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Share Art. Get Paid.

Hey guys, my name is Morgan Schutte. I'm the newest member of the Society6 team - committed to finding new homes and opportunities for the art and artists in our community.

I'm crazy excited to be dedicating my time and effort to our new Curator Program. It has the potential to do really big things for this community and together we'll make it a huge success! 

In form and function, the program is similar to a standard affiliate program in that curators are awarded a share of the revenue for sales they directly refer. The difference is in the intent.

We view the Curator Program as an extension of our mission to empower artists, where all members can participate and share in the success of the creators they follow.

For those that aren't already a part of the program, here's what's up.

Sign up to become a curator

You will need to answer a few quick questions.

Get your unique curator link and start sharing!

Your link can be found on any product page and can be easily appended to the end of any S6 page. We encourage you to use any and all social platforms: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blogs, Email, etc.

Share Art. Get Paid.

Example of a Curator link generated on a product page:

  • http://society6.com/product/elephants-dream_pillow?curator=yourusername

Example of a Curator link appended to the end of a category page:

  • http://society6.com/prints?curator=yourusername

Let me explain the "Get Paid" part.

When someone makes a purchase from your link, you get 10% of that sale regardless of what the visitor you sent ends up purchasing, with a few exceptions.

You can view the sales you've generated, and your earnings, at any time by logging in and selecting "account." For artists that are also curators, you can filter your own art sales vs. your referral sales here too.

Share Art. Get Paid.

There are no sales minimums.

Just like an artist receives payment for their own sales, you receive your payment via PayPal at the beginning of every month no matter how much or how little you make. Monitor which designs and products sell and how much you earned for each.

We use cookies to give credit where credit is due. 

So what happens if someone clicks your link but doesn't buy anything until a few days later? You still get paid!

We use browser "cookies" to ensure all curator referrals are credited and paid appropriately, up to 30 days after that initial visit you sent. If that product, or any other product your referral ends up liking, are purchased within the next 30 days, we credit you with the purchase.

For the artists.

Artists are more than welcome to participate in the program to help their peers and maximize their time on Society6. You will still need to register here to enable your account and access your curator links.

As an added bonus, the 10% share will also be applied to sales for your own goods when followed - though this is subject to change if adjustments are made to the existing royalty system in the future

We also want you to know that a Curator's cut will not impact your personal earnings. Society6 will be taking on these additional costs to ensure your personal artist earnings go untouched and paid out at the expected rate.

Just the beginning.

We're barely scratching the surface of a program we believe will make Society6 an even stronger platform for artists, and now art enthusiasts. We've got big plans that include feature enhancements, community tools and more to come.

Creative ways to curate.

  • Build a themed collection to share with friends, family and fans. More on collections.
  • Start an art blog or FB page aimed at a specific type of art, product or theme.
  • Let your own fans and followers know of this exciting new way to support you and earn a buck along the way. (for the artists out there)

Ultimately this is a new program and we're committed to identifying new ways to create opportunity for our artists and members. Please feel free to ask questions or leave comments below!

You can read more about the details of the program, and sign-up, here. Feel free to contact our support team if you experience any issues along the way.


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Koning commented on Monday, May 18, 2015 5:31pm
This is really cool! I really like the effort you guys make to help artists and art enthusiasts. I'm definitely signing up right now!
daling commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 7:27am
I think this is cool too :) Is it possible to review the shipping fees? And also the pricing structure please?
Julie Erin Designs commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:10am
Cool! Now I can get my friends to work for me, muahaha
Luca Verletti commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:11am
Reeeally nice!
Anna Dorfman commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:18am
Too bad New York is still a restricted/ineligible state. I don't have this issue with any other site from which I receive referral bonuses or commissions. What's different about this program that prevents residents of certain states from participating?
Joe Baron commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:38am
This would be really good if all the states were allowed and didn't have any restriction.
Patricia Shea Designs commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:41am
I think this is a great idea and will encourage some of my friends to do it. I too am ineligible in Maine or I would do it myself :(
THE USUAL DESIGNERS commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:24am
Congrats for keeping up your/our work!! Brilliant idea!!:))
tjustleft commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:42am
This sounds great! I am a little confused though. Maybe it's just the way it's worded but the curator terms of service and the Curator guidelines seem to conflict as to promoting our own work.

"1.5. "Qualifying Purchase" means any order (other than from Affiliate's own Society6 "shop," as further described in the Affiliate Guidelines)"

"As an added benefit, Artists will also be able to append their unique curator links to their personal referrals as a means of increasing the profits of their own work. In this instance, the referred traffic will resolve to the product within the Society6 Store."

Is this to mean that if we use our curator link on our own work we get the added commission but it doesn't work if we ad the link to our shop url?

