This Affiliate Program Agreement ("Agreement") is entered into by and between Namecheap, Inc. (“Namecheap”) and the signor of this Agreement (“Affiliate”), and is made effective as of the date of electronic acceptance. This
Agreement sets forth the terms and conditions of Affiliate’s participation in Namecheap’s Affiliate Program (“Affiliate Program") and is in addition to any other agreement that Affiliate may have entered into with Namecheap by virtue of being a customer. In this Agreement “you,” “your” or “Affiliate” shall refer to any
individual or entity who accepts this Agreement. The terms “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Namecheap, Inc. (“Namecheap”). Nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to confer any third-party rights or benefits.
Your electronic acceptance of this Agreement signifies that you have read, understand, acknowledge and agree to be bound by this Agreement, along with Namecheap’s Universal Terms of Service Agreement, which is incorporated herein by reference.
This Agreement explains our obligations to you, and explains your obligations to us under the Affiliate Program offered by Namecheap. Namecheap offers several ways to sign up to be an Affiliate, including via your Namecheap account panel (“platforms”.) You are only permitted to sign up via one of the available options. The
Affiliate Program is purely a referral program by which you can earn commissions as outlined herein. Commissions are earned by you as an independent contractor and, as such, you are responsible for paying any taxes due on such commissions. In addition, you are required to provide any/all accurately completed tax related
information and forms that is requested by the platform in which you enrolled. Failure to do so will result in a forfeiture of your commissions.
Changes and Modifications to the Agreement. Namecheap, in its sole and absolute discretion, may change or modify this Agreement, and any policies or agreements which are incorporated herein, at any time, and such changes or modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting to the Namecheap website (this "Site").
You acknowledge and agree that (i) Namecheap may or may not notify you of such changes or modifications prior to posting them to this Site and (ii) your continued participation in the Affiliate Program (via any platform) after such changes or modifications have been made (as indicated by the "Last Revised" date on this page) shall constitute your acceptance of this Agreement as last revised. If you do not agree to be bound by this Agreement
as last revised, you must formally terminate your Affiliate status. In addition, while not required, Namecheap may occasionally notify you of changes or modifications to this Agreement by email. It is therefore very important that you keep your account ("Account") information, including your email address, current in the Affiliate interface that you have selected. Namecheap assumes no liability or responsibility for your failure to receive an
email notification if such failure results from an inaccurate or out-of-date email address.
Suspension or Termination of Affiliate Program Participation. Namecheap reserves the right to suspend participation in the Affiliate Program in the event of an unresolved breach of this Agreement or if suspension or cancellation is required by any policy now in effect or later adopted by ICANN. You agree that your failure to comply completely with the terms and conditions of this Agreement and any Namecheap rule or policy may be
considered to be a material breach of this Agreement and that Namecheap may provide you with notice of such breach either in writing or electronically (i.e. email). If you do not provide Namecheap with material evidence that you have not breached your obligations within ten (10) business days, Namecheap may terminate your participation immediately and take any remedial action available to Namecheap under the applicable laws. Such
remedial action may be implemented without notice to you.
In addition, you acknowledge and agree that Namecheap may terminate your participation as an Affiliate if: (a) you or your site violates, as determined by Namecheap in its sole and absolute discretion, any of the Affiliate Restrictions outlined in Section 3 and/or any additional restrictions named; (b) for non-payment of fees, if any; and/or (c) if your site is not live, is under construction, or is a personal homepage or another personal site.
DESCRIPTION OF THE AFFILIATE PROGRAM
Acceptance into the Affiliate Program is at our sole discretion, which may be withheld for any reason or for no reason at all.
How it Works. Namecheap’s Affiliate Program allows you to earn commissions on sales to new Namecheap customers via advertising on your "web site" or "publishing location" (such as an electronic newsletter or blog) (hereinafter “Your Site”) that contains a link with your affiliate ID. This advertising will allow you to drive traffic (‘sessions”) to Namecheap’s web site. You will earn a percentage of the revenue generated, or commission as
outlined in your platform agreement, when a person or entity (that is not you or your agent(s)) makes their first-time purchase of certain Namecheap products or services (“New Customer”) after being referred to through the unique affiliate link that is contained on Your Site.
