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Affiliate Program for Are My Sites Up

Published by Chris Coyier

There is now an official affiliate program for Are My Sites Up where you can earn money through referring people to our service.

Here are the basics:

  1. You sign up.
  2. You get an email when you are approved with a link to your special affiliate page. Here you get your unique affiliate URL which you can use anywhere you like as well as custom graphics and copy-and-paste code.
  3. You earn 20% on any sale. That's five bucks on Standard, ten bucks on Plus, and fifteen bucks on Pro.

How It Works

Many affiliate programs work by requiring that the sale happens in the same session as when the person first clicked through to the site. Or, they try to throw you a bone and save a temporary cookie on the users system so that if they come back later and buy, if the cookie is still there, the affiliate gets the sale.

Our affiliate system is baked right into our system, and doesn't rely on any fragile client-side technology to honor affiliates. When a user signs up (even for a FREE account), your affiliate code is stored along with them. If that user EVER upgrades to beyond a free account, be it that day or a year from now, you will get the credit for that sale.

Other Things To Know

We pay out instantly. If an account receipt rolls through with your code on it, we'll shoot you over your share right away, no waiting around for a month or two.

Are My Sites Up is a really simple "do one thing well" type of application. As such, it is very easy to explain and easy to sell to people. This isn't the Cornballer® here, this is a real product that actually helps people. AMSU is priced very competitively in the market, so if you find some folks you think would benefit, it shouldn't be too hard to convince them!

Need Anything?

This is a mutually beneficial arrangement, so anything that I can do to help out I will. Get in touch if I can create any custom graphics for your site or answer any questions.


  1. Donny

    Sweet deal.

  2. As soon as I have a PayPal account….

  3. And how does it work for people who already have an account on AMSU ?

  4. Nice one, I’m in :)

  5. This is one of the best deals I have seen in quite some time now. Thanks :)

    I’ll register as soon as I get a paypal account!

  6. Paul D'Amora

    I could swear I signed up for this a couple days ago. But sounds good nonetheless.

  7. I’ve got a question. Do I only sign up for the affiliate program or also the “are my sites up service”?

    • The two are unrelated. You can be an affiliate without using the service if you want, although I’d recommend at least signing up for the free service for yourself so you know what you are recommending.

    • Alright. I’ll try out the free service first. Recommending something without having try it myself is a but stupid. :)

  8. alex

    This is great. Good thinkin’ Chris!

  9. How are you guys generating your affiliate urls? Are you just doing like a md5 hash, then substr() out 6 characters? Or something along those lines?

    • I’m not even sure how it’s done but I imagine it’s some special Rails function that makes it easy. I do know that they are all unique.

  10. This is excellent Chris, I am especially fond of how you are storing the referral on the server side permanently, that’s the way to do it! Also, the instant payment is super sweet too, count me in :)

  11. Scott

    Sounds great.

    Would the affiliate get 20% of all sales generated from a user (as in every year) or just 20% of the year 1 sales?

  12. Nice, I just applied

  13. Would be cool to see how you set this affiliate program up. I’ve got a site that would really benefit from something like this. Another one of your superb screencasts is in order perhaps? :)

  14. Very nice, Chris. I will be signing up.

    What affiliate app are you guys running, or is it homegrown?

  15. Alex

    I got my URL before and am going to start putting it on the footer in my sites (when they are all online :))
    Also just a general question, is the site run on Ruby on Rails?
    Oh, And also how do you get your domain privacy… Do (MT) do it for free or do you get it with who you buy your domain from?

    Thanks for your help over the years!

  16. Is it too late for me to sign-up? Come me In!

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