Also the curator page says there are some exceptions to receiving a commission. What are they other than restricted states?
k_c_s commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:00pm
I love the idea of the curator program! I like to promote the work of others in any case because I love art and design. But I'm confused. Do sites like Pinterest and Wanelo keep our curator links? Or do they add their own? Also, is there no way to create a general curator sign-in? So, anything I share gets the link? Thanks.
3 Red Threads commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:21pm
Wow this is a cool idea, I hadn't looked into it before, looking into it now!
Lyle Hatch commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:25pm
As some Society6 artists are aware, Wanelo.com, the popular product promoting site, has been involved in the Society6 curating program for some time. They are members of Society6, under the name waneloshopping. They display no art of their own on S6 and the sole function of the membership is seemingly to curate Society6 items. I understand it, they want to earn extra cash by curating. I don't even mind that they have an automated system for curating; it is not done manually as we do.
They have, however, taken it one step further and over the line, in my opinion. Wanelo.com is replacing (over-writing) already-curated items with their own code. Their automated system takes an item with the ?curator=username text and automatically replaces it with ?curator=waneloshopping every time an S6 item is posted on Wanelo! Every. Single. Time.
This means that if you curate an item, add the code at the end of the link, and then post it to Wanelo, you will lose your curator credit to Wanelo.
A number of artists have voiced our frustration to Society6 about this issue, but the response has been that the Wanelo practice is a "win-win" for both sides because Wanelo earns much needed cash and the artists have their work promoted on a popular site.
Again, I don't have a problem with Wanleo curating, even though they produce no art of their own and this in itself flies against the spirit of the curating program. I do have a very difficult time getting past the notion of the company over-writing other people's curated pieces. The practice is unethical and just plain wrong in my opinion.
There are a number of us artists who think that you should be aware of this practice. Thank you.
Sylvia Cook Photography commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:41pm
After reading Lyle Hatch's post above, I must agree with him.
Lets start by quoting from Morgan about the purpose of the curator program:

"The difference is in the intent.
We view the Curator Program as an extension of our mission to empower artists, where all members can participate and share in the success of the creators they follow."

How does this work if Wanelo, and maybe even other sites in the future are overwriting our own curator links? It seems the "intent" has been lost. The artists are not "being empowered" but instead they are losing out on the time and effort they put into posting products with their own link.

I myself have quit posting any further of my Society6 products to Wanelo. I will not allow them to steal my curator commission from me.
I did a trial a few weeks ago, to be sure. I posted a product of mine with my link. As soon as I clicked on the product, the link changed right before my eyes to ?curator=waneloshopping. It took me to my product, via their curator link.

And to make matters worse, all of my prior postings have been changed as well.
I will not ever use Wanelo again for my S6 shop.
Rory Wood commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:21pm
@Anna - this is a decision many business are forced to make when opening up a referral program. You can read up on what's referred to as 'affiliate nexus' laws to get all the details - but it's in regards to tax liabilities in states where we don't currently operate from.
Rory Wood commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:22pm
@tjustleft - this is a great catch and something we've adjusted in the programming of the system after the initial launch. I'll forward the issue to our legal team!
Rory Wood commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:48pm
@Lyle & Sylvia - Totally understand your alarm and of course it's your prerogative where to spend time for attracting new customers.

That said, having some experience with Wanelo, it's clear to me they’re investing in a progress strategy and model as a business resistant to dismantling the socially democratized engine that fuels their community.

What I mean by that is, as an alternative to selling advertising (and distracting potential customers from purchasing your goods vs. an advertisers) or requiring their merchants to purchase up front premium placement within the community while squeezing your own reach (like so many other platforms), many companies are looking at revenue share models to keep their businesses whole without diluting their core mission or features.

In this case, the alternatives would likely have an even greater negative impact on your sales, if sites like Wanelo chose to associate an up-front cost with exposure, or worse shuts down because it cannot sustain it's own weight.

Wanelo has served Society6 artists since it’s early days and as their community grows, so does the benefits of an association with them.

I’d also like to remind, artists are not guaranteed long-term use of the Curator Program in it’s current form as our own system evolves. And to clarify, that last bit should only be inferred as a favorable possibility.

Really hope this perspective alleviates some of your concerns. But if not, there are more platforms to find success through, than their are hours in a day to invest in them!

