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Affiliate Tools

What is deep linking?

What is the deep linking bookmarklet?

What is a deal list, and how can I share one?

What are Savings.com ad units?

What is the Savings.com ad unit generator, and how do I use it?

What is “link grabbing,” and how do I use it?

There are two affiliate links available when link grabbing. Which one do I grab? What is the difference between the two?

I saw a merchant on Savings.com, but I can’t grab a link, generate an ad unit or create a deep link for them through your affiliate program. Why?

Commission & Reporting

How do I earn money promoting online brands and/or products as a Savings.com affiliate?

How long does it take for conversions to show up in my reports?

What is my commission rate for driving sales through Savings.com affiliate links?

How are the commission rates listed on merchant pages calculated?

What does it mean when a merchant has a tiered commission rate?

What does it mean if there is no commission rate listed on a merchant page?

Will the commission rate shown on a merchant page apply to all sales I drive to that merchant?

   

Affiliate Tools

What is deep linking?

Deep linking is the practice of linking to a specific product page on a merchant’s website. This is often the effective way to make a sale, instead of sending your readers to the merchant’s home page and having them navigate to find the product you referenced.

What is the Savings.com deep linking bookmarklet?

The Savings.com deep linking bookmarklet is a tool we developed to allow you to quickly and easily grab deep links for product or category pages on your favorite stores’ websites without having to come back to Savings.com. Once you install the bookmarklet (instructions here), just click it when you’re on a product page you’d like an affiliate link for, and if the merchant is enabled in the tool, your link will appear immediately.

What is a deal list, and how can I share one?

A deal list is a list of products curated by a member of the Savings.com team. The products on the lists can be from a single merchant or from multiple merchants. In either case, each product on a list will link to the product page on the merchant’s website using your unique affiliate URL.

You can share a link to a deal list or you can grab HTML embed code and embed the list on a page on your site. You can learn more about deal lists and how to use them here.

What are Savings.com ad units?

Savings.com ad units are a great alternative to boring and random text and image ads. Our ad units can be customized to feature a specific merchant or category. With our ad unit generator, it’s ridiculously easy to make a relevant ad unit whenever you want! Each blog post can have its own ad unit helping to monetize your content!

What is the Savings.com ad unit generator, and how do I use it?

The ad unit generator is a simple, easy to use tool that Savings.com affiliates can use to create Savings.com ad units on demand. Enter ad unit specifications, and you’ll be able to preview, generate and paste your custom code on your website or within a post.

  • To create an ad unit:
  • 1. Log in to Savings.com using your affiliate credentials
  • 2. Customize the ad unit by either selecting a category or a specific merchant.
  • 3. Generate the code.
  • 4. Copy and paste the code where you want the ad unit to appear on your site.

What is “link grabbing,” and how do I use it?

Link grabbing allows affiliates to get links for individual deals to share with their audience. These links contain unique tracking information so that affiliates are paid whenever a user clicks and makes a purchase on the merchant site.

When viewing deals on Savings.com as a logged in affiliate, click on the “Affiliate Info” button by the deal description to expose your unique link. Click here for more detailed instructions on using link grabbing.

There are two affiliate links available when link grabbing. Which one do I grab? What is the difference between the two?

The first link under “To Savings.com deal page” takes you to that particular deal on Savings.com. The benefit to sharing the top link is that if the deal expires, it will automatically update with the current top deal for that merchant, and you will still earn commission on any purchases made. Additionally, if the deal has a coupon code, you do not need to provide your readers with the code in your post as it will be exposed when your reader clicks through the link and comes to Savings.com.

The second link under “To merchant’s website” takes your readers directly to the merchant’s site. If you choose to use this link, don’t forget to also provide your audience with the deal code, if one is available.

I saw a merchant on Savings.com, but I can’t grab a link, generate an ad unit or create a deep link for them through your affiliate program. Why?

We have to respect our legal agreements with our merchant partners, and as such, we are not allowed to syndicate all merchants through the Savings.com Affiliate Program. So, if you see the merchant on the Savings.com site, and you’re unable to link grab, generate an ad unit or create a deep link for that particular merchant, this is most likely the case.

Commission & Reporting

How do I earn money promoting online brands and/or products as a Savings.com affiliate?

Affiliates earn money when a visitor completes a sale through one of their unique affiliate links (deep link, link grabbing, ad unit, deal list).

How long does it take for conversions to show up in my reports?

Merchant commission reporting time varies from as little as 24 hours to as long as 60 days. It depends on the merchant, but on average it takes five to seven business days.

There are a number of reasons that conversions may not immediately show up in reports. We relay the actual conversions as we receive them from the affiliate networks.

  • The top reasons there may be delays are:
  • Click is overwritten – Even though a click is made via a Savings.com link, other toolbars and/or pop-ups may overwrite our cookie, and as such, we [and you] are not associated with the transaction. This may also happen if a click is made but the visitor continues to navigate to other sites that will drop and overwrite our original cookie.
  • Merchant payout on a specific event – Certain merchants don’t pay out when checkout is complete but rather after a specific action has taken place. Common examples are in the travel industry when merchants pay out after a flight is actually taken or hotel room is actually used. Clicks are registered, but conversions are delayed. Another example might be a furniture company who will register the click at the time of the completed purchase but may not pay out until weeks later once the furniture is actually shipped.

What is my commission rate for driving sales through Savings.com affiliate links?

Commission rates vary widely, depending on the merchant. They can range from 0% to 50%, but the average rate is around 6%. Your rate per merchant is based on the rev share in your Savings.com Affiliate Program Agreement. You can see your rev share for each merchant on the right side of each merchant’s page on Savings.com.

How are the commission rates listed on merchant pages calculated?

Because we are not an affiliate network (like ShareASale, Commission Junction, etc.), Savings.com relies on the affiliate networks to provide us with each merchant’s commission rate and structure. Unfortunately, affiliate networks do not have an automated way of sending that data to import into our system. We calculate commission rates by taking the previous 30 days of merchant sales and dividing that number by the amount of earned commission reported back to Savings.com. This calculation provides us with our “effective commission rate.”

What does it mean when a merchant has a tiered commission rate?

When a merchant has a tiered commission rate, it means that different categories and products have different commission rates assigned to them. In these cases, we will not list out all of the different category/product rates. We will provide you with the average rate across all products/categories from what data we have available.

What does it mean if there is no commission rate listed on a merchant page?

There are several reasons why there may not be a commission rate listed on a Savings.com merchant page:

  • The merchant doesn’t allow Savings.com to syndicate their offers to our influencer network.
  • The merchant only reports the commissions driven through Savings.com links, not the total sales driven through Savings.com links. We need both of those numbers in order to calculate our effective commission rate.
  • The merchant was only recently set up in our system, and we don’t have enough data with which to calculate our effective commission rate.
  • The merchant reports data back to the affiliate network on an irregular schedule, which means that Savings.com doesn’t receive the sales/commission data regularly. Without the data, we’re unable to calculate the effective commission rate.

Will the commission rate shown on a merchant page apply to all sales I drive to that merchant?

The commission rate listed on a merchant page will apply to most sales driven, but there are a couple of exceptions:

  • Most, if not all, merchants will not pay commission on the sale of gift cards.
  • If the merchant has a tiered commission rate, the rate shown will be an average of the different rates they pay on different categories/products. You will not receive exactly the percentage that is shown.