produce. 

Learn about affiliate marketing from a marketers perspective.

What is Affiliate Tracking Software?

Affiliate software will manage your affiliate program for you. It will receive applications of new affiliates, provide them with their coded links and give them access to their marketing materials. Affiliates will be able to see the traffic that they have generated and the sales (and commissions) that they have earned. 

As the program owner, you will be able to see the results of all the affiliates, approve new ones and make payments.

There are some huge affiliate networks that will do this for you, but they are expensive and charge a percentage of sales on top of monthly subscription fees. Setting up your own network is a much more economical (and flexible) option. 

Top 13 Options for Affiliate Software

The following options are in no particular order. The major differences in the software are if it is a subscription (hosted on the developer's sites) or self-hosted (hosted on your own server) model. While software subscriptions (also known as SaaS) can be convenient it can also be more expensive. 

Some developers base their pricing on the amount of affiliates, traffic or transactions. Be sure to confirm the details with the developer/programmer you are considering before you purchase. 

Lets get started!

1
iDevAffiliate Affiliate Marketing Platform

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iDevAffiliate is one of the more popular affiliate software programs. They offer a relatively low priced program with the option to add more function with a set of modules.

The tool is easy to install and fast to learn. Definitely worth a look. 

Visit iDevAffiliate

  • Number of affiliates allowed: unlimited
  • Monthly subscription option (costs): $29.99 - $59.00 per month (four options)
  • Self-hosted out-right purchase option (costs): $149.99 - $399.99 one time purchase (four options).
  • Expandable with additional modules / plugins (examples): Integrates with more than 70 shopping carts (including BigCommerce, 1ShoppingCart), 8 WordPress plugins, 6 automated billing systems, 6 direct payment gateways and 14 shopping cart systems with built-in coupon code commissioning. 
  • Available add-ons: SEO Links, language packs, QR codes, custom file-name, vanity coupon codes, commission alert, private signup, light-box templates, page peel templates, and affiliate training videos. Range in cost from $49.99 to $99.99 each. Some premium modules come included with some of the packages/plans. 
  • Space for ad banners / network traffic: not noted
  • SEO friendly urls: Yes, available as an add-on. Links are 301 redirects instead of 302's. This maintains the "link juice".
  • Multilingual Support: Yes, available as an addon. In addition to the standard English, you will receive French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
  • Affiliate payout function: choose from percentage or flat rate payout. Also choose pay-per-click and pay-per-lead or action. 
  • Multi tier (multiple level) commissions, when affiliates refer new affiliates: Up to 100 primary payout levels and up to 10 tier payout levels. 
  • Recurring commissions: Yes. 
  • Money back guarantee: not noted
  • Demo available: Yes, from the homepage. 

Produced by: iDevDirect LLC

2
Post Affiliate Pro Affiliate Marketing Platform

Post Affiliate Pro is a powerful affiliate management tool. They offer customizable, tiered and recurring commissions and the option for self-hosted or subscription based software. 

Visit PostAffiliatePro.com

  • Number of affiliates allowed: unlimited
  • Monthly subscription option (costs): $29 - $99 depending on the plan
  • Self-hosted out-right purchase option (costs): one time fee ranges from $199 - $1899 depending on the package. Includes one year of updates. Subsequent years are extra.
  • Expandable with additional modules / plugins: Aweber autoresponder, actions after signup, AlertPay, ARPReach, Authorize.net, Adobe Business Catalyst, e-junkie, FastSpring, GetResponse, Google Checkout, Google Gears, Google Maps, MoneyBookers, PayPal, QuickBooks and 80+ more. 
  • Space for ad banners / network traffic: Banner space: 10 MB - 1 GB / Bandwidth: 10 GB - 500 GB (depending on plan)
  • SEO friendly urls: Yes, they use 301 redirects, instead of 302. With your choice of five types of affiliate link styles, your affiliates can choose "direct link tracking" which is the cleanest link for them and the more SEO friendly one for your url.
  • Multilingual Support: Yes - currently there are 30 languages available.
  • Affiliate payout function: Mass payment option 
  • Multi tier (multiple level) commissions, when affiliates refer new affiliates: Yes, this automated process encourages current affiliates to search out new ones.
  • Recurring commissions: Yes, also split commissions for sales generated by more than one affiliate.
  • Moneyback guarantee: yes, 30 day
  • Mobile access: Yes, on both Android and iOS. 
  • Demo available: Yes, test the software right from the homepage.

Produced by: QualityUnit.com

Read my full review of Post Affiliate Pro

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Jrox.com Affiliate Manager

Certainly one of the lowest cost options, JROX Affiliate Manager is a powerful tracking program. By installing the software in your hosting space, you can avoid subscription fees to the developer. 

