Recently, one of my readers Animesh Mitra wanted to know “How to use Affiliate Coupons plugin?” So, this post will be a complete guide to use affiliate coupons plugin.
Before going on with the tutorial, I want to let you know few specialties of this plugin. There are few coupon plugins at WordPress.org , but however Affiliate Coupons is the best free coupon plugin available right now.
If you just make a google search for Coupon themes, you will realize that there is no free coupon theme available.
Difficult to digest, right?
All the coupon themes available are premium ones. The reason behind is that, any blogger who uses coupon theme will display coupons on his site and when someone clicks these coupons with affiliate links and makes purchase, the blogger is going to make money out of it.
So, no one is interested in giving a huge money earning opportunity for free. And, that’s the reason we have only premium coupon themes.
Is that means you can’t post coupons without premium themes on your site?
You can post coupons without premium themes and Affiliate Coupons plugin will let you do that work.
Tutorial for using affiliate coupons plugin:
So, how to use this affiliate coupons plugin?
Well, I will explain you step by step.
Install Affiliate Coupons plugin:
Once you install this plugin, activate this.
Once you activate this plugin, you can notice that in your WordPress sidebar, you will now have a new menu called “Affiliate Coupons”
Under this menu, you have few submenus too.
Affiliate Coupons plugin Settings:
In your sidebar under “Affiliate Coupons” menu choose “ Settings”.
I will explain each option one by one.
- Expiration: This option allows you to display or hide coupons which are expired. If you want to hide those coupons, after they expire, check “ Hide Coupons after they expired”
- Sorting Order: When you create a number of coupons, you need to specify, whether your coupons should be displayed in ascending order or descending order depending on the condition.
- Sorting Order by: Using this drop-down you can specify the condition, for sorting your coupons. You can sort your coupons depending upon the date when you publish your coupon, your coupon title, your coupon description, Coupon validity date etc. Choose the one you want.
- Templates: You have two templates available at this plugin. One is standard and the other one is Grid. Standard Coupon lets you display one coupon per row. Grid option allows you to display multiple coupons per row
- Grid size: If you have set template to be Grid, you need to specify the number of coupons you want to display for a row. By default, it is set to 3. You can change this according to your theme.
- Button Text: This is the Call to Action (CTA) button text for your coupons. Just write an attractive text so that your reader clicks the button.
- Button icon: You can choose to display icons like the shopping cart, Hand right or Gavel. If you don’t want to display an icon, just turn this off by setting it to none.
- Output custom CSS styles: If you aren’t satisfied with the CSS of this plugin, you can edit it in the way you like. If you want your CSS code to overwrite the original one just check “Output custom CSS styles”
- Custom CSS textbox: This is where you need to enter your CSS code. This is optional.
- Save Changes: Don’t forget to click “Save changes”, so that the changes you made will take effect.
Now, you have made the settings for your affiliate coupons plugin to function. Next, is filtering out coupons.
This plugin offers three ways for filtering out coupons. I will explain all those three.
Method 1: Filter by Vendor:
This method will help you display coupons based on the Vendors you create ( to explain in simple terms Vendors are the eCommerce stores for which you are offering coupons)
Note: Even, If you are going to filter coupons by the other two methods, I will suggest you to create Vendors. This will be handy.
How to create Vendors in affiliate Coupons plugin?
This is so easy to create.
Under Affiliate Coupons sidebar menu, choose Vendors.
Click “Add Vendor” option.
Now, a new page for creating vendors will be opened.
- Vendor Title: Enter the name of your Vendor here.
- Vendor Image: You can choose the image to display for this Vendor. I will suggest you to use the eCommerce store’s logo. Also, choosing Vendor image is like a backup. If you don’t choose an image for your coupon, automatically your Vendor image will be used.
- Vendor URL: Enter the eCommerce store’s URL here. If you are an affiliate of the eCommerce store, then use your affiliate link. Just like, Vendor Image is also going to act as a backup.Again, this will reduce the work of inserting Coupon URL for each and every coupon.
- Vendor Description: Explain about your Vendor in one or two lines. Don’t make it longer because this Description will be used only when you don’t write any description for your Coupon.
Method 2: Filter by Categories:
You can categorize your coupons. If you are posting coupons for Amazon you can have categories like Fashion, Jewellery, Electronics, Smartphones, etc.
You can create a new category under Affiliate Coupons -> Categories.
You can also create categories directly while creating coupons.
Method 3: Filter by Types:
Types is just similar to the tags that you use in the normal post. Just like categories, you can create types while creating coupons.
You can also create types under Affiliate Coupons -> Types.
