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Frequently Asked Questions


What is an Affiliate Program?

An Affiliate Program allows you to place links to CafePress products on your web site or blog. Each time a visitor comes to CafePress from one of your links and makes a purchase, you earn a commission for the sale.

How does the program work?

An Affiliate Program allows you to make money by referring customers to our web site. You do this by placing links to CafePress products or pages on your site. Every time you refer a customer to us and that customer makes a purchase, you earn a commission. We send you a check for a percentage of the sales you referred to our site. It's that easy!

Why should I join?

There are many reasons to join! Becoming an Affiliate is free, and you'll make money with very little effort. As an Affiliate, you can add value to the content of your site. We take the customer order and handle all payments. All you do is cash the check!

Does it cost anything to become an Affiliate?

There are no fees of any kind for applying to and participating in the CafePress Affiliate Program and there is no minimum sales requirement.

Does the CafePress Affiliate Program have any state residency restrictions?


If I am already a CafePress member and have a shop, can I still participate?

Yes. All CafePress members are encouraged to join the program! Unfortunately, Affiliate commissions will NOT be paid on products purchased directly from CafePress shops. To receive affiliate commission on products, the link must go to the CafePress Marketplace product page.

How do I sign up?

Signing up is easy! To get started go HERE.

I operate more than one web site. Can I still be an Affiliate?

Yes. You can have multiple sites as an Affiliate. You can have one Affiliate account with us that will include all of your sites. You can track the progress of each of your sites separately.

Do you accept affiliates from outside the US?

Yes, we're open to all countries.

Can I put my affiliate links in an email?

Yes. You can place any affiliate link into an email and still receive commissions on purchases from that link.

Can I put my affiliate links on my Facebook page?

Yes. You can place affiliate links on any of your Facebook pages.

Am I allowed to use CafePress product images to link to CafePress?

Yes. You are able to use product images from the CafePress marketplace.

What is my responsibility as an affiliate of CafePress?

You are responsible for the development, operation, and maintenance of your Affiliate web site or blog. You set up as many links to CafePress as you'd like, in the way that works best for your site, subject to the terms of the Affiliate User Agreement.

What is CafePress' responsibility?

CafePress will provide you with the tools and support you need to make the most of your Affiliate web site. And of course, we handle orders, shipping products, billing customers, paying your commissions, and managing customer service.

What type of links can I use on my Affiliate web site?

We will provide you with special "tagged" link formats to be used in all links between your Affiliate web site and CafePress. These special "tagged" links permit for accurate tracking, reporting, and commission fee calculation. We have a variety of links available for you to use:

  • Product links
  • Category links
  • Search box link
  • General link to www.CafePress.com Home Page
  • Text links and Banners
  • Widgets

For instructions on how to create these links, please refer to our Links & Banners page and Widgets page.

How much will I be paid?

You earn 15% Affiliate commission from all products purchased through the CafePress Marketplace from your affiliate link in the 15-day cookie period. Please note: if a customer clears or doesn�t allow cookies on their web browser, the sales will not be tracked. Affiliate commission rates or "Net Qualifying Revenues" are base price revenues on the sale price (minus royalties, shipping and handling as well as any returns or credit reversals) of the qualified product a customer buys after linking to CafePress from your Affiliate web site. Coupon sites will earn 5% commission.

What is a coupon site?

Coupon sites earn 5% commission. A site will be classified as a coupon site if the main purpose of the web site is to find and share coupon codes. If your web site is not classified as a coupon site and one of your referred purchases uses a coupon code, you will still receive 15% commission.

How do I get paid?

Payments will be sent via PayPal or via check depending on what you designate in your CafePress Payee Information page. Payments will be processed at the end of each month and be sent out regardless of the minimum balance. To input your payment information, please visit the Payments page.

Which products are qualified for commissions?

Affiliate commissions will be paid on ALL products purchased from the CafePress Marketplace. Affiliate commissions will NOT be paid on products purchased directly from CafePress shops. To receive affiliate commission on products, the link must go to the CafePress Marketplace product page.

For example, this links to a product within a CafePress Shop and will NOT receive affiliate commissions:

This link goes to the same product in the CafePress Marketplace and WILL receive affiliate commissions:

I am a CafePress member with a CafePress Shop. Can I link to my own products and still get credit?

As a CafePress member with a shop, you can get affiliate commissions by linking to your own products IF you link to your products within the CafePress Marketplace. You cannot receive commissions for linking to products within your shop or any other shop.

If you would like to include your products in the CafePress Marketplace in order to link to them and receive affiliate commissions, you may do so by clicking on "Edit Shop Profile" in your account and unchecking the box for the field "Marketplace, Affiliate, and Shopping Channels Opt-out". If the box is already unchecked, your products are already opted in to the marketplace. To edit your settings, go to your store settings page.

Will becoming an Affiliate increase traffic to my site?

Our Affiliate Program is a revenue-sharing program. It is not designed to help you increase traffic to your site; however, it enhances your site with content, so your user return rate may be higher.

How do I change my account information?

Once you have been accepted as an Affiliate, you will be given access to your Affiliate Account. Your account information can be modified through here. Please provide complete and accurate contact and payment information or you may not receive payment.

How do I create links and banners?

It's easy to add links and banners to your site. For a listing of available links and banners, and instructions on adding them, visit out Links & Banners page.

How do I create widgets?

Adding widgets to your site is a simple and effective way to earn revenue. For a listing of available widgets, and instructions on adding them to your pages, visit our Widgets page.

Where should I place the links on my site?

You should place links where they are easy for your site visitors to find, such as your homepage. Some areas you may want to place your links include your homepage, your navigation bar, and any other traffic areas. If you place the links in an easily accessible location on your site, your visitors will be more likely to make a purchase.

How often should I update my links?

You should update links to our products frequently. We are constantly adding new products, so you should create new links that fit the interests of your visitors.

What if I want to leave the Affiliate Program?

You may terminate your Affiliate Account at any time for any reason by sending an email to affiliatesales@cafepress.com indicating your desire to unsubscribe from the Affiliate Program.

What are the Affiliate terms of service?

You may view the affiliate agreement and terms of service on our Affiliate User Agreement page.

How much money can I earn? Are there any limits?

There are no limits. The more people you refer who purchase a CafePress product, the more commissions you can earn.

Still have questions?

If you have any questions, we are happy to help! Just send an email to affiliatesales@cafepress.com

Why sign up?

  • Generous commissions (up to 15%)
  • 700 million products to choose from
  • Easy-to-use affiliate program
  • Daily reporting + interface mgmt
  • Free to join the program
  • Handy widgets to enhance revenues
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