After being referred to the Namecheap web site from a link contained on Your Site, visitors have thirty (30) days to complete their purchase for you to receive a commission. Should the visitor click on another referral link that is not controlled by you, or return to the Namecheap web site via another source-coded advertising link during the initial thirty (30) days, your affiliate link will be overwritten and you will not receive a commission for that visitor’s
Enrollment. Enrollment into Namecheap’s Affiliate Program can happen via any of the platforms indicated on our Affiliate page on our Namecheap website. Affiliates may switch between platforms but may only enroll on one platform at any given time.
Commissionable Sales. Affiliate acknowledges and agrees that Namecheap will only pay for first-time purchases by new customers. Affiliate will only receive commission for purchases completed after linking through Affiliate’s unique referral link and completing such purchases within 30 days of first visiting the Namecheap site. Subsequent purchases made by the same customer (including by accessing Namecheap’s web site directly) will
not be commissionable. All Namecheap products and services will be eligible for a commission except premium domains, domains bought at Namecheap Marketplace and apps.
Restrictions on Eligible Commissions. You are not eligible for a commission payment on purchases made by you, your employees, agents, representatives, or contractors (all considered your “agents”), as well as purchases made from several accounts owned by the same person. Commission is paid for the first purchase only made by a certain person. Namecheap employees (and their immediate family members) are not allowed to participate in the Namecheap Affiliate Program.
Linking to Namecheap website. Upon acceptance into the Affiliate Program, links and banners will be made available to you through the affiliate interface you have selected.
You acknowledge and agree:
Namecheap Logo Use. You shall not use the Namecheap logo without our prior approval. In addition, the Namecheap logo shall be removed from Your Site immediately upon request. Namecheap may lock your affiliate account immediately and withhold payment of any/all commissions without further notice if you fail to remove the Namecheap logo from Your Site upon request. For clarity, acceptance into the Affiliate Program grants permission to use Namecheap’s logos as outlined in the program.
Creatives. You shall not use any creatives that do not comply with Namecheap guidelines. If your creative requirements are not met by our current content offering, please contact us to discuss your individual needs;
No Domain Forwarding. You shall not create domain forwarding directly to our site using your affiliate link;
No Harmful Activities. You shall not engage in activities that Namecheap determines, in its sole discretion, to be harmful to its customers, employees, operations, or reputation;
Prohibition Against Use of Namecheap Trademarks. You shall not include the Namecheap trademark, trademark with keywords or any misspellings of said trademarks in any domain names. Such activity will result in your immediate removal from the program; and
Prohibition Against Use of Namecheap Copyrights & Look-A-Like Sites. You shall not use a Namecheap.com look-a-like site that suggests or gives the visitor the impression that your web site or publishing location is affiliated with Namecheap.com. Your web site or publishing location shall not in any way copy or resemble the look and feel of Namecheap's web site or web site content, and you shall not create the impression that your web site or publishing location is part of Namecheap's network of
web sites. This includes using Namecheap's trademarks, trade names, or any variations or misspellings thereof, in your URL, business name, or site name. You shall not "frame" or permit the "framing" of any page of Namecheap’s network of web sites.
Website Content & Emails. You acknowledge and agree that Your Site specifically shall not (and shall not enable others to):
Contain false, inaccurate, defamatory, slanderous, libelous or misleading content or statements about Namecheap and/or its products and services;
Do anything to give the impression to anyone that you are an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ ("ICANN") approved registrar;
Display, promote or sell illegal content, or offer any illegal product or service;
Engage in sending unsolicited commercial email ("spam") or indiscriminate advertising;
Fail to comply with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-187) or other applicable laws regulating commercial email;
Collect personal information about minors without their parent’s prior written consent;
Contain pornographic or obscene content, tasteless images, or excessively violent or hate-related material, as determined by Namecheap in its sole and absolute discretion;
Engage in activities, whether lawful or unlawful, that Namecheap determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, to be harmful to Namecheap or its customers, employees, operations or reputation.
