WooCommerce Subscriptions

How to setup subscriptions and auto-shipments with WooCommerce Subscription plugin and multi level marketing software

by Sophie Alvsaker

Posted: Friday 13th March 2020

Are you looking to setup subscriptions & auto-shipment with Shopify? Read this article on: How to setup subscriptions & auto-shipments in combination with Shopify affiliate marketing.

Set Up Subscriptions & Auto Shipments with WooCommerce Subscriptions MLM Plugin

Find High Value Customers

The WooCommerce Subscription plugin for WordPress Websites allows for automated recurring payments on physical and digital products with your WooCommerce store.

Attracting these valuable customers can result in a highly successful online business.

The powerful option to also use multi level marketing where existing affiliates may invite other affiliates to join your network is also available with ShoutOut in combination with subscriptions.

How to setup subscriptions with WooCommerce Online Shop

To provide auto shipments or subscriptions with WooCommerce you'll need to add the WooCommerce Subscription plugin. It's available from here: https://woocommerce.com/products/woocommerce-subscriptions/

Unlike other plugins that take a percentage of revenue, we believe this plugin provides great value as a once per year cost, regardless of the sales generated through the solution.

Setup commission options to affiliates

You may choose to pay your affiliates on just the first order, or all subsequent recurring orders that are generated by WooCommerce Subscriptions from the same customer. We recommend the later as it will attract individuals to your affiliate network that will drive a substantial amount of new business to your store.

How to setup ShoutOut to track affiliate referrals

Once you have WooCommerce and WooCommerce Subscription plugins installed to your WordPress website, if you haven't already done so, you need to add ShoutOut to track affiliates that refer customers to your online store. 

Install ShoutOut WooCommerce Multi-Level Marketing Plugin here.

ShoutOut is the perfect solution to track and remunerate those individuals sending you these valuable customers, and may be set up to work in combination with both WooCommerce and WooCommerce Subscription plugins.

Once ShoutOut is installed, you'll need to upgrade your plan to either the Growth or Pro plans to use the features outlined below.

You may choose if you'll be paying your affiliates on the first sale only, or all subsequent sales that are also generated by your WooCommerce Subscription plugin.

To ensure your affiliates are paid on these recurring sales from the same customer enable ShoutOut's Lifetime Association feature in Settings > Preferences

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This will ensure that future sales coming from the same customer credits commission to the original referring affiliate, and any up-lines if you've enabled multi level marketing. An automated notification is also required to be setup (see next section).

Notify ShoutOut when auto shipments or future charges are generated

If you have decided to pay your affiliates on repeat orders, it's also important to setup an automated notification that lets ShoutOut know when an order is created by your WooCommerce Subscription plugin. This notification sends the order information to ShoutOut so the correct commission may be credited to the original referring affiliate. 

To setup this notification follow these steps.

In your WooCommerce admin, go to Settings > API > Webhooks > Add Webhook and enter the following information:

  1. Name: Subscription Orders
  2. Status: Active
  3. Topic: Order Created
  4. Delivery URL: https://www.shoutout.global/wooorder?lic=XXXXXXX
  5. Click: Save Webhook
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You'll need to replace XXXXXXX with your License Key supplied by us when you installed your ShoutOut plugin.

In Summary

We hope this helps to explain the correct setup procedure for allowing WooCommerce, ShoutOut and WooCommerce Subscription plugins to all work successfully together, and we're confident ShoutOut will be an integral part of your ongoing success.

Still not sure which WooCommerce MLM Plugin is best for your business? Take a look at this article explaining 'must have' features of a WooCommerce Multi Level Marketing Plugin.


About the Author

Sophie Alvsaker ​is a professional educator, presenter and a leading expert in affiliate marketing and referral programs. Sophie is passionate about sharing engaging and practical insights to allow clients to maximize the effectiveness of ShoutOut's many features and tools.

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