Affiliate strategies

Shopify recommends you start by taking the Affiliate Marketing Fundamentals course to learn the basics of affiliate marketing with Shopify and the best strategies to use. You can also check out the Growth Center for resources to earn more referral revenue and market Shopify easier.

Content strategies

Write your own content

Become an authority on commerce by being a Shopify merchant yourself. As a Shopify merchant, you can speak authentically about your experience and offer your audience real-life examples and insight into how you got started. Sharing your experiences can help them fast-track their store launch, be set up for long-term success, and avoid common mistakes.

Check out pre-developed content on the Shopify Growth Center

Check out the Growth Center’s guides and playbooks for lists of high-performing content you can link to or draw inspiration from. Subscribe to the Growth Center emails for tips on key topics to cover, pre-developed content, and product announcements to help keep your content up to date.

Create content that engages your audience

Video guides, tutorials, courses and vlogs can offer your audience instruction on how to launch and grow their business. You can create the following content:

  • Online course, video or webinar with instruction to help your audience start their free 14 day trial by walking them through the steps to get started.
  • Training material about entrepreneurship, commerce and Shopify-specific topics to help your audience launch and grow their own business.
  • Video content on Youtube, to educate your viewers on how to set up a Shopify store, launch an ecommerce business, or find a product to sell online.
  • Webinars to share live-demo’s or Q&A sessions to help your audience learn about Shopify and encourage them to follow your steps to launch their free store trial with your live instruction.

Find content that fits with your audience

Determine what topics and ways to sell resonate best with your audience, and determine what content formats, calls to action and topics are most likely to result in conversions. Engage a more targeted audience and speak to the use cases of ‘why Shopify’ in your content to help entrepreneurs understand how it supports their business needs.

Test your content

Try split testing different Shopify properties to optimize the sign up rate of your referrals. Not all landing pages engage your users in the same way. The Growth Center guides highlight the highest converting landing pages by audience type.

Earning strategies

Increase your traffic

To make more referrals you can:

  • Promote Shopify in high traffic placements on various channels, such as your blog, social media (YouTube, Facebook, etc), email etc.
  • Develop your key channels and sources to continue building an engaged audience you can market effectively to.
  • Experiment with your paid marketing strategy to drive traffic to your highest performing content sources where you promote Shopify.
  • Link to Shopify’s pre-recorded dropshipping and print-on-demand webinars to increase your conversion rate.

Keep in touch with your audience

Re-market to your audience by email after they’ve taken your course, attended your webinar, or downloaded your guide to support them even after they signed up for their free 14 day Shopify trial. Offer additional content and guidance on how to launch their business.

Shopify Education Partners program

Become eligible for the Education Partner Programs to access exclusive benefits and enhanced earning potential. The Shopify Education Partners program supports high-quality partner-produced courses that teach merchants how to launch or grow their business. As an Education Partner, you can add the Shopify Approved Course badge to your course materials. The badge can help you:

  • Enhance your credibility as a Shopify product expert
  • Differentiate your course from others in the ecommerce industry
  • Let your students know that your course provides the highest-quality learning experience

FAQ

Can I use Shopify content?

All of your content must be your own. Promoting any content that isn't your own can result in affiliate partnership termination. However, you can reference Shopify’s content and direct your audience to content in the Growth Center. Growth Center content was made for you to link to as a resource that saves you time and helps your audience convert at a higher rate.

How can I get graphics and creative assets to promote Shopify?

In the Growth Center’s creative library, there are over 4,000 up-to-date assets available in different formats and in 14 languages for you to use in your marketing.

You can also create your own custom banners and material to promote Shopify, but make sure to follow the brand guidelines when working with Shopify imagery and logos. You can use promotional phrases like Try it free today in your graphics to increase your click-throughs and conversions.

Can I send my referral traffic to different Shopify pages?

By default, your affiliate link sends visitors to the Shopify free trial page. To create links that land on other Shopify pages, you can deep link by adding ?ref=[YOUR_UNIQUE_REF_HANDLE] to the end of any Shopify page to receive credit for your referrals.

Example: www.shopify.com/dropshipping/?ref=YOUR_UNIQUE_REF_HANDLE.

Where can I find updates and announcements?

You can subscribe to our Growth Center newsletter series where we send frequent updates, new resources and dive into topics that can help you earn more as a Shopify affiliate. You can also find key product announcements by visiting the Shopify newsroom.

How can I share feedback on topics I’d like to see covered and resources I'd like to see provided?

You can complete the Growth Center feedback survey to let us know what you need to market Shopify.