Encourage the use of a controlled substance;
Encourage unlawful behavior;
Violate any applicable law;
Advocate, promote, or encourage violence or discrimination against any person, organization or governmental entity;
Contain links to web sites containing the serial numbers for unlocking software illegally, pyramid schemes, or impersonations of another person or organization;
Contain links to web sites containing any of the aforementioned content; and
Cause any purchases to be made that are not in good faith (such as using any device, program, robot iframes, or hidden frames, use cookie stuffing techniques that set the tracking cookie without the user actually clicking on the referral link, etc.)
In addition, you acknowledge and agree you shall not:
Copy, alter or modify any icons, buttons, banners, graphics, files or content contained in Namecheap's links, including but not limited to, removing or altering any copyright or trademark notices;
Alter the Namecheap approved tracking codes to allow you to (a) collect personally identifiable information of visitors that would allow you to personally identify visitors, or (b) obscure the site from which the visitor is referred, including the use of link cloaking, asp/php redirects and/or link shortening services not provided by Namecheap;
Allow Your Site to be a downloadable or internet accessible application, as determined by Namecheap in its sole and absolute discretion;
Cause any purchases to be made that are not in good faith, including, but not limited to, using any method, device, program, robot iframes or hidden frames. Multiple purchases from the same individual, entity or IP address may be considered non–bona fide purchases. Non-bona fide purchases shall not be eligible for commission.
Paid Search and Advertising Guidelines
You acknowledge and agree that you shall not:
Bid on terms in any search engine that mention Namecheap, Namecheap.com or any of its derivatives and misspellings, Namecheap with keywords such as but not limited to «Namecheap coupons», «Namecheap promos», «Namecheap promotions»;
Use Namecheap trademark, trademark with keywords or any misspellings in your domain name(s);
Use direct linking to Namecheap.com from any paid search ads; an
Use Namecheap.com as a display URL.
If you are enrolled in our Affiliate Program and Your Site promotes coupon codes, you must adhere to our Coupon Guidelines as follows:
You may only advertise coupon codes that are provided to you through the Affiliate Program;
Posting any information about how to work around the requirements of a coupon/promotion (i.e. first-time customers only) will result in removal from the Affiliate Program;
Coupons must be displayed in their entirety with the full offer, valid expiration date and code;
You may not use any technology that covers up the coupon code and generates the affiliate click by revealing the code(s);
You may not advertise coupon codes obtained from our non-affiliate advertising, customer e-mails, paid search or any other campaign;
You may not give the appearance that any ongoing offer requires clicking from your website, in order to redeem. For example, if all domain registrations include free 1-year WhoIs Privacy Protection subscription, you may not turn this into an offer that infers that the customer must click from your site to get this deal.
We will pay you the commission in effect on the date of each sale;
Commission rates are as named in the platform in which you enrolled in our Affiliate Program;
Commission will only be paid on any first sale completed by New Customers;
Commissions will be paid only on “valid” orders, which are orders that are not reversed, charged back, unauthorized, fraudulent or from an existing customer;
Commissions will be paid thirty (30) days from end of the month in which the purchase occurred. Example: a valid purchase made on November 13 th will be paid 30 days from the end of November or December 30 th ;
Commissions will be paid out according to the payment options and minimum requirements set by the platform in which you enrolled;
You acknowledge and agree that, in the case of coupons/sales/discounts/ cashback/loyalty sites, you may be offered a lower commission than the standard rate described above;
You further acknowledge and agree that commissions for orders with promotion coupon codes will be earned only when these coupons are exclusively provided through Namecheap Affiliate Program. For
clarity, commissions will not be earned for sales using any Namecheap coupon code that was not provided through the platform in which you enrolled. We reserve the right to not pay commissions on
any purchases made with any other coupon codes and such commissions, if paid, will be reversed.;
You acknowledge and agree that, as an independent contractor, you are responsible for any taxes owed due to commissions paid to you and that you will provide any/all necessary taxable information to the
platform in which you enrolled. You also acknowledge and agree that failure to comply with this requirement will result in a forfeiture of your commissions.
