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New! ConvertKit WordPress Affiliate Plugin Integration

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If you use ConvertKit for your email automation marketing platform, then you know how powerful of a system it is.

But you might be wondering what the best way to integrate ConvertKit with a WordPress affiliate plugin might be…

There are a few generic WordPress affiliate plugins on the market, but which one is right for you? We’ll answer that question and more below!

What Do You Plan to Sell With Your Affiliate Program?

The first question we need to answer to help you choose the best ConvertKit WordPress affiliate plugin integration is this:

What do you plan to offer? It could be…

The good news is that there are different WordPress plugins that handle many of these options.

If You Sell Online Courses, Digital Products, or a Membership Program… You’ll Want To Check out AccessAlly

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While there are a few WordPress affiliate plugins that integrate with ConvertKit using Zapier or other add-ons…

There’s a brand new option on the market for ConvertKit users when it comes to affiliate plugin integration, and it’s called AccessAlly.

With AccessAlly’s mobile friendly order forms you can now track affiliate cookies and run your own affiliate program.

Why is it ideal for those who offer online courses, digital products, and membership sites you ask? Because AccessAlly also handles delivery of each of these types of offerings.

In fact, AccessAlly is a ConvertKit membership plugin too!

This affiliate management plugin does so much more for your business, and here's just a taste of the full features you can look forward to:

  • Affiliate Registration is handled directly through ConvertKit's opt-in forms – becoming an affiliate is as easy as having an “affiliate tag” applied and getting the AccessAlly account created through a ConvertKit webhook.
  • Unlimited affiliates: the number of affiliates you have is up to you! Since each affiliate is a contact in your ConvertKit account, you'll only be limited by your ConvertKit plan.
  • Real time reports: see exactly which affiliate accounts are sending traffic to your website, including where the link is coming from. Very few affiliate systems show you what page a link it being clicked on.
  • Easy affiliate login and reports: your affiliates can access their own individual affiliate sales reports and see their progress in the affiliate area on WordPress as they send people your way.
  • Promote your products and services: there's no limit to the amount of products or services you want to promote through your affiliate program using this WordPress affiliate plugin. The sky's the limit!

Let’s take a look at how easy it is to set up an order form and an affiliate program on WordPress for ConvertKit.

Setting up a ConvertKit affiliate plugin integration

The first step is to integrate ConvertKit with your WordPress site using AccessAlly.

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Next you’ll want to create the products you plan to sell, as well as the offers that go along with them.

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The benefit of AccessAlly’s 3-step order form is that you can follow-up with anyone who doesn’t complete their check-out using ConvertKit’s automation functionality.

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Finally, once you have your products in place you can create the affiliate program in AccessAlly.

In AccessAlly’s affiliate plugin functionality, all you need to do it make someone an affiliate is assign a tag in ConvertKit.

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This gives them the ability to access your affiliate center on your WordPress site, where they can get their affiliate links, stats, and more.

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Delivering Courses and Products using ConvertKit

Delivering your online courses and products using AccessAlly is easy with ConvertKit’s automations. You can do dripped content release, or instant access – it’s all based on tags.

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You design the course or membership structure in AccessAlly, while your WordPress theme handles the look and feel of your site.

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From there, ConvertKit handles the delivery of emails and decides when to unlock access. It could be a daily challenge, a weekly course, or a monthly membership… your automations in ConvertKit power it all.

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Plus, you can decide what kind of affiliate program you want to run.

You decide what affiliate commission structure you want to offer, how long you want to track affiliate cookies and if you’re offering a recurring product you can also choose how long you want to pay affiliates.

Get Started with the ConvertKit Affiliate Plugin WordPress Integration in AccessAlly

While there are other WordPress referral plugin options out there – not all of them were designed with ConvertKit integration in mind.

So if you’ve been looking for the right affiliate plugin on WordPress that deeply integrates with ConvertKit… you’ve found it!

Check out AccessAlly and get started integrating your ConvertKit account with the checkout pages and affiliate system.

GDPR Compliance for Online Businesses Selling Courses and Memberships

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The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations go into effect May 25, 2018… and the penalties for non-compliance are steep.

This is a huge deal for the entire online sphere, since it “applies to all companies processing the personal data of data subjects residing in the European Union, regardless of the company’s location” (emphasis added).

And that makes sense.

After all, the purpose of the GDPR is “to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches in an increasingly data-driven world” (source)… no matter where this data is stored.

The GDPR data protection goes far beyond basic SSL certificate and credit card numbers.

It applies to every single interaction you have with your EU clients.

This means that every system you're using, from membership platform to automation marketing tool or CRM, needs to be in full compliance before the end of May.

As you check to ensure your business is ready to go, here are a few things to consider from the membership and online course side of things.

