Booking.com affilitates implementation examples

Hello

I just found a link to a booking.com page that features a lot of info in one single location just just wanted to share that with you. This might help for you own site !

I am pretty sure there are MUCH BETTER integration examples out there… but these are the ones recommended by booking.com.

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Search boxes

This is what YOU control. This can be hosted on your site and tweaked by the plugin I’ve built. This is the first thing you can do to get started in the affiliation business.

Everything listed here is covered by the plugin I created. Also, you will not find examples of multiple searchboxes on one single page… as this is not supported by the booking.com scripts.

Want more ?

Once you start getting some traffic, you can put requests to the Booking.com online team. If you don’t have a minimum of 100 visitors a day, I doubt they will even care about what you ask.

You can’t achieve the implementation examples below on your own. They are relative to your partner ID and hosted on the booking.com servers. Again, the more traffic you get, the more chances you have to have it done in a relativelly short timespan.

More than 100 visitors a day : Booking.com + co-branded

As you can see, the affiliate brand is “integrated” into the design of the regular booking.com pages. Yes it is ! Look closer, top right ;).

 

More than 100 visitors a day : IFrames

In this example, the affiliate site loads the customized booking.com page in a “wide” iframe. Customers feel like they are on one site only but essentially this is 2 sites showing up on one page. It has a lot of pro’s (you still own the integration) and con’s (double scroll bars, security certificate won’t show up, look and feel is weird at times).

 

More than 100 visitors a day : Complete Style Copy / Header-Footer

The Booking.com online team need to set you up here.
To work on your chances, make sure you look at the examples below and know EXACTLY what you’re looking for. The cleaner your request is, the higher the chances they’ll pay attention to your request.

 

More than 1000 visitors a day : Database Dump

This one is relatively rare and I’m not convinced there’s any updside to it.

 

More than 1000 visitors a day : XML

An XML integration is real deal. While it is a bit more costly when you’re just starting into the affiliation business, this is definitely a sign that you are serious about what you want to achieve. There is a cost on the booking.com side to set you up and they will gladly make you pay for it. Also once this is in place, you better be sure to have some good traffic coming your way… a site redesign might force you to rework it all over again.

Hope this helped, feel free to send me your own suggestions !

Greg

Booking.com affiliate plugin updated to 1.0 !

Hey folks

As per my previous post, here’s the result of the last round of updates to the plugin. I took all your feedback very seriously and revised my plans to accomodate for the most popular features. Never an easy task to please everyone (particularly when done for FREE) but I suspect this should please a number of users !

WARNING : This is a major upgrade and simply clicking the “update” link in WordPress won’t be sufficient for you to transition from the old architecture to the new one. Please save your legacy settings offline before upgrading. Your former settings will not be directly imported into this version.
Be sure you have a couple of minutes ahead of you to get things running again. Do not perform this upgrade on the go ! It’ll take you a few mins to get familiar with the new approach and re-deploy your searchboxes.

Changelog

– By public demand, your Booking.com plugin now features shortcodes !

– Complete overhaul of the publication mechanism. You can now have multiple search boxes configured for your site. They are all independant and you can reonfigure them at will. I’m leveraging the default posts engine so you benefit from wonderful native features like revisions or backup. This answer the numerous requests around having unique  search boxes for some of your key full-width landing pages AND keep another widgetized search box for your traditional site template.
WARNING, this does not mean you can have multiple searchbox on a single page ! Just like previous versions the behaviour of the booking.com calendar script prevents that. Nothing to do with this plugin, Booking.com wants it that way. Nasty bugger.

– Add a search box from the regular post editor, TinyMCE, via the Insert button.

Revised layout : Editable width that really works. Reworked div structure that shouldn’t break any templates anymore.

Added Portuguese, thanks to Paulo Santos for the submission.

Still pending

I really wanted to get this release out the door to answer your great feedback & fair requests. That means that I had to make some re-prioritization and descope a few items that were naively slated for this release.

– Adoption of the jQuery datepicker : all in all, I’ve probably spent 50% of my time trying to tweak the default calendar script to get it to work on all major browser and in most circumstances. While not deviating from the source code is part of the idea for this plugin, fact is this the source code is outdated and not scalable. Booking.com hasn’t updated that code in more than 4 years and is providing close to 0 support. Time to move on and embrace the industry standards ! It is not included in v1.0 so legacy users can still use the original booking.com script with the new shortcode codebase. After that, (1) no more random calendar popup location (2) support for multiple searchbox on same page (3) much more flexible styling options. Can’t wait.

Further UI rework for the actual boxes. As I’m now using shortcodes and switched from a unique-per-site to many-per-site approach, the actual requirements to get the frontend working nicely changed a bit… thus taking more time to do it right. No fancy HTML5 stuff but it’s defo on the list for the nexy few releases. With the use of the jQuery datepicker, I’ll probably also borrow a few UI tricks from that library too !

Search results on your own site : it’s been while we didn’t talk about displaying the booking.com results into yout own site and branding… Well it’s still not for this release but the progress achieved here will make this next step much more stable and flexible.

Now what ?

Head over to the changelog for more details, have a look at the new screenshots and last but not least have a try for yourself on a test WordPress install (if you don’t have one setup, try via Instant WordPress).

Once you’re all ready to go and confident about the changes, you’re set for updating your production site !

 

Thanks you all for your patience (hum) and continous feedback… and keep watching for the future updates !

Greg

Are we there yet ? Yes, version 1.0 is days away !

Hey

Good news, I’m almost done with the new release for the plugin. I’m putting the last touches together, updating readme.txt and screenshots. You’ll see the updates coming you way in the next few days.

It’ll be version 1.0 as the code is now stable and I believe it won’t break any designs.

If you want to get the package early for testing purpose, let me know and I’ll send you the zip file.

Cheers
Greg