Service Partner: Publisher Guide

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What is a Service Partner

Service Partners are publishers who work with content publishers to generate more sales for you. They do so by providing e-commerce platforms, price comparison widgets, shopping widgets or other conversion tools.

These tools and technology are offered on a commission sharing basis to publishers.

Our Service Partners are chosen based on the quality, value and trustworthiness of their solutions which are designed to help boost publisher conversions.

How to identify Awin Service Partners?

Service Partners are Awin publishers which you can find in the Service Partner Directory, under Links & Tools.

If you want to work with a specific Service Partner, you can express your interest directly by clicking Apply to this Service Partner from their profile.

You can then discuss directly and establish specific terms of the agreement, like percent of commission shared. Based on that, the Service Partner will set up a Commission Sharing rule for your collaboration.

What is Commission Sharing?

The Commission Sharing tool enables publishers to benefit from the conversion technologies offered by Service Partners, by sharing a percentage of the commission they earn for each sale generated.

How will Commission Sharing work?

Once the Service Partner creates a commission sharing rule for your collaboration, you will be automatically having a membership with the advertisers the Service Partner is collaborating with.

You will have to add a specific parameter in Awin tracking links in order to be able to easily identify transactions generated via the Service Partner widgets and share the commission accordingly.

What do tracking links look like

The tracking link will include the 'networkref2' parameter. The value of the network2 will be provided to you by the Service Partner, this will be the ID of the rule created to establish the commission sharing split as part of the collaboration between your publisher account and the service partner.

Example of tracking links including the 'networkref2' parameter:

Calculating commission for commission shared transactions

The total value of the commission is calculated based on the commission rates that the Service Partner has agreed with the advertiser.

The commission is then split based on the percentage share agreed between your publisher account and the Service Partner.


As a publisher, you are able to track all transactions that you generate through our reporting section. We have a wide variety of reports to see different data relating to the transactions generated.

What Commission Sharing information can you see

You have full visibility on all the transactions that you generate. They will appear in your report as regular transactions. However, in the transactions report, you can easily identify them by a highly visible icon in the commission column.

Transaction export

In the Transaction report export you can view more detailed information on all your transactions including those that are Commission Sharing transactions. Yuo can easily identify them since they will also contain the Service Partner's name and account ID that you are sharing the commission with.

  • commission_sharing_publisher: The name of the Service Partner that you are sharing the commission with
  • commission_sharing_publisher_id: The account ID of the Service Partner that you are sharing the commission

Example commission sharing transaction in an export:


Q: Reporting: How are commission shared transactions visible to both you and the advertiser?

A: This question refers to Performance reports/aggregated reports. Please see more information in the Reporting section.

The advertiser will see:

  • Normal sales for the publisher (with the part of commission the publisher gets).
  • Bonus transactions for the Service Partner (with the part of commission the service partner gets).

Q: Whose commission template is leading in commission sharing?

A: Service Partner commission rates

Q: Does commission sharing work with Merchant Offline Tracking?

A: NO, this feature is not available for advertisers that use offline tracking.

Q: What happens if a Service Partner I work with is suspended by an advertiser?

A: The Service Partner no longer has an active partnership with that advertiser, but you will still have partnerships with that advertiser. If you continue generating sales for that advertiser, you will receive a commission calculated based on the commission rate you assign to these publishers.


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