Refersion relies on the concept of Offers: you can think of offers as a group of affiliates that belong to the same commission structure. We support three different commission structures each with different available options: Percent of Sale, Flat Rate, and Tiered. For all the commission structures below you can choose if shipping and taxes are included in the calculation by going to Account > Settings > Calculation Logic. You also have the option of creating Product Level Commissions for each offer.

Please note: You cannot set different commissions for the same affiliate. 

Percent of sale

This is the most common commission structure, calculated based on the total value of the order. The commission amount can be anywhere from 0-100%, most offers tend to fall in the 10-20% range.

Flat Rate

Flat rate commission structures allow you to give a certain commission regardless of the order value: so long as an order occurred the affiliate will receive a commission. There are two types of flat rate commissions: Flat Rate Per Item and Flat Rate Per Order. Note: discounts are NOT taken into account when calculating flat rate commissions, affiliates will be credited the full commission amount regardless of the order value.

Flat Rate Per Item

The commission is calculated on a per-item basis, with each item receiving the flat rate commission. Quantity is taken into account as well, so order a quantity of the same item will multiply the flat rate commission.

Flat Rate Per Order

The commission is calculated on a per-order basis, with each order receiving the flat rate commission.

Tiered Commission Structure 

Tiered commission structures are a great way to motivate your affiliates to promote your products and earn a higher commission. You set a base commission and a duration for the offer; for every new conversion, Refersion would look at the total approved revenue generated by that affiliate over the set duration (the duration is a rolling period) and calculate the commission amount accordingly. For example, a tiered offer is setup as follows:


You can change how long you want the Tier Structure to last before it resets. You can select anywhere from 30 days to the lifetime of the affiliate account. For example, if you select 365 days, then the affiliates commission amount will reset to zero every year. 

An affiliate brings in her first order on the first of the January for $80, the commission would be $0 for that conversion. 

On the 20th of January, she brings in another conversion for $120, the commission for that order will be calculated at 15% or $18. 

Note: only approved commissions are counted towards the commission tiers. 

What's Next?

Learn how to set product level commissions

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