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We know how important is to monetize your business the proper way. With our products, you can do this in many different ways.

It is all based on WooCommerce

We have decided to integrated WooCommerce as an eCommerce platform, so you can get all the cool stuff provided by this amazing plugin, like invoicing, sale reports, 100+ payment gateways, countless community and so much more.

WooCommerce is the most powerful free eCommerce addon for WordPress. It offers numerous payment options and all the possible solutions you might need for online store.

What are the main earning methods that you can use?

Depending on your business model, you can go in different directions, when talking about making money. Here are some of the methods that you can start with:

  • Submission plans
  • Listing promotions (boosts)
  • Banner ads
  • Fees

Fees

We have separated the fees into two types: service fees and host fees. Both types are work the same way, the only difference is which party will be affected by the fee calculation. You can manage the fees by going to Listing types  (edit your listing type)  Monetize  Payments.

Service fees

The host fee will be collected as commission by making any sales, using the purchase action type (for example), and here is how it works:

If you have a fee of 10% on your listing type, and the sale price of the listing is $100, the system will calculate an additional %10 and the final price will be $110, when the listing owner will earn $100 and the site will collect $10 of commission.

In conclusion, the service fee will be paid by the end-user, the one making the payment.

Host fees

By other hard, the host fee will be deducted from the listing publisher’s earnings. Let’s assume that we have 15% of host fee on the previous example. Then the profile for the listing owner will be $85 and $15 will be collected by the site owner.

Payment processing

There are different methods to process the payment. In some occasions, you may need to change only a part and not the full amount, especially if the final price is a large amount.

Here are the payment processing methods that you can use:

  • Process full payment
  • Process percentage payment
  • Process only security deposit
  • Process only service fee
  • Process full payment locally

You can manage this by going to admin dashboard, then navigate to Listing types  (edit any listing type)  Monetize  Payments.

Enable listing pricing

Some action types require purchase action type, in order to calculate the final price.

In order to enable the listing pricing, just go to your admin dashboard, then navigate to Listing Types  (edit your listing type)  Listing  Pricing, then check the option Allow pricing. This will trigger the price for your submission page and anywhere needed.

Other useful options that you can consider in the same section are:

  • Price is not required — Check this option if your listings can be for free.
  • Allows extra pricing — Check this if you want to allow the users to add additional prices like additional fees.
  • Allow addons — This option will allow the users to add additional pricing options for extra charge.

Orders

This is something very important you should keep in mind. All the payments will be processed through the WooCommerce. This will create a user order for every purchase in the site.

The order will appear in the user dashboard, under Orders, and also in the backend, under WooCommerce  Orders.

Important

Please note that an order with status Complete, is required, in order to trigger any actions. By default, and based on your payment methods, your orders may appear with status Processing.

You need to complete these order manually, once you have verified a success payment, or you can use a 3rd party plugin, like this one, to do it automatically.

Manage the user earnings and transactions

All the user transactions will appear under Users  Earnings, using the registration email of the user. In this section you can keep a track on the user’s earnings, payouts and every transaction that was made. You can also delete and add new transactions, but you have to pay some extra attention when doing that.

Plans

You can create multiple plans and attach them to your listing types. The plans will appear at your submission process, under the first step, which is the plan selection.

This is the way to limit your visitors submission and make profit from their submisions. Each plan can give you different benefits, like number of submissionlisting priorityduration

How to create a listing plan

Start by going to your admin dashboard, then go to Products  Add New. Name your product properly, the plan will be a reflection of the product. Scroll down to Product data, and use the drop-down to change the product type to Listing Plan. You can now set the plan price using the Regular price field.

There are some additional fields that you can see below the regular price:

  • Duration — The number of days of the listing to be active. Leave empty for unlimited duration.
  • Limit — The number of listing submissions that you can have with the selected plan. Leave empty for unlimited submissions.
  • Priority — Add additional priority (boost visibility) on the listings submitted with this plan. Higher value means higher priority in search results. Normal = 0, Featured = 1, Promoted = 2 and so on.
  • One time obtainable — Use for free plans, so customers cannot have more than one of these.

Assign plans to the listing type?

Now that you have created a new plan, you can assign in to one or more listing types. Navigate to Listing types  (edit your listing type)  Monetize  Plans, mark the option Enable Plans for this listing type, and select the plans you need. Save the changes, and you will see the results in your submission process.

Listing plans with recurring payments

Plan subscriptions are now available through WooCommerce Subscriptions (premium plugin). If you install the plugin, a new product type called Listing Subscription Plan will appear under the product types.

Highlight a plan?

You can highlight specific plan, using the default WooCommerce featured product option:

Obtaining a plan

How exactly the users will obtain the plan? Once they complete the submission process, and if the plan is not free or already obtained, they will be redirected to the checkout page with attached product in their cart. Once paid, the plan will be created.

Please note that a completed order is required in order to process the plan creation.

The available plans will also appear in your backend, user Listing Types  Plans.

FAQ

How to change the plan sorting — WooCommerce will automatically sort products alphabetically. However, you can also use this setting to create an entirely customized order for your WooCommerce products (plans).

Go to your admin dashboard and navigate to Products, then click on Sorting at the top of your product listings page, you can start customizing your product order.

Promotions (boosts)

Promotions is another earning method that allows you to collect payments, it works like a visibility boost. When you promote a specific listing, it will gain higher priority over the other listings.

Similar to the plans, you need to create a WooCommerce product and assigned it to one or more listing types. It will appear in the user account listings section, under every active listing as a Promote button.

On click, the button will bring a popup with the available promotions. The payment will be handled through WooCommerce as a standard payment.

How to create a promotion?

Navigate to your admin dashboard, then go to Products  Add New, and change the product type from Simple product to Listing Promotion. In the product data, additional fields will appear:

  • Duration — The number of days of the listing to be promoted.
  • Limit — Higher value means higher priority in search results.

Don’t forget to set a price and title, then publish the product.

How to assign promotions to the listing type?

Now that you have created a new promotion, you can assign in to one or more listing types. Navigate to Listing types  (edit your listing type)  Monetize  Promotions, mark the option Enable promotions, and check all the promotions you want to attach. Save the changes and done!

How to manage promotions from the backend?

All the promotions will appear in your backend in Listing Types  Promotions.

Please note that a completed order is required in order to process the plan creation

Listing priority

You can edit a specific listing and set the priority level manually. You will see the priority option in the right sidebar:

There are some pre-defined priority levels like NormalFeatured and Promoted. Higher value means higher priority in search results.

  • Normal = 0
  • Featured = 1
  • Promoted = 2

FAQ

How to change the promotion sorting? — WooCommerce will automatically sort products alphabetically. However, you can also use this setting to create an entirely customized order for your WooCommerce products (promotions).

Go to your admin dashboard and navigate to Products, then click on Sorting at the top of your product listings page, you can start customizing your product order.

How to change the listing’s promotion label? — If you like to change the priority labels, you can do that by using some simple WordPress filter. Using a child theme, add the following code in your functions.php file:

add_filter('routiz_priority_labels', function($labels) {
    return [
        1 = _x( 'Label for 1st priority', 'priority status', 'routiz' ),
	2 = _x( 'Label for 2nd priority', 'priority status', 'routiz' ),
	3 = _x( 'And so on..', 'priority status', 'routiz' ),
    ];
});
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