Offers a completely free version that can be used and tested. The limitation is it allows just 50 affiliates. You will have to purchase a license to use more affiliates.

Visit JROX Affiliate Manager

  • Number of affiliates allowed: free version allows up to 50. Recruit unlimited affiliates after license purchase. 
  • Monthly subscription option (costs): not offered
  • Self-hosted out-right purchase option (costs): $179 one time fee
  • Expandable with additional modules / plugins (examples): no, the software is complete.
  • Space for ad banners / network traffic: yes - unlimited shapes and sizes.
  • SEO friendly urls: Uses Invisilinks to create direct links with no affiliate urls. This improved your ranking with search engines.
  • Multilingual Support: not noted
  • Affiliate payout function: Supports PayPal Mass Pay so payments are fast and efficient. 
  • Multi tier (multiple level) commissions, when affiliates refer new affiliates: yes
  • Recurring commissions: Yes 
  • Money back guarantee: not noted
  • Demo available: Yes, available without an appointment. 

Produced by: Jrox Technologies

4
OmniStar Affiliate Software

The offering by OmniStar makes sense. They offer a premium subscription model with reasonable limits. They focus on SEO links and improving search visibility by means of affiliate links.

Visit OmniStar

  • Number of affiliates allowed: 200 - unlimited (depending on package)
  • Monthly subscription option (costs): $47.95 - $297.95 (five subscription models available)
  • Self-hosted out-right purchase option (costs): not available 
  • Expandable with additional modules / plugins (examples): Not available. Increased functionality is only available through more expensive packages. Integration with MailChimp, BigCommerce, Shopify, RackSpace, and Unbounce. 
  • Space for ad banners / network traffic: not noted
  • SEO friendly urls: Yes, they use the hash (#) in the affiliate url which causes only the root domain to be indexed. Learn more about the hash in SEO in this video by Rand Fishkin at MOZ.com.
  • Multilingual Support: Can be easily translated by modifying one file but no support comes with the purchase. 
  • Affiliate payout function: not noted
  • Multi tier (multiple level) commissions, when affiliates refer new affiliates: not noted
  • Recurring commissions: not noted
  • Money back guarantee: Yes, comes with a 15 day trial. 
  • Mobile access: No app on Android or iOS but the site is considered "compatible" with mobile devices.
  • Demo available: Yes, from the homepage.

Produced by: Omnistar Interactive

5
Affiliate Shop Software

AffiliateShop offers all features on all plans. The biggest difference is the promotion / listing of your program in other directories. This isn't offered at the entry level plan.

The number of shopping cart integration options is higher than offered by most of the other software providers. 

Visit AffiliateShop.com

  • Number of affiliates allowed: unlimited
  • Monthly subscription option (costs): $45.00 - $120.  Setup fee of $25 applicable on all subscription plans. Integration to shopping carts, credit card processors and other software is free of charge. No transaction charges for sales.
  • Self-hosted out-right purchase option (costs): not available
  • Expandable with additional modules / plugins (examples): Integrates with more than 90 shopping carts, including: BigCommerce, 1ShoppingCart, and PayPal. All AffiliateShop features are included on all plans. 
  • Space for ad banners / network traffic: not noted
  • SEO friendly urls: Yes, direct affiliate linking.
  • Multilingual Support: not noted
  • Affiliate payout function: For the premium plans, you have the option to use PremierPay with fees ranging from 15-20% of the affiliates commissions. 
  • Multi tier (multiple level) commissions, when affiliates refer new affiliates: Yes, supports up to 4 multi-level marketing tiers.
  • Recurring commissions: not noted
  • Money back guarantee: not noted
  • Demo available: not noted

Produced by: Pendulab (Private) Ltd.

6
Affiliate Royal Affiliate Software

The only WordPress plugin in the set, Affiliate Royal is certainly of the most cost effective option. There is no hosted (subscription) option because the software is actually a plugin that becomes part of your WordPress installation. 

As long as your hosting is stable, this is a solid option. Otherwise, you'll hear a lot of complaints from your affiliates.

Visit AffiliateRoyal.com

  • Number of affiliates allowed: not noted
  • Monthly subscription option (costs): not available
  • Self-hosted out-right purchase option (costs): $85 - $165 (Merchant edition, $85, is for installation on one site and Developer edition, $165, is for unlimited sites - both personal and client).
  • Expandable with additional modules / plugins (examples): no, everything is included with the main offering.
  • Space for ad banners / network traffic: yes, but not noted. It would depend primarily on your WordPress hosting package. 
  • SEO friendly urls: not noted
  • Multilingual Support: not noted
  • Affiliate payout function: not noted
  • Multi tier (multiple level) commissions, when affiliates refer new affiliates: yes, up to three levels.
  • Recurring commissions: not noted
  • Money back guarantee: within the first 30 days of purchase, if user cannot get the plugin to properly function.
  • Demo available: Yes, from the homepage.

