What do I do to become a Family Tree DNA affiliate?

If you would like to become an affiliate, please read our Affiliate Agreement. Your request to become an affiliate implies that you have read and agreed to the terms of the agreement.

After agreeing to the terms, please proceed to our Affiliate Welcome page to complete the sign up process. Please provide the URL for your website, and tell us about it. You need to have a website that provides high quality content. Those that relate to history, genealogy, or ancestry are encouraged, but all sites will be considered.

What are the affiliate commission rates?
Commissions are calculated each month based on sales for the same month. Sales totaling $1 to $500 receive a 5% commission, sales totaling $501 to $1000 will receive a 7% commission, and sales totaling more than $1000 will receive a 10% commission.
When do you issue commission payments for affiliates?
Affiliate payments are considered due when the kit is ordered through an affiliate link, it has been checked in at our office for processing, and full payment has been made.
How long does an affiliate agreement with you last, assuming all conditions continue to be met?
Over time, the terms of our affiliate agreement may change. Generally though, an affiliate agreement lasts as long as the affiliate is compliant with current terms and conditions.
Is there a minimum number of sales required to maintain a valid agreement with you?
No, there is not.
Does an affiliate commission apply to all your products?
Yes, the commission applies to all products. It also applies to products sold during special sales and promotions.
You say, Cookies will be tracked during a seven day conversion window. Can I assume this means that once a customer has clicked on the link on our website, they have seven days in which to purchase from you for us to qualify for the commission?
When a customer visits our site by clicking through an affiliate link, a web-cookie is set that will expire in seven days. After seven days, the cookie is no longer in their computer’s memory.

So long as that cookie is stored in the customer’s web browser, when they place their order and the cookie has not been replaced by a more recent one, their order will qualify. Note that customers may block all cookies or remove them from their computer.

Are there further restrictions as to placement of your add on our domain? Does it always have to be on the home page or at the top or side? Do we need a separate agreement for each page in the same domain where we want to place an affiliate add?
The agreement covers all pages for an approved domain so long as they comply with the agreement. Locations on your website are at your personal discretion. Additional sites and domains may be included under the same agreement but please contact us for approval of each site or domain.
Is there a choice of banner styles and sizes available?
Yes, we have many different styles of banners available including text links. They are supplied once you become an affiliate.
Are there any security risks or considerations for our website if we agree to place your affiliate link on our website?
All affiliate links are to secured parts of our website or may be edited to use a secure link (https). We take all standard precautions to maintain the security and integrity of our site. However, the responsibility for evaluating the risk of any particular link belongs to the affiliate.
Is there any way for us to determine how many people actually click on the affiliate link on our website (to help us determine our conversion rate)?
Basic information is included in affiliate accounts. This does not though include details of the specific links on your site that generate conversions.
Is there a way for us to determine how many referred customers actually purchase from you prior to receiving a check from you?
The numbers of referral clicks, purchases, and completed purchases are included on affiliate account pages. You will have access to these through a sign in ID and password.
Would you issue the commission check in US dollars or my local currency?
We pay all commissions in US dollars.
Are there other ways for me to be paid such as direct bank deposit?
At this time, we pay by check or PayPal in US dollars. When paying through PayPal, we charge a $15 handling fee.