You acknowledge and agree that no commission is payable if Your Site:
Contains software or uses technology that attempts to intercept, divert or redirect Internet traffic to or from any other web site, or that potentially enables the diversion of affiliate commissions from another web site. This includes toolbars, browser plug-ins, extensions and add-ons;
Sends traffic to namecheap.com, or any other Namecheap websites, that is generated by unauthorized traffic channels, e.g. click exchanges, banner exchanges, paid search advertising, etc; and
Replaces DNS errors caused by mistyping the domain name namecheap.com with a page showing the appropriate Namecheap banner or affiliate link to our web site.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, in addition to any and all other rights and remedies to which Namecheap is entitled, Namecheap specifically reserves the right to:
Terminate the Affiliate Program at any time for any reason;
Terminate your participate in the Affiliate Program at any time for any reason. If your participation is terminated, Namecheap will make any commission payments from validly purchases from Your Site
which accrue before the termination date. Namecheap will not make any commission payments which accrue after the termination date. You acknowledge and agree that the determination as to whether a
purchase was "validly generated" from Your Site shall be made in Namecheap's sole and absolute discretion;
Suspend your participation in the Affiliate Program at any time for any reason. If you are suspended, you will not receive any commission payments during your suspension period, whether such commission payments accrued before or during your suspension period. After completion of an internal
investigation, if you are allowed to continue to participate in the Affiliate Program, Namecheap will make any commission payments from valid purchases from Your Site which accrued before or during
your suspension period. You acknowledge and agree that the determination as to whether a purchase was "valid" from Your Site shall be made in Namecheap's sole and absolute discretion.
Require the forfeiture of any previously earned revenue, which has been paid or yet to be paid on any purchases you generated or assisted in generating during any times when you are in violation of this
Deactivate any and all accounts and domains that Namecheap believes, in its sole and absolute discretion, to be violating the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
In sum, Namecheap will track all commissions earned and may, at its sole discretion, decide not to pay any commission to you should we believe that any referral has been made in violation of its guidelines, due to
visitor/customer fraud, or due to visitor/customer contract cancellation. It is your sole and absolute duty to precisely follow this Agreement and its guidelines, at all times. Namecheap is under no obligation whatsoever to
pay any commission to any affiliate who does not strictly follow this Agreement and its guidelines, as modified from time to time.
As an affiliate, we provide you with the links and banners necessary to promote Namecheap products and services, which you may display in any area of Your Site as you wish. The links will identify Your Site as a member of our Affiliate Program and will establish a link from Your Site to ours. You acknowledge and agree it is your sole responsibility to indicate your correct unique affiliate ID in the promo materials you use on Your Site.
You may promote the products and services that Namecheap offers in any manner you choose unless it misleads visitors about Namecheap services.
You also understand and agree that participation in the Affiliate Program requires ongoing activity. Should you no longer wish to participate in the Affiliate Program, you may withdraw by following the guidelines set by the
platform in which you enrolled.
If you are an Affiliate directly with Namecheap, you may withdraw by submitting a Notice of Withdrawal via your Namecheap account panel. Your email to us must indicate that you will cease use of our advertising tools and
remove them from Your Site. Upon receipt of your email, we will confirm removal of our tools from Your Site. Once confirmed, we will ensure that you receive final payment for any valid purchases that are pending
Affiliates that are inactive for six (6) months and who have not withdrawn from the program (“Inactive Affiliates”) may, at Namecheap’s sole discretion, be considered effectively withdrawn from the program.
