Step-by-Step Guide to creating a Linkshare Account

Got 10 minutes? Follow these 10 simple steps to sign up as a publisher and start earning money from your website!

Signing up (registering) as a publisher in the Rakuten Affiliate Network is as easy as buying something online. There is one key difference: Joining the Rakuten Affiliate Network as a publisher costs nothing. Instead, you'll have the opportunity to earn money online from your website!

In the steps that follow, we will ask you to enter some information about your business and your website. And in just 5 to 10 minutes you’ll have completed the first step toward using Rakuten Affiliate Network to earn money with your website. After your application has been reviewed and approved (usually within a couple of business days), you'll receive a welcome email with instructions on how to get started. You will be automatically opted into all of the international networks you are eligible for.

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Click here to go to the Publisher Registration page.

  1. Company Info
  • Start by selecting the country in which your business is located.
  • Enter your business name. This must not exceed 45 characters.
  • Choose the tax form. If your business is in the US, a W-9 will be preselected. If your business is in another country, you’ll have a few forms to choose from. For more information on these forms, please seePublisher Tax Information.
  • Businesses based in the United States must enter a Social Security Number (for an individual or sole proprietor tax identification) or an IRS Employer ID Number (EIN). (The EIN is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity. Generally, businesses need an EIN) Both of these are 9-digit numbers. Please enter them without dashes or spaces. Rakuten LinkShare is required to collect this information for tax purposes. This field is optional for business not based in the United States.
  • Enter your address and phone number. Your address can contain up to 35 characters on each line and include letters, numbers, symbols, and spaces.
  1. Contact & Account Info
  • Enter your name, email address, and username and password. Your username can be up to 12 alphanumeric characters. Your password must be 8 to 12 characters and include at least 2 numbers and 2 letters.
  • Select a security question and enter an answer for it.
  1. Language Preference
  • The Rakuten Affiliate Network interface and the email communications we send to you are available in four languages: English, Spanish, French, and German. Please select your preference here. 
  1. Membership Agreement
  • Review the entire global publisher membership agreement. Be sure you scroll down to the bottom of the document.
  • Enter the CAPTCHA characters to confirm that you are a human. If you have trouble reading the characters, click the sound icon to hear them read.
  •  Read the Information Certification. If it is all true, type your name in the Signature field and click Continue.
  • If you receive an error message here, please see signup troubleshooting.


  1. Primary Website Info
  • Enter the name of your website and its URL, including http://
  • Enter the month, day, and year your business was established using the format MM/DD/YYYY.
  • Select a range for how many unique visitors your site gets a month and for the number of page views you get a month.
  • Provide a short description of your website. If you want to know more about what your website information is used for, please see What is my website information used for?
  1. Vertical Category
  • Select the primary vertical that your business fits into. You can select up to three.
  1. Your Customer Demographic
  • Select the gender and age range of your customers. Note: you may select more than one age range.
  1. Payment Threshold
  • Enter the amount of commissions you would like to trigger a payment. The amount must be at least the minimum payment threshold for your country of residence. Please do not include decimals, spaces, commas, or currency symbols in the field. The minimum is 50 USD, CAD, GBP, EUR, & AUD for both check and direct deposit (ACH) payments.

Note: If you do not reside in Brazil and earn commissions from advertisers in the Brazilian Network, the threshold for those payments is 500. 

  1. Email Subscriptions
  • Check the boxes if you’d like to receive the Rakuten Affiliate Network newsletters and be notified of new promotions offered by advertisers.
  • Click Continue.
  • Click Continue again.
  • You’ll receive an email from Rakuten Affiliate Network asking you to validate your email address. Simply click the link and your email address will be validated. If you don’t receive an email from us, please be sure that your spam software is set to accept email from For more on validating your email, please see Validating Your Email Address.

If you run into a problem while signing up, see Signup Troubleshooting.

  1. After you submit your completed application, it will be reviewed by our team. When it's approved (usually within a couple of business days) you'll receive a welcome email with instructions for you to follow to get started with Rakuten Affiliate Network!

When you're finished, check out our Quick Start Guide to learn how to get your new affiliate account going fast.


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