Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is an affiliate program? How does it work?
  2. How do I get started?
  3. Who can participate?
  4. Can I participate if I live outside the USA?
  5. I have more than one website. Can I link to Vacation Homes Connect from each site?
  6. Does it cost anything to participate?
  7. How are sales tracked from my site?
  8. How much will I earn? How and when do I get paid?
  9. What is a parasite? What is your policy regarding parasites?
  10. I'm signed up, now what?
  11. Is there anything else I need to know?
  12. I need more help!
  1. What is an affiliate program? How does it work?
    An affiliate program is a revenue sharing program where the affiliate (that's you!) drives traffic to a merchant's web site (that's us!) in exchange for referral commissions. When a visitor to your site clicks on the affiliate link to our site and completes a reservation, you get a commission on every vacation they book!

  2. How do I get started?
    • Step 1: Sign up here!
    • Step 2: Once you have registered, you'll immediately be given access to your Affiliate Members Area, which provides you with a fast and easy way to link to virtually any page on our site through the My Tracking Information and Ad Units sections of your account.
    • Step 3: Collect your commissions, and become one happy camper!


  3. Who can participate?
    Just about anybody! Whether you run a large commercial web site, a small personal blog, a non-profit site, a Facebook page, or anything in between you're welcome to apply to join the program. We also welcome owners of opt-in e-mail newsletters. All applications are manually reviewed, and we reserve the right to refuse any application, especially if the site or e-mail list contains objectionable material, participates in unsolicited e-mailing, is a "parasite" [more about parasites]


  4. Can I participate if I live outside the USA?
    Yes, you may participate in the Affiliates Program if you live outside the United States. We have Affiliates from all over the world and are working hard to add even more. All you need to join is a Web site that does not violate intellectual property rights or promote sexually explicit materials, violence, illegal activities, or discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.


  5. I have more than one website. Can I link to Vacation Homes Connect from each site?
    Yes, you may participate in the Affiliates Program through multiple Web sites. If you want to track the performance of each Web site separately, all you need to do is sign up with separate email addresses to obtain the number of unique tracking IDs you require. You can then use each tracking ID to measure the performance of each different site.


  6. Does it cost anything to participate?
    No! There is no charge to apply, and there is no minimum referral requirement or quota you must reach before earning referral fees with our program. You start earning right away.


  7. How are sales tracked from my site?
    Once you have registered, you will be given a unique affiliate ID as well as custom-formatted links that will ensure that traffic coming from your site is properly tracked. We maintain a 60-day cookie, meaning that if a visitor clicks on a link from your site, you are credited with the reservation as long as the visitor books within 60 days.

    Vacation Homes Connect records all transactions from your site in real time, meaning that all impressions, links, and sales are tracked instantly. The Vacation Homes Connect Members Area has all of the reports and tracking resources you'll need to see how you're doing. You can use these reports to find out which of your links are performing the best and to optimize your site for maximum commissions.


  8. How much will I earn? How and when do I get paid?
    All new affiliates can earn commissions of up to 6% based on performance, with a cookie length of 60 days. See table and example below.

    Reservations Made  
    in a Calendar Month  

    Performance Based
    Commission Rates Paid  

    1 - 5

    3%

    6 - 10

    3.5%

    11 - 15

    4%

    16 - 20

    4.5%

    21 - 25

    5%

    26 - 30

    5.5%

    30+

    6%



    Example One reservation at the average nightly rental rate of $192 and stay of 10 nights would equate to a commission payout of $57.60 at 3%.

    Vacation Homes Connect pays affiliates monthly when the commission balance is $25 or more. Affiliates can elect to be paid by PayPal, Direct Deposit, or check.


  9. What is a parasite? What is your policy regarding parasites?
    The term "parasite" refers to technology (including browser plug ins, helpers, popups, etc.) that intercepts and changes an affiliate's link. This technology is also known as "unsolicited commercial software" and is often found in Adware and Spyware software. Parasite activity essentially "hijacks" the affiliates link and the affiliate commission gets redirected to the parasite, instead of the affiliate who rightfully earned it. This type of software is normally installed unknowingly, often without the end user's consent. For an excellent description of parasite software, how it gets installed, and how to remove it, visit Doxdesk.com.

    We are committed to preventing any parasites from becoming part of our program. If we determine that any of our affiliates are parasites, they will immediately be inactivated and banned from the program. Please e-mail us if you suspect that one of our affiliates may be a parasite.


  10. I'm signed up, now what?
    Registered affiliates can obtain links, including ad units and text links from the Vacation Homes Connect Affiliate Members Area. You're also welcome to create links of your own, as long as they conform to our Terms of Agreement and do not abuse the Vacation Homes Connect brand. Feel free to link to the home page, category pages, or to individual property pages directly.


  11. Is there anything else I need to know?
    Yes. By participating in the Vacation Homes Connect affiliate program, you agree to our supplemental Terms and Conditions. Please contact us if you have any questions about these Terms and Conditions.


  12. I need more help!
    Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or problems is to e-mail us at info@vacationhomesconnect.com.