Is HostGator’s Affiliate Terms of Service Fair? Sell x2 in 180 days or go back to $0…

If you’re only a little good at selling HostGator’s web hosting, you may be teeter-tottering between $50 and $0 – never receiving any commission at all.  HostGator changed their affiliates payout policy on May 2, 2013 and still sticking with it.

6. Minimum Payment Threshold.
Affiliates must earn a minimum affiliate account balance of $100 or more before their account is eligible for payment. Commission amounts earned for less than $100 (for example, 1 sale for $50) will remain pending until the full $100 minimum balance has been earned. All sales still pending due to the minimum payment threshold must remain active and in good standing according to our TOS requirements in order to be eligible for payment. Sales that are found not to be valid according to our TOS requirements at the time of the additional sale and earnings will be marked as invalid and not payable. Therefore there will be the requirement that 2 sales, or $100 in minimum earnings be valid according to our sale requirements listed in our TOS in order for payment to be sent.

There is a $100 minimum threshold for Commission Fees. If You do not meet the minimum threshold of $100 within 180 days after the end of the month in which a Qualified Purchase was properly completed, commission payments will be forfeited and Your commission balance will revert to $0.
HostGator Affiliates Terms of Service (current & updated)

The previous HostGator TOS did not have this time limit clause for commission payout:

6. Minimum Payment Threshold.
Affiliates must earn a minimum affiliate account balance of $100 or more before their account is eligible for payment. Commission amounts earned for less than $100 (for example, 1 sale for $50) will remain pending until the full $100 minimum balance has been earned. All sales still pending due to the minimum payment threshold must remain active and in good standing according to our TOS requirements in order to be eligible for payment. Sales that are found not to be valid according to our TOS requirements at the time of the additional sale and earnings will be marked as invalid and not payable. Therefore there will be the requirement that 2 sales, or $100 in minimum earnings be valid according to our sale requirements listed in our TOS in order for payment to be sent.
HostGator Affiliates Terms of Service (prior to May 2, 2013)

Sticking with it, and sticking it to you?  Google probably would never even consider such terms for their adsense commissions.  Setting a minimum payout is enough.  UltimateWB also does not have this kind of go back to $0 policy for the affiliates program.

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Think HostGator’s affiliate payout terms are fair?  Post in the comments section below!

 

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