Having people help sell your course(s) is easy using our Course Affiliates feature. Here are the steps to create your first affiliate:
- Login to Teachery >>
- Go to your My Account page >>
- Click "Not Enabled" button to Enable^ affiliates feature (only needs to be done once, ever!) >>
- Go to your My Courses page >>
- Click View Affiliates button (above your courses) >>
- Add your first affiliate!
NOTE: Currently we require your course to have a Landing Page to create a Course Affiliate. If you do not have a Landing Page created yet, go ahead and create one. We actually recommend you turn that Landing Page into a super simple "Affiliate Next Steps page" 👍🏻 Just hide almost every section except one or two and write instructions as a reminder to the affiliates of what they're promoting.
NOTE #2: If you use a custom domain with your course, you will need to use the specific Teachery URLs that get emailed to you and your affiliate (they won't have your custom domain attached). At this time, our affiliate system doesn't work with custom domain URLs.
Watch our course affiliates walk-through video:
Step-by-step on how to add a new affiliate to your course:
- Enter their PayPal email address
- Enter the commission % you want them to receive if a successful sale occurs
- Select the course you want them to be an affiliate of
- Select the Landing Pages and Purchase/Payments Pages you want them to get affiliate links for
- Create your affiliate!
Important note: If a course affiliate does not use their affiliate URL, there is no way to track successful course sales to them. Please make sure you and they keep their affiliate URL email in a safe place (more on the emails we send to both of you below).
Setting different commissions for the same affiliate on your Landing Pages or Payment/Purchase Pages:
If you want your affiliate to get different commissions for different Landing or Payment Pages, simply create that same affiliate multiple times. You'll use the same PayPal email address each time, but you can adjust the commission percentage and which pages for each entry. Remember: Whenever you add an affiliate, you and they will receive an email with their unique affiliate links.
- You have a fixed payment page that's $100 and a recurring payment page that's $10/month.
- If you want your affiliate to get 50% commission on the fixed payment page and 30% commission on the recurring payment page, it's easy to do.
- Simply add the affiliate twice, once with a 50% commission and the fixed payment page checked.
- Then a second time with a 30% commission and the recurring payment page checked.
If you want to use Landing Pages outside of Teachery (like Instapage, LeadPages, etc) to promote your course, here's an example of how you can make that work:
John is an affiliate of your Vegan Baked Goods course
You create a Landing Page, let's say with Instapage, that's just for John to promote your course. It has your and John's photos on it and you both talk about how awesome vegan baked goods are. There are buy buttons on this page.
Then, in Teachery, you'd add John's PayPal email address as an affiliate to your Vegan Bakes Goods course and whichever Payment Page (in your Teachery course) makes sense for John to promote (maybe you have a $50 payment page and a $150 payment page that gets some cool bonus). You DO NOT need to make individual Payment Pages in Teachery for each affiliate.
Once you've added John as an affiliate in Teachery, you (and John) get an email with John's affiliate links to your Payment Pages. Grab John's unique Payment Page affiliate links from that email and add them to the buy buttons on John's unique Landing Page you created (with Instapage). Then, John can promote that Landing Page and get all the awesome affiliate commissions when people buy the Vegan Baked Goods course you created. 🍪 🎉
Optional recommendation: We recommend creating a very simple Landing Page in Teachery for your course. You could hide 90% of the content on it, and just have it be a quick explanation of your course. Think of this like a catch-all if for some reason people start typing in random URLs with your course name (this is not necessary).
Reminder: If you DID use our Teachery Landing Pages, you wouldn't need to create unique Landing Pages ones for each affiliate. That's the beauty of using our built-in pages. However, we completely understand Teachery's Landing Pages don't have all the customization of companies that focus just on making awesome Landing Pages.
There are a few things to note about our course affiliate program:
Payouts are made through PayPal
Your affiliate will need a PayPal address and you'll use this as their affiliate email address when adding them.
Payouts are made 30 days after a successful sale
We hold the affiliate commission for 30 days to ensure that there are no refunds or chargebacks*. If your affiliate has not received a payout after 30 days, there may have been a typo in their PayPal email address. You can always see the pending payout amount next to your affiliate's email address in the Affiliate Dashboard.
We send emails to both of you
When a new affiliate is created or when a successful affiliate sale happens, both you and your affiliate receive emails. Make sure to keep the created affiliate emails in a safe place since they contain the affiliate URLs!
Affiliate URLs set a 30-day cookie
If your affiliate shares their affiliate URL, it will set a browser cookie on any visitor for 30 days. If they return to the payment page for your course within 30 days but don't use the exact affiliate URL (but visit the same payment page again) the affiliate will still get credit for the sale. This is standard affiliate practice and we use last-cookie tracking.
*Note about chargebacks or refunds after 30 days: If you have a successful affiliate sale occur and a customer has a successful chargeback after the 30 days (meaning: your customer got a refund from their credit card company after the affiliate commission was paid out), we will hold a negative balance on your affiliate. The next successful affiliate sale will be their commission less the negative balance from the previous refund.
Taxes with affiliate sales
Using Teachery's affiliate feature may make you subject to the tax laws of the affiliate’s state or country and, therefore, may impact sales of both digital and physical products across multiple platforms you use— not just sales made through Teachery. We strongly recommend that you consult your local tax professional about the implications of using this feature. It’s ultimately up to you to collect and remit the proper sales tax amounts on all sales made through your affiliates.
Affiliates who refer new customers to Recurring Payment Page will earn commission on all recurring revenue. In the case of a monthly recurring payment page, for example, the affiliate’s fee will be applied every month for as long as the customer they referred is subscribed.
Fees on affiliate sales
After a sale is made through an affiliate link, Teachery takes a small fee from the sale. The fee is taken only to cover the money transfer costs from Teachery to affiliate's PayPal account. This fee is calculated at 2% of successful affiliate commission (whether on a fixed payment or recurring payment). Once the fee is taken, we will send your affiliate their allocated percentage. [Example: Affiliate generates a sale of a $100 course at 50% commission. Teachery takes $1.00 (2% of $50) and pays affiliate $49.00 after 30 days.]
For affiliates sales in conversions other than USD ($), there is an additional 3% currency exchange fee (this is dictated by our payment processor). The total fees an affiliate will automatically incur upon a successful conversion are 5% (2% for transfer and 3% for currency exchange).
^By enabling course affiliates you agree to our course affiliates terms and conditions.