Join Blurb's Affiliate Program


  • About the program

    Join Blurb's affiliate program

    Spread the word about Blurb on your website, and earn a little cash every time your customers make a Blurb purchase. That's our affiliate program in a nutshell, and it's incredibly easy to sign up.

    And since we believe that our success depends on your success, when you become a Blurb Affiliate, we'll treat you with the same care and consideration we give our customers.

    Affiliates get:

    • 15% commission rate for new customers and 2% commission for existing customers.

    • $1 per book for any bookstore sales (http://www.blurb.com/bookstore).

    • $10 affiliate referrals: Invite your website-owning and blogging friends to join Blurb's affiliate program and earn $10 for each friend who's approved.

    • A 120-day cookie. Affiliates get credit for any orders made within 120 days of the original click placed by the customer.

    • An average order size of nearly USD $90.

    • An exclusive monthly newsletter with special promotions, content, and codes that you can change up and use for your own marketing.

    • A program where we want to work closely with our affiliates to become more successful.


    Why blurb?

    Blurb® is an independent, creative publishing platform and community that enables personal book-makers, authors, designers, photographers and businesses to create, publish, sell, and distribute photo books, trade books, and magazines in print and digital formats.

    With free book creation and layout tools—from Blurb’s desktop publishing tool BookWright, to online tool Bookify™, and Adobe® InDesign® plug-in and Adobe® Lightroom® integration—Blurb simplifies self-publishing for everyone.

    Blurb book-makers have access to free sharing and marketing tools including Personal Storefront which enables them to post digital previews of their books to blogs, websites or Facebook pages. In addition to a wide creative community offering webinars, tutorials workshops and forums.

    Both print on demand and offset solutions are available, with options to sell and distribute books through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and 39,000 online bookstores*, Apple iBooks Store and Blurb’s online Bookstore where users retain 100% of their profits.

    Contact our affiliate manager

    Our Blurb Affiliate Manager will be happy to answer any of your questions about joining up or being part of our program. Please note that if you didn't receive a confirmation e-mail from ShareASale when you applied for the program, your application may not have been completed properly and/or the confirmation email could be in your spam email folder. You can email our Affiliate Manager any time at blurb@accelerationpartners.com.

  • FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I become a Blurb affiliate and how does it work?
    Can websites outside of the U.S. become Blurb affiliates?
    Are there any fees or costs associated with becoming a Blurb affiliate?
    What commission levels does Blurb offer?
    How long do the cookies last?
    Where can I get an overview of general affiliate information and marketing?
    Can I contact someone at Blurb if I have more questions?
    Can I use Blurb graphics and content from the Blurb website?
    What sales and revenue reports does ShareASale provide?
    On what Blurb products do I earn a commission?
    How do you treat product returns and affiliate sales?
    How often will I get paid by ShareASale?
    How do I use the Affiliate Bookshow Widget?
    What is the Affiliate Referral Bonus?

    How do i become a Blurb affiliate and how does it work?

    Anyone who operates a family-friendly website is eligible to join the Blurb Affiliate Program (subject to the program's terms and conditions).

    It's easy, just sign up here.

    After you apply for and are accepted into our program, you can start earning cash through your customers' Blurb purchases. You'll be able to place links via banners, text links, and other creative anywhere on your website.

    When your visitors click through to the Blurb website via these links, that visitor is tracked until they place an order. Then that order is associated with your website as the referring source and your ShareASale account is credited a 15% commission for the entire order for a new customer purchase (2% commission for existing customers). The lock day on ShareASale is the 20th of each month. So the more visitors you refer to Blurb who become Blurb customers, the more you get paid—and unlike many other websites, you get paid every time that customer places an order within 120 days, not just the first time!

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    Can websites outside of the U.S. become Blurb affiliates?

    Currently, Blurb only offers affiliate programs in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

    Please be aware that Blurb ships only to the following countries and territories:

    Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Virgin Islands (U.S.), and Virgin Islands (British).

    Due to service limitations, we may not be able to deliver to outlying regions not listed above. If your site caters to customers in the above-listed countries and territories, then Blurb could be a good fit for you.

