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How to enable Paid Recommendations in the Creator Network
How to enable Paid Recommendations in the Creator Network

Connect your ConvertKit account to the SparkLoop platform to start getting paid for each subscriber you refer to other creators.

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Get paid to recommend other creators to your subscribers!

If you are part of the Creator Network, you can set up Paid Recommendations where creators will pay you for every subscriber you send their way. 🤑

There are two stages to setting up Paid Recommendations:

  1. Enabling Paid Recommendations in the Creator Network

  2. Selecting your Paid Recommendations (which we cover in this article)

Let's get into the first stage of enabling Paid Recommendations now.

NOTE: The setup process might be slightly different depending on whether or not you already have a SparkLoop account.

If you don't have a SparkLoop account yet

1. Launch the Paid Recommendations settings

Go to Recommendations under the Grow tab in the navigation, followed by My Recommendations.

Click the Settings tab in the left sidebar, followed by the Connect with SparkLoop button in the Paid Recommendations box.

An Integrate with SparkLoop window will appear.

2. Create a SparkLoop account

In the Integrate with SparkLoop window, click the Go to SparkLoop button to create a new SparkLoop account in a new browser tab.

After you create an account, SparkLoop will send you an email containing a link to confirm your email address. Click the link.

3. Connect ConvertKit and SparkLoop

Upon confirming your email address, you will be prompted to connect your SparkLoop account with ConvertKit:

Click the Connect your ConvertKit account button to be sent to ConvertKit to confirm the connection.

This is the message you will see. Be sure to click Grant access to SparkLoop.

4. Add your newsletter

Next, add your newsletter—or "publication" in SparkLoop's terms—to your SparkLoop account.

(Optional step: enable the Feature publication in Upscribe option so that creators in SparkLoop's own Partner Network can recommend your newsletter to their subscribers.)

5. Connect your Stripe account to SparkLoop

Doing so helps SparkLoop pay you successful referrals!

At this point, you'll be able to create a Stripe account for free if you don't have one.

6. Wait for SparkLoop to approve your account

You're all finished! SparkLoop will need to approve your account before you can use it, but there are no other steps you need to take.

Approvals are usually granted within 24 hours of account creation (excluding weekends).

SparkLoop will send you an email when it has approved your account, and you'll be able to start selecting your Paid Recommendations after that!


If you're an existing SparkLoop user

If you already have a SparkLoop account, log in to it in a separate browser tab. Then follow these steps:

1. Launch the Paid Recommendations settings

Go to Recommendations under the Grow tab in the navigation, followed by My Recommendations.

Click the Settings tab in the left sidebar, followed by the Connect with SparkLoop button in the Paid Recommendations box.

An Integrate with SparkLoop window will appear. Click the Go to SparkLoop button.

2. Connect SparkLoop to ConvertKit

You'll be directed to SparkLoop, where you'll see your API key.

Click the API key to copy it, then click the Enter API key in ConvertKit button.

You'll be redirected back to ConvertKit. Paste your SparkLoop API key into the provided box, then click Connect.

NOTE: If you hadn't copied your SparkLoop API key earlier, you can also get it from your SparkLoop account's Integrations settings.

If your SparkLoop API key was added successfully, you'll see a success message:

Click Done to close the window, and you're now all set to start selecting your Paid Recommendations!

Disconnecting SparkLoop from ConvertKit

You can disconnect your SparkLoop account from ConvertKit by going to the My Recommendations page.

Click the Settings tab in the left sidebar, followed by the Disconnect button in the Paid Recommendations box.

If needed, you can then reconnect your account again by following the steps above.

What's next?

If you're running into error messages while setting up Paid Recommendations, this troubleshooting guide may be helpful.

But if you're ready to start selecting your Paid Recommendations—in other words, choosing the creators you want to recommend to your subscribers—the article below shows you how!

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