Namecheap is responsible for processing the order, cancellations, returns and other related customer service for Namecheap products and services. However, Namecheap will not be responsible for lost sales due to technical difficulties preventing Namecheap from registering a domain name or providing any other product or service to the visitor. Namecheap is also responsible for tracking and validating affiliate sales and commissions and
providing this information to the chosen affiliate platform in order to facilitate payments. Namecheap does not, however, control the payment processing of commission payments to you by the platform which you selected.
Namecheap will pay out on commissions for valid sales. Valid sales are sales whereby the customer pays the full, expected price and such sales are not cancelled, reversed, returned or discounted/voided in any way. Where
payment happens through a third party platform, Namecheap is responsible for payment to the platform you selected and the platform is specifically responsible for payment to you.
FTC DISCLOSURE POLICY
At Namecheap, our aim is to treat customers fairly and, together with our affiliates, to comply with laws, including all Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations that relate to advertising. FTC regulations include, but
are not limited to, Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Among other criteria it requires that material connections between advertisers and
endorsers must be fully disclosed. This means that affiliates that provide an assessment or endorsement of an advertiser (Namecheap) must disclose financial or in-kind compensation that is provided by advertiser.
Namecheap reserves the right to withhold referral fees and cancel the affiliate relationship with you, should we find, at our discretion, that you do not comply with Namecheap's FTC disclosure policy or any other FTC
regulations or guidelines we view as applicable.
The parties agree that Namecheap and Partner will each be a separate processor in relation to any personal data (i) that is subject to the European Data Protection Legislation; and (ii) that Namecheap and Partner, respectively, process on behalf of a customer [or specific term we use for prospects and customers] in connection with the Affiliate Agreement. The terms “personal data” and “processor” as used in this section have the meanings given in the European Data Protection Legislation. For the avoidance of doubt, neither Partner nor Namecheap will be acting as the other party’s processor.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Namecheap shall not be liable for any unauthorized access to, or any corruption, erasure, theft, destruction, alteration, or inadvertent disclosure of data, information or content transmitted, received, or stored on its
system or any third-party systems. With respect to passwords, account identifiers and other systems used to control access to your account, it is your responsibility to safeguard such passwords, account identifiers, and
other systems used to control access to your account.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT, YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE OUR WEB SITE(S) OR THE MATERIALS AND CONTENT OF THE WEB SITE(S) OR ANY OTHER WEB
SITES LINKED TO SUCH WEB SITE(S) OR YOUR PROVISION OF ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION TO BACKEND SERVICE PROVIDER OR ANY THIRD PARTY. THIS LIMITATION APPLIES REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER
BASIS, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR SUCH DAMAGES WERE REASONABLY FORESEEABLE. BECAUSE CERTAIN JURISDICTIONS DO NOT PERMIT THE LIMITATION OR ELIMINATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, OUR LIABILITY IN SUCH
JURISDICTIONS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. IF ANY PROVISION OF THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY IS FOUND TO BE UNENFORCEABLE, ONLY SUCH PROVISION SHALL BE REMOVED AND THE REMAINDER SHALL BE ENFORCED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
INDEMNITY AND DEFENSE
With respect to ICANN, the registry operators, and Namecheap, as well as the contractors, agents, employees, officers, directors, shareholders, and affiliates of such parties, you agree to defend, release, indemnify, and hold
such parties harmless from all liabilities, claims and expenses, including without limitation reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs, for third party claims relating to or arising under (i) Affiliate’s breach of or non-compliance
with this Agreement, (ii) Affiliate’s use of the services, (iii) Affiliate’s violation or alleged violation of any applicable law, (iv) Affiliate’s violation or alleged violation of any rights of another, including violation of a
person’s or entity’s intellectual property rights, (v) any products or services offered, sold or otherwise made available by Affiliate on Affiliate’s Web Site or Publishing Location, (vi) Affiliate’s acts or omissions in using,
displaying or distributing any Links obtained from the Direct Affiliate Program or elsewhere, including but not limited to Affiliate’s use of Links via email distribution, or (vii) any assertion that Namecheap is obligated to pay
taxes in connection with a commission payment made by Namecheap to Affiliate pursuant to this Agreement. In the context of this Section only, the term “Namecheap” shall including Namecheap’s officers, directors,
employees, agents, representatives, contractors, and any entity that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with Namecheap. Affiliate’s indemnification obligations set forth in this Section shall survive
the expiration, cancellation or termination of this Agreement.
