hosting affiliate with The Turn Group there are a few things you need to know.
First, by participating in The Turn Group affiliate internet marketing program,
you agree with the The Turn Group Affiliate Program Terms and Conditions set
The nature of an affiliate link (which looks something like this: (http://www.theturngroup.com/hosting/aff.php?aff=001) is to provide a way for an affiliate to make revenue by sharing the affiliate link. This is done by signing up a web hosting affiliate account on our website, activating the affiliate program within your account and getting your own personalized link.
How does an affiliate link work?
An affiliate link works by an affiliate taking the link and placing it on a website, sending it within an email, adding it to a social account or any other method used with the sole purpose of getting others to click on the link. Once the linked is clicked, our system will track the customer as they visit the different pages that make up our website. If a customer purchases a hosting account on our website, our system is notified of the referring affiliate link and assigns the customer under your affiliate account.
Once the customer clicks your affiliate link a cookie is placed within their browser.
A cookie is defined by wikipedia as:
A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user's previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past. This can include clicking particular buttons, logging in, or a record of which pages were visited by the user even months or years ago.
IMPORTANT: Our cookies are only valid for 30 days. After 30 days the cookie expires. If for whatever reason, after 30 days your referring customer comes back and purchases a hosting product from The Turn Group you will not receive any commission from that sale.
OK, now on to what you can't do as an affiliate...
Unsolicited Commercial Email (spam)
The Turn Group in no way participates in mass unsolicited emailing (i.e. spamming), and all affiliates are expected to adhere to this policy as well.
You shall not purchase search engine keywords or domain names that use The Turn Group's trademarks "The Turn Group" and/or certain variations and misspellings thereof.
You shall not purchase or register keywords, Pay Per Click advertising, AdWords, search terms, domain names, or other identifying terms that include the words "The Turn Group" or certain variations and misspellings thereof for use in any search engine, portals, sponsored advertising service or other search or referral services.
Google AdWords Advertizing
You shall not run Google AdWords ad campaigns for any keywords (brand or non-brand without exception) to advertize your webpage or other pages that are purposed for promoting The Turn Group products and contain your affiliate link(s), as well as any pages that are purposed to re-direct visitors to pages that promote The Turn Group products and contain your affiliate links.
Product Authorship and Copyrights
You will not advertize any of The Turn Group products as created by you, your company or any person or company other than The Turn Group.
You will not set price for The Turn Group products lower than the price currently suggested for the same products by The Turn Group on its official website at http://www.theturngroup.com/web-hosting. No rebates or cash-back offers are allowed for you as an affiliate, as these tactics create unfair competition with The Turn Group and other affiliates.
Competition with The Turn Group
Our affiliate program has been introduced to foster hosting/product sales and attract new audiences to our hosting which otherwise would presumably not find our website. Affiliates will take efforts to direct new visitors to The Turn Group's websites but not distract traffic from the website.
Therefore affiliates are not allowed to go into direct competition with The Turn Group on search engines, in PPC ads or on other advertising venues. Any techniques designed to re-direct traffic to an affiliate site, which otherwise would go to our websites, will not be allowed. For example, advertizing discounts (unless specifically advised in an email from The Turn Group) and free downloads, using mentions of discounts in the webpage's title and meta description when a page is ranking for The Turn Group products and especially highlighting discounts, free downloads in capital letters will be qualified as traffic-stealing activities.
Resulting Measures of Non-Compliance
If The Turn Group determines that you have undertaken any of the prohibited activities put forth above, then The Turn Group will:
1 - Contact you with a notification and ask you to cease activities disallowed by our policy
2 - If immediate action is not taken upon notification, The Turn Group may pursue any or all of the following actions:
- Withhold all compensation otherwise payable to you beginning with the date on which you started the prohibited activities.
- Remove you from the The Turn Group affiliate Program permanently.
- Contact the search engine or other advertizing venue in which your ad was found to ask that these ads be removed immediately and permanently.
If you are unsure whether your planned activities will comply with the policies set above, you may contact us for clarification.
Limitations on Life Time Payout Policy
- Breaking the above mentioned policies
- Death of Affiliate.
- Upon the death of the affiliate, all payouts will stop. We do not pay beyond the registered affiliate.
- Customer stops hosting with us by cancelling their service
- We are not responsible for contacting you if the hosting customer decided to cancel services or move to another hosting company.
- If on top of being an affiliate with us you are a developer with a developer hosting account, we have provided services to you and there is an outstanding balance owed.
- If you are a customer of The Turn Group and an affiliate and we have provided services to you and there is an outstanding balance owed.
- Transfer of Affiliate Account
- We do not allow for the transfer of an affiliate account under any circumstance.
What Your Affiliate Link Does Not Cover
Your affiliate link does not cover any other services provided to customers such as web design, development, seo, SSL certificates, dedicated IP addresses or any other service or product that is separate from a hosting account setup. Your affiliate link only pertains to our Joomla, Wordpress and Standard Hosting Plans. You will not receive any commissions if your referrals purchase one of our managed hosting plans or upgrades to a managed hosting plan.
Percentage - 10% of each payment.
Affiliate Payout Amount - A minimum of $100 dollars must be in your account before making a withdrawal.
Affiliate Commission Delay - There is a 30 day delay on commission payments and that is only after the account is still active past the 30 day delay mark for the last months commission.
Affiliate Payout Method - You will receive a check to the address listed in your affiliate account. You are responsible for providing the correct information. You are responsible for all taxes associated with your earnings. Any earnings over $600 dollars in one year will require a tax document provided to you from The Turn Group.
Any checks that are not cashed within 30 days of mailing will be voided and you will not receive any commissions for that month. Any two checks that are not cashed in a row will be cause for immediate termination of your affiliate account.