How do I apply for the Metal Mercenary affiliate program?
You can sign up at MetalGuitarAcademy.com/partners.
How much does it cost be an affiliate with Metal Guitar Academy?
Do I have to be an MGA student or customer to be an affiliate?
How do I use my individual link? Where do I put it so people will click?
There’s many ways to get your affiliate link in front of all those eyeballs. If you have a website, you can choose from 30 different image banners (15 sizes, in two different color schemes) to display on your site. It’s very easy to do - just click on “Marketing Materials / Banners” after you’ve signed up, and choose an image. Your unique link will automatically be embedded in it, so all you do is copy and paste the code. Super simple. If you don’t want to use an image, you can also just paste your link into an email (like you would any other link). You can add the link to Facebook and Twitter posts too. Just treat it like you were sharing any other link - like a YouTube vid or a news article.
I’m a music store owner (or a guitar instructor) and have real, live people coming in. How can I get them to click my link?
Easy - just hand them a ShredSquare! These are cool-looking paper squares (you can see an example in the Marketing Materials menu after you sign up) with your unique link printed right on them. Metal Guitar Academy will send you 900 ShredSquares, already cut and ready to go, for free. Put ‘em in a stack, hand ‘em out, stuff them in bags, do whatever you’re comfortable with at your location. When you run out, just print up more - a PDF will be provided for you!
I want to be a Metal Mercenary, but I don’t have a PayPal account. Can I still participate?
Nope! But don’t fret (pun intended)...it’s extremely easy to get a PayPal account, and as soon as you do, you can become a Metal Mercenary affiliate. Just click this link to set yourself up at PayPal.
How long does it take for a sale to show up in my account?
It should show up immediately.
I just made a sale. Where can I see it?
Log into your Metal Mercenary affiliate account at MetalGuitarAcademy.com/partners. In the top menu, click Commissions, then click Current Commissions. Here you can see all of your Pending and Approved commissions.
I know a guitarist who needs your stuff. How do I earn a referral fee?
You need to become a Metal Mercenary! Sign up here, and once approved, log into your affiliate account. You can quickly access your affiliate link on the very first page. Send this link to that guitarist that needs these books and courses! When they click on that link and buy something, you earn a commission.
I've been approved for the Metal Mercenary affiliate program. Now what do I do?
Log into your affiliate account to access Metal Guitar Academy’s marketing materials. (If you’re a music shop or guitar teacher, reply to the introductory email and request your ShredSquares too; they’ll be mailed to you, free.) Click on Marketing Materials in the top menu, to find Banners, Email Links, etc. to add to your site and post on social media. For example, click Banners, and you can choose the image that you’d like to add to your site. Simply copy/paste the provided code to your site - and that’s it! When someone clicks on that image and purchases something, you earn a commission.
I've made a sale. Now when do I get paid?
A $0.99 commission threshold needs to be met before payments are made. Once your approved commissions have reached or exceeded this amount, you will be paid around the 3rd of the following month. Your payment will go to the PayPal account listed in your affiliate control panel.
Can I use my affiliate link to buy Metal Guitar Academy stuff for myself?
No - that wouldn’t be very classy, now would it?
I, my site, or my store is based outside of the USA. Can I become an affiliate?
Absolutely! As long as you have a PayPal account, it doesn’t matter where in the world you’re located. The only thing is, MGA can’t ship physical promo materials to you if you’re outside of the US. It’s just too expensive.
How do you track and credit orders and commissions associated with my link?
Visitors to MetalGuitarAcademy.com that arrive via your link receive a tracking cookie, which allows the software to identify them as coming from you - and to credit you when they make purchases. All sales made by these customers within the same session will be assigned to you.
Do I get a cut of the Subscription products, like Master's Arena?
Not presently - and here's why. Subscription payments come through via PayPal's "Subscribe" buttons. Believe it or not, it's an absolute nightmare to sync these up with both the shopping cart system, and the affiliate software. As soon as there's an update to this process, I will love to offer a commission on the first month of a subscription purchase. But for now, you'll get a commission on any downloadable book or course (of which there are many!)
Hey, what about my taxes? I don't have to deal with any 1099's, right?
No worries, you will not be receiving any 1099-MISC forms from MGA for being a Metal Mercenary affiliate. If you earn enough in your PayPal account to warrant it (which would be a good thing, it’s like $20,000!), the IRS makes PayPal send you a form called 1099-K. However, Metal Guitar Academy won’t send you anything. When it comes to taxes, just treat your affiliate earnings like any other income you bring in. And just to cover my own ass here: I’m not an attorney, and I’m not providing any tax advice!
Any other questions about the Metal Mercenary affiliate program? Just contact Metal Guitar Academy and ask!