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Chess.com Affiliate Program Review (May 2023)

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Does Chess.com have an affiliate marketing program?

Yes, Chess.com has an active public affiliate marketing program that pays cash.


About The Company:

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Chess.com is an internet chess server, internet forum and social networking website.

The site has a freemium model in which some features are available for free, and others for accounts with subscriptions.

Live chess can be played against other users at rapid, blitz or bullet time controls, with a number of chess variants available.

Chess versus an AI, computer analysis, chess puzzles and teaching resources are also offered.

The site additionally has news articles and tournament coverage. It has hosted online tournaments including Titled Tuesdays, the PRO Chess League, the Speed Chess Championships, PogChamps, and computer vs computer events.

About The Affiliate Program:

Chess.com has two affiliate programs; Chess.com Premium Membership Affiliate Program and Chess University Affiliate Program.


Chess.com Premium Membership Affiliate Program:

+ The standard / starting percentage is 15% of any premium upgrade to the affiliate.
+ You are credited for any and all "new premium members" you bring to Chess.com. If and when those members that you brought to Chess.com renew their memberships, you are credited your affiliate earnings for life. Meaning, every renewal of a new member earns you 15% of the renewal/upgrade fee forever.
+ Affiliates are given a cash kickback for any and all premium members they send to Chess.com.
+ It takes minimal setup work, and can yield passive income to you or your organization for doing nothing more than suggesting a service you fully believe in and enjoy yourself.
+ Affiliates must be approved by Chess.com's Vice President of Marketing and Operations.
+ Some of their most active affiliates earn hundreds (on occasion, even thousands) of dollars a month. They do this by attaching their unique affiliate id to any link that leads to Chess.com, and if / when a visitor becomes a new member and eventually upgrades to premium members, affiliates get paid.


Chess University Affiliate Program:

+ The commission rate is 25% and applicable on all video and live courses. Only the game analysis subscription service is exempt from this program.
+ Chess University members can earn commission on sales they drive on their site Courses.ChessUniversity.com.
+ Affiliates must be adults and approved by CU staff in order to join the program.
+ Affiliates may ask to receive their commission as a payment or simply convert it into in-store credit at CU.
+ Individuals and organizations including chess clubs may become affiliates.

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