Affiliate Center |  Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

About the Shutterfly Affiliate Program

Q. What is Shutterfly?

Becoming a Shutterfly Affiliate

About Linkshare

Commissions and tracking reports

Additional questions

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 a $9 new customer bounty per Active New Customer, and a 3% sales commission on repeat orders. In addition, Shutterfly offers a 45 return days policy. You get credit for visitors who come back to Shutterfly within 45 days of clicking through from one of your links.

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Q. How does the Shutterfly Affiliate Program work?

A. After you register and are accepted, you place links to Shutterfly on your Website. Whenever your customers register at Shutterfly through one of these links, and make their first purchase, you start earning commissions. The more people who make their first purchase, the more you’ll get paid.

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Q. What does “Active New Customer” mean?

A. An “Active New Customer” means an end user who places first print product order within 45 days clicking on Affiliate Link.

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Q. What does “Repeat Order” mean?

A. A “Repeat Order” means an end user who places a subsequent print product order within 30 days of clicking on Affiliate Link.

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Q. What is Shutterfly Pro Gallery?

A. Shutterfly Pro Gallery is an upgraded Shutterfly account that allows the owner to set up instantly a webpage with photos for sale. The photographer sets the pricing to their copyright protected images and then when a customer places an order through the simple website interface, Shutterfly handles the e-commerce, billing, high quality printing, shipping and frontline customer service for the owner. Shutterfly tracks the Owner’s business and sends them their profits each month.

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Q. Who can become a Shutterfly Affiliate?

A. If you have a website, you are eligible to join the program. We allow websites outside the United States to participate and we ship internationally. Our only restriction: Shutterfly does not permit Affiliates that, in our sole discretion, link to or contain objectionable or offensive materials.

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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 you will be contacted with further instructions.

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Q. How do I sign up?

A. First, you must read and accept our Affiliate Agreement, and then complete our online application form. After your application is submitted, we will contact you to let you know if you’ve been accepted as a Shutterfly Affiliate. We will provide you with information on how to get started. It’s easy, fast, and free!

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Q. Where can I get tips and information on increasing my commissions?

A. Email We’ll work closely with you to maximize your Shutterfly Affiliate commissions with ad placement strategy, advertorial content, custom banners and more.

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

A. Yes. Contact to learn more 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

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 25-44 who share photos.
  • Driving new customers: Must not be a loyalty site, as Shutterfly is focused on driving only NEW customers through the program, we require 25% + new customer ratio as part of the program.
  • 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 strong conversion rate.
  • Approvals: If you are promoting Shutterfly in a customer email, blog posting or other mechanism, please share it with us at We must approve these posting to cover affiliates under LinkShare’s 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, we may terminate our relationship.

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

A. Once your registration is processed and approved, LinkShare activates your sales tracking information and you can access Shutterfly’s banners and text links. When you post them to your site, you can begin earning money.

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Q. How do I create links to my Website?

A. Once you have registered and been approved, LinkShare will contact you with a user name and password confirmation. Then you can access your Shutterfly account at LinkShare. Go to the My Advertisers Tab and select Shutterfly from the list of merchants. You’ll be provided with a variety of banners, buttons and text links, which you can add to your site.

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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. If you’d like to work with someone at Shutterfly on link placement, please contact us at

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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. How often can I get new banners?

A. Shutterfly’s design team offers a new selection of artwork on a regular basis. You can select banners and links through your LinkShare account, or choose to let the banners on your site change automatically — an easy way to ensure a fresh look.

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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. LinkShare’s support team can guide you through the process of creating and maintaining links. For fast help, send your questions to

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Q. What is Linkshare?

A. Shutterfly has teamed with Linkshare, a leader in third-party Affiliate marketing programs. Once you sign up for our program, you’ll be taken to Linkshare’s site where you’ll create your own personal and secure account. Here you can log in at any time to get our banners and links, find out about commissions earned and even learn about how many impressions each of your links has received.

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Q. What types of sales and revenue reports does Linkshare provide?

A. Among the greatest benefits LinkShare provides for Affiliates is comprehensive reporting. Affiliates can use their reports to do a quick check on how much money they are earning, and to figure out what’s working and what isn’t. There are up to sixteen different reports that can be run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information visit

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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 more than $10,000 a month in commissions!

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Q. How often do I get paid?

A. Commissions are sent out every month via check to all Affiliates who have earned a commission regardless on amount. There is no monthly threshold.

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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 contact

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