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    Are there any fees or costs associated with becoming a Blurb affiliate?

    There is no sign up fee or cost associated with becoming a Blurb affiliate.

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    What commission levels does Blurb offer?

    You will receive 15% commission rate for new customers and 2% commission rate for existing customers.

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    How long do the cookies last?

    Blurb cookies last for 120 days. This means that you get credit for any referred customer who returns to the Blurb site within 120 days, even if they do so directly.

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    Where can I get an overview of general affiliate information and marketing?

    Please check out our General Affiliate Marketing for Beginners Overview for definitions and answers to basic questions.

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    Can I contact someone at Blurb if I have more questions?

    Yes. Since we're committed to making our affiliates successful, we have a dedicated Affiliate Program Manager to help answer your questions. You can email our Affiliate Manager any time at blurb@accelerationpartners.com.

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    Can I use Blurb graphics and content from the Blurb website?

    The entire Blurb website and content are protected by copyright. You may use images and content from our website in the promotion of our products on your own website, but this content must be attributed to Blurb and be used for intent of sale of Blurb products. If you have a special circumstance that requires the use of any graphics, product images or content in a manner that is not consistent with the above, you must contact us for written approval prior to use of any such content.

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    What sales and revenue reports does ShareASale provide?

    Every transaction is logged on ShareASale servers and available for your review in detail. ShareASale will provide real-time tracking of your clicks, sales, and commissions. Please don’t contact Blurb for this information – we don’t have access to your account.

    You can use the links below to find some of the most useful reports. (These links will only work if you are an approved affiliate.)

    1. Daily Traffic & Commission Report: http://www.shareasale.com/a-dayataglance.cfm
    2. Order & Sales History: http://www.shareasale.com/a-accountactivity.cfm
    3. Total Commissions Earned: http://www.shareasale.com/a-summary.cfm

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    On what Blurb products do I earn a commission?

    There are no limitations or restrictions on which Blurb products can be sold through our Affiliate Program. And there are no limits on the amount of commission you can earn as an affiliate.

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    How do you treat product returns and affiliate sales?

    If a customer referred by your site returns or cancels an order for refund, or if credit card charges are reversed due to online credit card fraud, Blurb may debit your account for any commission earned on that transaction.

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    How often will I get paid by ShareASale?

    ShareASale will pay your commissions each month via check or Direct Deposit (you choose which) into your bank account on the 20th of each month, once your account has reached a credit of $50 before the end of the previous month.

    For example, if you earned $100 of credit from January 1 through January 31, you’ll receive payment by February 20.

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    How do I use the Affiliate Bookshow Widget?

    The Affiliate BookShow Widget will post a preview of your book on your site. The preview will have your Affiliate ID embedded in the link, so any clicks through on your preview will result in a commission on any sales generated from those clicks.

    To create your widget, you will need to be ready with two things:

    • Your ShareASale ID, which you can find at the top the welcome screen after you have logged in to your ShareASale account
    • Your book's title as it is entered on your Blurb Your Books page

    Then go to the Affiliate Bookshow Widget page and enter your book's title or ID. Select the book and enter your Affiliate ID number in the field below, then click the Generate Code button. Copy and paste that code into your site.

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    What is the Affiliate Referral Bonus?

    As a Blurb Affiliate, you can earn $10 every time a friend that you referred joins the program.

    Here's how it works:

    1. Invite your website-owning and blogging friends to join Blurb's affiliate program.
    2. Make sure to use your affiliate coded link. Links are found here under Two Tier Text Links.
    3. When your referred affiliate friends are approved into Blurb's program, $10 will be credited to your affiliate account.

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  • Terms and conditions

    Blurb, inc. Affiliate terms & conditions

    Please read our affiliate terms and conditions carefully before you join our program or begin marketing our program. These terms and conditions are written in plain language intentionally avoiding legalese to ensure that they may be clearly understood and followed by affiliates. Each Affiliate is responsible for assuring that its employees, agents and contractors comply with these terms and conditions. Thank you.

