Below is a list of guidelines regarding the StudioPress affiliate program:
1. Websites approved for use in the StudioPress affiliate program
Most websites qualify to participate in the affiliate program. However, we reserve the right to refuse or revoke membership at any time if we determine that your website contains objectionable material. Your site must also be fully functional, with original content. Spam or scraper sites will not be approved. If your site is still in its development stage, please email us with additional information about your planned site, or please apply after it’s completed.
2. Discount and deal-type websites
We are not offering public discount codes at this time. Should you operate a coupon or deal-type website, please be clear in the “Description” section of the affiliate program application as to how you intend to promote StudioPress.
3. Promoting StudioPress without a website
Although promotion through websites is the most popular way our affiliates promote StudioPress, we recognize that different markets have different needs. If you do not include a website to review, please make sure to include details regarding how you plan to market StudioPress in the “Description” section of the affiliate program application.
4. Using the StudioPress or Genesis Framework names in a domain name
Any affiliate who intends to market a WP Engine name, including but not limited to StudioPress and the Genesis Framework, in a top-level domain (eg. www.studiopress-wordpress-themes.com) must obtain written consent from WP Engine prior to execution. Each marketing plan is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
5. Sample affiliate disclaimer
Affiliates who have obtained written approval from WP Engine to use StudioPress in a top-level domain must include an affiliate disclaimer in the site footer. For example: “This website is independently owned by an affiliate marketer of StudioPress. It is not sponsored by StudioPress, WP Engine, WordPress, or Automattic Inc. WordPress, StudioPress, and the Genesis Framework are registered trademarks of their respective owners.”
6. Using the StudioPress name in URLs, ads or promotions
While we encourage you to use our brand in your promotions on your site, prior consent is required by WP Engine for use of the terms StudioPress or the Genesis Framework in Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking site URLs.
7. Promoting affiliate links on Twitter with the hashtag #GenesisWP
While we encourage our affiliates to engage and participate in StudioPress-related discussions using the Twitter hashtag #GenesisWP, spam links that include an obscured affiliate link are prohibited.
8. Using affiliate links on Pinterest
While we encourage you to pin our content to your boards, undisclosed affiliate links on StudioPress-related Pinterest pins are strictly prohibited.
9. Buying themes using your own affiliate link
As a general rule, affiliates are not eligible for commissions on purchases made through your own affiliate link. However, we recognize there may be situations where your business makes sales in such a way that this process is preferable. Since we monitor transactions for self-sales, we ask that you get in touch with us before you begin using your own links for sales so we can set up an arrangement that meets your processing needs.
10. Violation of affiliate program guidelines
If you have a concern that you may be violating any of our guidelines, please contact us. Chances are, we can find a way to work through this without any issue. That said, affiliates found to be in violation of the affiliate program guidelines will forfeit commissions relating to either the specific transaction in violation or all commissions assigned. Excessive violations will result in termination of the violating party’s affiliate account. We’d really prefer not to go there, so please get in touch with us if you have any questions whatsoever. We’re happy to help however we can.