Happy Curating!
Anna Dorfman commented on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 7:24pm
Rory, thanks—I assumed it's something to do with state taxation and legal stuff that's beyond the scope of my (extremely limited) knowledge, but I wasn't sure what search for on Google School of Law in order to learn more about it. ;)
Vikki Salmela commented on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 4:58am
@Rory Wood, I totally agree with @Lyle and @Sylvia. The heading explanation is for artists to get involved, and put their time and effort into curating. But for it to be taken away by a site for promotion and showing a wide variety of products by us displaying so there, is a waste of our precious marketing time. Wanelo already gets benefits for the posts we have uploaded there, providing great variety and choice for their site. If that is the only way Wanelo can stay afloat, is to take advantage of what individual artists post with their curator links, then I am not impressed with their business plan. Most artists are in a much tougher sustaining situation than Wanelo. They are biting the hand that feeds them. I am on no site that charges me to promote, and the selling stats for other sites are better. Nothing in life is guaranteed, we are discussing the present situation, and many of us find it sad that our extra efforts that help both Society6 and our stores is for not. I choose to promote elsewhere, where my efforts to use what you are graciously offering in a curator program are not taken away. Otherwise, how can it be "Happy Curating"?
dominiquelandau commented on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5:51am
I'm very happy to be a curator, but I don't understand...I click on " get curator link", copy and paste where? In comments of the photo? Sorry, but don't understand where to place it...:)
Lyle Hatch commented on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:48am
Rory, I understand your explanation and I notice that you did not deny the practice is indeed going on. After reading your reasons for Wanelo's actions, I still find their practice of overwriting of other people's existing curations to be unethical and wrong. I wonder how many hundreds or perhaps thousands of people who add the curating code hoping to make a little extra money and then post to Wanelo will never see a dime, because their chance to curate is literally being taken away by the company. Certainly at a minimum, the spirit in which the Curation Program is presented by Society6 has been violated be Wanelo's actions. In my opinion, it's just sneaky and under-handed. Since I learned of this issue several months ago, I have chosen to look elsewhere for the promoting of my Society6 products.
tjustleft commented on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:54am
Thank you Rory.

tjustleft commented on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:07am
I don't blame sites like wanelo and pinterest for wanting to make money but they should be more transparent about replacing users links. I think many companies that do that know from the beginning that users will be posting affiliate links. They let them do it because it is free content for them that they can later hijack. They should say in their terms from day one that they may do this. From what I've seen the terms never mention a thing until users notice the practice and spread the word. Then after the fact the terms of service is updated. Sadly other users get in on this action. Especially on pinterest. They repin your content then edit the link with their own affiliate id.

A work around for this takes an extra step on our part. We can post our products and curator links on our own blogs and websites then share them on wanelo from there. This way there is no affiliate link on their site for them to overwrite.
Bunny Noir commented on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9:31am
I think Lyle made a good point! I think what society6 had to say in advance, that curator's link is NOT working on some sites anymore (it used to at the beginning)- specifically WANELO!!! in this case artists wouldn't use it there! Otherwise we were feeling cheated when SNEAKILY and quetly Wanelo started to change the link behind our back.
Sandy Moulder commented on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:41pm
I can not join you on this because I live in Florida. I already attempted and got turned down. Sorry Y'All!
Dood_L commented on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 4:58pm
I've been doing quite well with this program, so, THANKS! :D

As for the Wanelo issue. I just chose NOT to promote curated images through them. Since finding out about their code switch tactic. No biggie. WeHeartIt, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit... and so on is quite enough for me. :)

Welcome to the team, Morgan :D

Great name btw... we share something great ;)
Bunny Noir commented on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 10:29pm
I read Lyle's comment first and didn't notice Morgan's introduction, sorry about it - nice to meet you Morgan! It's nice to know real people working in the society6 team!
Hello Dood_l! Can I ask you how to use curator's link on Instagram and WeHeart it? I tried on WeHeart it but it didn't work ( image was rejected as too small)... and I wasn't sure if we can post links on Istagram. I am using curator's link already and would like to do it more. Thank you in advance.
Beautiful Homes commented on Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:04am
@Rorywood, I would like to suggest that Society6 invest and produce its own S6 mobile shopping app for all Apple and Android platforms, be it handphones, pads, tablets, Apple TV etc. Society6 needs strategic thinking on its long term survival to target the new generation of kids, teens and young adults taking to the mobile platform for shopping. This is the future for the S6 community's survival in light of the competitions and win-lose practices of cannibalization of S6 Curator Program by other businesses that S6 has an association with.

