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FAQ | Affiliate Marketing Program


How does Invitations by Dawn's affiliate program work?

Who can sign up for Invitations by Dawn's affiliate program?

What is a publisher?

What is an advertiser?

How much does it cost to join?

What do I earn for each sale I refer?

How do you know when I should receive credit for a sale?

What is your referral period?

Do product returns affect my commission?

When and how do I get paid?

What types of creative are available for me to promote?
  What is an individual product link?

What are product catalog data feeds?

I do not have a publisher account with Commission Junction. How do I sign up?

I'm having trouble with the application process. Where can I find help?

I've completed the CJ account set-up process. What should I do now?

How do I get help?

I already have an account with Commission Junction. How do I find your advertiser page and apply for your program?

How will I know if my application was approved or declined?
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How does Invitations by Dawn's affiliate program work?


The affiliate marketing program at Invitations by Dawn gives you the ability to earn commission on sales you refer to us through your website. The program is available exclusively on the CJ Affiliate by Conversant network.

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Who can sign up for Invitations by Dawn's affiliate program?


Any company or person owning or operating at least one website can apply to be a publisher in the Invitations by Dawn affiliate marketing program. Websites should be family friendly, relevant to Invitations by Dawn customers, look professional, and be current. Invitations by Dawn will not be associated with any vulgar, racist, sexual, or any other offensive content.

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What is a publisher?


A publisher is an individual or company that promotes an advertiser's product or service in exchange for earning a commission. In other words, you!

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What is an advertiser?


An advertiser is any company that is willing to pay other people to help sell and promote their business. Advertisers contractually agree to work with a publisher, and then provide the publisher with creative — in the form of text links, banner ads and even individual products — that are incorporated into the publisher's website. Invitations by Dawn's is an advertiser.

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How much does it cost to join?


There is no cost to set up a publisher account with CJ Affiliate by Conversant, or to join Invitations by Dawn's affiliate program.

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What do I earn for each sale I refer?


Commission ranges from 5% to 25% depending on your type of website and total monthly sales. Once you are approved for a particular percentage it will not change unless your business model changes. Commission is calculated on the sub-total of merchandise in each order, minus applicable discounts; taxes and shipping fees are not commissionable.

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How do you know when I should receive credit for a sale?


CJ provides the technology needed to track impressions, clicks and sales referred to Invitations by Dawn from affiliate publisher websites. To enable this technology, publishers implement affiliate links using html or java code provided in CJ Account Manager. Publishers can access performance reports for all advertisers they partner with via CJ Account Manager.

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What is your referral period?


The referral period is the number of days a visitor has to complete a purchase, after clicking on a valid affiliate link, in order to earn commission for that sale. The referral period for Invitations by Dawn's ranges from 5 days to 30 days, based on your type of website. Any sale occurring outside of the referral window is not eligible for commission.

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Do product returns affect my commission?


Yes, if a customer returns a product for a refund, or if credit card charges are reversed due to a dispute or credit card fraud, we do debit your account of the commission. However, there is no need to worry because Invitations by Dawn has a very low return rate!

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When and how do I get paid?


CJ Affiliate by Conversant is responsible for paying all Invitations by Dawn publishers. CJ offers check and direct deposit payment options, At the present time CJ does not offer payment to a publisher's PayPal account or into a credit card account, such as VISA or American Express.

Earned commission payout occurs around the 20th of each month, as long as you have met the minimum threshold for "closed" commissions. Follow this link to learn more about the publisher payment process flow.

CJ cannot release payment for your earned commissions unless you have provided them with accurate payment information AND you have submitted a valid tax certification. Information about submitting tax information can be found here.

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What types of creative are available for me to promote?


We offer text links, banner ads, individual product links and a product feed. See the sample creative page for examples of each type of link. Publishers are encouraged to request additional creative from Invitations by Dawn's program manager if they are looking for something that's not available in the affiliate network.

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What is an individual product link?


A product link promotes a specific product. For example, instead of a banner that promotes "InvitationsbyDawn.com," a product link can promote a specific wedding invitation. Product links allow you to place the advertiser's products within the context of your content and create impulse buying opportunities for consumers.

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What are product catalog data feeds?


A product catalog is a tool that CJ offers to advertisers that enables them to provide their publishers with a full catalog of all their product links in one automated file. In addition to accessing individual product links within the CJ Account Manager, qualifying publishers can receive a data feed from our data transfer system containing product data that advertisers have uploaded into our system. Examples of publishers who typically use this data include online shopping malls, comparison sites, portals, and review/rating sites.

Click here for more information on how to set up and use product catalog data feeds.

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I do not have a publisher account with Commission Junction.
How do I sign up?


Follow this link to create your CJ publisher account. Upon completing the account set-up process, your application for the Invitations by Dawn affiliate program will automatically be submitted to us to us for review.

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I'm having trouble with the application process. Where can I find help?


Click here for help with the CJ application process.

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I've completed the application for the CJ account set-up process.
What should I do now?


If you used our custom application form to create your CJ account (click here to see what it looks like), an application for the Invitations by Dawn program has automatically been submitted to us for review. If you used a different form to set up your account, you will need to apply for our program manually. Simply follow this link, and click on the plus symbol located on the right side of the page to apply. Applications are typically processed within 3 business days, and you will receive an email letting you know if you were approved or declined. For more information on using the CJ network, follow this link to access the Getting Started Guide.

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How do I get help?


If you need help with the Invitations by Dawn affiliate program, send an email to our program manager, Kristi Bakalyar, at affiliates@invitationsbydawn.com, or call her directly at (507) 625-0604. Click here if you need help with CJ.

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I already have an account with Commission Junction.
How do I find your advertiser page and apply for your program?


Click here to access our program in Commission Junction. Once you are logged in, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Apply to Program" button.

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How will I know if my application was approved or declined?


In most cases your application will be processed within 5 business days. You will receive an email letting you know if you were approved or declined. Depending on your account settings, you may receive the email in the affiliate network mail system, or in the email account you used to sign up. If you do not receive an email within 5 business days, please contact our program manager by emailing affiliates@invitationsbydawn.com.

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