A while back, I wrote a post explaining why I used e-junkie as my shopping cart. And while I still think that e-junkie is a great place to start because of its combination of features and low price, I’m switching to 1ShoppingCart. (This link to 1ShoppingCart is an affiliate link.)
Because of the difference in the way the affiliate program works. After being an affiliate several times for other Internet marketers promoting courses and products, I saw how the process went. The marketer and I had a personal connection. The marketer gave me an affiliate link and some marketing materials. It was all handed to me on a silver platter, so to speak. I liked that and wanted to do the same for my affiliates.
How e-junkie handles affiliates
E-junkie has an affiliate application form, just like 1ShoppingCart. But when the form is completed, it sends the affiliate an email with a Transaction Code. The affiliate has to enter the Transaction Code to complete the process.
It doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
But, unless I asked my affiliates to forward the Transaction Code email to me, it meant that I couldn’t add an affiliate myself. Here’s what happened:
- I sent the affiliate to a link to sign up.
- The affiliate signed up.
- The affiliate couldn’t find the Transaction Code email and complained about that. So I had to contact e-junkie’s support (which is excellent, but only via email) to get it fixed. By the time it was resolved a couple of days had passed.
- Then, the affiliate tried to log in and sometimes had difficulties, so I had to give the affiliate more instructions to get the affiliate code.
- Then the affiliate had to navigate an unwieldy interface, clicking Get Affiliate Code 3 times before finally finding it.
By this time, affiliates were annoyed and frustrated. That’s not a good way to create a relationship!
How 1ShoppingCart handles affiliates
1ShoppingCart skips that Transaction Code part so I can sign up affiliates myself. I created a form on my website and I send affiliates there. Then we input the information into 1ShioppingCart. In this way, I can log in as the affiliate, get the affiliate code for a specific product, and give it to the affiliate. On a silver platter!
What else is different?
Here’s a table comparing some of the features of e-junkie (this is an affiliate link) and 1ShoppingCart.
|Discount codes (coupons)||Yes||Yes|
|Email program||Minimal: 1 autoresponder; broadcasts cost extra||Yes, unlimited autoresponders plus broadcast emails (newsletters)|
|Export list of buyers||Yes||Yes|
|Price||Starts at $5; price increases with # of products & storage used||$34, $99 & $249; Need $99 plan for affiliate program|
|Online Help materials||OK||Fair to Poor|
|Support||Email only; excellent||Phone; excellent|
|Interface||Dated but usable||OK, but complicated|
|E-store (if you don’t have your own website)||Yes||Yes|
Have you used either of these shopping carts? What was your experience? Leave a comment if you can add to this table; I’d like to make it as complete as possible.
Update: I’m now transitioning out of 1ShoppingCart to DigitalAccessPass, which is a membership site plug-in but also includes a shopping cart.