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AffiliateWP Sub Affiliates

Incentivize your affiliates to recruit sub-affiliates of their own and create a thriving network of marketers, each working to promote your offerings.

The AffiliateWP Sub Affiliates add-on allows users to become sub-affiliates, registering on your site using a referral link. Sub Affiliates can then generate their own unique referral links of products and on every sale, generating a profit for their corresponding main Affiliate, while also generating their own commissions.

An Affiliate (parent) can have multiple sub-affiliates (child) but sub-affiliates (child) can  only have one affiliate (parent).

Table of content

  1. Installation
  2. License Activation
  3. General Settings
  4. Sub Affiliates List
  5. Flow of AffiliateWP Sub Affiliates
  6. FAQ


  • Install and activate the AffiliateWP plugin.
  • Install and activate the AffiliateWP Sub Affiliates.
  • There will be a sub-menu labeled Sub Affiliates under the menu of AffiliateWP on the WP Dashboard.
AffiliateWP Sub Affiliates – Main Menu

License Option

The license key can be added here. Place your license key in the field and click on Activate

License keys can be found in the email received when you purchased the addon.

AffiliateWP Sub Affiliates – License

General Settings

AffiliateWP Sub Affiliates – General Settings

Parent Referral Rate Type

Here you can choose the referral rate type for the Parent or main affiliate. Referrals can be based on either a percentage or a flat rate amount.

Flat Rate Referral Basis

In this field, you can set the basis on which the flat rate commission will be awarded. Commission can be selected based on Per product sale or Per order.

Parent Referral Rate

Here you can set the Parent Referral Rate which could be in percentage or a flat rate.

Sub Referral list Front End

Enabling this toggle will show the Sub Affiliate tab on the frontend affiliate area. This allows you to display a list of all sub affiliates of an Affiliate.

AffiliateWP Sub Affiliates – Sub Affiliate

Parent Referral list in Front End

Enabling this toggle will show the Parent Referral tab on the frontend affiliate area. This allows you to display a list of all of the commissions that an Affiliate (Parent) earns.

AffiliateWP Sub Affiliates – Parent Referral

Referral Action

If you want to apply the same payment status for both Parent and Child in a single click, then enable this toggle. Applying any action on any one (Parent/ Child) will automatically be implemented on the 2nd one (Child/ Parent).

AffiliateWP Sub Affiliates – Referral Action

Sub Affiliates List

This tab shows the list of all of the sub-affiliates (child) along with their data like Parent User Name, Referral ID, Description, Status, and Date.

AffiliateWP Sub Affiliates – Sub Affiliates List

Flow of AffiliateWP Sub Affiliates

  1. A User will visit the site and then register himself as an Affiliate.
  2. This Affiliate user (Parent) will generate its Referral link from the Affiliate URLs tab. 
AffiliateWP Sub Affiliates – Affiliate URLs
  1. Affiliate user will then promote/ share its link on different platforms.
  2. Any person that clicks on this link of Affiliate user, will land on the site.
  3. Now this person decides to join the affiliate program and register himself as an affiliate.
  4. This new person will become the SubAffiliate (Child) and his Parent will be the Affiliate.
  5. Now when this SubAffiliate sells any product through his referral link, both the main Affiliate and SubAffiliate will earn a commission.

Note: Affiliates and Sub Affiliates, both will have their individual profits. Sub-Affiliates profit will be set from the AffiliateWP > Settings while the Affiliates profit will be set from Sub Affiliates > General Settings.


Is there any hierarchy/ tree available to understand the parent-child relationship?

On the backend you can check the child details from the Sub Affiliates List tab while on the frontend the Sub Affiliate tab will show the details.

Can a Parent (main affiliate) have multiple children (Sub-Affiliates)?

Yes, an Affiliate can have multiple Sub-affiliates. There is no limitation on sub-affiliates.

From where can we set the Affiliate (parent) commission?

The Affiliate commission can only be set from the General Settings tab. Commision can be selected based on Per product sale or Per order.

Is it possible that sub-affiliate profit can be compromised i.e. will the Affiliate Commission be deducted from Sub-Affiliate Profit?

No, Both Affiliate and Sub-Affiliate have their individual Profit. Sub-Affiliates profit will be set from the AffiliateWP > Settings while the Affiliates profit will be set from Sub Affiliates > General Settings.

How many sub affiliate levels can we create other than the parent and sub affiliate?

The AffiliateWP Sub-Affiliate addon does not impose any limitations on the number of sub affiliates you can have. A parent affiliate can have multiple sub affiliates, and these sub affiliates can, in turn, become parents to their own sub affiliates, creating a multi-level affiliate structure. It’s important to note that profit sharing is specifically between the affiliate parent and its immediate Sub Affiliates.

Our addon does not support a Forced Matrix Multilevel structure where the parent affiliate earns from multiple levels beyond the immediate sub-affiliate level i.e. the parent affiliate earns profit from their direct sub-affiliates (Level 1), but they do not receive profit from the sub-affiliates of their sub-affiliates (Level 2 and beyond).

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