You attest that you are of legal age to enter into this Agreement.
This Agreement, the referenced agreements, together with all modifications, constitute the complete and exclusive agreement between you and us, and supersede and govern all prior proposals, agreements, or other
communications. This Agreement may not be amended or modified by you except by means of a written document signed by both you and an authorized representative of us.
NO AGENCY RELATIONSHIP
Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed as creating any agency, partnership, employer/employee or other form of joint enterprise between the parties hereto. Each party to this Agreement is an independent
contractor and have no right or authority to bind or commit the other party. Each party shall ensure that the foregoing persons shall not represent to the contrary, either expressly, implicitly, by appearance or otherwise.
The failure of us to require your performance of any provision hereof shall not affect the full right to require such performance at any time thereafter; nor shall the waiver by us of a breach of any provision hereof be taken or
held to be a waiver of the provision itself.
In the event that any provision of this Agreement shall be unenforceable or invalid under any applicable law or be so held by applicable court decision, such unenforceability or invalidity shall not render this Agreement
unenforceable or invalid as a whole. We will amend or replace such provision with one that is valid and enforceable and which achieves, to the extent possible, our original objectives and intent as reflected in the
ASSIGNMENT AND RESALE
Except as otherwise set forth herein, your rights under this Agreement are not assignable or transferable. Any attempt by your creditors to obtain an interest in your rights under this Agreement, whether by attachment,
levy, garnishment or otherwise, renders this Agreement voidable at our option.
Neither party shall be deemed in default hereunder, nor shall it hold the other party responsible for, any cessation, interruption or delay in the performance of its obligations hereunder due to causes beyond its control
including, but not limited to: earthquake, flood, fire, storm, natural disaster, act of God or the public enemy, riots and insurrections, war, terrorism, armed conflict, strikes and other labor difficulties (whether or not the party is
in a position to concede to such demands), embargoes, judicial action, necessary labor, materials, energy, components or machinery, failure of telecommunications, lockout, boycott, supplier failures, shortages,
breaches, or delays, or any law, order regulation, direction, action or request of the government, including any federal, state and local governments having or claiming jurisdiction over Namecheap, or of any department,
agency, commission, bureau, corporation or other instrumentality of any federal, state, or local government, or of any civil or military authority; or any other cause or circumstance, whether of a similar or dissimilar nature to
the foregoing, beyond the reasonable control of the affected party, provided that the party relying upon this section (i) shall have given the other party written notice thereof promptly and, in any event, within five (5) days
of discovery thereof and (ii) shall take all steps reasonably necessary under the circumstances to mitigate the effects of the force majeure event upon which such notice is based; provided further, that in the event a force
majeure event described in this Section extends for a period in excess of thirty (30) days in the aggregate, Namecheap may immediately terminate this Agreement.
GOVERNING LAW, JURISDICTION, WAIVER OF TRIAL BY JURY
Your rights and obligations and all actions contemplated by this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America and the State of California. You agree that any action to enforce this agreement or any
matter relating to Your use of the Services must be brought exclusively in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, or if there is no jurisdiction in such court, then in a state court in Los Angeles
County, State of California. You agree to waive the right to a trial by jury in any action or proceeding that takes place relating to or arising out of this Agreement.
The section headings appearing in this Agreement are inserted only as a matter of convenience and in no way define, limit, construe or describe the scope or extent of such section or in any way affect such section.
Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Universal Terms of Service Agreement. In the event there is a conflict between the provisions of this Agreement and the
provisions of the Universal Terms of Service Agreement, the provisions of this Agreement shall control.
Last revised: October 16, 2017