How You Can Create Affiliate Links
There are three ways to create affiliate links.
Option 1: Ask for us for a copy of our affiliate links for your blog or website.
Option 2: As an affiliate, you simply append the text, “?ref=yourScreenName” at the end of any web address (web addresses are also called URLs). To locate your screen name, click to your My Smashwords page, and look in the web browser address bar. You’ll see an address where the last characters after “…view/” are your user name. “https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/yourScreenName”
Once you locate your screen name, you can append it to links to the Smashwords home page, any author or publisher page, any book page, and any category or sub-category of books. You can even link to free books (while there’s obviously no commission on a free book, by offering links to free books you’ll drive traffic to Smashwords, and if the visitors purchase books while browsing Smashwords, you earn the commission).
To find the initial hyperlink, just go to the Smashwords home page, navigate to the link you want to promote, append your ?ref=yourScreenName code, and then that’s the link you’ll use.:
Example 1. Link to the Smashwords home page
Example 2. Link to Publisher page for Smashwords publisher, Excessica:
Example 3. Link to Book page for the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (even though this is a free book, it’s one of our most popular books and if some clicks to this book, then purchases another book, the affiliate gets credit)
Example 4. Link to Literary best-sellers under 25,000 words
Example 5. Link to Fiction books
Option 3: When you visit the Smashwords website while logged into your affiliate account, you’ll see links at the bottom of such pages, which you may copy and paste onto your own website, blog, etc.
The Cookie Clock
When anyone clicks on that URL, which you’ll add to your blog, website and other online promotional locations, Smashwords instantly recognizes that that customer came from you. Smashwords deposits what’s called a “Cookie” into the user’s browser, which helps the site give you credit for their purchases. The cookie expires after 48 hours. The cookie’s clock resets if the user clicks on your link again, or disappears if the user clicks on another affiliate’s link before the 48 hour period is completed.
How Earnings are Calculated
As an affiliate, you receive a minimum of 11% of the net proceeds from the sale of participating books. “Net proceeds” = (the book’s selling price minus the PayPal processing fee)*.11
Tracking Affiliate Click-Throughs and Earnings
Affiliate earnings are listed in your Sales & Payment history, available via the link on your Dashboard. (The bonuses will be listed as “Referral bonus for Book Title by Author”.)
Affiliates are paid on the same quarterly schedule as we pay authors and publishers. To qualify for payment, your accrued balance must equal USD $25.00 or more.
You may also see how well your affiliate links to Smashwords are working by clicking the “View Affiliate Hit Report” on your Account page.
To sign up as an affiliate marketer, first read the Smashwords Affiliate Marketing Program Terms of Service. Next, visit the Affiliate Marketing Program Signup Page.