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Pro Tips for Making Money When You Share Creative Market Products

Creative Market March 31, 2021 · 4 min read

On March 31, 2020, we introduced changes to our Affiliate Partner Program. This article has been updated to reflect those changes.

Here at Creative Market, we have a simple affiliate system, which we call our Affiliate Partner Program. You can earn a 15% cut of any new customer’s first purchase taking place within 7 days of clicking on your referral link. How sweet is that? To help make sure you succeed, here are some great insider tips.

1. Know the Details

For starters, you need to make sure that you fully understand our Partner Program. The points below should help clear up most of your questions.

  • You must be signed up for our Partner Program and use your partner links every time you share something. To append your Partner info to a URL, simply add ?u=username to the end of it (where “username” is your Creative Market username). When clicked, your partner links will only briefly flash in the address bar and then redirect to the normal product page. This may cause you to think that they aren’t working, but rest assured, they are!
  • When someone clicks your link and makes a purchase within 30 days, you’ll earn 10% of that transaction. You can track your Partner clicks, signups, and purchases on the Partner page.
  • Don’t try to game the system and make income on your own purchases, or we’ll boot you!

2. Use Our Built-In Sharing Features

On every product page across Creative Market, you’ll find some handy features for sharing products. As you can see in the screenshot below, there’s a quick “Pin It” button for Pinterest and a shortlink for sharing on other sites like Facebook and Twitter.
partner program
Pro Tip: We find that users who share our goods on Pinterest often see a higher return than with other social networks. We encourage you to share across your platforms, but if you only have time for one, try Pinterest!

3. Build a Solid Reputation

Our most successful partners integrate their Creative Market Partner links into an already successful social/content strategy. You can’t expect to create a Twitter account, send out non-stop partner links, and retire early with all the extra cash. Instead, you have to establish yourself in the design industry and build a loyal following. Admittedly, not everyone has what it takes to pull that off. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Share a variety of content and find what your audience connects with most.
  • Have integrity and don’t engage in any shady tactics you would be ashamed to tell your followers about.
  • Be unique and don’t try to simply copy what you see others doing. Ask yourself continually how you can provide a unique voice and perspective that people will find valuable.

4. Start Your Own Site

Building your own website that attracts a following is probably the single most effective way we’ve seen of creating and maintaining a reliable and growing stream of affiliate income. Sites like GraphicBurger and BestPSDFreebies have had a lot of success with this route.
Lots of different types of websites and content can be partially or totally supported by affiliate income. Here are a few ideas:

  • Design tutorials and advice
  • Popular link lists (think Product Hunt or Designer News)
  • Design Freebies
  • Podcasts (include links in show notes and blog posts)
  • Weekly YouTube shows

Stick To It!

Earning a decent chunk of income as a partner takes dedication. After a few weeks, it’s extremely tempting to give the whole thing up when you don’t see any money pouring in, but if you stick in there and create a strategy that you’re confident will attract people, you’re sure to come out on top in the end.

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  • Great ideas Josh. Totally forgot that you could use Affiliate Links to blog posts and free goods. Going to try that out :) 7 years ago
  • Thanks for the shout out @Josh Johnson! I've found that when you pick items to share - share the items that you genuinely think are awesome, and are something that you would actually like to use. That way your shared items over time will develop a theme that will appeal to other people with similar design tastes to you. Sometimes when you share absolutely everything you can find, the story or theme behind what you're sharing is lost, and it can be harder to get other people to connect with you as a poster. 7 years ago
  • Thanks for the tips Josh! I'm planning to make a new blog with tutorials and tips, especially for those who've bought my products-- they've really responded to my youtube tutorials and I want to do more of them and have them in a centralized place-- but it just makes sense for me as a shop owner to direct my all my sales here rather than sell my products offsite. (I think that is a good testament to what a good site you have here!) I was just wondering about some of the affiliate details, so this article came at a great time! 7 years ago
  • I love referrals :) I use almost all the tips: 1. Personal website 2. Social sharing (Facebook, Behance, Twitter and the amazing one-click Pinterest) 3. Blog (Tumblr ...a little self-promotion) It's not a big return but compared with the time spent on's really convenient 7 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Thanks for sharing this post. It helps me a lot ! 7 years ago
  • These are such great tips. So many of them are very common sense, but very easy to forget especially if you don't give enough time to the strategy. Thanks for posting this! 7 years ago
  • This is very helpful. Can we attach our referral ID to our own products? 7 years ago
  • @Jennifer Coyle I think you can. I remember reading somewhere on CM that it's allowed but can't remember where I read it. Your referral ID is auto-embeded into the share links so I'd look at one of your product's share links and see if your referral ID is there? 7 years ago
  • @Nate Smith yeah- I took a peek at the share links that they give you for your own products, and they embed your referral link in it, so I'm sure it's okay. Thanks for your response! 7 years ago
  • Brill :) 7 years ago
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  • Awesome Tips! Keep it up man! Thanks. 6 years ago
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  • Brilliant ! Thank you! 5 years ago
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