Produced by: Caseproof, LLC

7
ClickInc Affiliate Software

ClickInc offers a focus on SEO friendly links. Their "Trulink" format helps SEO by direct linking to your sales pages, instead of using a convoluted, coded link. 

Their pricing structure is a little confusing because it is based on the number of clicks on their Trulinks. The detail should be confirmed before signing up.

Visit ClickInc.com

  • Number of affiliates allowed: unlimited
  • Monthly subscription option (costs): $25 - $149 
  • Self-hosted out-right purchase option (costs): not available
  • Expandable with additional modules / plugins (examples): including: Integrates with the common shopping cards such as BigCommerce, 1ShoppingCart, and PayPal. They note that some of the common shopping cards may not properly integrate and that customer support can confirm specifics.
  • Space for ad banners / network traffic: not noted
  • SEO friendly urls: They use what they call "Trulink" to increase valid inbound links to a specific domain / page. Other sites call this: direct affiliate linking.
  • Multilingual Support: not noted
  • Affiliate payout function: set payment schedules and minimum payout limit.
  • Multi tier (multiple level) commissions, when affiliates refer new affiliates: Yes, set up to 50 tier commissions
  • Recurring commissions: not noted
  • Money back guarantee: Yes, all plans include a 30-day free trial.
  • Demo available: Yes, from the homepage. 

Produced by: ClickInc.com

8
CupCake Campaign Management (by Cake)

CupCake (by Cake) is a complete campaign management tool for affiliate marketers. It is a premium management tool that is cloud hosted and offers a managed affiliate payouts. 

The CupCake plan includes: 

  • Unlimited Conversions
  • 100,000 Events (additional $2.50/1,000 After Base Plan)
  • 300,000 Clicks (additional $2.50/1,000 after limit)
  • 3,000,000 Impressions (additional $.03/1,000 after limit)
  • Mobile traffic tracking

Visit GetCake.com 

  • Number of affiliates allowed: unlimited
  • Monthly subscription option (costs): $399 / month
  • Self-hosted out-right purchase option (costs): not available
  • Expandable with additional modules / plugins (examples): Yes. Both ecommerce and lead generation add-ons are available for $99/month each. 
  • Space for ad banners / network traffic: not noted
  • SEO friendly urls: not noted
  • Multilingual Support: not noted
  • Affiliate payout function: yes
  • Multi tier (multiple level) commissions, when affiliates refer new affiliates: not noted
  • Recurring commissions: not noted
  • Money back guarantee: not noted
  • Demo available: on request only

Produced by: CAKE

9
All Affiliate Pro Affiliate Software

This is one of the programs that doesn't offer a monthly subscription plan. Sold primarily as a program (with a single one time charge) to be hosted on your own server they also offer a very basic hosting package. 

Looks to be a strong option but offers limited technical support. 

Visit AllAffiliatePro.com

  • Number of affiliates allowed: unlimited
  • Monthly subscription option (costs): not offered. If you want to have them host your purchased software, costs range from 0.02c/click to 0.05c/click.
  • Self-hosted out-right purchase option (costs):  $537 - $1945
  • Expandable with additional modules / plugins (examples): works will every shopping cart and credit card processor. If one will not work, they offer a complete refund. 
  • Space for ad banners / network traffic: yes, but space not noted.
  • SEO friendly urls: not noted
  • Multilingual Support: not noted
  • Affiliate payout function: Use either PayPal mass pay or Paybycheck.com
  • Multi tier (multiple level) commissions, when affiliates refer new affiliates: Yes, up to 12 levels deep.
  • Recurring commissions: Yes, and they can be scaled depending on the offer.
  • Money back guarantee: Offered in case the software doesn't properly integrate with your shopping cart or credit card processor.
  • Demo available: not noted

Produced by: Cosmic Networks 

10
HasOffers Affiliate Software

Certainly not an entry level tool for a new online business, HasOffers provides one of the strongest set of affiliate marketing tools available. Strong support and flexible affiliate management.

