Not necessarily. There are 88 separate iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store Affiliate Programs and each one is for a specific country. Participation in one of these programs will result in commissions from only that store in that country. Your international traffic will typically receive an error and is then redirected to their native store. If this happens, you will not be commissioned on any of those sales.
The GeoRiot service allows you to monetize on international traffic by combining multiple affiliate accounts. GeoRiot helps you earn commissions on all of them simultaneously by providing a translation engine for your iTunes, iBookstore, and App Store deep links. The service ensures that international traffic arrives at an appropriate page in the correct store with the proper affiliate tracking, instead of receiving an error stating that the item they are looking for doesn't exist.
GeoRiot provides three advantages over using a single affiliate program: First, the service maximizes your potential revenue from international traffic. Second, the service provides a seamless user experience by sending your traffic to the most relevant destination in the correct store instead of returning an error. Third, the GeoRiot Dashboard provides unique reporting not avaialbe through the affiliate networks.
Getting started with the GeoRiot service takes three simple steps:
As soon as your site or app is using your new GeoRiot link you can add and manage additional affiliate programs and view international clicking statistics from the dashboard.
First, GeoRiot gives you the possibility to monetize on international traffic coming from any one of the 88 countries with an iTunes Affiliate Program. Second, and equally important, the GeoRiot service provides a translation engine for your iTunes, iBookstore and App Store deep links. This ensures that international traffic arrives at the appropriate page in the correct store, instead of receiving an error message stating that the item they are looking for doesn't exist.
Typically the user is redirected to iTunes and immediately shown an error stating that the item they've request is not available in their store. If the user clicks okay and is taken to the correct iTunes store they won't be able to purchase (because iTunes requires a credit card with a billing address in that country). If they stay in their store any purchases they make won't be commissioned.
While neither Apple, or iTunes, will publicly endorse a third party service, we work with them regularly in order to make the GeoRiot service as robust as possible. The GeoRiot service fully complies with each affiliate network's Terms and Conditions as well as with those published by iTunes for the affiliate program.
Enrollment in GeoRiot alone will not increase your profits. To maximize your earnings you need to have active accounts within the multiple iTunes Affiliate Programs worldwide. The GeoRiot service combines these multiple accounts and allows you to use them simultaneously thus allowing you to earn more money.
First, integrating the GeoRiot service with even a single account can instantly empower your affiliate links to provide a seamless user experience for international traffic. Second, using the GeoRiot service provides valuable insight into clicking behavior so that you can focus your efforts on the programs that are most likely net you extra revenue. This makes signing up for accounts as efficient as possible.
Yes, this can actually be advantageous by helping direct your efforts toward applying for specific country's affiliate programs to quickly maximize revenue. However, active iTunes affiliate accounts are necessary to start earning commissions.
See all iTunes supported countries.
To get into an affiliate program, you first sign up with the appropriate affiliate network. This includes TradeDoubler for 39 different programs (29 in Europe, plus 10 in Latin America), as well as PHG for the other 49 programs worldwide. Please note that iTunes affiliation via LinkShare and DGM ceased on October 1st, 2013.
After being accepted into the affiliate network, use their dashboard to sign up for the iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store Affiliate programs for the countries that are supported.
TradeDoubler allows you to use a single affiliate program account for all European programs and a single affiliate program for 9 of the 10 Latin American programs. The exception is that Brazil cannot be combined with the other Latin American countries.
If you have trouble finding the programs or get denied please contact us and we would be happy to provide guidance.
See all iTunes supported countries.
No, the Canadian affiliate program only commissions on sales of music, movies, TV episodes and shows, and audiobooks. The Canadian program does not commission on sales of iOS apps, Mac Apps or ebooks from the iBookstore.
No, it's not necessary to sign up for every country/program available in Europe and Latin America, through TradeDoubler, to earn commissions in all of the 39 countries. In fact, a single account in Europe will allow you to earn commissions on any of the 29 storefronts in Europe. Likewise, a single account in Latin America will allow you to earn commissions in 9 or 10 Latin American programs. TradeDoubler's Brazil program requires that you sign up separately for the new affiliate program. However, by signing up for each program you will have more granular reporting in the TradeDoubler dashboard.
While GeoRiot can give you tips and provide resources to become active with the international affiliate programs, we cannot personally get you into the programs. You will still need to apply and be accepted.
Yes, banners can also use the GeoRiot service. This is simply done by GeoRiot encoding the landing page of the banner ad and replacing the link in the HTML for the banner ad with your new GeoRiot encoded link.
Yes, both within the Safari app as well as from within apps.
Yes, the GeoRiot service works within apps. However, it's important to note that when using any affiliate link in an iOS app (GeoRiot links included) an extra step is recommended to optimize the user experience for the app. We will happy to work with your developers to implement this.
The GeoRiot reporting engine provides click metrics for your traffic source(s), or app(s), segmented by geography in near real time.
You will continue to receive your commission checks from the affiliate network(s).
No, you will continue to receive your commission checks from the affiliate networks (Performance Horizon Group, LinkShare, LinkShare Japan, TradeDoubler and/or DGM) where you are currently active and have generated above then the minimum threshold. GeoRiot will never send you a check or a bill. Please note that iTunes moved away from LinkShare and DGM in mid August 2013 and affiliation through these programs ended on October 1st, 2013.
There are no up front costs associated with using the GeoRiot service. The service's compensation is based on "click sharing". Click sharing is the seamless process of rerouting a small percentage of clicks with GeoRiot's affiliate code instead of the client's. GeoRiot is committed to ensuring partners are maximizing their affiliate commissions while using the service, and as a result we have an extensive list of rules dictating when and how click sharing will occur. More information about click sharing can be found on our Compensation page.
Click sharing helps GeoRiot recoup costs incurred by offering the service. It is the seamless process of rerouting a small percentage of clicks with GeoRiot's affiliate code instead of the client's. GeoRiot is committed to ensuring partners are maximizing their affiliate commissions while using the service, and as a result we have an extensive list of rules dictating when and how click sharing will occur. More information about click sharing can be found on our Compensation page.
GeoRiot will never use clicks from your base country (the country from which the landing page is built) to meet your click share. Also, during your trial period, the GeoRiot service will never use clicks from countries you support to meet your click share. After your trial period has expired GeoRiot will first use clicks from countries you don't support. If the click share requirement is not met with those countries then the service will randomly use clicks from your supported countries (but never your base country) until the target rate has been met. More information about click sharing can be found on our Compensation page.