Now, I have told you that there are 3 methods to filter. But before implementing these filters, we need to create coupons.
So, I will tell you how to create coupons.
Under Affiliate Coupons, choose Add Coupon.
Here is the page to create Coupon. I have numbered the steps for easy understanding. Let me go one by one.
- Coupon Title: Here you can enter the title of your coupon. Since, we are very much considered with SEO nowadays, I wish to explain this in terms of SEO too. This title has nothing to do with SEO. It is only for internal reference.
- Vendor: Here, you will have to choose the Vendor, which we created in the earlier part of this post.
- Image: You can click Add Media button and select a new image. If you don’t select an image, then the Vendor’s image will be automatically used, provided you have set an image for the Vendor.
- Discount: This acts like a featured text for your discount. This will appear at the top of the image.
- Discount Code: Enter the Coupon code for your Coupon here. If you are posting deals that don’t have any promo code, just leave this blank.
- Valid from: You can use this option to set the date when the coupon became active. However, this isn’t mandatory.
- Valid until: Most coupons will have an expiry date. Enter the expiry date here. If your coupons/deals have lifetime validity, leave this blank. This option comes handy when you want to hide expired Coupons and deals from your audience.
- URL: You can enter your affiliate link for the deal. If your leave this field empty, the vendor link will automatically be used. This can save your time.
- Title: This is the title that will be displayed in the coupon. If you leave this empty, vendor title will be used.
- Description: You can use this to enter the terms and condition for the deal if you have any. Leaving this empty, the plugin will use vendor description.
- Select types: Here you can select the types that you have already created. If you haven’t created any, you can create one by clicking +Add New Type
- Select Categories: Just like types, you can create and select Categories here.
- Publish: Click the publish button, so that the Coupon becomes active.
Now, you have successfully created a coupon. You can repeat the process of Creating coupons.
The next step is to display coupons.
Go to the post or page and enter the Shortcodes for displaying coupons.
Here are the Shortcodes:
All Coupons Shortcode:
- [affcoups] – To display all the coupons you created
Single coupon shortcodes:
- [affcoups id=”123”] – To display a single coupon. Replace the number with your coupon id.
- [affcoups id=”123,456,789”] – To display multiple coupons. Don’t forget to replace the numbers with your coupon IDs
Filter coupons shortcodes:
- [affcoups vendor=”123”] – To display all coupons from a particular vendor. The number here represents vendor id
- [affcoups category=”123”] – To display all coupons from a particular category. The number here is the category ID
- [affcoups category=”group-xyz”] – This shortcode is also used to display coupons from a particular category. Replace the text within double quotes with your category name
- [affcoups type=”123”] – To display all coupons of a particular type. Change the number to your type ID
- [affcoups type=”type-xyz”] – This shortcode is also used to display coupons from a particular type. Don’t forget to change the text within double quotes to your type name
Show/hide expired coupons shortcodes:
- [affcoups hide_expired=”true”] – This shortcode is used to hide expired Coupons, when you display all coupons.
- [affcoups hide_expired=”false”] – To display all coupons, even when they are expired.
Sorting coupons shortcodes:
- [affcoups order=”asc”] – To display all coupons in ascending order.
- [affcoups order=”desc”] – To display all coupons in descending order
- [affcoups orderby=”title”] – To sort and display all coupons bases on their title. You can set order asc or dsc for further changes
- [affcoups orderby=”date”] – To sort and display all coupons based on their date.
- [affcoups orderby=”discount”] – To sort and display all coupons based on discount.
- [affcoups orderby=”description”] – To sort and display all coupons on the basis of description
- [affcoups orderby=”random”] – This shortcode will display all coupons randomly
- [affcoups orderby=”valid_from”] – This shortcode will let you sort and display all coupons based on coupon valid from date.
- [affcoups orderby=”valid_to”] – This shortcode will let you sort and display all coupons based on Coupons valid until date.
Apart from the shortcodes mentioned above, this plugin allows you to perform advanced operations.
You can combine multiple conditions for shortcodes.
It’s not possible for me to display all possible combinations. So, I will give you few examples which will help you understand how this works.
- [affcoups category=”123” hide_expired=”true”] – This shortcode will let you display all coupons with ID 123 and it will automatically hide expired coupons.
- [affcoups type=”ABC” orderby=”date” order=”desc”] – This shortcode will let you display coupons from type named ABC. These coupons will be sorted based on the date the coupon was published. I chose desc, so that the last published coupon will appear first.
These are just a few examples. By combining shortcodes you can display coupons matching various conditions.
I have posted some coupons using this plugin. Here is a screenshot of it.
I hope, you would have now understood how to display coupons on your website without using any premium themes.
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