Affiliate FAQ:

Q. What is Affiliate Marketing and how does it work?

A: Affiliate Marketing is a performance based advertising program where online publishers, or affiliates, can earn a commission on orders submitted by customers they refer to an online merchant. They do this by creatively integrating the merchant's product or content into their site through blogs, product reviews, banner advertisements, etc.

The tracking process is simple. Once in the Bodybuilding.com affiliate program, affiliates can create affiliate links to Bodybuilding.com. When that link is clicked on by a visitor to that affiliate's site, a tracking cookie is planted on that user's computer and when they complete a purchase at Bodybuilding.com, the cookie fires and a commission is applied to that affiliate's account. The cookie exists on that user's computer for 60 days so the purchase does not have to be completed in the same visit.

Q. How do I become an affiliate and how is my affiliate account managed?

A: The first step to becoming a Bodybuilding.com affiliate is creating an account with our third party affiliate network, Commission Junction (CJ). You can begin this process by clicking here. Once your CJ account is created, do a search within CJ for the Bodybuilding.com affiliate program and submit an application. Your application will be reviewed and responded to within 72 hours.

Your account is managed by CJ. CJ is responsible for managing all commission payouts and paperwork associated with your affiliate account. For more information on CJ and the services they provide, please click here.

Q. Are there any costs associated with joining the Bodybuilding.com affiliate program?

A: It is completely free to create an account with CJ and join the Bodybuilding.com affiliate program. In fact, since all purchases are completed at Bodybuilding.com, we handle all customer service responsibilities such as receiving payment, shipping orders, managing inventory and handling any customer problems that may arise. We have the best customer service and the fastest shipping in the industry so it's rare that we leave a customer anything less than wowed. This means higher conversion for you and higher payouts.

Because there is no charge, there is virtually no risk in getting involved!

Q. Do I have to have a website to become an affiliate?

A: Not necessarily. If you have a strong social media presence or are good at e-mail marketing, you can have success. In reviewing your application, if we do not see a website listed, we may request to see an example of your promotional methods so that we can see what kind of content our logo or advertisements will be associated with.

Our top performing affiliates typically drive traffic from a value-add, fitness or nutrition related website.

Q. What kind of activity is not allowed in Bodybuilding.com's affiliate marketing program?

A: We DO NOT allow any direct linking or forced redirects to Bodybuilding.com - you must have your own landing page when performing SEM. Internal coupons are not allowed without permission from Bodybuilding.com. You are allowed to promote coupons found on CJ or those promoted directly on a Bodybuilding.com product page. If any affiliate sale is made with a non-affiliate allowed coupon (i.e. Happy Birthday and Comeback offers), that sale will become invalid for commission. We also don't allow any affiliate promotions in the Bodybuilding.com Forums or on BodySpace. If any such banned activity takes place, we will unfortunately have to reverse all unlawful commissions made or at worse, terminate you from the program.

Q. How much are commissions?

A: We offer a 15% commission rate on orders completed by customers that are new to Bodybuilding.com, and a 5% commission rate on orders completed by customers that have shopped with Bodybuilding.com before. Please note that our tracking cookie is one-time use only, so whether the customer is new or repeat, only one transaction they submit upon an affiliate referral will be eligible for commission. This means that in order for affiliates to earn commissions on subsequent orders by a customer they refer, that customer will have to click through to Bodybuilding.com on that affiliate's link.

For coupon-only promotion sites, we can only offer a flat 2% commission on all transactions. This does not mean that you can't promote special offers and coupons if you run a fitness content or other value-add site. This applies only to sites that promote coupons only without offering content relating to what you would see on Bodybuilding.com.

Q. How often will I get paid?

A: All transactions for each month lock on the 10th of the following month and payments are submitted to affiliates on or around the 20th.

Affiliates are paid at the following minimum amounts (if minimum pay out isn't made it will carry over to the following month):

Minimum Payout for Direct Deposit

Minimum Payout for Check

USD: $50.00

USD: $100.00

CAD: $50.00

CAD: $100.00

EUR: €25.00

EUR: €60.00

GBP: ₤25.00

GBP: ₤50.00

SEK: 300.00

SEK: 600.00 

Please note: Due to possible foreign shipping delays and customs regulations, commission all purchases made outside of the United States will automatically be extended an additional month.

Q. Do I have to live in the US to be an affiliate with Bodybuilding.com?

A: We accept affiliates from all over the world! Global expansion is one of our focuses as a company so we're happy to work with affiliates in all corners of the globe to help us in this effort. The only countries that we can't accept affiliates from are China and India.

Q. Why am I not allowed to be an affiliate if I live in Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, North Carolina or Rhode Island?

A: Unfortunately, those states currently enforce what's called a "Nexus Tax Law." Partnering with even one affiliate from any of those states would force us to charge a sales tax to every customer living in that state. Keeping our customer experience of the highest quality while keeping our prices as low as possible is our primary focus, so exposure to nexus is something we will adamantly avoid. Unfortunately, we cannot make any exceptions. To get involved in fighting Nexus Tax Laws nationwide, or to receive more information, click here.