Archive for October, 2009

PepperJam Network Dying? - Merchants moving to Linkshare

PepperJam Network Dying? - Merchants moving to Linkshare

Today I have received numerous emails form merchants on the Pepperjam network informing me that they are moving over to Linkshare.

Heres a copy of the email:

As you know STORE NAME will no longer be on the PepperJam Network as of November 2nd and moving exclusively to the LinkShare Network. If you have not switched your links yet, please make sure that you completely switch your links to LinkShare. If you do not switch your links as of November 2nd you will lose tracking and commissions for any referred sales.

I wanted to send you a personal note to let you know that we value your partnership and wanted to make sure that you switch out your links in time. If you do not have a LinkShare account, please make sure to join their affiliate network today for free!

Update your links today! STORE NAME and LinkShare are committed to making your transition as smooth as possible. If you encounter any difficulties or have questions regarding your LinkShare account, please contact LinkShare via this form:


Michael Ebert

Director of Affiliate Marketing

eFashion Solutions


This may come to surprise to a lot of affiliates but upon reading Pepperjams Blog I discovered that PepperJam has been acquired by GSI Commerce. You can read about it here

If you are an affiliate of Pepperjam I advise you to check your links that are running and make sure you update your links in order to get commission.

Like most affiliates, I am not looking forward to this change. I am not a fan of Linkshares tracking system because of poor performance and low conversions. When running the same campaign and landing page with different networks I have better conversion results. But that is a different topic for another day.

SolidPHP (SPBAS) - VS - PHPLicengine

There are a few contenders for licensing/distribution software available online. The top two are SPBAS (also known as SolidPHP and PHPAudit) and PHPLicengine.

SolidPHP (SPBAS) PHPLicengine
SPBAS by SolidPHP - they have discontinued PHPAudit and Iono. After reviewing both products we ended up choosing SPBAS. It seemed to offer more features and have a larger support and community behind it. PHPLicengine - I’m not familiar with this one, but we downloaded the demo and tried it out. Great for those we cannot afford SPBAS and are looking for someone simple.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

These licensing/distribution systems usually use a couple of methods:

1.) A local key - Your clients are given a key file which they have to upload to their server. The key expires after a set time and they then have to upload another key. You can automate this and have your script fetch the key automatically and store it in the db. Clients will quickly get fed up with having to upload a license key file every month etc.

2.) A remote “call home” every so often. You’ll need to code it so that if your site is off line then your script still works, and also if you move servers or change domains etc you don’t want you clients’ sites to stop working.


Comparison of PHPAudit, iono and PHPLicengine.

Note: PHPAudit and iono are now combined and called SPBAS

PHPLicengine | iono | PHPAudit
Remote Licensing Yes Yes Yes
Local Licensing Yes Yes Yes
ionCube Licensing Yes No No
Custom Key / Value Pairs Yes No Yes
Dynamic Key / Value Pairs Yes No No
Shopping Cart Yes Yes Yes
Invoice Management Yes Yes Yes
Order Management Yes Yes Yes
Download Management Yes Yes Yes
Client Management Yes Yes Yes
Customizable Templates Yes Yes Yes
Language Files Yes No Yes
Email Templates Yes Yes Yes
Kayako / eSupport Yes No Yes
Cerberus HelpDesk v4. Yes No No
Cerberus HelpDesk v3. Yes No Yes
SupportTrio Yes No No
Custom HelpDesk Integration Yes No No
SMF Forums Yes No No
phpBB Forums Yes No No
MyBB Forums Yes No No
Custom Forum Integration Yes No No
minFraud Yes Yes Yes
TeleSign Yes No No
MaxMind Phone Yes No No
API Yes Yes Yes
Jrox Affiliate Yes No No
iDev Affiliate Yes No Yes
Testimonial Manager Yes No Yes
News Manager Yes No Yes
Google Analytics Yes No No



Order now to save $50 on SPBAS 1000 & 2500 and $100 on SPBAS 5000.

SPBAS License Customers Monthly One-time
SPBAS 10 ( try ) 10 Customer records Free Free
SPBAS 1000 ( buy ) 1000 Customer records $15 $249 $199
SPBAS 2500 ( buy ) 2500 Customer records $25 $399 $349
SPBAS 5000 ( buy ) 5000 Customer records $40 $699 $599
More than 5000 customer records? Contact SolidPHP


PHPLicengine License Customers One-time
Free PHPLicengine 20 licenses or 20 orders Free
Unlimited PHPLicengine Unlimited $89.99
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