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It's A Black Thang.com

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Program Overview

Join It's A Black Thang.com and partner with one of the leading African American shopping sites and generate a new revenue stream for your website!

It's A Black Thang.com is an industry leader in providing quality African American related products directly to retail customers. Our affiliate program will give you the opportunity to offer your visitors a unique shopping experience and will provide you with an additional revenue stream to compliment your online marketing activities.

Benefits:

Earn a 10% commission on all sales

FREE Membership. There is no fee to join our program

It's easy. We provide your company with all of the tools you'll need as an Affiliate. You can add banners or text links to your site and access online reports to see how well you're doing as an Affiliate. We handle the order and the billing. All you have to do is place our links on your site and we do the rest!

Team up with an industry leader. It's A Black Thang.com is a globally recognized brand with thousands of satisfied customers. When you link to It's A Black Thang.com from your site, you're linking your company with one of the leading African American shopping sites. Leveraging our brand equity helps to further build loyalty to your own brand!

Monitor the success of your affiliation. We provide 24-hour access to online reporting through our administrative panel so you can assess your progress and monitor sales at any time.

Add diversity to your website. The African American audience is one of the last frontiers of the internet explosion. It's still basically an untapped resource that's growing every year. Our affiliate program can help you tap into this wide-open market and capitalize on the unique opportunities that are still available.

Wide array of products to choose from. You can set your link to go to our homepage or you can use specific product images to link your visitors directly to those products on our site. This will give you the ability to offer specific products based on the theme of your site.



 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 

What is an affiliate program?
An affiliate program is a tracking system that allows you to place a link to another website on your web site. The goal is to get your visitors to click on the link and visit the other website and make a purchase. If they do, you will receive a commission based on the amount of the sale.

Why should I join?
There are many reasons to join but the obvious reason is to create a passive revenue stream to compliment your other cash flow activities.

Does it cost anything to become an affiliate?
No! It's absolutely free to join It's A Black Thang.com's affiliate program.

Can a web site outside the United States be an affiliate?
Yes. We welcome affiliates from anywhere in the world.

I operate more than one web site. Can I still join?
Yes, you can have multiple sites as an Affiliate. However you have to set up a separate affiliate account for each site. You can track the progress of each of site and we can combine your commissions into one check.

How do I sign up?
First, read and accept our Affiliate Agreement (below the FAQ's). Then, fill out our online application form. We will contact you within 48-72 hours and provide you with your login in information.

Will my site be approved as an affiliate?
Most sites will qualify to participate in the program. Anyone may submit an application, but we do reserve the right to refuse membership to a site or revoke a site's membership at any time if we deem that it contains objectionable material. Objectionable material is primarily anything racist, violent, or pornographic but may include other material at our discretion. Read our operating agreement (below the FAQ's) for more details on objectionable sites.

What are my responsibilities as an Affiliate?
Your basic responsibilities are to place our links on your site and make sure your site content remains within the parameters of our agreement.

What are our responsibilities?
We will provide you with the tools and support you need to maximize and monitor sales and banner clicks from your site. We also handle orders and billing for all customers that you refer to us.

How do I create links?
You will have access to our administrative panel where you can choose links and banners for your site. We have many different banners to choose from. You can also use specific product images to promote specific products and link your visitors directly to the pages.

Where should I place the links on my site?
You should place our links where your visitors can easily see them, such as your homepage. Your navigation bar and any other high traffic area would also work. Ideally, you want to place the link where your visitors will mostly likely see it and click on it.

How much can I earn?
There is no set amount each affiliate will earn through our program. Your earning potential depends entirely on the amount of sales generated by your visitors, and your willingness to feature your link prominently on your web site. In any affiliate program, factors such as relevant traffic and the placement of the link will be crucial factors in the overall success.

How do I keep track of my commissions?
You can access your commission reports and other data through our administrative panel. It is updated hourly and provides information on your click-throughs, orders, and commissions earned.

