We're trying to automate and simplify but we have an affiliate problem.
We sell print books and e-books but Clickbank will only handle e-books, so we have not been using affiliates to promote print book sales.
We found that we can implement WP eStore and WP Affiliate Platform, which would allow is to use one system to track affiliate commissions and process all orders fro print books AND e-books rather than having to use 2 payment systems. This would significantly simplify our lives.
We have also had problems with some affiliate sales on lower priced items (like $6.48) because the Clickbank fees take so much that the affiliates don't make enough to get excited about it. $1.49 is an exorbitant fee on a $6.48 order.
If I implement this system without Clickbank, it will simplify life greatly from a technical standpoint, but I have been told that we might have more difficulty getting affiliates if we don't keep selling on Clickbank. Apparently some affiliates can find us through the marketplace, but I question how much value there is in that since most affiliates referred by Clickbank don't sell much.
Before I keep racking my brain for a hybrid solution, can anyone tell me if there's a compelling benefit to keep selling our stuff through Clickbank?