What is an affiliate?

What is a merchant?

What is affiliate marketing?

How does affiliate marketing work?

How is IntactEarnings different from other Affiliate Marketing networks?

Does IntactEarnings offer any customer support?

How much does it cost to join IntactEarnings as an affiliate?

What are the requirements for being an affiliate?

How do I access my account and my reports?

If my application is rejected, can it be approved at a later time?

Can I participate if I live outside the country?

Can I run a consolidated report for all of my accounts?

Is there a minimum payout amount on commission?

If I have many merchant programs on my site, do I receive many cheques?

What is the commission structure for a particular affiliate program, and when will I get paid?

How does IntactEarnings track leads and sales on the Web?

How does IntactEarnings prevent fraud or inappropriate activities in the program?

How do I get paid?

What statistics does IntactEarnings track for me?

What types of advertising links are available to place on my Web site?

What technical skills do I need to be an affiliate?

What types of transactions do I get paid for?

How long does it take to get started?

How do I find merchants I want to partner with?

How many programs can I join?

What percentage of the sale do I get from a merchant?

How do I know how much the merchant owes me?

How do I get the code for the links I put on my site?

Once I am approved by IntactEarnings, am I automatically approved for all merchant programs?

Will the merchants be able to email me directly?

Can I modify the HTML code for the link?



