I've signed up for the partnership program, but I don't see the smiley face graphic next to my search listing when I search. Why not?
You have to have at least one point (click-through) for the smiley face graphic to appear. Since points are only updated once per day, even if everything is set up properly and you have clicked through yourself, you won't see the smiley face until the next day. If it has been at least one day since you set up the link and clicked through, click the "Update Settings" link in the menu and check that you have the base URL setting correct.
I've signed up for the partnership program, but I'm not on the "Top OCC Partners" page.
Just as with the smiley next to the search listings mentioned above, you must also have at least one click-through for your banner to appear on the Top OCC Partners page. You must also use the Banner Admin tool to set up a banner promoting your website.
How are earnings paid?
Spread the WWWord! Partners will be paid quarterly when earnings meet or exceed $50. If earnings are less than $50, no check will be sent and earnings will be rolled into the next quarter. Earnings will be paid by check in US currency and can only be sent to US addresses.
How do I use my earned advertising space?
Twenty percent of a website's banner advertising space is given to the referring partner. The partner must set up at least one banner using the "Banner Admin" function to receive that advertising space. If no banners are set up when the partner's ad is supposed to be displayed, an OCC ad will be displayed and the partner will forfeit that particular display.
Can you create a banner for me?
OCC just doesn't have the resources to create graphics on our own time. If you would like for us to create a banner for you, we can create a nice one for a $150 design fee. Contact our help desk if we can be of help with this.
What about the five little ads under the banner and the two middle-sized ads on in the menu on the left?
Partners do not receive a percentage of those ads so you don't need to worry about providing graphics of that size.
Would you sell my advertising space and give me the money?
At this time, OurChurch.Com is is devoted to selling all of its own advertising space. If and when we are able to sell more advertising than we have space for, we will contact our partners about adding this option.
Then can I sell my advertising space?
Yes. You may display another company or organization's ad in the space that you have earned. Payment and terms are between you and the buyer. Keep in mind that the if you sell your space, you are still responsible to be sure all advertisements meet the standards defined in the Terms and Conditions document (no gambling, alcohol, sexually suggestive, or anti-Christian ads).
Can I put ads from a banner exchange or pay-per-click network in my ad space?
Yes. Again, you must be sure their ads meet the standards defined in the Terms and Conditions, and they must be the standard 468x60 size.
I was participating in the Spread the WWWord! partnership program before October 14, 2004. Do I need to do anything?
Yes. We changed the way click-throughs are tracked and the way partners link to us. First, you need to click the "Update Settings" link (found on our website under Partnership Program, in the Partners Only section) and enter the base URL of your website(s). Second, you need to update the links and linking graphics on your website to remove the username or reference ID from the URL. While in the past partners linked to http://www.ourchurch.com/?ref=your_username, now links should point directly to http://www.ourchurch.com.
Can I participate if my only website is one I created with OurChurch.Com's website service?
At this time clicks and referrals from Free accounts cannot be tracked. If you have a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Starter account you may participate, but you are responsible for setting up the links to OurChurch.Com on your site.
Hey, I've got a great idea. I am going to build a site at OCC anyway, so I'll just sign up for partnership program and then refer myself so I can get 20% of the advertising and 20% back from premium options.
Partners can refer themselves but will only receive 20% of the revenue for a premium option if they are already paying for that option on another site. In other words, if a partner builds a site at OCC and upgrades to the Starter package, he or she won't receive the 20% referral fee for the first Starter package, but for every one after that.
How are points awarded?
Points are awarded as follows:
On the first of each month, all points are reset to 0. We are able to track click-throughs and referrals from your site by checking the URL a visitor came through and checking it against partners' "base URL" settings, so be sure you have that set up correctly. To prevent abuse, only one click-through is permitted per person per day. Please be honest in this. We will disqualify and possibly terminate the partnership agreement of anyone found trying to artificially inflate their score. We have improved our fraud detection software in this new program as well. All click-throughs are logged during the day, but scores are only updated once per day in the wee hours of the morning.
What are the prizes for the top partners each month?
Prizes are as follows:
Tell me more about the awarding of prizes.
On the first of the month, the contest will end and a new one will begin immediately. The eligible partners are those with the three highest point totals plus one randomly selected partner (with at least 30 points in the previous month). All four will be notified by email of their prizes within the first few days of the month. Partners must have a banner set up in the "Banner Admin" (found on our website under Partnership Program, in the Partners Only section) on the first of the month to be eligible for the prize. The winners' ads will begin being shown as soon as the winners are announced and will be shown throughout the rest of the month. All of the winners' ads will be shown in normal rotation across all OCC sites proportionate to the number of impressions won.
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