Many people come to my blog searching for “free affiliate tracking software”. There are a number of free (and inexpensive) scripts that merchants can install on their server to start an affiliate program. Here’s just a brief list:
- Affiliate Program Script
- Cosmic AffiliateClick
- TigerTom’s Affiliate Program Software
- TWSC Affiliate Lite
Additionally, some shopping carts offer free affiliate program plug-ins. See a list in the second half of this post of mine.
Finally, there is also a number of affiliate and CPA networks that charge merchants no setup fee for joining them. These are:
- e-Affiliatez.com (looks almost identical to DirectAssociate)
I would caution affiliate program managers and merchants from using anything that is marketed as a free product. I personally have never tried any of the above (so, in no way does this post constitute any kind of endorsement), and one of my favourite sayings — which comes from Benjamin Franklin — goes like this: “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” No, don’t take this as any kind of conclusion. Just be cautious, and do a thorough due diligence prior to starting using any of the free affiliate tracking solutions.