Since launching the Out of the Sandbox affiliate program over three years ago, we’ve seen it become a great way for our valued affiliates to earn extra money by spreading the word about our premium Shopify themes — and, in the case of agencies and designers, referring new clients to use them.
We’re excited to announce a few key changes to the affiliate program that will make it easier for you to earn commissions and receive your funds faster.
On March 21, 2019, we updated our affiliate program terms and conditions to both clarify the rules for existing members and improve our affiliate experience for agency, designer and influencer affiliates.
The biggest change is a new rule that only allows agencies, designers, bloggers, and influencers to be members of our affiliate program. We are in the process of conducting a review of all affiliates eligibility and also continue to monitor new accounts.
This change lets us deliver a better experience for quality affiliates and ensure that those receiving credit for sales are promoting our themes in a positive, straightforward and transparent way.
It also helps ensure that we can continue to pay out our generous referral fees for our highest quality affiliates.
Our March updates also added some new rules and guidelines in regard to where you can post affiliate links and discount codes:
We're also announcing another big improvement to the affiliate program. Thanks to some backend technical changes, we are now able to pay out affiliate balances sooner — and without any minimum balance requirement.
Effective May 2019 payments we paid out all affiliates with valid payment information and approved conversions, no matter what amount is due.
We hope to continue doing this going forward.
Under the old model, most affiliates would need to sell at least two or three themes, depending on the price, to meet our minimum threshold.
Now, you can get paid out no matter what your balance is.
There are still a few important notes about payments:
As a final payment note, we also encourage all affiliates to double check that they have provided a valid PayPal email address for us to issue payment to in the payment section of the affiliate dashboard.
Without this we can't issue payments at all and after a certain amount of unsuccessful payment attempts, funds will be forfeited.
We’ve also recently updated our affiliate program FAQs, breaking them into distinct categories. This is the first place to look for questions or concerns about the affiliate program. The majority of questions are answered here.
We’re always happy to hear from our affiliates with any specific questions or concerns. However, keep in mind that, in order to deliver the best possible support to our theme users, it can take a bit longer to hear back from us with affiliate questions.
An FAQ article has been created specifically for agencies, developers, freelancers, designers, and other affiliates who are looking to refer clients they are already working with to use our themes and earn a little extra money for it.