Find a cheap developer for affiliate program and ecommerce integrations

Most e-commerce sites and services integrate easily with Tapfiliate. However, some platforms and specially built sites may need a special integration. This is usually easy if you have an in-house developer, but what should you do if you don’t have one? It may seem overwhelming at first, but it’s actually easier than you might think. Below is a guide on how to find a developer to integrate your affiliate program:

When you’re looking for a developer to integrate your affiliate software, you need to consider a few things to keep your affiliate program setup running smoothly. These are the most important:

  • A front-end JavaScript developer or someone with API knowledge
  • transparency
  • communication abilities
  • good time management

A front-end JavaScript developer OR someone knowledgeable in API (application programming interface)

Like most affiliate software, Tapfiliate uses JavaScript or APIs in its integrations. To set up your affiliate program properly, the most important thing in all of this is that your developer can do the work you hired them for. Check their qualifications to make sure you integrate quickly and seamlessly. Sometimes a developer’s credentials appear on their profile or website. Other times you’ll have to ask.


Transparency in pricing is essential – make sure you’re as clear as possible about what you need – you should send them any technical documentation upfront and stay away from developers who quote you without asking for any details. You can find the relevant documents for your integration here. Search for your specific platform, tools or technology stack. There are two possible scenarios for pricing – a project fee (an estimate is also possible) or an hourly rate. If it’s a simple integration you’re afraid to do yourself, it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg.

great communication skills

Communication skills are not only critical when it comes to communicating with you. It is also very important that they are good at communicating in general because sometimes the developer needs to contact us here at Tapfiliate to complete the integration. Pay attention to how quickly they respond, how much information they provide, and whether they are happy to answer your questions. Search for references.

good time management

Before you begin, make sure your developer is transparent about what they will do and when. Make agreements in advance to be clear about what to expect. This is especially important if you are on a timeline and want to integrate quickly. They should communicate this to you and manage your expectations if things don’t go according to plan.

How much does a freelance developer cost?

Hourly rates for a freelance developer can vary from country to country. Outsourcing to a different country may be cheaper than paying someone in your home country, depending on where you live. Rates also vary depending on whether you decide to work with a junior or more senior developer for your setup.

The average hourly wage worldwide for a top JavaScript freelance developer is between $81-100 per hour. However, by outsourcing abroad, you can find developers cheaper and you don’t need high-level skills – you can choose a junior or mid-level developer.

The average worldwide hourly wage for a mid-level JavaScript developer is between $61-$80.

Freelance hourly rates 2

There is no difference in average hourly wages between a mid-level JavaScript developer and a junior JavaScript developer.

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Where can I find a developer?

Finding a developer can be overwhelming at times, especially if you’re not sure what you need. While it can be tempting to work with a cheap developer on a freelance platform, which is a valid path, there are a few different ways to find developers.

Ask your network if anyone knows a developer

Your friends, former colleagues or acquaintances may know a developer who will be interested in some freelance work. This way, you will be in direct contact with them. It never hurts to ask and you may find someone great to stay in touch with in the future.

Post on job boards

Posting on job boards is a surefire way to find freelance developers to help you set up your integration, and you’re less likely to encounter spam or scams. Popular free boards that are not explicitly for developers include LinkedIn, Jooble, Indeed, Gumtree, and Glassdoor. Specialized developer job boards charge to post your open position, and popular sites include GitHub, Stack Overflow, Mashable, and Women Making Code. To that end, it’s better to go with free boards aimed at a more general audience.

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Developers hang out on Twitter. The best way to find them is to do a hashtag search with #freelance #javascript #js and filter people out. Check out their profile and send a message or tweet.


Facebook groups

Facebook groups are great for finding communities of people, and it’s possible to find developers too. You can search for different communities – don’t limit yourself to developer groups. When you search, click on the group to look around and check the quality of the posts. Read the group guidelines before posting your vacancy, and message admins if you’re unsure.

Freelance platforms

The freelance platforms reviewed below are one of the most common ways to find a developer to do your affiliate program integration. It can also be difficult as you have to review candidates yourself; this is harder to do unless you go with a more expensive platform as there are lots of freelancers on those platforms. It is very important to be very clear about what you need when submitting your job description.

A note about scammers

Freelance platforms have real vendors, but to protect yourself, it’s crucial to make sure you know how to spot a scam.

Pay your freelancer within the freelancer platform you always use. Never accept a direct transfer. Most freelance platforms have a payment protection plan.
Trust your instincts and flag accounts that appear to be spam or fraudulent.
Communicate with users through the free platform. This way, you have a record of everything you say and accept. You will have some recourse if things go wrong or go to mediation on one of the platforms.

There are several freelance platforms where you can find a developer. Here is a review of some of the most popular freelance platforms.


Upwork is one of the largest freelance platforms connecting you with developers working all over the world. To find freelancers, post a job and wait for freelancers to submit their offers. Additionally, you can invite a developer to submit an offer for your job posting.



  • Find a developer on a budget – Filter by location to find freelancers in the US
  • Recruitment can be fast
  • See reviews from other customers, including negative reviews
  • Free plan available so you don’t have to pay to submit your work
  • Invite up to 3 freelancers to apply for your project on the free plan
  • Check the work samples
  • Get quotes from freelancers on an hourly or project rate with no minimum requirements


  • All stages of the hiring process must be done by you, so it can be time consuming.
  • Costs $49.99 per month to get help from the Talent Scout recruiting team finding someone for your project
  • If there’s a dispute, mediation services can sometimes take the freelancer’s side if you’re paying an hourly rate.
  • 3% fee on all payments
  • There is no review process and scammers are active on all freelancer platforms. Make sure you check reviews strongly and do your own.

top end: You can search for “Tapfiliate” to find a developer who has worked with one of our integrations before. Please make sure to check their profile to see a review of their integration. is another freelance platform that connects you with developers all over the world at the click of a button.

– Pay when you are satisfied
– Message a freelancer directly with your project details and budget without reviewing job applications that may not be relevant
– Cheaper than top freelance platforms
– Verified freelancers pass stronger checks – see blue checkmark


  • Going through all the developers to find the right one for your project can be time consuming.
  • While you can send a freelancer a direct message with your budget, they may refuse the job or ask for a higher hourly rate.
  • 3% fee per project or $3 (whichever is higher) or 3% for every payment you make for hourly projects. Additional fees are available for things like paid membership plans or promoting your business
  • If you need mediation between you and the freelancer, there are fees involved.
  • Scammers aren’t always blocked from using such services, so be sure to read the reviews carefully before committing.



The concept of Fiverr was originally meant for people to sell services for $5, but has since expanded and grown. There are many freelancers on the platform, you can still find affordable freelancers.


  • You can see positive reviews as well as negative reviews.
  • Fiverr business accounts are free for one year
  • Pay per project – make sure you get an estimated hour
  • Approved freelancers and Top rated vendors – search for logos


How to write a great freelance job description for your developer?

Making sure your job description provides as much information as possible is crucial to finding the right developer for your affiliate integration. This way, your developer will know in advance what is expected of them.

We’ve written a few sample freelance developer job descriptions to help you get an idea of ​​what you need to include.

👉See sample freelance developer job descriptions here

To summarize:

Finding a developer to integrate your affiliate program may seem overwhelming at first, but once you know what to do and what to watch out for, it should be simple. Then you can start inviting affiliates to start promoting your program.

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