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New! ConvertKit WordPress Affiliate Plugin Integration

New convertkit affiliate plugin wordpress

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!

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.

Convertkit wordpress shopping cart

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.

Convertkit shopping cart wordpress

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.

Convertkit wordpress affiliate plugin

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

Convertkit affiliate plugin wordpress dashboard

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

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.

A Candid Marketing Automation Tools Comparison Guide

Markating Automation Tools Comparison

Markating Automation Tools Comparison

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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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.

This comparison post should help you to see at a glance where these four platforms compare on some of the common “needs” that you might have. Continue Reading

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

ActiveCampaign vs Ontraport: A Tale of Two Platforms

active campaign vs ontraport

This week’s blog features an in-depth comparison between ActiveCampaign and Ontraport. As two super solid CRM/email marketing platforms, you’ll see there are quite a few similarities between both.

Both platforms do provide some sweet automation, which can definitely streamline your email marketing and site management. However, advanced functionality comes at a slightly higher price point than some of the free email marketing systems that are embraced by those who might not have a huge budget.

Of course, you get what you pay for. Whether you decide to invest in ActiveCampaign vs Ontraport will affect your online business for the better.

So let’s hit the facts.

For our review of how Ontraport vs ActiveCampaign compare to each other, we picked a few of the common ways that an online business owner might utilize the platforms.
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CustomerHub vs iMember360 / Memberium Review

CustomerHub vs iMember360

If you’re looking to create a membership site for your Infusionsoft based business, you might be taking a look at CustomerHub vs iMember360 or Memberium.

These are some of the most popular options for setting up a course or ongoing members area… CustomerHub is created and hosted by Infusionsoft itself, whereas iMember360 and Memberium are both WordPress plugins that you need to install on your own servers.

I’m writing this review to explain how these different options are better suited for different use cases. I’m also the co-founder and creator of the AccessAlly membership site plugin for Infusionsoft, but I will do my best to mention our plugin only when it makes sense.

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Tools We Use: GrooveHQ Review For Customer Success

Tools We Use: GrooveHQ Review

At AccessAlly, we're a small team of four and we have a variety of software tools and online business training programs to support. We've got an incredibly loyal and whip-smart audience of business owners, and we love to take great care of them.

When I first heard about Groove, I was curious because I had used a few other support tools but I had never been truly satisfied. This is an unsolicited GrooveHQ review, I'm not an affiliate and I just like sharing what's working for us!

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Tools We Use: Meet Edgar Review For Social Media

Meet Edgar Review

I first heard about the social media management tool “Edgar” back in 2014, when the very first version came out. I've been meaning to write a Meet Edgar review ever since!

The concept was simple: instead of manually scheduling social media posts to go out every day… you simply build up a library of tested social posts that can be scheduled according to your desires.

I wasn’t sure how I’d like it, because I was used to posting most of my social updates live… or having someone on my team schedule them one week at a time.

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When is the right time to upgrade to Infusionsoft or Ontraport?

You’ve heard about the benefits and features of moving to a system like Infusionsoft or Ontraport, so you can automate your marketing and grow your business faster…

When is the right time to upgrade to Infusionsoft?

But then the question becomes, when is the right time to upgrade to Infusionsoft or Ontraport?

Do you need to have your business systems and funnels already underway, or is it better to start from scratch on one of these all-in-one automation platforms?

In today’s post, I’m answering this tricky question from my own personal experience and I hope you’ll chime in during the comment section to share your experience, too!

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