Affiliate Application: Website Verification Process

Once you have submitted your affiliate application, the next step is to verify the site ownership and your ability to edit your website.  AvantLink’s Affiliate Applications team will send you an email that includes the verification instructions. (Please check your spam folder!) 

The verification steps are also listed below and cover: 


STANDARD/AUTOMATED VERIFICATION PROCESS
 

You can either do a JavaScript placement verification or a file upload verification. Please follow the instructions below for the method is easiest for you. 


JavaScript placement verification:
An affiliate application can be confirmed by placing a JavaScript call on the homepage of your website and then letting AvantLink verify that the script has been placed on the page. As soon as that step is complete you may remove the line of JavaScript - you won't need it again. The exact procedure for using the JavaScript placement verification is as follows:

  • Copy the JavaScript from the first link in the instruction email AvantLink sent to you.

  • The JavaScript can be placed in one of the following places:

    • Locate your homepage. This is probably named "index.html" or "index.php" in your web root directory (likely to be named "public_html"). You may need to check with your host to determine what file this is. Paste the JavaScript anywhere in that file and save the file to your web server.
    • Paste the JavaScript anywhere within the template that is used on the homepage of your site. This is especially useful if your website is a blog. If your website is a blog, you may also place the JavaScript within a post that will be shown in full on the homepage. Please leave the script in place until AvantLink is able to verify that it is there.

  • Browse to the second URL found in the instruction email AvantLink sent to you to verify the placement of the JavaScript.

  • If your application confirmation was successful, you can delete the JavaScript from your homepage or template.


File upload verification:
An affiliate application can be confirmed by uploading a small text file to your website and then letting AvantLink verify the existence of that file.  As soon as that step is complete you may delete the verification file - you won't need it again. The exact procedure for using the file upload confirmation is as follows:

  • Download the verification file found in the instruction email AvantLink sent to you.

  • Save this file to your local computer as "avantlink_confirmation.txt".

  • Using an FTP program, upload the "avantlink_confirmation.txt" file to your website so that it can be accessed as "yoursite.com/avantlink_confirmaiton.txt".

  • Browse to the URL provided in the email sent, to verify the presence of the file.

  • If your application confirmation was successful, you can delete the "avantlink_confirmation.txt" file from both your website and your local computer.


MANUAL VERIFICATION

If you are using a website template builder, wix, gatorhost, squarespace, blogger, etc., manual ownership authentication may be required. Please be sure all contact forms are functional. For  manual confirmation the AvantLink Affiliate Applications team will typically contact you directly through your websites contact form. If you do not have a contact form set up AvantLink may attempt to contact you through any associated social channels tied to your website. If we cannot find a way to manually authenticate, it is likely you will be denied.


SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT VERIFICATION 

If you are advertising on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc, this will require AvantLink's Affiliate Applications team to manually review and verify your social media account. Most social media do not allow you to paste code on your site. In order to best assist with this, we ask that you place something on your profile / feed to verify that it's really you. Please take the following steps:

  • Place the following on your profile, bio, or feed: #AvantLink.

  • Once you have placed this on your profile, please email affiliate-apps@avantLink.com to make our team aware. Note: This is a manual process so our staff will not be aware that you've placed the message until you contact us. Please include the following information with your email to help us better serve you:

    • Please detail if you have been asked to join the network by an AvantLink staff member, a merchant, or program manager. It is vital that you provide any email correspondence from the invitee outlining their request for you to join the network. 
    • %APPLICATION_WEBSITE%
    • %APPLICATION_ID%
    • A hyperlink to the page where the message has been placed.

An approval or denial email will be sent to the email address you included on your application after we review your social media page. Please feel free to remove the message after you receive our response.

 

EMAIL CAMPAIGNS

Prefer to do things the old fashioned way, with email lists? AvantLink does accept affiliates who fall into this category, but email marketing efforts must comply with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 legislation and the applicable regulations governing email marketing. The CAN-SPAM Act, which became effective January 1, 2004, covers email whose primary purpose is advertising or promoting a commercial product or service, including content on a website. Applications will require a thorough review with the AvantLink Affiliate Applications team. Please email affiliate-apps@avantlink.com to make them aware, and they will review.

 

HOSTED WEB SERVICES/CMS SITES 

WordPress: Wordpress is the most popular 'do it yourself' website editor. In order to get the JavaScript verification script integrated, you have to write a blog entry, select "Text" instead of "Visual" editing, and then use the ``<code>`` and ``</code>`` tags to surround the script. That way it will not be visible, but the confirmation script (which searches for the embedded script) would then be able to find it. If you have any issues, please email affiliate-apps@avantlink.com to make them aware, and they will review.

Wix, Gatorhost, Blogger, ColdFusion, SquareSpace, Adobe Muse, etc: There may be special steps you need to take to allow integration of custom script. Sometimes it's as easy as selecting a "custom HTML" block. Please do a search for how this can be accomplished on your platform.

 

FUTURE INTEGRATION 

If you do not have a website, please see our article on our FAQ regarding this. Currently, AvantLink requires a fully built site, with organic traffic and high quality original content to consider you for affiliation. Many affiliates try to integrate with us as they are still building their site. If this is the case, you will need to provide us verifiable statistics of other sites that you have successfully monetized.

 

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

Sometimes, even if you follow all the steps, you may get a verification failure. In this case, or if you have any questions regarding any part of this process, please contact affiliate-apps@avantlink.com.

Once your site is verified, AvantLink’s Applications Team will review your application again to ensure that you are a good fit for the network. Please see our Affiliate Application FAQ, Reasons for Denial and our Selection Criteria for more details. Please be patient, as the AvantLink Affiliate Applications team manually reviews each application, and it may take a week or longer!

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