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How to manage your Free and Paid Recommendations in the Creator Network
How to manage your Free and Paid Recommendations in the Creator Network

Add or remove your Free and Paid Creator Network Recommendations, and customize the number and order of your Recommendations.

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Choose the Creator Network creators you want to recommend to subscribers

If you're part of the Creator Network, you can recommend creators whose newsletters your subscribers may be interested in subscribing to. (Some creators will even pay you for each successful referral!).

To set up these Recommendations, follow the steps here to join the Creator Network if you haven't already.

After that, follow the steps below to add (or edit) your Free and Paid Recommendations, and customize the order in which you display your Recommendations to your subscribers:

Managing your Free Recommendations

Add a new Free Recommendation

Go to Recommendations under the Grow tab in the top navigation and click My Recommendations.

Click + Add recommendation to add a new Free Recommendation.

We'll redirect you to the Discover page where you can browse creators in the Creator Network.

Click a creator's profile to check it out in more detail. If you've decided to recommend a certain creator, click the Recommend button and we'll add them to your list of Recommendations.

Remove a Free Recommendation

To stop recommending a creator, click the ✕ button next to their name in your list of Recommendations on the My Recommendations page.

Click Remove in the window that pops up to confirm the removal.

If you change your mind about removing a Free Recommendation, you can easily re-add it by clicking the curved arrow symbol next to their name in your list of Recommendations.

Managing your Paid Recommendations

Add a new Paid Recommendation

To add a new Paid Recommendation, enable Paid Recommendations for your ConvertKit account first if you haven't already.

After that, click the My Recommendations page under your Recommendations settings.

Click the Settings tab in the left sidebar, followed by the Edit in SparkLoop button.

In your SparkLoop Creator Network settings, click the + Add Paid Recommendation button.

You can then browse publications that will pay a referral fee for every subscriber you refer to them.

If a certain publication looks interesting, click the + Add button next to it.

More details of the publication's referral criteria will appear. You can optionally personalize your recommendation, where your customized write-up will replace the publication's default bio in the Paid Recommendation. Like so:

Click the Accept Terms & Conditions and Add Publication button to proceed with recommending the publication.

The publication will appear as a new Paid Recommendation on your ConvertKit account's My Recommendations page.

⚠️IMPORTANT!⚠️ If you had connected an existing SparkLoop account when enabling Paid Recommendations in ConvertKit instead of creating a new one, you will additionally need to add your Paid Recommendations to Upscribe and activate Upscribe.

(You'll need to set up the Upscribe widget as part of the Upscribe activation process. But you don't have to embed the widget on your website.)

Finally, customize your recommendation slots to display your Paid Recommendations! Otherwise, your Paid Recommendations will not appear. Learn how to customize your recommendation slots below.

Remove a Paid Recommendation

If you want to remove a Paid Recommendation, go to the My Recommendations page.

Click the Settings tab in the left sidebar, followed by the Edit in SparkLoop button.

In your SparkLoop Creator Network settings, you'll see a list of your active Paid Recommendations.

Click the three horizontal dots on the right of the Recommendation you want to remove, followed by Remove recommendation.

Click Confirm to confirm the removal.

NOTE: If you change your mind about removing a Paid Recommendation, you’ll have to re-add the Paid Recommendation using the steps above.

To temporarily turn off a Paid Recommendation without removing it completely, select Pause recommendation instead.

Customizing the number and order of your Recommendations

While you can have up to 100 active Recommendations, we'll display up to five Recommendations on your Forms and Landing Pages at any time.

You can customize the number and order of your Free and Paid Recommendations at the Customize tab in the left sidebar of the My Recommendations page.

Customizing the number of Recommendations

The Recommendation slots bar lets you select the number of Recommendations you want to display:

For example, if you select "5," we'll display five Recommendations on your Forms and Landing Pages.

On the other hand, if you select "2," we'll display just two Recommendations on your Forms and Landing Pages instead.

Customizing the order of your Recommendations

Click each Recommendation slot to choose the type of Recommendation that appears there. The available options are:

  • Random Recommendation: The slot will display one of your Free Recommendations at random.

  • Paid Recommendation: The slot will display one of your Paid Recommendations at random. (This option will appear only if you have added Paid Recommendations to your Recommendations settings.)

  • Specific Free Recommendations: The slot will display a specific Free Recommendation of your choice.

NOTE: At this time, it isn't possible to pin a specific Paid Recommendation in a slot. Instead, we will show the best Paid Recommendation for the subscriber based on criteria such as the Recommendation's available budget and the subscriber's location.

If you're done managing your Creator Network Recommendations and want to see who has recommended you to their own subscribers, you can learn how in this article 👇

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