This information is NOT legal advice or a legal explanation of the new GDPR guidelines. It is meant to be a practical look at some of the areas where personal data is collected and processed for online courses and membership site models. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

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A Candid Marketing Automation Tools Comparison Guide

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Confession time: I deleted the original version of this post, because most automation marketing comparison posts are too neutral and just compare features.

Anyone can list features…

But it takes some balls to talk about the nuances that make it worth choosing a certain marketing automation tool over another.

So that’s what you’ll find in this very candid marketing automation platforms comparison. Because that’s the kind of marketing automation tools comparison I would be looking for to help me decide which option to choose.

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ConvertKit vs ActiveCampaign: How Do These Automation Tools Compare?

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Starting to look for an email marketing platform that offers some sweet automation… but doesn't require a huge budget for starters?

If you are, you're likely looking at something along the lines of a mid-level CRM/email marketing system and ConvertKit vs. ActiveCampaign might be at the top of the list.

This search is what introduces many bloggers and online entrepreneurs to the great ConvertKit vs ActiveCampaign debate: two CRM systems that are so similar at face value that it can be tough to differentiate which would be a better fit for your business.

So today, we're diving into some of the major comparison points to help you decide when you might want to choose one over the other.

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3 Quick Legal Tips for Online Entrepreneurs: Stay Compliant So You Can Focus On The Fun Stuff

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When you think about your business, you probably don't imagine spending your days reading through legal tips for online entrepreneurs… and yet, if you don't get these legal foundations in place, you could end up in hot water.

That's why I asked our own business attorney to share the 3 most important legal considerations for online businesses, so you can get these set up and then focus on the fun stuff in your business!

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3 Little Known Ontraport WordPress Integration Tricks To Automate Your Business

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Looking for more ways to automate your business?

If you're an Ontraport user, you've already invested in one of the most powerful tools available to automate your business… but are you using this power to its full potential?

A CRM/email marketing system like Ontraport is only half the equation for most online businesses. The other half of the equation is your online business website.

That's why so many entrepreneurs – and their tech teams – are searching for more efficient ways to establish a solid Ontraport WordPress integration.

And we're ready to help with these 3 little-known Ontraport WordPress integration tricks that will polish your online business automation.

The great thing about these tricks, too, is that they utilize WordPress plugins that are specifically designed to integrate with Ontraport… so you can use them with your current tagging system and sequences. Let's take a look:

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How To Capture Your Best Ideas

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You have a lot of great ideas… but you might be asking yourself how to capture your best ideas so that they don’t end up forgotten or lost along the way.

Ideas are a natural resource.

The more ideas you come up with and use, the more ideas you get.

But only if you can find a way to effectively capture your best ideas… and then execute on them.

Let’s go through the 7 easiest ways for how to capture your best ideas, whether these are marketing ideas, business ideas, or any other type of idea. Continue Reading

How To Create a Personality Quiz That Converts to Subscribers and Sales For Your Online Business

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Pink haired. Tattooed. Sky dives. Has 3 kids.

Everyone is unique.

So why do we market to everyone exactly the same?

With a personality quiz on your website, you can build a segmented email list that follows up with subscribers based on how they answer a few simple questions.

But designing these quizzes takes some thought. Luckily, I’ve got you covered with this in-depth quiz design guide!

In this how-to post, we’ll walk you through the steps to designing and then creating your opt-in quiz so it converts to more subscribers and more sales, too.

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The Ultimate Tag-Based CRM Comparison Guide for 2017

This CRM Comparison Guide was last updated on July 11, 2017.

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When you just start out with your online business, you typically opt for quick-and-easy, no-nonsense CRMs (Customer Relationship Management systems) to help with your email marketing needs.

Think: MailChimp, AWeber, MadMimi – all are really great email marketing options for smaller, startup online entrepreneurs.

But as your business (and email list) continues to grow, you might find yourself shopping around for a more flexible tool. Tag-based CRMs are often the first upgrade made by a flourishing online business, since they allow you to target and segment your subscribers… plus enable you to do more things like create a fully automated, tag-based membership site.

But how do you get to the point where you can confidently choose which CRM is the right fit for your business, especially if you're new to the game?

That's where we're here to help with our ultimate tag-based CRM comparison guide for 2017. In this CRM comparison guide, we'll be comparing the four main tag-based frontrunners – and leaving the final decision up to you!

All four platforms are pretty amazing, filled with the ability and potential to solve most – if not all – of your email marketing and business automation dreams. However, as you start diving into the details, you'll notice that they're definitely designed with different clients in mind.

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What’s Happening With Headway Themes?

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I remember checking my notifications on Facebook and having someone ask me…

“Do you know what’s going on with Headway Themes?”

At first I thought it was a little glitch, that might be easily fixed by closing down your browser and loading it back up. You know, the usual tech stuff that happens to all of us multi-tab users.

But this time the question was a little different.

It was about Headway as a company, and how they were either going out of business or unable to continue offering support and updates to their customers. Continue Reading

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