Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I have to create an account with Impact Radius?
As our affiliate program has grown we want to offer our affiliates the best in reporting, and the most seamless payment process. Therefore, we are now using Impact Radius to meet your reporting and payment needs. Savings.com affiliates all have Impact Radius accounts, which allow them to create and schedule reports, as well as reviewing all payout information. Without an Impact Radius account, Savings.com affiliates will not have access to reporting.
What is the coupon iFrame?
Think of the Savings.com iFrame as your own online coupon code database. The iFrame is available in two sizes – a full width version and a content column width (also known as the ‘Skinny’ version). Here is an example of the iFrame with the Full Page Layout.
How do I access the ad generator to create new ad units?
To access the ad generator simply log into Savings.com, and go to your user profile by clicking your username at the top right of your screen. When viewing your user profile, there is an “Affiliate Program” box in the left hand column. Click on the “Ad Generator” link and it will take you to the appropriate page. For quick access, bookmark this page in your web browser.
What is “link grabbing” and how do I use it?
Link grabbing allows affiliates to use links for individual deals to share with their audience. These links contain unique tracking information so that affiliates are paid whenever a user clicks and makes a purchase on the merchant site. When viewing deals on Savings.com as a logged in affiliate, click on the “+More” button by the deal description to expose your unique link. Click here for more detailed instructions on using link grabbing.
What are Savings.com Ad Units?
Savings.com Ad Units are new ad units that are a great alternative to boring and random text and image ads. They are available in a number of IAB standard sizes (View Sample Ad types and sizes) and can be customized to target a specific merchant or category. With the Savings.com Ad Unit Generator it’s ridiculously easy to make a relevant ad unit whenever you want! Each blog post can have its own Ad Unit helping to monetize each post!
See a targeted Sears leaderboard example below:
Coupons procured by Savings.com
Do you have an XML data feed or an API that I can use?
Yes, we do. If you would like have access to our DataFeed or API, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note, only affiliates with significant monthly visitors will be considered.)
Can I use the Savings.com iFrame or Ad Units on multiple sites?
Yes, the iframe and Ad Units will track clicks and purchases regardless of the domain.
I saw a merchant on Savings.com, but I can’t find a link to them through your affiliate program –
We have to respect our legal agreements with our Merchants and as such we are not allowed to syndicate all Merchants through the Savings.com program. So, if you see the merchant on the Savings.com site, but not via the iFrame or Ad Units, this is most likely the case.
Can I share my Savings.com iFrame or Ad Units to another party?
No. While sharing is caring, you are not allowed to share your Savings.com Ad Units. If you would like have Ad Units on multiple properties, please refer above.
What is the Savings.com Ad Generator?
The Savings.com Ad Generator is a simple, easy to use tool that Savings.com affiliates can use to create Savings.com Ad Units and iFrames – on demand. Enter Ad Unit / iFrame specifications, and you’ll be able to preview, generate and paste your custom code on your website or within a post.
How do I use the Savings.com Ad Generator?
The Savings.com Ad Generator allows each affiliate to create their own iFrame or Ad Unit.
To create a Savings.com Ad Unit or iFrame:
- Enter your Impact Radius Account ID (this should already be pre-populated).
- Select the size of the Ad Unit or width of the iFrame (View example ad types /iFrames).
- Customize the Ad Units / iFrame by either selecting a Category or a specificMerchant.
- Generate the code.
- Paste code where you want the Ad Unit / iFrame to appear.
What is the best use of an Ad Unit?
We’ve seen the best use of an Ad Unit is posting the small leaderboard (468 X 60) at the end of a blog post. Specifically if the blog post you are writing is relevant to a specific merchant or category, create an Ad Unit that specifically targets that merchant. That way you’ll always have a constantly updating Ad Unit that is surrounded by relevant content.
How do I optimize the use of my iFrames/Ad Units?
When adding new Ads to your pages, it’s important to consider the ad size and the ad placement relative to the amount of quality content on your site. Specifically, try integrating Savings.com Ad Units on preexisting pages with strong SEO traffic. Do you have an old post or page that is getting a lot of traffic? Take a look at the content, and create a custom Ad Unit targeted to a specific merchant that could help monetize that traffic.
When choosing placement, remember that the focus of your site should be to deliver the best possible user experience. Thus, it’s important to customize each ad unit by Merchant or Category when placing a unit within a blog post, specific page or section on the website.
As always, it’s important to balance the ratio of content to ads, whether they are from Savings.com, AdSense or otherwise.
How do I earn money as a Savings.com Affiliate?
Affiliates earn money when a visitor completes a sale using the coupons you provide via our iFrame and Savings.com Ad Units.
When do I get paid?
On average, you will get paid 60-90 days after the transaction is reported. This allows time for all transactions to clear through the affiliate networks and for any returns/exchanges to clear as well.
How do I use Impact Radius to view reporting?
To view reports on clicks and conversions, log into ImpactRadius.com, and you will be taken directly to your dashboard. Outside of the dashboard you can view and create more detailed reports by clicking on the “Reports” link in the left navigation column. Create reports and schedule them to be delivered by email regularly. Set it and forget it!
What will happen to all of my current ad units using the old code?
Don’t worry, no need to change any existing ads on your site. By June 2013, any old ad unit and iframe code will automatically be redirected through our updated links and will be reported through Impact Radius with any new ads you create.
Will I stop receiving my current reports via email with the Impact Radius transition?
Yes, by the end of May 2013 we will completely shut down our current reporting system. However you will be able to create much more valuable reports delivered to your email automatically via Impact Radius. This will allow you much greater flexibility in your reporting.
How long does it take for conversions to show up in my reports? Where are they?
Merchant commission reporting time varies from as little as 24 hours to as long as 60 days. Depending on the merchant, on average it takes 5 to 7 business days but merchants.
There are a number of reasons that conversions may not immediately show up in reports. We relay the actual conversions as we receive them from the affiliate networks. The top reasons there may be delays are:
- Click is overwrittenEven though a click is made via our deal, other toolbars and/or pop-ups may overwrite our cookie, and as such, we [and you] are not associated with the transaction. This may also happen if a click a made but the visitor continues to navigate to other sites that will drop and overwrite our original cookie.
- Merchant payout on a specific eventCertain merchants don’t pay out when checkout is complete but rather after a specific action has taken place. Common examples are in the travel industry when merchants often pay out after a flight is actually taken or hotel room is actually used. Clicks are registered, but conversions are delayed. Another example might be a furniture company who will register the click at the time of the completed purchase but may not pay out weeks later
until the furniture is actually shipped.
Do I earn a commission on all merchants?
We’d love to pay out on for sharing any and all deals, but the truth is, even we don’t even get paid for sharing all of them. We give you the option to include only monetizable merchants or all merchants, regardless of payment status.