Q: What is an affiliate program?
A: An affiliate program is a marketing program that allows a person (an affiliate) to receive a commission for generating sales for a company.
Q: How does your affiliate program work?
A: As an affiliate, you place specially generated links in your blog posts, social media posts, emails, etc. These links drive traffic to See the Light Shine’s website. When a reader clicks your link and makes a purchase on See the Light Shine’s site, See the Light Shine will pay you a commission for that sale.
Q: Does this apply to your subscription products?
A: Yes. When a subscription product is purchased, you will receive a commission payout for every month that subscription renews providing your commission balance reaches a threshold of $25.
Q: Do I need to reapply for See the Light Shine’s affiliate program even though I was an affiliate under the old program?
A: Yes. See the Light Shine is now using a different software program.
Q: Will I have a new affiliate link if I was an affiliate on the old system?
A: Yes. The affiliate links from the old system will become obsolete. You will receive a new affiliate link.
Q: How do you track the sales that come from my site?
A: When you sign up, you will receive a unique affiliate link. All graphic and text links provided to you will link to your affiliate account. Your affiliate link allows See the Light Shine’s affiliate software to track all the traffic coming from your site.
See the Light Shine maintains a 180-day “cookie.” That means that if you were the first person to refer a customer to the See the Light Shine’s website, you will be the referring affiliate for the next 180 days. Any purchase your visitor makes on See the Light Shine’s website during that 180-day window will result in a commission for you! Even if your visitor has clicked other affiliate links!
Q: What happens if that person’s browser does not accept cookies or that person does not make a purchase until after 180 days?
A: Sadly, your account will not be credited for any purchases made by that person.
Q: What is the commission rate and how will I be paid?
A: See the Light Shine offers a 15% commission on all purchases made through your unique affiliate link. The commission is based on the final sale at checkout minus tax and shipping. Affiliates are paid monthly via PayPal when the commission balance reaches a threshold of $25. If an affiliate decides to leave the See the Light Shine affiliate program and has less than $25 in outstanding approved commissions, the commissions will be forfeited.
Q: Can I use my affiliate link to earn a commission on my own purchases?
A: No. That is double-dipping. See the Light Shine’s user agreement prohibits affiliates from earning commissions on personal purchases. Please read See the Light Shine’s Terms and Conditions for more information.
Q: What if a product is on sale or someone uses a coupon code to get a discount?
A: You will receive a commission on the price of the product at the final moment of sale, not on the listed retail price.
Q: What if someone buys a product, then returns it later – do I have to give the commission back?
A: Although refunds are quite rare, they do happen in some instances. If that does happen, See the Light Shine will simply place a debit for the amount of the refunded commission in your account, then balance it out with credits from other sales for that amount.
Q: Do you have promotional material that I can use?
A: Yes. See the Light Shine provides you with banners, text links, and other marketing materials that you can use to promote See the Light’s products on your site.
Q: How do I track my affiliate activity?
A: See the Light Shine’s affiliate software makes it easy for you to check your sales, commissions, and payments twenty-four hours a day.
Q: Who can become a See the Light Shine affiliate?
A: As a company, See the Light Shine does not just sell products; the goal is to help parents. See the Light Shine is looking for affiliates who know and love See the Light Shine’s products and are passionate about sharing their experience with other parents.
See the Light Shine also looks for affiliates whose web presence demonstrates a significant reach in the homeschooling market. The affiliate’s reach may come from a blog or website, social media platforms, emails, support groups, and more.
See the Light Shine is not looking for affiliates whose blogs/websites contain a large number of “random” ads and affiliate links without context.
All affiliate applications will be reviewed with these key factors in mind.
Q: How can I become a See the Light Shine affiliate?
A: It’s easy! Complete the affiliate application located here.
Q: I signed up…now what?
A: After you sign up, a member of the See the Light Shine team will review your application. After you have been approved, you will receive a welcome letter along with all the information you need to begin sharing See the Light Shine with your friends and readers.
Do you have more questions? Contact the See the Light team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to answer your questions.