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General Questions

About the Shutterfly Affiliate Program

Becoming a Shutterfly Affiliate

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Q. What is Shutterfly?

A. Shutterfly is an online photo service designed to help you get film-quality prints from your digital camera delivered right to your door. We’ll make it easy to share your pictures with friends and family, without the expense and hassle of home printers or trips to the store. You can also turn your pictures into unique Photo Gifts such as Mugs, Mouse pads, and T-shirts!

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Q. What is the Shutterfly Affiliate Program?

A. The Shutterfly Affiliate Program is a way for you to earn commissions by introducing your customers to Shutterfly. The Shutterfly Affiliate Program compensates you when you refer customers that purchase Shutterfly products. Commission rates vary depending on the type of website and sales volumes but can range from 2-10%

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Q. How does the Shutterfly Affiliate Program work?

A. After you apply and are accepted to the program, place links to Shutterfly on your Website. Whenever your customers click through to Shutterfly from one of these links, and make a purchase, you start earning commissions.

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Q. Who can become a Shutterfly Affiliate?

A. If you have a website and are based in the US, you are eligible to join the program. Shutterfly does not permit Affiliates that, in our sole discretion, link to or contain objectionable or offensive materials.

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Q. How do I know if my site is right for the Shutterfly affiliate program?

A. The Shutterfly affiliate program was designed to drive new customers, by empowering affiliates to post deals, promotions, new products and information to drive new customers through text links, banners and product feeds. Based on that, Shutterfly has a list of requirements for affiliates, if you meet these requirements then please apply for the program and start earning commission instantly!

  • A Live Website: The site must be owned by the affiliate and live for 30 days (A Shutterfly share site, album sharing, and pre created projects are not accepted or eligible).
  • Scale: A website that has 50,000+ unique visitors per month.
  • The Right Target: A target audience of primarily women 25-49 who enjoy taking photos and preserving memories.
  • Location: Although Shutterfly will ship anywhere, we only accept affiliates based in the US.
  • Competitors: Shutterfly will not accept affiliates with side by side competitive advertising.
  • Quality of Traffic: Ability to drive highly qualified and high value customers to the site with a b conversion rate.
  • Approvals: If you are promoting Shutterfly in a customer email, newsletter, or other targeted mechanism, please email us. We must approve these postings to cover affiliates under legal agreements.

Please note that if we accept your application and your site is thereafter determined, at our sole discretion, to be unsuitable for the Program, the relationship will be terminated.

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Q. Is the Affiliate Program free to join?

A. Yes! There is absolutely no cost to become a Shutterfly Affiliate. Start earning money today! Simply complete the application and apply to the program, you will be contacted with further instructions.

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Q. Are there special incentives and bonuses for high performing Affiliates?

A. Yes. If you believe you should be considered as a high performing affiliate, please contact us to request additional information about special incentive programs and opportunities.

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Q. Are there any restrictions?

A. There are cases where we cannot allow certain sites to participate in our Affiliate Program. We will evaluate your application in good faith and will notify you of your acceptance or rejection. We may reject your application if we determine, at our sole discretion, that your site is unsuitable for the Program.

Unsuitable sites include those that:

  • Promote sexually explicit materials
  • Promote violence
  • Promote illegal activities
  • Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age
  • Otherwise violate intellectual property rights

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Q. How soon can I post Shutterfly links and start earning commissions?

A. Once your registration is processed and approved, PepperJam activates your affiliate account and you can access Shutterfly’s banners and text links. When you post them to your site, you can begin earning money as soon as your customers click through and purchase.

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Q. Can I place Shutterfly links or banners anywhere on my site?

A. Absolutely. Because you understand your customers and their needs, you are in the best position to decide the placement of the Shutterfly links. Of course, optimizing the location of the links will increase your chances for click-throughs and sales — resulting in more commissions for you.

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Q. How many Shutterfly links can I use on my site?

A. Use as many as you like. Place Shutterfly banners, logos or links in different locations throughout your site. Sometimes a text link in conjunction with a banner ad will increase the click-through rate.

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Q. Who do I contact if I have technical problems with the banners and text links?

A. Shutterfly maintains a strict quality control process for the Affiliates program in order to minimize such problems. However, due to the complexity of the tracking system, technical difficulties may arise for some Affiliates. The PepperJam support team can guide you through the process of creating and maintaining links. You can reference the Pepperjam publisher FAQ’s here

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Q. How much money can I earn as a Shutterfly Affiliate?

A. There is no limit to what you can earn. Some of Shutterfly’s best Affiliates earn thousands of dollars each month in commissions! The more customers you send our way, the more you earn.

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Q. Can I use Google or Facebook ads to promote Shutterfly?

A. Pay Per Click campaigns are permitted but with restrictions. Trademark bidding and direct links from ads are not permitted. Please see our terms and conditions for all restrictions.

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Q. How often do I get paid?

A. Publishers are paid twice a month, around the 1st and 15th. Payments are processed on the 24th for the 1st and the 10th for the 15th. Publishers must accrue at least $25.00 in locked commissions to be paid.

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Q. What if I have more questions?

A. For additional questions about the Affiliate program or to contact a member of the Shutterfly Affiliate team, please email us.

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