More details about Pixy's referral and affiliate programs are now online:
Our referral program is automatically activated for anyone with a blog at PixyBlog. Users can earn money-off their next subscription renewal by referring new sign-ups to PixyBlog. New sign-ups will also get a discount on their subscription. Referrals can be by email invitation, website links or by entering the referral code during the sign-up process. Read more about PixyBlog referral program... you may never have to pay for your PixyBlog subscription again!
Our affiliate program is for website owners who want to earn money by promoting our blogging service on their site. By linking to PixyBlog with your unique affiliate code we can credit our affiliates for any new sign-ups. Find out how to earn money through PixyBlog's affiliate program.
Thanks to all of those who congratulated us on the release of pixyBlog; it's great to finally be launched!
In the last post I didn't mention any features that are included in the latest release, so I'll cover these here:
There are three different plans our users can subscribe to, these are:
The different plans are designed to meet the requirements of our users; some photographers want their own domain name and a fully customizable theme, others want a more simple-to-manage photoblog. We also included the Premium plan for power users; it allows up to three photoblogs, multi users and unlimited storage space.
More details about the different plans can be found on our pricing page. Each plan comes with a free 14 day trial and the option to change subscription plans at any time with no extra fees.
To register an account with pixyBlog we now have a simple online sign up process. New users need to supply their contact details, a payment method (either Credit Card or PayPal) and choose the plan they wish to subscribe to. Immediately upon completing the sign up process, new users will be up-and-running with their new photoblog in just minutes.
We have extended the 'Profile' section of the admin area so that our users have much greater control over their pixyBlog account. The different sections are:
Most of these should be straightforward enough not to warrant any explanation, but I will write a little about the Subscription Management and Affiliate Program.
Manage your subscription: Users can change their subscription level at any time. You want to change from monthly to annual billing? No problem. You want to upgrade from your Basic account to Premium? Again, no problems. When changing subscription levels, your blog entries, images and other settings will remain unaffected. If you've customized your theme, then this will remain unchanged too*. Switching between levels is easy and there are no additional fees involved, you just pay for the difference in subscription costs. The subscription system is fully automated, so changes take effect immediately. Also, renewals are processed automatically, so when a user's subscription is up for renewal, they will first be notified by email and then their subscription renewal will be processed.
* unless you're downgrading to the Basic level where customized themes are not supported.
Affiliate program: The launch of pixyBlog includes a powerful affiliate system which can earn users additional credit. The credit earned through this can be put towards the next subscription renewal. Each pixyBlog user is given a unique affiliate code which can be used to receive discounts on new subscriptions. We will give our users 20% of the subscription fee for any new users they refer. Also, the new user will receive 10% off of their chosen plan. It's simple to refer a friend to pixyBlog; simply enter their email address on the 'Your Profile > Affiliate Program' page and they will receive an email inviting them to join pixyBlog. The email includes a link with a unique affiliate code which is used to apply the discount. The credit earned from referring new users will not expire and can be used against subscription renewals indefinitely.
Here are a few other minor changes which are included in the latest release:
Basic statistics overview – number entries, comments, images etc.
Feeds updated – the RSS/Atom feeds now include a larger version of the photo in the feed.
Themes change – Before the release of pixyBlog we included the Lightbox2 script to display overlayed photos on the Thumbnails and Archives pages of our photoblogs. It was decided not to make this a default feature for new subscriptions as it is not perfectly integrated with pixyBlog; e.g. there is no support for display the comment information and the script only works once every image on the page has been fully loaded, which occasionally causes problems especially on the Thumbnails page. For those reasons we decided to make this an optional feature for new users.