How often do I get paid?
We pay commissions on the 15th of the month, for the commission earned the previous month. For example, January commissions are processed on February 15th.

Do I have to accumulate a certain amount before I get paid?
No. We process any commission due on the 15th of the every month.

What about returns, cancellations, and fraudulent purchases ?
If a customer returns or cancels an order or if a purchase is determined to be fraudulent, the commission on that sale will be deducted from your next commission check. If the commission check has not been sent out yet, the amount will be deducted from the total. We will notify you about any returns, cancellations or fraudulent purchases.

Can I earn commissions on my own purchases?
Yes. When you click on your It's A Black Thang.com link from your web site and make a purchase with us, you will earn the same commission.

How will you know that the order came from my site?
The links from your site to our site contain a unique identifier, so whenever a visitor comes to our site via your site, we can track any purchase and credit you for the sale.


Affiliate Agreement

This agreement contains the terms and conditions that apply to an individual's or entity's participation in the It's A Black Thang.com Affiliate Program. Please make sure you read, understand and agree with our affiliate agreement before you fill out your application form

1. Enrollment in the program
To begin the enrollment process, you must review and agree to this Affiliate Agreement and then submit your application. We will evaluate your application in good faith and will notify you of your acceptance or rejection. We may reject your application if we determine (in our sole discretion) that your site is unsuitable for our program. 

Unsuitable sites include those that: 
- promote sexually explicit materials 
- promote violence 
- promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual
orientation, or age 
- promote illegal activities  
- violate intellectual property rights 
If we reject your application, you are welcome to reapply at any time. You should also note that if we accept your application and your site is thereafter determined (in our sole discretion) to be unsuitable for the program, we may terminate this agreement. 

2. Links On Your Site
Once you have been notified that your site has been accepted, you may provide on your site one or more of the following types of links to our site: 

It's A Black Thang.com home page: You may provide a link on your site to our home page at www.itsablackthang.com

Product Page Links: You may link to a specific product or category of products on It's A Black Thang.com and we will provide links to the corresponding pages. Each such link will connect directly to a particular page in our online catalog. This is ideal for promoting specific products. You may add or delete products (and related links) from your site at any time without our approval. 

We will provide you with guidelines and graphical artwork to use in linking to our home page. To permit accurate tracking, reporting, and commission accrual, we will provide you with a unique link based on your "Affiliate ID" to be used in all links between your site and our site. You must ensure that each of the links between your site and our site properly utilize the correct format. You will earn commissions only with respect to activity on our site occurring directly through your Affiliate ID based link. We will not be liable to you with respect to any failure by you to use the correct link, including to the extent that such failure may result in any reduction of amounts that would otherwise be paid to you pursuant to this agreement. 

3. Order Processing 
We will process product orders placed by customers who follow your unique link from your site to our site. We reserve the right to reject orders that do not comply with any requirements that we may establish periodically. We will be responsible for all aspects of order processing and fulfillment. Among other things, we will prepare order forms, process payments, cancellations, and returns, and handle customer service. We will track sales made to customers who purchase products by using your unique link from your site to our site and we will make available to you reports summarizing this sales activity.

4. Commissions
Your commission rate is 10% of the retail portion of the sale (not the shipping and handling).
(You can use your unique link to purchase products for yourself and still earn a commission.)

We process commission checks on approximately the 15th of every month, for commissions earned in the previous month. There is no minimum commission requirement, we pay any commission due.

Customer returns, refunds, cancellations and fraudulent purchases will be deducted from any commission due. We will notify you of any customer returns, refunds, cancellations and fraudulent purchases that affect your commission payments.

5. Policies And Pricing
Customers who buy products through this program will be deemed to be customers of It's A Black Thang.com. Accordingly, all It's A Black Thang.com rules, policies, and operating procedures concerning customer orders, customer service, and product sales will apply to those customers. We may change our policies and operating procedures at any time. For example, we will determine the prices to be charged for products sold under this program in accordance with our own pricing policies. Product prices and availability may vary from time to time. Because price changes may affect products that you already have listed on your site, you may not include price information in your product descriptions. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to present accurate information, but we cannot guarantee the availability or price of any particular product. 