    Definitions

    As used in these terms and conditions: (i) “We”, “us”, or “our” refers to Blurb, Inc. and our website; (ii) “you” or “your” refers to the Affiliate; (iii) “our website” refers to the Blurb, Inc. properties located at www.blurb.com; (iv) “your website” refers to any websites that you will link to our website; (v) “Program” refers to the Blurb, Inc. Affiliate Program.

    Enrollment

    After receiving your application, we will review your website and notify you of your acceptance or rejection into our Program. Please allow up 48 hours for your application to be reviewed. We reserve the right to reject any application, however we encourage you to contact us if you feel we have made an incorrect decision. Including all of the websites that you use in your profile will help us make a better decision.

    Website restrictions

    Your participating website(s) may not:

    1. Infringe on our or any anyone else's intellectual property, publicity, privacy or other rights.

    2. Violate any law, rule or regulation.

    3. Contain any content that is threatening, harassing, defamatory, obscene, harmful to minors, or include nudity, pornography or sexually explicit materials.

    4. Contain any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data, or personal information.

    5. Contain software or use technology that attempts to intercept, divert or redirect Internet traffic to or from any other website, or that potentially enables the diversion of affiliate commissions from another website.


    Linking to our website

    Upon acceptance into the Program, links will be made available to you through the affiliate interface. Your acceptance in our program means you agree to and abide by the following:

    1. You will only use linking code obtained from the affiliate interface without manipulation.

    2. All domains that use your affiliate link must be listed in your affiliate profile.

    3. Your Website will not in any way copy, resemble, or mirror the look and feel of our Website. You will also not use any means to create the impression that your Website is our Website or any part of our Website including, without limitation, framing of our Website in any manner.

    4. You may not engage in cookie stuffing or include pop-ups, false or misleading links on your website. In addition, wherever possible, you will not attempt to mask the referring URL information (i.e. the page from where the click is originating).

    5. Using redirects to bounce a click off of a domain from which the click did not originate in order to give the appearance that it came from that domain is prohibited.

    If you are found redirecting links to hide or manipulate their original source, your current and past commissions will be voided or your commission level will be set to 0%. This does not include using "out" redirects from the same domain where the affiliate link is placed.


    Mid-checkout commission reduction & overwrite rule

    Blurb uses a dynamic pixel system that may make changes to the standard commission in the case of a mid-checkout referral, which is defined as a cookie that is set within the last ten minutes before purchase. Given the extensive personalization required for most of our orders, the average visit to order time is usually days or hours, not minutes. By reducing our commission on these types of referrals and by closely monitoring the quality of traffic we receive from each affiliate, we will be able to pay out higher commissions for driving new customers and traffic. This logic also gives full credit to the first referring affiliate in the case that a second affiliate enters within this last ten minutes.

    Scenarios:

    1. Two affiliates outside of ten minutes before sale, normal "last in" logic applies
    2. One affiliate outside of ten minutes before sale, one within. "Last in" affiliate will receive 2% lowered commission and first affiliate will receive full commission.
    3. Single affiliate within last ten minutes, 2% commission will apply
    4. Two affiliates within last ten minutes, last in will receive the reduced 2% commission.

    PPC Guidelines

    If you are enrolled in our Program and participate in PPC advertising, you must adhere to our PPC guidelines as follows:

    1. You may not bid on any of our trademarked terms (which are identified below) including any variations or misspellings thereof for search or content-based campaigns on Google, MSN, Yahoo or any other network.

    2. You may not use our trademarked terms in sequence with any other keyword (i.e. Blurb Coupons).

    3. You may not use our trademarked terms in your ad title, ad copy, display name or as the display URL.

    4. You may not direct link to our website from any Pay Per Click ad or use redirects that yield the same result. Affiliates must be directed to an actual page on your website.

    If you automate your PPC campaigns, it is your responsibility to exclude our trademarked terms from your program and we strongly suggest you add our trademarked terms as negative keywords. We have a strict no tolerance policy on PPC trademark bidding. You will forfeit all commissions for a minimum of the past 30 days and your commission will be set to 0% without warning if you engage in PPC trademark bidding that uses our trademarked terms.