What is an affiliate?
An affiliate, affiliate site, affiliate partner, or associate places links on their web site to a complimentary or like site who has e-commerce or lead capabilities. In exchange for this promotion, the affiliate receives compensation in the form of commissions on sales, or a fixed fee for lead generation.
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What is a merchant?
A merchant is a web site that either has e-commerce or lead tracking capabilities and offers commissions on sales or some type of fee base to other websites in exchange for the promotion of their site via links.
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What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is any form of advertising where a merchant pays commission or a fixed fee on sales or lead generation to a content or affiliate site when a sale or lead is generated from the affiliate site. This relationship is entirely based on performance. Affiliates place links in the form of buttons, banners, text links or product links on their site, in exchange for a commission on sales or leads paid by the merchant. IntactEarnings is a third party network of these affiliates and merchants that matches sites with one another, and tracks, reports and measures transactions and collects payment from the merchants and then pays out commission to the affiliates in one combined payment. An affiliate can therefore link to many sites and receive one payment that includes all merchant commissions.
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How does affiliate marketing work?
A merchant enlists affiliate web sites to offer links to the merchant site in exchange for commission on sales or leads generated by visitors to the affiliate site. The merchant offers a variety of banners, buttons, and text links, which link to the merchant site. The affiliate copies and pastes these links into their web site in strategic areas. When a visitor to the affiliate site clicks on one of these links and goes to the merchant site and either conducts a purchase or completes a lead form, the merchant pays the affiliate a commission or a fixed fee. IntactEarnings streamlines this process by providing a network of affiliates and merchants and then performing the reporting and accounting functions. Affiliates and merchants can manage their programs using a centralized web based program. IntactEarnings also recruits affiliate web sites, and matches them to like or complimentary merchants. In some cases merchants can actually be affiliates as well.
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How is IntactEarnings different from other Affiliate Marketing networks?
Unlike many affiliate networks, IntactEarnings offers centralized online tracking and reporting as well as consolidated payment to affiliates. IntactEarnings also serves all banners, buttons, and links for the merchants from a centralized online site as well as manages merchant accounts and payments to affiliate partners. IntactEarnings also actively recruits affiliate partners to the network and offers free customer service via email and phone. We also encourage our partners to use our comprehensive collection of questions and answers available on line. Most importantly, IntactEarnings is a truly performance based network. Merchants only pay IntactEarnings for their service when a visitor to an affiliate generates a sale or a lead. We succeed when our partners succeed! And we are Canadian!
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Does IntactEarnings offer any customer support?
Yes, IntactEarnings offers free customer service via email and phone. We also encourage our partners to use our comprehensive collection of questions and answers available on line 24/7.
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How much does it cost to join IntactEarnings as an affiliate?
IntactEarnings is absolutely FREE for affiliates. As an affiliate all you need to do is sign up. Merchants pay a minimal set up fee for the service, and then a commission or fixed fee for all transactions generated by the affiliates. Therefore IntactEarnings is truly a performance based network. We succeed, when our partners succeed!
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What are the requirements for being an affiliate?
Affiliates must have a Web site and a valid email address to sign up for an affiliate account with IntactEarnings.
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How do I access my account and my reports?
All account information is available online in a secure Account Manager web site accessed from the login section on the IntactEarnings homepage, using a secret login id and password assigned to you when you sign up to be an affiliate. The Account Manager is a user friendly, real time web based application available 24/7. Within this site, the affiliate can change account information, join merchant programs, access a variety of banners, buttons, product and text links, create promotions any time of the day and create custom reports by sorting the report using many different variables.
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If my application is rejected, can it be approved at a later time?
Yes, under some circumstances your application may be rejected, and later approved. If your site is rejected because it does not adhere to our guidelines, and then is altered to meet the guidelines, your site may be accepted. For example a site that is under construction would be rejected and once it is completed, may be approved. Please review the terms and conditions outlined for affiliates.
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Can I participate if I live outside the country?
Yes, IntactEarnings is able to service affiliates who reside outside Canada. However, at this time we are only able to pay out commissions to affiliates in Canadian or U.S. currencies. Please note that if currencies need to be converted, all exchanges are settled on the date that payment is issued. We are constantly working to give you more variety and selection, so please watch for any additional currencies made available.
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Can I run a consolidated report for all of my accounts?
Yes, you can use the Report Wizard to either create reports for one merchant, only certain merchants, or all merchants in one comprehensive printable report.
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Is there a minimum payout amount on commission?
Yes, the minimum payout amount is $30 Canadian. At the end of the calendar month, the online system alerts the IntactEarnings’ accounting department to pay all affiliates that have earned at least $30 combined from all of the merchant programs they belong to for the previous month. Cheques are processed and mailed on or before the 25th of every month or the next regular business day for the previous month’s transactions. If an affiliate has earned less than the minimum, the commission earned is carried forward to the following month and so on until it reaches $30. Because commissions are consolidated, our affiliates reach their minimum payout quickly.
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If I have many merchant programs on my site, do I receive many cheques?
No, you receive one aggregated cheque including commissions from all of your merchants, making it much easier for you to reach your $30 payout minimum.
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What is the commission structure for a particular affiliate program, and when will I get paid?
