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XCShop.com Affiliates System FAQ

What is an Affiliate programme?
Affiliate programmes are revenue-sharing arrangements between companies and associate websites (the affiliate). Affiliates place banners or adverts on their website and earn commission on click-throughs or sales. Wikipedia has a page on it here.

How does the XCShop.com affiliate programme work?
Affiliates (that’s you) put banners and adverts on their website which advertise Cross Country magazine, Paramotor magazine and XCShop.com. When someone clicks on a banner and then goes on to buy something, the website owner (you) receives commission.

How much is the commission?
10% on all sales.

How much will I make?
You will be paid 10% commission on every sale. So if through your website XCShop.com sells £500 of goods, you will be paid £50. Your monthly total depends on how much traffic your website has.

What if I refer someone and they don’t buy straight away but come back directly to XCShop. Do I still earn commission?
Yes! When a customer arrives at XCShop having clicked through from your banner our software places a ‘cookie’ on their computer. That cookie remembers that this customer was referred to us by you. Provided the customer uses the same computer the cookie will make sure you are given the commission. XCShop.com cookies only last for 30 days though and are superseded if the same customer on the same computer follows another affiliate’s click through banner.

Does it cost anything to become an affiliate?
No. It’s free to join. Anyone who runs a website or blog can sign up: clubs, schools, competition websites, even individual pilots who blog.

Do I have to be based in any one country?
No. The scheme is open to everyone, wherever they are.

Do I have to handle the products or any money?
No. You don’t take any money from customers, handle any of the products or send anything out. You are just a link in the chain – a signpost – between the seller and the customer.

What happens after I have signed up?
You are given logon details. You will then be able to choose from a number of banner ads in different sizes. You copy the code and paste it into your site. If you want to, you can promote the banners by pointing them out to your readers and explaining how it works. Then you start earning money.

How do I know where to put the banners to be most effective?
There is a lot of information online about this. In general, put them in a prominent place on your website. If you feel it will help, or for reasons of transparency, tell your readers that your organisation earns money on every sale if they buy a subscription or anything else by clicking on the banners.

How long does this run for?
There is no time limit. The XCShop.com affiliate scheme is ongoing. Occasionally we will send you emails to highlight a new banner, or new products in XCShop.

How do I get paid?
Payments are made every month subject to a minimum payment of £50. If you have earned less than £50 since your last payment it will be held over till the next month. Payments are made by British cheque in either Euros or Pounds or PayPal – you choose.

What if I have a problem?
Email us on office@xcmag.com with ‘Affiliate scheme’ in the subject field, and we’ll help sort it out.

How do I sign up?
Click here to get started: