June 26th, 2018

June 26th, 2018

Had a problem with Thirsty Affiliates plugin. When I updated it to the latest version, I was unable to return to my dashboard. I could not even logout.

A quick Google search taught me how to disable a plugin via cPanel (rename it).

I can now access my dashboard, and here’s what I see at the top of the page:

I will now revert to the original name and see what happens.

Before I do that, a quick summary to bring us up to date:

  1. @Waiting for:  “I can’t see a “Get Approval” button or page or anything. Where is it?”
    1. This was solved (finally) by tech support sending me a screenshot of where I should click. There was a check mark next to the word “requested” which I assumed meant I had made the request to be an affiliate for this product and it was just a matter of waiting. No. I needed to CLICK on the word “Requested” and that would take me to the request form. Not the most intuitive of processes, is it, boys and girls?
    2. Anyway, problem solved. My request was granted within 24 hours.
  2. @waiting for: “Do I not require form W-8ECI, as presumably my commissions will be ‘income effectively connected with the conduct of trade or business within the U.S.’?
    1. The answer came within 24 hours:
      1. “Here is an article with access to the tax forms as well as how to upload them to your account.
        For affiliates outside of the U.S. you can use the w8-ben form. “
      2. The form looks intimidating, but if you follow the instructions, you’ll see that you may not have to fill every little thing in.
    2. A side-note: I had to fill in a W8 form in order to qualify for the affiliate program of Siteground (<- affiliate link!), the company that hosts this and all my other blogs. They actually have their own version of the form, and all I needed to do was add my date of birth and “sign” it (type in my name). Very simple, and yet another reason why I like this company.

OK, let’s test Thirsty Affiiliates.

Nope. Not working. I just upgraded to v. 3.3.4    The error message says “Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘[‘ in /home/*****/public_html/affiliatenewbie/wp-content/plugins/thirstyaffiliates/Models/Bootstrap.php on line 421”  but there is no ‘[‘  in line 421.

I contacted support for this plugin: https://rymera.com.au . Search in the Knowledgebase for “syntax error” or “bootstrap” produces 0 results. To submit a ticket you need a Licence key, but I’m using the free version, to try it out. Not very helpful is it, boys and girls?

Finally found the “Contact Us” page (link hidden at the foot of the page). Not very helpful is it, boys and girls?

Problem was solved by the great people  in tech support at Siteground. Cause: “The issue was caused by the PHP version of the website. I changed the PHP version to the newer 7.0 for you and activated the plugin. Everything seems to be working as expected now”

Total chat time 14 mins.

Tomorrow, I’ll write about geni.us links, which looks very promising:

“Automatic product localization – iTunes, Amazon and Microsoft Store links are automatically optimized for international shoppers, making sure every user gets to the right item in their local storefront and you get credit for those sales.”

From the same folks, AMAZON AFFILIATES: HOW TO USE PAYONEER TO GET PAID FROM ANYWHERE looks interesting, too. Check it out. More tomorrow.


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