Remember when I was salty about how I had to email ConvertKit and ask how to remove “powered by ConvertKit” from the bottom of every single email form and landing page?
I was salty because a) ConvertKit is expensive and I don’t want to link to them when I’m trying to use a form to gather email addresses without everyone getting distracted, and b) I’m a ConvertKit affiliate, which means you have to click my special link in order for me to get credit, and there was no way to change that.
Apparently, I wasn’t the only one, because earlier this month, ConvertKit sent an email talking about how to edit those “powered by ConvertKit” links and turn them into your affiliate links? Let’s get into it.
How to Make Money With Your ConvertKit Forms
First, decide if you want to add the link back to your ConvertKit forms. As of this writing, I haven’t done that myself, because in an old job I was a student of inbound marketing, and we were taught that a landing page should only have one thing for someone to do, and there’s a voice in the back of my head that says, “what if they don’t sign up on your form because they get distracted by ConvertKit?” and then I think, well, at least they’re clicking my link, right? But they might not end up on my list.
Your mileage, of course, may vary. ConvertKit’s payout is pretty generous, and it may be worth it for you to get the monthly revenue instead of the email address. I get that. I’m simply excited it’s an option.
Step 1: Log Into the ConvertKit Affiliate Program
Head over to https://convertkit.getambassador.com/ and either log in or apply for entry into the program. Once you’re approved (which probably won’t happen automatically), you’ll have a special link.
You can find that in the upper right-hand corner of your screen:
Actually, instead, go to Pretty Link, and create a new one. Maybe one that ends in “CKforms” so you can track it? I checked with the nice folks at ConvertKit, and they said feel free to use any link we want. Mine is, of course, forprofitblogging.com/ConvertKit.
Step 2: ConvertKit Account Settings
Now, head over to app.convertkit.com (pro tip: if you go to app.convertkit.com, you don’t have to log in every single time!) and go to your Account Settings. That’s still the upper right-hand corner, interestingly enough.
In Account info, there’ll be a big blank spot, practically begging you to paste the link from your clipboard into it:
And that’s it!
It’s a good idea to go through these hoops even if you decide not to use ConvertKit links. And if you’re not interested in hiding the links from your forms AND you don’t want to be an affiliate, go through this anyway, and just use my link.
…or am I?