We’ve got a very exciting announcement today. We’re launching a new 37signals Affiliate Program. This one pays cash. Plus there’s a twist we think you’ll really like.

Now and Forever

Many affiliate programs pay cash on new business referrals. Our new program does that too. However, we wanted to take this a big step further.

We’ve found the recurring revenue model to be a great fit for our business. Customers pay us every month to use our products. We felt it was fitting that anyone who referred a customer our way should also earn a piece of that recurring revenue. So that’s what we’ve done.

Earn 50% on sign-up and 5% of future recurring revenue

When a customer signs up through your referrer link, you’ll earn 50% of their first month’s payment (after they make that first payment), then 5% of their future monthly payments for the life of their account. As you refer more and more customers, your automatic recurring revenue can really begin to add up.

How much can I make?

Review the commissions chart to see the initial and recurring payout per product. At this time Basecamp, Highrise, and Backpack are part of the program. We may add additional products down the road.

For example, if someone signs up for a Basecamp Max plan, you can earn $75 (50% of the first $149/month fee) from that signup. Then, if they pay for 8 months of Max, you’ll earn an additional $59.60 ($7.45/month x 8 months) for a total of $134.60 earned from that one customer.

Check your earnings in real time

Once you’ve signed up, you can check the “My Earnings” section to see your earnings in real time. You’ll see a chart that looks like this:

Easy promotional tools

We’ve started you out with a link you can share via email, IM, Twitter, etc., plus banners you can post on your site or blog.

Get paid often

Once you’ve earned over $100, you’ll begin to be paid roughly every 45 days. We’ll keep the payments coming every 45 days as long as you have over $100 in accrued earnings.

Potential earnings from free signups too

If someone signs up for a free account, and then upgrades to a pay account later on, you’ll earn the 5% recurring revenue from the upgrade.

Didn’t you already have an Affiliate Program?

Yes. We will be phasing that out over time. People who are already part of the old program (credit, not cash, and no recurring revenue) can remain in the old program. But new people who want to join our affiliate program will be joining the new program.

Sign up today and get started promoting and earning!

Signing up for the 37signals Affiliate Program takes just a few seconds. Then you’re off and running, promoting, and earning.

We fully expect some motivated people will ultimately be able to make nice livings off referring 37signals products through the Affiliate Program. The income you can make off the recurring revenue model will really begin to add up.

We have a lot of fun stuff planned for the new 37signals Affiliate Program. We’re excited to see where this goes. We wish you the best success and hope to hear your success stories!

Special thanks

Special thanks to Jeff Hardy for pulling the code strings to get the new 37signals Affiliate Program working. He did a great job.