How to Handle Affiliate Commission Payouts

For Professional and Premium vendors. 

PayKickstart offers vendors easy ways to pay out affilaites automatically and manually for their related sales commissions.

Below is a list of reasons why a commission would have a particular payout type:

Instant Payouts:

Instant payouts occur if all below apply:

  • The customer purchased via PayPal
  • The vendor has approved the affiliate for instant commissions.
  • The affiliate has enabled to receive commissions via PayPal and also enabled instant commissions for their PayPal account.
  • The affiliate added their PayPal account AND approved instant commissions PRIOR to the referred sale being processed.

Automated Payouts:

Automated Payouts occur if all below apply:

  • The customer purchased via PayPal.
  • The affiliate has PayPal enabled to receive commissions.
  • The affiliate is set to delayed by the vendor.

Manual Payouts:

Manual payouts occur if any of these apply:

  • The customer purchased via another payment gateway other than PayPal.
  • The affiliate is using a commission payment method other than PayPal.
  • The affiliate did not add their PayPal account prior to the referred sale being processed.


  • PayKickstart has a number of fraud detection features built-in to minimize the chances of fraudulent commissions.  However, as a rule of thumb, it's important to always be mindful of the affiliates promoting your campaigns and to monitor the commissions on a regular basis, looking for anything that seems suspicious or unusual - especially before paying out commissions.
  • All affiliate commissions will be in USD, even if your product is using another currency.

After an affiliate commission has been marked approved and processed for a transaction, vendors can view the related transaction to see a timestamp of the affiliate commission payout. 

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