Among the first things an affiliate looks into before joining a CPA network are the payment terms. After all, you’re promoting offers to earn money, right? It would be counterproductive to not know how and when you’re going to get paid, and then end up being surprised with an unexpected delay.

The most common questions when it comes to payouts are the following:
  1. What is the minimum withdrawal amount?
  2. How do I get paid, or what are the modes of payment?
  3. How often do I get paid?
While the answers to the first two are direct to the point and are fairly easy to understand, the last one is not. The most common answers to the last question are Net-30, Net-15, or weekly. If you’re new to this industry, your follow-up question would likely be, “what in the world does that mean?”

Don’t worry; you are not alone. In fact, even pros asked the very same question when they were starting out! If you’re hesitating to sign up with an affiliate network because you don’t understand what this means, then we’re here to help clear things up for you.


Payment Frequencies: Explaining Net-D

Net-D is actually a typical business term. This means the amount owed by the client will be paid D number of days after the invoice has been sent. So if the invoice is sent today, the amount is expected to be paid from here on to 30 days. If the client pays before the due date, there is a corresponding discount expected to be given by the seller or provider.

In this scenario, you are the service provider and the affiliate network is the client (of course affiliate networks have clients of their own, but that’s a different matter).

Now, is the same parlance applicable to affiliate marketing? Yes, and no.

Yes, in the sense that the schedule of being paid is done D number of days after the invoice is released.

No, in the sense that networks don’t really pay earlier than the mentioned D number of days. Networks are pretty strict with the payout schedule.

Now, let’s dive deeper into the Net-D payment term when it comes to CPA networks. Here are some questions and corresponding answers to make everything crystal clear:

When is the invoice created?

The invoice is processed at the end of the pay period. For example, you’re on Net-30, this means your invoice will be processed at the end of the month. So all your earnings from the first day of the month to the last day of the month will be compiled and computed into once invoice at the end of the month.

What is a “pay period”?

For Net-D payments, a pay period is usually the first day of the month to the last day of the month.

Who creates the invoice?

That’s your affiliate network’s job. Either their accounting department or your affiliate manager will create the invoice at the end of the pay period.

When exactly do I get paid?

You’ll receive the payment D days after the end of the previous pay period.

For example, if you’re on Net30 (D days = 30 days), all your earnings from March 1 to 31 will be paid on April 30, which is 30 days after March 31.

If you’re on Net15, all your earnings from March 1 to 31 will be paid on April 15.

If you’re on Net7, you’ll receive payment for earnings from March 1 to 31 on April 7.

Why do the networks wait several days or weeks before sending payment?

This is to allow CPA networks to review your leads and make sure they are all valid. Once you have established a reputation for driving huge conversions that are of top-notch quality, then you can be qualified to be moved to earlier payments.

Other Payment Frequencies

Aside from the Net-D payments, CPA networks also offer quicker payment frequencies, such as the following:
  1. Bi-Monthly or Bi-Weekly Payments - this means you’ll be paid twice a month, as long as you reach the minimum payout amount per pay period (the pay period being every 15 days). Your earnings between the first of the month to the 15th of the month will be paid on the 30th or 31st of the month, while your earnings from the 16th to the 30th/31st of the month will be sent on the 15th of the month.
  2. Weekly Payments - this means you’ll be paid every week based on your earnings for the previous week. The scheduled payout day of the week depends on the network, but the most common payout day is Wednesday.
  3. Daily Payments - this is the fastest payout frequency in the industry. This is given to affiliates who have proven their quality and drive thousands of conversions to the network.
Understanding the payment schedule of your affiliate network is important if you need to manage your cash flow. If you need to receive payments quicker, make sure you send high-quality traffic to offers. This way, the advertiser and the affiliate network will want more of your traffic, and would, in turn, shift you to faster payouts. So what are you waiting for? Get cranking!

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