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How to Use the Commission Levels Add-on

Commission levels are useful for multi-level marketing, sometimes referred to as network or pyramid marketing.

The idea is that the referring affiliate gets X% commission, but you can also pay Y% to X's ancestor, and Z% to the Y's ancestor, and so on. Although, we don't recommend doing too many levels. Once you get past 5-10 levels, you could run into performance issues.

So let's walk through a scenario. Consider the following levels:

  1. 25%
  2. 15%
  3. 10%

Let's say that Sally refers a sale to the site. Sally will get a Level 1 commission (25%). Sally's parent affiliate, or upline, is Jeff. Therefore, Jeff would get the Level 2 commission (15%). And let's say that Sally's grandparent affiliate (Jeff's parent) is Krystal. Krystal would then get the Level 3 commission (10%).

  1. Sally gets 25% of every sale she refers.
  2. Jeff (Sally's parent affiliate) referred Sally and get's 15% of all of Sally's sales. He also gets 25% of any sales he directly refers.
  3. Krystal (Sally's grandparent affiliate, and Jeff's parent affiliate) referred Jeff and get's 10% of all of Sally's sales. She also gets 15% of any sales referred directly by Jeff. And she also gets 25% of any sales she directly refers.

To use levels on your affiliate program, you'll first need to head to Easy Affiliate > Add-ons and install and activate the Commission Levels add-on.

When activated, it adds new Commission Levels settings in the following places:

Settings > Commissions: This is where you can define your global levels (applies to all affiliates unless overridden by one of the settings below).

Global commission levels

User Profile > Commissions Override: If you edit an affiliate's WordPress User Profile directly, you can override the global levels (above). This might be useful if you want to pay a certain affiliate more or less percent (%) on each sale than all other affiliates.

Commission Rules Add-on: If you've enabled our Commission Rules add-on, then you can also override the global levels above each Rule. This might be useful if you want to pay different commissions based on which product was purchased for example.

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