Getting started

Welcome to the Shopify Affiliate Program!

When you're approved to join the program, you'll receive a welcome email that includes your affiliate link, marketing banners, and additional resources to help you get started. In this email you'll learn where to log in to the Shopify Affiliate dashboard, where you can access your affiliate link, commission payouts, and referral tracker.

Program overview

To get started in the Affiliate Program, familiarize yourself with some of the basics:

When your application is approved, you'll receive your affiliate link. This link, which directs customers to your Shopify landing page, includes your unique reference handle: this is what lets us track the new merchants you send our way.

How does it work?

Your affiliate link includes a 30-day tracking cookie. This means that if a visitor clicks on a link from your site, you will be credited with the referral as long as the visitor signs up for a free trial within 30 days. When that free trial ends and the user becomes a paying customer at any time, you will earn a commission.

Affiliate commission

Shopify's Affiliate Program offers a 200% per-sale commission.

This means that for each one of your referrals who signs up for a paid plan, you receive 100% commission for their month one subscription fee and 100% commission of their month two subscription fee.

Here’s an example:

  • If Referral A signs up for Basic Shopify ($29/month) for two consecutive months, then you will earn $58.
  • If Referral A signs up for Basic Shopify ($29/month) for month one and then upgrades to a Shopify plan ($79/month) in their second month, then you will earn $98.

Receiving commission payments

Credits to your affiliate account are accumulated and paid out according to a set schedule. For all credits created between the 1st and the 15th of the month (inclusive), payment will occur 5 business days after the 15th day of the month.

Your Affiliate Manager

After you’ve been approved to join the Affiliate Program, you will be immediately assigned a designated Affiliate Manager. Your Affiliate Manager can help you with all aspects of running your affiliate business, including marketing, building a landing page, and monetizing your website.

Dashboard walkthrough

Now that you know how Shopify's Affiliate Program works, let’s show you around the Partner Dashboard: your go-to resource for tracking your affiliate efforts.

Step 1 - Log in to your Partner Dashboard

Log in to your Partner Dashboard at using the email and password that you provided during sign-up.

Step 2 - Check out your Referral page

In your Partner Dashboard, the Referrals page gives you a complete breakdown of your affiliate account. As you can see at first glance, your affiliate link is front and center, and you can copy it by clicking Copy link.

Step 3 - Track your referrals

As new customers sign-up through your affiliate link, they will appear in the Referrals history section of your Referrals page. You can see exactly which stores have joined and their current plan status. Keep in mind that only paid plans earn commission.

Each referral is assigned a status:

  • Trial - the merchant is still on their 14-day-trial
  • Frozen - the merchant’s trial has run out and they did not choose a plan
  • Basic, Shopify, Advanced - the merchant chose a paid plan

Step 4 - Track payouts

To track payment history, see the Payouts page of your Partner Dashboard for a full breakdown of past and present payments.

Step 5 - Get to know your resources

On the Resources page in your Partner Dashboard you can find a full profile of your assigned Affiliate Manager, and support channels that you can reference if you ever need assistance with your content or a technical difficulty with your account. Shopify is there to support you every step of the way!

Step 6 - Update settings

If you ever need to make a change to your contact info, business profile, or payment account, then make the necessary changes on the Settings page of your Partner Dashboard.

Advanced tracking

If you're an active affiliate and have 50 or more referrals, then you qualify for advanced performance tracking. For more information, contact your affiliate manager.