6. Responsibility For Your Site
You will be solely responsible for the development, operation, and maintenance of your site and for all materials that appear on your site. For example, you will be solely responsible for:

- The technical operation of your site and all related equipment 

- Creating and posting product descriptions on your site and linking to our site

- The accuracy and appropriateness of materials posted on your site (including, among other things, all product-related materials) ensuring that materials posted on your site do not violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party (including, for example, copyrights, trademarks, privacy, or other personal or proprietary rights) 

- Ensuring that materials posted on your site are not libelous or otherwise illegal 

- We disclaim all liability for these matters. Further, you will indemnify and hold us harmless from all claims, damages, and expenses (including, without limitation, attorneys' fees) relating to the development, operation, maintenance, and contents of your site. 

7. Term Of The Agreement
The term of this agreement will begin upon our acceptance of your application form and will end when terminated by either party. Either you or we may terminate this agreement at any time, with or without cause, by giving the other party written notice of termination. Upon the termination of this agreement for any reason, you will immediately cease use of, and remove from your site, all links to our site, and all It's A Black Thang.com trademarks, logos, and all other materials provided by or on behalf of us to you pursuant hereto or in connection with the Program. You are eligible to earn commissions up to the date of termination.

8. Modification
We may modify any of the terms and conditions contained in this agreement, at any time and in our sole discretion, by posting a change notice or a new agreement on our site. Modifications may include, for example, changes in the scope of available referral fees, referral fee schedules, payment procedures, and Program rules. If any modification is unacceptable to you, your only recourse is to terminate this agreement. Your continued participation in the program following the posting on out site, or notification to you via email, of a change to this agreement will constitute binding acceptance of the change.


9. Relationship of Parties
You and we are independent contractors, and nothing in this agreement will create any partnership, joint venture, agency, franchise, sales representative, or employment relationship between the parties. You will have no authority to make or accept any offers or representations on our behalf. You will not make any statement, whether on your site or otherwise, that reasonably would contradict anything in this section of this agreement. 

10. Limitation of Liability
We will not be liable for indirect, special, or consequential damages (or any loss of revenue, profits, or data) arising in connection with this agreement or the program, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Further, our aggregate liability arising with respect to this agreement and the program will not exceed the total commissions paid or payable to you under this agreement. 

11. Disclaimers
We make no express or implied warranties or representations with respect to the program or any products sold through the program (including, without limitation, warranties of fitness, merchantability, non-infringement, or any implied warranties arising out of a course of performance, dealing, or trade usage). In addition, we make no representation that the operation of our site will be uninterrupted or error-free, and we will not be liable for the consequences of any interruptions or errors. 

13. Independent Investigation
You acknowledge that you have read this agreement and agree to all its terms and conditions. You understand that we may at any time (directly or indirectly) solicit customer referrals on terms that may differ from those contained in this agreement or operate websites that are similar to or compete with your website. You have independently evaluated the desirability of participating in our program and are not relying on any representation, guarantee, or statement other than as set forth in this agreement.


15. Miscellaneous
This agreement will be governed by the laws of the United States and the state of Florida, without reference to rules governing choice of laws. Any action relating to this agreement must be brought in the federal or state courts located in Tampa, Florida, and you consent irrevocably to the jurisdiction of such courts. You may not assign this agreement, by operation of law or otherwise, without our prior written consent. Subject to that restriction, this agreement will be binding on, inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable against the parties and their respective successors and assigns. Our failure to enforce your strict performance of any provision of this agreement will not constitute a waiver of our right to subsequently enforce such provision or any other provision of this agreement.

If you understand agree with this agreement click here for the application form.

 



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