@Morganmary, hope you can help champion an S6 very own Mobile Shopping App that Artists and Curators could make a modest living and benefit win-win from without depending on other third party shopping platforms. I am sure with S6 own community size, the S6 Mobile Shopping App would be a viral success.
ArtDesignWorks commented on Sunday, May 24, 2015 2:10pm
Chrisb Marquez commented on Monday, May 25, 2015 7:58am
Hello Morgan nice to read your post! I agree with everyone here and encourage everyone to promote all S6 amazin community thru our own websites first of all and then on social platforms, obviously few of us never read the Terms and the Privacy Policy of each site, but obviously this kind of technical situation without notice the ''link replacement'' specifically, its written with other words! I can imagine the enormous rumble that other big curator's had with this leaving their pockets to the big wanelo strategy...but we have to keep it up with our work and inspire the world with our community thats the big challenge we all have in front of us! Dont ever give up and let's Go!
Sharon Mau commented on Sunday, May 31, 2015 4:56pm
. . ★ . . :: interesting comments on this thread . . thank you for the enlightenment :: . . ★ . .
Morgan Mary commented on Monday, June 1, 2015 1:03pm
@Dood_L thanks for the warm welcome! I also wanted to thank you for your positive outlook on the program. There are a number of sites that allow you to curate and get paid. Unfortunately, Wanelo.com no longer allows curators to generate sales and its lack of transparency has many people frustrated. However, the platform does helps raise awareness about and drive sales for the incredible art and artists on S6.

@dominiquelandau you can copy your curator link and share it with friends via email and/or different social platforms, e.g., Facebook. If you wish to share a page or collection, you need to copy the last section of your generated curator link - ?curator=yourusername - and paste it to the end of the link you wish to share. That section of the link is your unique curator id. I hope this helps!
Praeses commented on Monday, June 1, 2015 2:48pm
:( It's already hard enough trying to sell our art. Ffirst time I hear of Wanelo and I don't "wannelo" have to anything with those predators. Check out this link http://society6.com/jadabekki - that person is new here and hasn't posted a thing of art; only follows people (like yours truly & others) and promotes artwork. It might be someone who likes art, but it could also be someone who might want it for not too clean purposes. Maybe it could be of help if we could block people who seem to be here not exactly to help us. Said that, thanks to S6 for caring about all of us as a community. We all profit from curating; it would be good if we could continue doing so without "curator-links-stealers".
Cindys commented on Friday, June 5, 2015 3:21am
MistyAnn @ What the F-stop Pri… commented on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 5:48pm
I hope you enjoy my work.
Juliana Motzko commented on Thursday, June 11, 2015 7:56pm
Very nice tips! Thanks for all information!
Vasare Nar commented on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 9:43am
Thats awesome I'm going to try this and create a blog post with some of my favourite art from society6


Visit my blog later this week to see the post
sonigque commented on Thursday, June 18, 2015 9:06am
James Downriver commented on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:01pm
It would be cool to see/hear some examples of how successful people go about curating artwork from society6.
Lostfog Co. commented on Thursday, June 25, 2015 10:22pm
Great tips!
Diana Debord commented on Saturday, June 27, 2015 4:44am
thank you for the tips, I have just joined the curator program :)
MK Bretsch commented on Monday, July 13, 2015 12:53am
New here, but I agree that S6 would be better with its own app. I do so much more on the phone as time goes on.
Dezigns commented on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 2:11pm
Shirley Starsss commented on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 7:23am
Does the curator code works on any link? For example if I use https://society6.com/shirleystarsss/t...leystarsss, would it work? Thanks! ❤
Phinilez commented on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 6:52am
Does anybody know if you can promote your link on social media sites registred with another email account then the one used on society6? Thanks
Paul Robert Gooder commented on Saturday, September 19, 2015 9:48am
Wow, I'm pretty blown away by what I just read. I wish I had read this before I spent 4 hours of my day building my own little curator corner. I am an image creator myself by way of a camera & find it pretty sh***y that sites would steal curator links. Were all struggling - give us a break.
Rick Crane commented on Sunday, March 6, 2016 2:33pm
Might have been asked before but: if you shorten the URL, say with google, does it still get picked up as the curator link at your end?
psychologist commented on Thursday, April 28, 2016 4:46am
Awesome design :)
Promoted and followed
psychologist commented on Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:23am
Awesome design :)
Promoted and followed
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zegokc commented on Sunday, July 9, 2017 12:40pm
Hello guys. Where do you find the 'get curator link' button on a product page? I can't seem to find it.
PeaceOfMindArts commented on Thursday, August 31, 2017 7:19am
Thanks now I finally figured out how to do it! Lol I felt techno illiterate there for awhile! @zegokc. To share or promote a page or collection copy the last section of your generated curator link - ?curator=yourusername. And paste it to the end of the link that you want to share
DrPenArt commented on Friday, October 6, 2017 9:12pm
As a side note on the whole Wanelo thing, they're still replacing the curator's link with their own.

An artist can still get traffic to their own works but if you're a curator, you're screwed.
Peggie Prints commented on Friday, March 9, 2018 6:54pm
Hi, it would be great if when we pin a product to pinterest it automatically uses the curator link

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