Becoming a Gumroad Affiliate
Gumroad is a great place for you to make some side income, even if you're not actively creating your own products.
As an affiliate on Gumroad, you can promote the work of other creators and get paid. Here's how!
Step 1: Create a Gumroad account
Go to www.gumroad.com/signup and create an account. We'll send you an email to verify the account - make sure you verify it through the link in that email.
Fill out your payout settings.
You do not need to get an upgraded account if you are an affiliate - a free Gumroad account is perfect.
You do not have to create a product if you plan on only serving as an affiliate.
Changing your login email address, payout settings, username, or social links does not affect your affiliate link - you do not need to notify Gumroad or the creator of your products, or ask for a new affiliate link.
Step 2: Speak to the creator
Shoot an email to the Gumroad creator you wish to sell for. They will need to know the email address that you used to create your account with. You can double-check what this is by going to your settings page.
We want Gumroad affiliates to actually know the people whose products they are selling. If your friend is creating something you want to help sell, great! If someone is making a lot of money on Gumroad and you want to get in on it, maybe try to befriend them before blasting them with sales pitch emails.
We ask that you not ask us to put you in touch with creators whom you have no previous contact with, or ask us to give away the contact information of Gumroad creators you wish to sell for. We've found that this is generally a direct path to money laundering, and we will not promote such behavior.
Unfortunately, there is no such thing a as a ronin affiliate. There is no place you can sign up to become a generic, freelance, Gumroad affiliate. You can only be an affiliate for people who add you as an affiliate.
Step 3: Get your link(s)
When a Gumroad creator adds you as an affiliate, you'll get an email like this. It breaks down everything about your affiliation with that creator, from how much you'll be credit for each sale, as well as all of your affiliate links
Step 4: Share your links!
That's all! Just share the links that we've included in your email. You do not need to create any Gumroad products, or advertise a Gumroad link. Just share those links however you wish - a favorite of many Gumroad affiliates is Linktr.ee
The only way you can be credited for your affiliate sales is if you share the links in the email we send you. Why?
https://gumroad.com/l/product is a product link. This is the kind of link that Gumroad creators need to be sharing.
https://gumroad.com/a/1234567 is an affiliate link. THIS is the kind of link that you need to be sharing.
A quick way to tell if you're sharing the right link is to look for the /a/ in it. That /a/ tells Gumroad's big brain that this is an affiliate link, and the unique number after the /a/ tells us that this is your affiliate link.
If you share a product link, we can't credit you for the sale. If you know the email address of the customer who bought that product, you can ask the Gumroad creator for the money after they are paid out
Other reasons why you might not be credited for a sale:
- The customer's web browser does not accept "cookies." Our affiliate feature can only work if a browser accepts cookies.
- The sale was refunded
- The customer did not buy the product within 30 days of clicking your link. Our cookies expire after 30 days.
- The customer clicked a different affiliate's link after they clicked yours, and bought the product
How to verify that your affiliate link works
If you've got all the above steps right, your link is ready to earn you some $$$. But for those who always like to double-check: there's a handy way to ensure that the link works fine!
- Click on your affiliate link — this will take you to the product/profile page of which you're an affiliate
- Open your browser's dev tools. If you're on Chrome, the shortcut is Command+Option+C (Mac) or Control+Shift+C (Windows, Linux, Chrome OS)
- Follow the steps on this page to reach the "Cookies" pane
- Click on gumroad.com (of course) from the various cookie origins, and look for the cookie name starting with _gumroad_affiliate_id_You can even check when your cookie will expire in the "Expires/Max-Age" column. We are creating this example on Dec-12-2020 and as you can see in the screenshot above, the cookie expires 30 days later, on Jan-11-2021.
How to navigate the Gumroad dashboard
As a Gumroad affiliate, you will not be able to see any sales on the iOS Gumroad Dashboard app.
That means there is not a place for you to track your sales or see analytics on how your links are being shared. If you wish to get detailed insights into how your links are performing, you can use a service like bit.ly and utilize the analytics tools they offer.
The Balance Page
The balance page shows you how much you've made in the current payout period and how much you'll be paid at the next payout date. We pay you out on Fridays as long as you have $10 USD in your balance.
What is the "payout period?"
Gumroad has to hold onto all sales made for at least 7 days before we can pay you. That means, if you make a sale on Tuesday, you will not receive the money for that sale on Friday. You are therefore paid out every Friday for all sales made up to the previous Friday.
So, if payday lands on Friday the 14th of the month, you will be paid that day for all sales made up to Friday the 7th. Any sales made after Friday the 7th would be paid on Friday the 21st of the month.
Pre-Orders and Membership Products
A pre-order product is one that has not yet been released. It has a release date, on which all customers are charged and sent their products. If you help make a sale on a pre-order product, you will not receive a notification about the sale until the product is actually released.
So, if a customer pre-orders the product through your affiliate link on April 1st, but the product is not released until June 1st, you will not be paid out for that sale until at least 7 days after June 1st.
Membership products charge customers on a recurring basis. Your affiliate sale will be rewarded in all payment installments. Make an affiliate sale of a membership product, and you've got yourself some nice recurring revenue!
When a customer is refunded, 100% of the sale price is refunded to them. That unfortunately means you would lose your percentage of the sale as well.
If you have already been paid out for that sale, the refunded money would come out of your balance, and your balance could go into the negative. In order to be paid out again, you would have to make enough sales to get your balance over $10 USD.
If you have any questions or something isn't clear on this page, shoot a line to firstname.lastname@example.org