Visit HasOffers.com

  • Number of affiliates allowed: unlimited. The Pro (entry) level includes 300,000 clicks and 3,000,000 million impressions per month. Additional clicks/impressions are extra. Enterprise level includes 1,000,000 clicks and 10,000,000 impressions monthly.
  • Monthly subscription option (costs): $279 - $799
  • Self-hosted out-right purchase option (costs): not offered
  • Expandable with additional modules / plugins (examples): not noted. Additional features available by upgrading from Pro to Enterprise level.
  • Space for ad banners / network traffic: no limit noted
  • SEO friendly urls: Yes, all levels include SEO friendly tracking links. Uses 301 (permanent) redirect links.
  • Multilingual Support: Available only with Enterprise level. 
  • Affiliate payout function: Customizable by offer, tier, payout model and offer goals. Integrates with PayPal, Payoneer, PayQuicker and Quickbooks. Auto-generated invoices. 
  • Multi tier (multiple level) commissions, when affiliates refer new affiliates: easily create payout tiers and then assign affiliates into these levels.
  • Recurring commissions: Both levels offer recurring commissions for subscription offers. 
  • Money back guarantee: offers free 30-day trial. This should be plenty to know if it will work well for your business.
  • Demo available: Not as such, but easily signup for either Pro or Enterprise level and get the first 30 days for free. You can cancel anytime. 

Produced by: HasOffers Inc.

11
LeadDyno Affiliate Software

LeadDyno offers a solid set of tools for a new online business. Their offers is determined by the number of monthly visitors. This is unusual because this doesn't correspond to what they are actually doing. Most often, the plans are based on number of clicks or transactions. 

While this might be a good way to get started, the costs will increase quickly. Their $19 entry level plan is only for sites with up to 500 monthly visitors. This is zero traffic - the target of any online business should be a that many visits per day (minimum) - not per month. 

Visit LeadDyno.com

  • Number of affiliates allowed: unlimited
  • Monthly subscription option (costs): $19 - $149 (from 500 - 25,000 monthly visitors)
  • Self-hosted out-right purchase option (costs): not available
  • Expandable with additional modules / plugins (examples): Easy, one-click integration to your Shopify store. Also easily connects to BigCommerce, PayPal, Recurly and Stripe. Connects with Adwords for ROI tracking.
  • Space for ad banners / network traffic: not noted
  • SEO friendly urls: not noted
  • Multilingual Support: not noted
  • Affiliate payout function: not noted
  • Multi tier (multiple level) commissions, when affiliates refer new affiliates: not noted
  • Recurring commissions: not noted
  • Money back guarantee: free trial is offered
  • Demo available: Yes, from the home page. They also offer a free affiliate marketing starter guide.

Produced by: LeadDyno

12
directTrack Affiliate Marketing Platform

directTrack has been producing affiliate software since 1994 and is a stable choice. They power some of the largest in-house affiliate programs.

Despite their clout, they have the most unhelpful site in their category. The only way to learn about their product is by scheduling an appointment with a sales person. This might work in real estate, but I'm not so sure that this is a good move in online web apps. 

Learn more about directTrack.

  • Number of affiliates allowed: not noted
  • Monthly subscription option (costs): not noted
  • Self-hosted out-right purchase option (costs): not noted
  • Expandable with additional modules / plugins (examples): not noted
  • Space for ad banners / network traffic: not noted
  • SEO friendly urls: not noted
  • Multilingual Support: not noted
  • Affiliate payout function: not noted
  • Multi tier (multiple level) commissions, when affiliates refer new affiliates: not noted
  • Recurring commissions: not noted
  • Money back guarantee: not noted
  • Demo available: by appointment with a salesperson

Produced by: Digital River Inc.

13
LinkTrust Affiliate Tracking

Another high-end offering, LinkTrust is meant for established (or fast growing) affiliate programs. Their entry level plan is meant for up to 250,000 clicks/month. 

Despite being one of the most expensive options, their website offers very little detail. 

Visit LinkTrust.com

  • Number of affiliates allowed: Not noted. Limiting factor is number of monthly clicks. 
  • Monthly subscription option (costs): Advertiser level includes up to 250,000 clicks and costs $575/month (plus $600 setup cost). Network plan includes up to 1,000,000 monthly clicks and costs $1750/month (plus $2000 setup costs). 
  • Self-hosted out-right purchase option (costs): not available
  • Expandable with additional modules / plugins: LeadGen module (for collecting, managing, sales and distribution of lead in real time) start at $500 setup plus $1250 monthly charge.
  • Space for ad banners / network traffic: not noted, but at this level of software, it should be unlimited.
  • SEO friendly urls: not noted 
  • Multilingual Support: not noted
  • Affiliate payout function: they have integrated with several payment processors (which aren't noted). Software is noted as outputting the necessary accounting reports.
  • Multi tier (multiple level) commissions, when affiliates refer new affiliates: not noted
  • Recurring commissions: not noted
  • Money back guarantee: not noted
  • Demo available: by request only

Produced by: LinkTrust Systems, Inc.