Each merchant determines their own commission structure whether commissions are paid as a flat fee or percentage of sales, or on a lead basis, so it is important for you to read the payout structure for each program you apply to. Merchants may also change the structure from time to time for promotions at their discretion. IntactEarnings notifies all of the affiliates of any changes on behalf of the merchant. All payments to affiliates are issued on or before the 25th day of the month or the first business day thereafter providing the payment is greater than $30 Canadian. If an affiliate has earned less than the minimum, the commission earned is carried forward to the following month and so on until it reaches $30.
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How does IntactEarnings track leads and sales on the Web?
IntactEarnings uses session variables to track merchant sales and leads. A session variable is assigned to the Internet user when a button, banner, or link is loaded and when the same is clicked by a visitor, and when a visitor purchases or creates a lead. This code does not interfere with the affiliate site or the merchant site. It simply tracks the visitor and the resulting purchase or lead in order to pay the Affiliates their commission for the referral. Session variables cannot be omitted or bypassed by the visitor. This technology works across all platforms and with any shopping cart technology.
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How does IntactEarnings prevent fraud or inappropriate activities in the program?
IntactEarnings has automated features that monitor any forms of peculiar activity. IntactEarnings also periodically evaluates all existing affiliates and merchants for inappropriate activities as deemed by the Affiliate and Merchant Service Agreement. In the event that a merchant or affiliate partner becomes involved in a fraudulent or inappropriate act they will be removed from the IntactEarnings network.
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How do I get paid?
IntactEarnings issues payment on or before the 25th of the month for the previous calendar month's sales in one consolidated cheque, combining commissions earned from all merchant partners that each affiliate is working with. There is a $30.00 Cdn. minimum payout. If an affiliate has earned less than the minimum, the commission earned is carried forward to the following month and so on until it reaches $30.
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What statistics does IntactEarnings track for me?
IntactEarnings’ Report Wizard tracks click-throughs, page impressions, number of transactions, gross sales, commission earned, CTR (Click Through Ratio or the percentage of impressions that result in a click-through), EPC (the average commission earned per click), and CR (Conversion Ratio or the percentage of click-throughs that result in a sale or lead).
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What types of advertising links are available to place on my Web site?
Merchants provide banners (in a variety of industry standard sizes), buttons, text links, product links, content links and specific page links.
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What technical skills do I need to be an affiliate?
Affiliates need to be able to copy and paste HTML code and place it accurately within the code of a Web page or within an email.
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What types of transactions do I get paid for?
Affiliates get paid for either leads, or for sales. A lead is generated when a visitor from the affiliate site clicks through a link and becomes a lead for the merchant. Merchant’s can ask visitors to become members to their site, download free information, or fill out a lead form requesting more information. A sale is generated when a visitor from the affiliate site clicks through a link and purchases a product or service from the merchant. A sale is completed and tracked as complete when the visitor receives a “thank you” for shopping web page from the merchant.
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How long does it take to get started?
All you have to do is take a few minutes to Sign up. IntactEarnings will evaluate and approve your site within 24 hours. Then, you will be able to access your account and select merchants you would like to partner with. Affiliates must join a merchant's program before being able to use their links on their Web site. Most merchants will approve your site immediately through the IntactEarnings prescreening process, but some may require further evaluation. Once you are approved and have searched and know which links you want to place on your site, you must copy and paste the HTML for those links onto one of your live Web pages. Then you can monitor your account and see what transactions are generated. For the best results, you need to have steady traffic to your Web site, and you need to test different links and merchant programs to find the ones that are best suited to your site and your audience.
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How do I find merchants I want to partner with?
Within the IntactEarnings Account Manager, affiliates can browse for merchants by category or alphabetically. Then by clicking on the merchant's logo, an affiliate can see the details of the program - what commissions they pay and what types of products they offer.
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How many programs can I join?
As many as you want. There is no limit to the number of programs that IntactEarnings affiliates can join. However, we recommend that you only select those programs that best suit your audience.
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What percentage of the sale do I get from a merchant?
It varies from merchant to merchant. When you join programs, you are given the details about the kind or kinds of compensation that a merchant is offering.
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How do I know how much the merchant owes me?
You can see a daily update of how much you are owed just by logging in. You can also review detailed real-time reports using the Report Wizard.
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How do I get the code for the links I put on my site?
You can get the HTML code for your links right on the IntactEarnings site. In the Account Manager section you can ask to view one, some of, or all of your merchants and their links. Then you simply click on the link you would like to use on your site, and a second window pops up prompting you to copy the HTML code and then paste it strategically into your own HTML pages. If you selected multiple merchants, you can repeat the procedure again and again, adding new links to your site.
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Once I am approved by IntactEarnings, am I automatically approved for all merchant programs?
Not for all merchant programs. IntactEarnings prescreens all affiliate sites, and some merchants automatically approve affiliate sites based on this prescreening. However, some merchants require additional evaluation, and IntactEarnings will email you on behalf of the merchant once they have made their decision. Once you are approved by the merchant you will gain access to their link library, to select your links.
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Will the merchants be able to email me directly?
No. IntactEarnings will not divulge your email address to any merchants, unless you have joined their program. This protects you from being solicited by the merchants. All emails regarding new merchant programs will be sent to you by IntactEarnings on behalf of the merchants.
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Can I modify the HTML code for the link?
We do NOT recommend modifying the HTML in any way. Changing the HTML may result in inaccurate tracking and a loss in sales. If this occurs, IntactEarnings and the merchant are not obligated to pay the commission.
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Please let us know if you have any additional questions that may be of interest to other affiliates, and we will try to add them. faq@intactearnings.com

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