    Trademarked Terms: Blurb, Inc., Blurb, blurb.com, Bookify, Blurb BookSmart, Blurb for Good.

    Coupon guidelines

    If you are enrolled in our Program and your Website promotes coupon codes, you must adhere to our Coupon Guidelines as follows:

    1. You may ONLY advertise coupon codes that are provided to you through the affiliate program or network.

    2. You may NOT advertise coupon codes obtained from our non-affiliate advertising, customer e-mails, paid search, or any other campaign.

    3. On click through, you must link directly to our website. Framing of our website is strictly prohibited.

    4. Cookie Stuffing: You must not mislead customers into clicking on an offer or coupon that does not exist or practice similarly deceptive tactics that are generally known as "cookie stuffing." These include, but are not limited to:
      1. Using knowingly expired offers or presenting offers that do not exist or are not affiliate offers.
      2. Making claims that a user must click on a link first to activate or receive an offer.
      3. Presenting a button that claims to show all offers that sets the affiliate cookie in the background.
      4. Technology that generates a click or sets the cookie from the action of copying a coupon code or though a pop under.

    Due to repeated abuse, the initial commission level offered to new coupon and deal oriented sites for existing customers is 0%. Additionally, if your website ranks on the first page of Google for terms related to our website or company name(s) combined with the words coupon, coupons, coupon code, promo code, etc and/or your conversion rate exceeds 25%, you may be offered a lower commission to offset the reduced profitability of orders. The current rate is 2%.

    Domain names

    Use of any of our trademarked terms as part of the domain or sub-domain for your website is strictly prohibited i.e. blurb.website.com or www.blurb-coupons.com.

    Advertising & publicity

    You shall not create, publish, distribute, or print any written material that makes reference to our Program without first submitting that material to us and receiving our prior written consent. If you intend to promote our Program via e-mail campaigns, you must adhere to the following:

    1. Abide by the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (Public Law No. 108-187) with respect to our Program.

    2. E-mail must be sent on your behalf and must not imply that the e-mail is being sent on behalf of Blurb, Inc.

    3. E-mails must first be submitted to us for approval prior to being sent or we must be sent a copy of the e-mail.


    Social media

    Promotion on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms is permitted following these general guidelines:

    1. You ARE allowed to promote offers to your own lists; more specifically, you're welcome to use your affiliate links on your own Facebook, Twitter, etc. pages. For example: You can post, "25% off sale at Blurb through Wednesday with code Blurb25."

    2. You ARE PROHIBITED from posting your affiliate links on Blurb's Facebook, Twitter, etc. pages in an attempt to turn those sales into affiliate sales. It is not permitted to use the @ symbol so that your post shows up on the merchant's page. For example, you cannot post, "25% off sale at @BlurbBooks through Wednesday with code Blurb25."

    Operations outside United States

    If you are conducting business in or taking orders from persons in other countries, you will follow the laws of those countries. For example, you will comply with the European Union’s Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive if you are conducting business in or taking orders from persons in one or more of the European Union countries.

    Reversal & Communication Policy

    Blurb, Inc. takes pride in its very low reversal rate, which we attribute to open communication with our affiliates. However, we reserve the right to reverse orders due to order cancellations, duplicate tracking, returns, disputed charges, and program violations as outlined in these terms and conditions.

    Additionally, if we ask you for clarification or more information on any orders or clicks that we suspect may be in violation of our terms and conditions, we expect that you will respond in a timely and honest manner. Below are violations of our communications policy.

    1. You are not forthcoming, intentionally vague or are found to be lying.
    2. You are not responsive within a reasonable time period and after multiple attempts to contact with information listed in your network profile.
    3. You cannot substantiate or validate the source of your traffic to our programme with clear and demonstrable proof.

    If any of the above apply, then we reserve the absolute right to reverse orders, set your commission to 0% or suspend you from the program for the period or orders in question. We know that many violations are a result of automated processes; however it is incumbent upon each affiliate to ensure that it has the appropriate checks and balances in place to pro-actively address these issues and adhere to our program rules.

    © 2011 Blurb, Inc. & Acceleration Partners LLC.