Even though The Work at Home Wife doesn’t deal in handcrafted items, I have always longed for a referral program from Etsy. There are so many digital sellers over there that there are plenty of things I could be promoting. For starters, I purchase a lot of my media kit templates, logos, marketing materials and more for promoting my blog and virtual assistant business from the site.
In years past, there was no Etsy affiliate program. I’m happy to report, that has changed. And here’s how you can join.
Where is the Etsy Affiliate Program Hosted?
The Etsy program is within a network called Affiliate Window. The good news is there are several other merchants in here as well that you can apply for and promote to increase your earnings.
What are the Program Details?
The standard commission rate is 4%. That’s not a whole lot in comparison to some programs, but people love Etsy. And they have so much to promote as we discussed earlier. They carry not only handmade and vintage items, but also digital goods like blog themes and resume templates.
The Etsy cookie is good for 30 days.
Affiliate Window is a network that allows you to set your own payment threshold. You can choose a minimum amount between $20 and $100. They pay twice per month by direct deposit or check (international payments are also available).
There are a number of ways you can monetize your site once approved:
- Text Links
- Link Builder (so you can link to specific products or pages)
- Data Feeds (coming soon)
- Convert-a-Link – this is a piece of script you place on your site that will automatically convert your links for you, similar to VigLink
How do I Sign Up?
You will need to first apply to Affiliate Window. Once accepted you will then apply for the Etsy affiliate program. The acceptance rate for Etsy appears to be around 99%, so don’t be afraid to apply.
In order to get accepted to Affiliate Window, you do need to make a $5 deposit. There are still a few programs around that do this and trust me when I say I have seen worse. That $5 is only taken from your account if you are accepted by Affiliate Window and it is then immediately deposited into your commission account to be paid out with your first payment. I've asked, and the only time this is waived is if a merchant personally invites you to their program. Highly unlikely that is happening with Etsy.
For our international readers, Canadian, UK, French, German, Scandinavian (Sweden) and Australian Etsy affiliate programs are also available in here.
To get the process started for becoming an Etsy affiliate, apply to Affiliate Window.