Why does Awin want $5 to join their affiliate network?

Last Update: January 22, 2018

When you apply to the Awin.com affiliate network, there’s one place in the process where they ask you to enter your credit card to charge $5 to it. Why does Awin do that?

I can tell you the reason why. Full disclosure – I work for Awin.com.

Awin is dedicated to keeping fraudsters out of the network, so the application process is quite thorough about proving the applicant’s identity. If you think about it, the credit card company had to verify your identity before giving you a credit card, so this is just one more way to make sure you are truly the person applying to join the network. Fraudsters will do anything to hide their identity, so the last thing they want to do is submit any information that would enable Awin to find out who they really are.

The money is instantly placed in your account on Awin.com, so in reality it doesn’t cost you a cent. You get the whole $5 back (it’s included in your first payout, so it also makes you $5 closer to your first commission payment).

Some key things to know about this process:

  • Awin never sees your credit card number. The whole thing is handled by a secure third party who merely verifies the information associated with the card back to Awin.com. It’s also not kept on file, so no worries that it could be hacked later either.
  • If you want your money back sooner, just request to close your Awin account and it will be returned to you. (But since Awin has advertisers like Etsy.com, HP.com, and StubHub.com among thousands of others, there’s no reason to quit!)
  • Yes, Awin is the only network with does this, and it’s been tremendously successful, so it won’t change in the future. If anyone else asks you to pay when you join, I would strongly recommend against it.

If you want to join Awin

Because I am familiar with the folks here at Wealthy Affiliate, I have a join link you can use if you wish. It’s not an affiliate link, but it does tell Awin that you came via Wealthy Affiliate so your application can be fast-tracked.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to ask and I’ll be glad to answer as soon as possible.

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hotshotlegal Premium
Hello Jeannine, I am in a bit of a pickle with Awin, I thought i had registered ok, but it looks like my application got knocked back, and the only reason I know is because I repeated the application process! Is there any reason why I should not have been accepted? My website is fairly new, but there is content and it is fairly harmless! Thank you , best wishes Amanda
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JeannineC Premium
Hi Amanda, I'd be glad to look into that for you. Can you either post or message me the email address you used to register your account? Then I can find your in our database.
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hotshotlegal Premium
thank you so much Jeannine, much appreciated, it was amandalipman@rocketmail.com
thank you again , Best Amanda
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JeannineC Premium
From what I can see, Amanda, you haven't been rejected. Your application is scheduled to be reviewed when the team gets in tomorrow morning. I'll let them know that we've chatted as well.
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hotshotlegal Premium
Hi Jeannine, thank you so much for that! I have been accepted !! Fantastic! Actually I did get a rejection first time I applied, and I submitted my application again, so I don't know what you said....but thank you very much!! I am delighted!
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JeannineC Premium
Welcome to Awin! Looking forward to working with you!
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hotshotlegal Premium
Thank you again, I have started this training programme here with a ‘test’ website , and it is great to make little achievements along the way so that once I get my main website up and running, I will already have these great connections, have a great day!
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Armlemt Premium
Thanks for the information!
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MKearns Premium
$5 isn't much but ensure you aren't victimized by fraud to prevent fraud!
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JeannineC Premium
As someone who has been on this side of the industry for many years, I can't begin to tell you the huge difference this has made. It protects both the merchants AND the affiliates in so many ways. I love that we do this, honestly.
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mickeyb123 Premium
Thank you for this 'behind the scenes' information about Awin!
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brandonacox Premium
I love Awin's interface. I haven't managed to make my $5 back from them yet, but it's just a matter of shifting focus to their vendors.
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JeannineC Premium
If I can help you with some merchant suggestions, just let me know! Especially with the holidays right around the corner, now's a great time to hit that minimum threshold.
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JeannineC Premium
BTW, your $5 should be right back in your account, so you don't have to earn that back, you just need to earn some additional commission to reach the $20 threshold for your first commission payment.
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