Frequently Asked Questions

We are thrilled to have you join our ever-growing creator community at ShopYourLikes. Think of us as an extension of your team, dedicated to helping you and your business thrive. To get you started, here are the answers to the most common questions. If you have any other queries, reach out to us via the live chat – we’re here to support you every step of the way!

Getting Started

  • If you haven’t logged in to view the tutorials yet, please do so here. The tutorials will help you get familiarized with your dashboard and how to use the platform.
  • Most importantly, click here for a step-by-step guide on how to create links in the ShopYourLikes platform.

Our dashboard updates daily around 6 am PST. Generally, you will see today’s clicks available on the dashboard the next morning for CPC retailers. For CPA retailers, reporting may take 1-3 days to show up.

No, it is not necessary to buy the product to promote it. You can use screenshots directly from the retailer’s site. Get creative if you don’t have the product in hand! As an influencer, your role is to showcase and recommend products based on your personal experiences, preferences, or expert opinions.

  • Create your IG Story frame
  • Press on the Link sticker
  • Paste your ShopYourLikes link into the slot
  • Tap on “Customize Sticker Text” under your pasted URL
  • Write your custom text, such as “Shop Here” or “Best Jeans EVER”

The Link Generator

  • The link generator takes a raw link and converts it into a unique one. This new link is customized to track back to you. After posting the link on a social platform of choice, anything sold is pulled into your earnings.
  • Post a “clean” link – the easiest way to do this is to find the product directly from the retailer page. If you find a link elsewhere, remove the extra symbols that may have other affiliate information on there. If you have questions, please reach out via the chat on your dashboard.

There are three ways to generate SYL links:

  • SYL Link Generator – Paste a “clean” URL from an active retailer’s site into the Link Generator, then click Convert Link to get a unique SYL link to share with followers. 
  • SYL iPhone Extension App (Mobile)- The SYL Safari Extension enables you to generate links on both mobile and your laptop/desktop.
  • SYL Safari and Chrome Extension (Computer) – The SYL Chrome Extension allows you to quickly generate links on the spot, straight from the Chrome browser. Click here to watch the video.


  • On our Active Retailers Page you’ll find hundreds of retailers across all verticals – fashion, beauty, home, and food. We continuously work to bring on new retailers to SYL and secure premium rates for our creators. If you don’t see one of your favorite retailers on the list, please don’t hesitate to request it.
  • If you see a “RETAILER NOT AVAILABLE” message in your Link Generator, that means the retailer is not active, and you will not earn on those links.

Cost-per-click (CPC) retailers pay you for each click on a link. For commission-based (CPA) retailers, your earnings are determined by the number of products sold. CPC rates are listed as the amount you are paid per click, while CPA retailers show the percentage you earn per item sold. *If you see “retailer breakdown” next to a retailer listed, please click as products and categories may have different commission rates.

Retailers pay for clicks that drive sales so your posts should provide followers with an intent to purchase.

  • Post a photo of the product (a screenshot from the brand’s site works as well) to filter out followers that aren’t interested. This increases the probability of purchases from interested followers. Don’t ever post a link without a visual.
  • Link steeply-discounted, practical items as they have higher converting potential compared to novelty products (like a $3,000 teal velour couch).
  • By linking strategically and achieving good conversion rates, you earn a higher rate.Some creators are set at $0.27/click at certain retailers!


  • ShopYourLikes requires a minimum earnings of $25 before issuing a payment. If you don’t reach that amount within a month, your balance will carry over to the following month(s) until the threshold is met.-per-click (CPC) retailers pay you for each click on a link. For commission-based (CPA) retailers, your earnings are determined by the number of products sold. CPC rates are listed as the amount you are paid per click, while CPA retailers show the percentage you earn per item sold. *If you see “retailer breakdown” next to a retailer listed, please click as products and categories may have different commission rates.

Payment is typically issued around 45 days after the close of the month. Our accounting process follows a Net 45 payment term, so you’ll receive payment for a given month approximately 6 weeks after the month’s end. For example, you would receive payment for July on September 15 (45 days from the last day of July).

ShopYourLikes pays you via PayPal. Make sure to add your PayPal info in the Payment section of your dashboard To issue payment, we require a W9 or W8 form (depending on your residency) for verification and legal reporting purposes.
  • For US residents, please upload a W-9 IRS tax form, which you can find here or on the IRS government website.
  • For Non-US residents, there are two steps. First, please upload a W-8, found here. Second, reach out to to get one other required form.

We’ve created a handy step-by-step guide on how to fill your W-9/W-8 form here. Please note, these are general instructions to fill out your form. We advise you to speak with a tax consultant.

The most current version of the form will always be available on the IRS website, but we’ll also accept the October 2018 form.

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You can find the form version at the top left of either form where it says “Rev. October 2018”. The form version is written as “yyyymm” in the ShopYourLikes platform’s “Form Version” box when submitting your W9/W8. For example, October 2018 will be written as “201810.”

Since we used PayPal as our payment processor, we don’t send out any tax forms, including 1099 forms. If you want to find out if you’re eligible for tax forms via PayPal, you can visit their help page for more information. All payments sent out to users are untaxed, which means you are responsible for reporting and paying taxes to the IRS, if applicable.

Welcome to your Earnings and Adjustments report!  This report provides a detailed breakdown of your earning types and can be found under the Reporting tab in your dashboard:

To view your report, select Earnings and Adjustments, then choose the date range you would like to see:

After selecting the months you wish to view, you’ll see the different types of payments for each month:

  • Earnings (Affiliate)
  • Paid Partnership
  • Bonus
  • Ambassador
  • Referral

Please note that the Payment Period signifies when you earned the money, while Payment Date indicates when it was/will be disbursed. If you don’t see a Payment Date, that means the earnings have not yet been paid, but you can see what your current affiliate earnings are and what other payments will be made for that Payment period.

Referral Program

We encourage you to invite your friends to join ShopYourLikes! Share your referral link with them, found in the shopping icon in the upper right-hand corner of your dashboard. When they register with that link, they will see the code under “Referral Code”. Visit the details page for more information. 

Brand Partnerships

Yes! As an influencer, you have the opportunity to collaborate with brands through sponsored content and giftings. ShopYourLikes collects the data needed for us to pitch you for paid campaigns. Each link stores your clicks and conversions, which brands require to consider you for campaigns. The more you link on our platform, the more data you build. Reach out to your account manager for more information on partnerships.

Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Don’t worry we got you – drop us and email at or reach out via the live chat.